Kerry’s first alcohol-free nightclub will open on Thursday, promising “0% alcohol and 100% craic”.
The Virtue Club in Tralee, Co. Kerry is now fully booked for its launch party which will run from 7pm to 11pm.
Nightclub organizer Lisa Curran said the idea came about after realizing there was a void in the market for those who don’t drink but still want to hang out.
Speaking to Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live, she said: “It comes from a personal perspective – I think when you’re over 30 drinking isn’t so much fun anymore.
“You want to sit down and talk to people, and you want to make real connections with like-minded people.
“We looked for studies when we got the idea – myself and Ger O’Sullivan – of what people really do with alcohol.
“And we’ve found that 25% of the adult population in Ireland don’t drink – and they don’t have a place to go where they’re not surrounded by other drinkers, or with peer pressure.”
Guests will enjoy renowned tapas and sharing platters as well as soft drinks and live music at the exclusive launch party.
The nightclub announced that it will offer drinks such as:
0.0% Cronin cider
Kopperberg strawberry and lime 0.0%
Selection of non-alcoholic cocktails
The nightclub will offer a variety of entertainment on launch night, from magicians to musicians.
The first host of the evening will be Magic Steve.
Announcing the lineup, the Virtue Club said, “MagicSteve is Co Kerry’s # 1 family entertainer! By putting the mind in mentalism, magic in magic and com in comedy, you will never see another show like a MagicSteve show!
“He’s a comedy wizard like no other with comedically executed magic and magically executed comedy leading to both magical and comedic comedy magic!
“With appearances nationwide and on TV, MagicSteve will keep you and your guests entertained, no matter how old (or young) you are! “
Gillzie Fitz will be the second artist to take the stage.
The Virtue Club said: ‘Crowned’ One to Watch ‘after the Funny Women Awards 2020, from Kerry, Gillian Fitzgerald has brought her sharp wit and hilarious anecdotes to audiences across Ireland and beyond.
“In August 2019, she presented her show ‘Friends with No Benefits’ with two fellow comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also performed in major festivals such as Electric Picnic and The Vodafone Comedy Festival.
“Gillian performs regularly all over Ireland. Gillian’s sets cover everything from dating tribulations in the Tinder era to creepy tactics used by a loving Irish mother.
“As a recent semi-finalist of RTE’s Stand Up and Be Funny competition, whatever she’s talking about, Gillian captivates her audience and makes her one of the most promising Irish actresses.”
Finally, Michael Wager will take the stage with an acoustic set with the frontman of ‘Queenless Kings’.