Baggot Inn’s doors re-open with fanfare after eight-year break

FAMED by a certain generation of Dubliners as one of the city’s great live music venues, a new version of the Baggot Inn opened to a different fanfare last night.

The legendary watering hole on Dublin’s Baggot Street formally re-opened its doors for the first time in eight years with a glitzy launch party.

However, the new version of the pub will deliberately avoid trying to recapture its heydays of the ’70s and ’80s asthe epicentre of Dublin’s music scene.

New owner Louis Fitzgerald decided a different theme is required for the refurbished premises, whose new decor is far removed from the sweaty, heaving, cramped basement.

Instead, the well-known publican who owns several other famous Dublin pubs including Kehoe’s, The Big Tree and The Stag’s Head, is boasting the new Baggot Inn will be the first-ever pub in Ireland to offer an interactive Guinness experience.

Louis’ son, Eddie Fitzgerald, who is manager of the Baggot Inn, explained drinkers will be able to learn now to pour a pint of the black stuff at tables that come complete with their own Guinness taps.

“We won’t be getting away from the history of the place as a wall is being reserved for photos of musicians who’ve played here,” said Eddie.

“There’s a lot of legends associated with this place and it will be hard to fill their boots,” he admitted.

The latest reincarnation of the pub known simply as “The Baggot” — which was first licensed in the 1700s — comes after Dubliners feared the premises could be taken over by developers after laying idle for almost a decade.

The new pub is no longer situated on street level and is entirely located in the basement — the site of the concert section of the original venue.

Among the artists who played at the Baggot Inn were Thin Lizzy, Christy Moore, Moving Hearts, the Boomtown Rats, Aslan, David Bowie, the Waterboys and Tracy Chapman.

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