It is the only pub open during the lockdown, and it is Ireland's first online pub.

The is a virtual bar that offers its customers, what its owners describe as "an authentic pub experience".

The free to use platform will allow patrons to chat through a purpose-built media conferencing app on the site, where they will have the option of interacting with their friends exclusively on a private table or mingle and meet new people on the public pub floor area chatting with other users.

The site is the brainchild of hospitality professionals Sebastien Conway, Tim Cole and Doug Leddin who developed the site in the space of 5 weeks after they were forced to close their Ohana Bar and halt construction of their latest venture, Ava, following the Covid-19 outbreak.

The group plan to add additional features to in the coming weeks with exclusive charity gigs from popular Irish and international acts. They also hope to run themed nights and table quizzes. 

Other features in development will allow 'pub goers' to have their food and drink orders delivered direct to their door to enjoy while logged on.

Sebastien Conway said pubs play a key role in bringing communities together and "we wanted to create something that allowed customers to experience the entertainment and craic that comes from a night in an Irish pub".

He said social distancing doesn't have to mean anti-social, "and we hope to reconnect pals and create new friendships through the new site."

New patrons can get their table at by registering on the website.