Breen’s Bar In Gorey Opens Its Upstairs Music Venue And It’s Top Class

Breen’s Bar in Gorey has gone from strength to strength in recent times…

The popular venue in Gorey, Breen’s Bar, has completely renovated its upstairs. They’ve now added a top-class music venue to their already thriving venue in the heart of Gorey town.

Breen’s Music Venue:

It’s been a while coming, but it’s finally here. Breen’s Bar opened its newly refurbished upstairs, Breen’s Music Venue, on March 26th, 2022. The upstairs was primarily used for functions, but it’s now much more than that:

“We started renovations in January, thinking that we would reopen as we always did for functions. Then, halfway through, we decided that we could do much more with the place, so we decided to go for live music as well as functions. We came across a few problems along the way, but we opened on 26th March with Big Generator,” owner Sharon told Wexford Weekly.

The new upstairs of Breen’s Bar in Gorey
Big Generator at the opening of the upstairs

“The venue needed to be freshened up. The men’s toilets being redone led to the whole room been done including a new bar, which was done by the very talented Murphy Bespoke. We did most of the work ourselves along with the help of family & friends & staff, my dad Tony Gaffney, Diarmuid Somers, Ciaran Breen and Soul Painting, and CK signs with signage.”

In between live music events, we will also be using the venue for functions. Functions have always been good for us,” Sharon told Wexford Weekly.

Live music:

Breen’s Bar is more than just a pub; it’s a live-mucic venue and acts as a form of entertainment that caters for all groups of people. Those inside the venue will likely be singing along to the songs, so don’t be afraid to get involved and sing along too.

Traditional Irish music, rebel tunes, acoustic jams, pop music, and DJs, can be commonly heard at the venue and they’ll be a prominent feature of Breen’s new music venue.

“Our venue, unfortunately, does not hold a late licence, all our events are free unless we have the odd one that may need to be ticketed or ticketed by the band themselves,” Sharon said.

With their newly refurbished upstairs area, there’ll be plenty of space to enjoy the live music and entertainment that Breen’s Bar offers.

“We have some amazing bands, Djs, and tribute acts coming along,” owner Sharon told Wexford Weekly.

Some of the upcoming acts include:

– BLUEMOOSE
– THE KILKENNYS
– THE DRUIDS
– FOOT SQUEAKER
– ELEPHANT ROOM
– MIRAGE
– ELEMENO
– AFTER HOURS
– ROCKABILLY REBELS
– REVENGE
– POINT BLANK
– ABBA
– WRECKING BALL
– NO HOT ASHES
– BACK FOR GOOD
– ELECTRIC CURCUS

The downstairs of Breen’s Bar:

On a typical night in Breen’s Bar, there will be plenty of laughs and a lively atmosphere. You’ll enter through the large smoking area outside at the front of the bar. People will be sitting, standing, vaping, smoking, but most of all, they’ll be talking. The Breen’s Bar smoking area is more than just a smoking area; it’s also a place to reconnect and recollect.

Heading towards the back of the downstairs, you’ll find a pool table during the daytime hours, or people dancing on the dancefloor at busier times. To your right, you’ll be welcomed to the ‘pool room’. Put down your euro on the table, wait for the winner, and test your own ability. It’s a nice atmosphere and an area that often gets a cheering crowd, which is always a bit of banter with the locals too. It’s worth noting that Breen’s Bar is one of the few remaining pubs in the town which still has a pool table.

Delicious drinks:

Once you enter, you’ll see a large venue with the bar to your right which stretches along the wall. There will be people up at the bar, both young and old, getting your standard on-tap drinks such as Guinness and Heineken, to your less-standard drinks but more intriguing drinks such as Vegasbombs and Refresherbombs.

They are a hit with their loyal customers, but their wide-ranging cocktail menu is worth checking out too. Breens often run specials on cocktails too, such as 2 x Sex on the Beach for €12, so keep an eye out for those deals too when you pay a visit. For those with a sweet tooth or for those in a group, it’s worth checking out the various and delicious ‘fishbowls’ available here.

The future of Breen’s Bar:

It’s safe to say that the future of Breen’s Bar is in good hands.

“After seven years of hard work, sweat and some tears, we are finally getting a good name for Breen’s Bar and we hope to take it a lot further with the new venue. Breen’s Bar can only get better,” Sharon said.

It has gone from strength to strength and it’s showing no signs of stopping; it’s getting better each year, with owners Sharon and Neil Breen constantly adding to and improving the venue.

For more information on live entertainment and drink deals, check out Breen’s Bar on Facebook or on their Instagram page.

Jason Redmond
Jason Redmond

From Gorey, Jason is the owner of Wexford Weekly. He is also a post-primary English and History teacher.

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