Inside Kerry’s first booze-free nightclub as opening night sold out

Kerry’s first alcohol-free nightclub is set to open on Thursday, promising ‘0% alcohol and 100% craic’.

The Virtue Club in Tralee, Co. Kerry is now sold out for its launch party which will run from 7-11pm.

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 angle – I think when you get past 30 drinking isn’t as much fun.

Nightclub (file image)

“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 had the idea – myself and Ger O’Sullivan – of what people actually do around alcohol.

“And we found that 25% of the adult population in Ireland don’t drink – and they have no place to go where they aren’t surrounded by other drinkers or under peer pressure.”

Guests will be able to enjoy renowned tapas and sharing platters as well as soft drinks and live music during the exclusive launch party.

Drinks offered

The nightclub announced that it would offer drinks such as:

Heineken 0.0%

Cronin Cider 0.0%

Carlsberg 0.0%

Kopperberg strawberry and lime 0.0%

· Selection of non-alcoholic cocktails

Choice of wines


The nightclub will feature a variety of entertainment at the launch party, from magicians to musicians.

The first artist of the evening will be Magic Steve.

Announcing the lineup, the Virtue Club said, “MagicSteve is County Kerry’s #1 family entertainer! By putting Mind into Mentalism, Magic into Magic, and Com into Comedy, you’ll never see another show like a MagicSteve show!

“He’s a comedy magician like no other with comically performed magic and magically performed comedy leading to comedy magic that’s both magical and comedic!

“With appearances nationwide and on TV, MagicSteve will entertain you and your guests no matter how old (or young) you are!”

Gillzie Fitz will be the second artist to take the stage.

The Virtue Club said: “Crown as ‘One to Watch’ after the 2020 Funny Women Awards, Kerry-born 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 other comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also performed at major festivals such as Electric Picnic and The Vodafone Comedy Festival.

“Gillian performs regularly throughout Ireland. Gillian’s sets cover everything from the tribulations of dating in the Tinder era to the scary tactics used by a loving Irish mother.

“As a recent semi-finalist in RTE’s Stand Up and Be Funny contest, no matter what she says, Gillian captivated her audience and drove her crazy, making her one of the most promising up-and-coming actresses of Ireland.”

Finally, Michael Wager will take the stage with an acoustic set with the leader of ‘Queenless Kings’.

Jerry C. Greiner