The Church


The former St. Mary’s Church of Ireland is one of the earliest examples of a galleried church in Dublin.

Built at the beginning of the 18th century, it boasts many outstanding features, such as the Renatus Harris built organ and spectacular stained glass window.St. Mary’s closed in 1964 and lay derelict for a number of years until it was purchased by John Keating in 1997. Following extensive restoration over a seven year period, this List 1 building finally re-opened its doors in December 2005 as John M. Keating’s Bar. The tasteful conversion and refurbishment of this Dublin landmark was acknowledged at the Dublin City Neighbourhood Awards 2006, where it won first prize in the category of Best Old Building.

In September 2007 the building was acquired by new owners and renamed “The Church Bar & Restaurant” and its range of services was expanded to include a Café, Night Club and a Barbeque area on the terrace. The minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands has classified the building as one of intrinsical historical interest.


FREE Live Irish Music & Dancing from 7pm-9pm every Sunday to Wednesday.

Dining options: Dinner in the Main Bar: Reservations recommended for groups of 10+ Dinner in the Gallery Restaurant: Call now to make an enquiry



Our aim is simple – To bring entertainment and Irish hospitality to new levels, that’s why we have 5 spaces you can choose from. Whether it’s a night on the town with friends, or a corporate venue with a difference, we’ll find the right level for you from early ’til late, seven days of the week.

The Church, Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1, Ireland

+353 1 828 0102



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