Scarborough’s new Irish bar McGinty’s opens its doors for first time

Scarborough’s new Irish bar opens for business today after a busy VIP opening night.

By Louise Hollingsworth
Friday, 20th May 2022, 10:32 am
Updated Friday, 20th May 2022, 3:38 pm

McGinty’s will be opening at 3pm this afternoon, Friday May 20. There will be live music from local musician Mister Jim tonight.

The new pub is situated at the former Mist bar site on St. Thomas Street, and is opening up under new ownership with J&S Pub Company.

On Thursday May 19, owners James and Stacey Durham invited friends and family to the pub for a VIP opening night.

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McGinty's opens it doors today after a busy VIP opening night.

Guests were treated to music from an Irish band as well as a performance from students at Kevin O’Connor’s School of Irish Dancing.

Five dancers dressed up in traditional Irish costumes and wowed the audience as they performed in a tiny space in front of the bar.

The pub has had a full make-over to turn it back into a traditional pub, rather than a bar.

Stacey Durham said: “It’ll still be open at night-time, and we’re going to open a bit in the afternoon and it will be a cosy, and oldie atmosphere. The food will be traditional lunches with an Irish theme.

McGinty's is a new Irish bar that has come to Scarborough.

“I’m so excited about it. We have an Irish pub in Whitby, and I think an Irish pub will bring that traditional and familiar feel.”

There is also an open invite for traditional musicians and Irish dancers to perform at the pub during the week, and there will be live music every weekend.

Premium drinks are on offer and include Guinness, Whisky and O’Donnell’s Moonshine, as well as usual pub drinks and soft drinks.

A dress code will also be in place.