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Spirits are high as Bailey gets new lease of life

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 5:09pm

Say cheers as 40 jobs are being created on Leeside with the opening of a new late night bar today.

The Grand Central Social on Washington Street will officially open its doors today, 11 October, following months of planning and a lengthy refurbishment of the sizeable city-centre premises.

While the bar will open for business ahead of schedule, the official launch will take place on 20 October.

The new venue is the first in Cork to directly label itself as a 'social’ arena, an idea emphasised by the distinct décor, which is a direct nod to the interior of New York City’s most famous meeting point – Grand Central Terminal.

Located on 33/34 Washington Street, which formerly housed The Bailey and James St 1767, the Grand Central Social will open weekly from Wednesday to Sunday.

The contemporary late-night bar is the sixth endeavour from the savvy group behind success stories such as The Voodoo Rooms, An Bróg, BarBarossa, Barbarella and most recently, Alibi, which adjoins Grand Central Social on Washington Street. While this new venture is a sign of growth for the proprietors, it also spells good news for Cork’s economy, with the creation of 40 new jobs.

Across all six venues, a total of 200 jobs have been generated, with employment figures growing year on year.

Bar Manager Luke O’Callaghan said: “We are extremely excited to officially open our doors and welcome the people of Cork to our stunning new bar. We’ve had a huge team of people working tirelessly over the past few months on everything from construction and décor to administration and menu design and we’re delighted that such commitment has allowed us to begin business earlier than planned.

“We’re so happy with the finished look of the bar and have no doubt that Grand Central Social will be the most popular haunt in Cork city!”

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