City centre music pub MacSorley’s to close


MacSorley’s just can’t get a break. The long established venue, bar and restaurant on Jamaica Street has been a part of the city’s live music scene for the last 15 years. The traditional pub itself dates back to 1903.

We told you how the bar closed in February 2016. It then reopened under new management and enjoyed a revival and a £250,000 refurbishment last year.

Now the current owners have announced they will close the doors for the last time this weekend. The announcement said:

“This Saturday 15th of September we will sadly be closing our doors for the last time. We have been locked in bitter battle with Punch [Taverns] since January, and despite Heineken buying over Punch in February the matter still hasn’t been resolved despite our best efforts. This has resulted in our deliveries not showing up on many occasions, leaving us in the impossible position of having no beer to sell on numerous weekends, as a small business this has cost us thousands.

“Promises were made and not fulfilled and it has unfortunately came to this.

“We have done our best to keep going as long as possible, despite being strangled from above. We are now at the stage where we cannot hide any it any longer. We apologise to any customer who has been disappointed of late but can assure you we have done our best in what has been an impossible situation. At this point I would personally like to thank our staff, who despite knowing whats been going on, stood by us and gave us their support.

“Also to the Bands and Residents who as preformed in the last 2 Years

“I would also advise anyone who has had a pub with Punch in the past or still has to ask for their complete reconciliation and check it very carefully against your direct debits as you might be surprised at a difference over the peroid of a year.

“Sorry we are not bringing better news and it is with a heavy heart we do this.”