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De Valera’s Irish pub on Flagey shuts doors

17:18 28/05/2018

Just two months after the Old Oak on Rue Franklin closed its doors, another Irish pub is no more: De Valera’s on Place Flagey served its last customers yesterday evening.

According to the owners, who also owned Old Oak, the lease was not extended. Aside from being a favourite expat hangout, De Valera’s was a popular sports bar.

“After 12 amazing years, having been a large part of the Place Flagey regeneration, it is with regret that we announce that this Sunday, we will close our doors for the last time,” De Valera’s wrote in a Facebook post. “There have been World Cups, sizzling summers on the terrace, Heineken cups won and lost, Six Nations victories and laments, St Patrick’s hangovers, feasts of pints and burgers … and just plain good times had by all.”

Last hurrah

The bar was crowded last night for its last hurrah, which included Champions League Football. Patrons expressed their disappointment in person and on social media that they could never come back.

“It’s really nice to know that people like coming here so much,” manager John Kennedy told Bruzz. “All sorts of people came here: British and Irish expats and EU workers, of course, but also Ixelles locals. And people who moved out of Brussels often dropped back in later to say hello.”

The same owners of the two defunct bars also run Celtica on Rue Marché aux Poulets and Michael Collins on Rue du Bailli, the latter of which will host De Valera’s Monday night pub quiz. It is not yet known what will become of De Valera’s old spot on Place Flagey.

 Photo: Last call at De Valera's
(c)Courtesy De Valera's/Facebook

Written by Lisa Bradshaw

Comments

CM

That's a shame, the Old Oak wasn't much cop, but I liked De Valera's.

May 28, 2018 19:24