Spotlight on Gibney’s London

Published on Feb 11, 2022

What’s your role at Gibney’s and how did you come to be part of the team?

I’m Cormac Gibney and I’m the bar manager of Gibney’s London, my family own Gibney’s Malahide. We have been running pubs in Dublin for seven generations, the main one was Park Gate run by James Gibney (my great grandfather). I’m proud of my family history and how long we’ve been in this business.

How would you describe Gibney’s to someone who hasn’t been before?

From Dublin to London’s East End, Gibney’s London is the place for genuine Irish hospitality and the best pint of Guinness you’ll find this side of the Irish sea.

What makes Gibney’s different?
It’s a home from home with live music, sports, our signature stout on tap and the kind of craic that keeps people coming back.

Can you tell us a little bit about your teams and the atmosphere in the bar?

Myself and Thomas are behind the bar, we have plenty of regulars and enjoy a spot of banter with them. It gets pretty lively during big matches as everyone heads down to us to watch the rugby, especially the Six Nations.

What do you love about the area? How would you recommend someone spends a weekend in Shoreditch/the Old Street area?

It’s a lot of fun as there’s always something going on. Head down and catch a game, have a spot of something to eat and then see where the night takes you, stick around for live music or go for a bar crawl – there is so much on the doorstep you’re spoiled for choice.

What’s your favourite local hidden gem?

Now that would be telling!

The pandemic has undoubtedly had a huge impact on businesses in our area. How did you navigate it? How does the way you operate now differ to how you operated before the pandemic?

It was tough, we kept in touch and focused on having a laugh to keep our spirits up. It felt so good when we could finally get back in and welcome guests back. For sure we take less for granted now having been forced to close for so long.

What advice would you give to businesses, particularly in the hospitality sector, during these uncertain times?
Stay upbeat and count your blessings, health and family are ultimately what matter.

Have you felt supported by the Old Street District community? By the Old Street District Partnership?

We’re brand new to the partnership and community and are chuffed to be on board.

Describe Gibney’s in 3 words.
Fun, lively, rebellious.