John DeBella and Steve Vassalotti reacted to an unusual story on Friday, March 31 in about the same way you would expect them to react.

The Virgin Mary on Capel Street in Dublin, Ireland has closed its doors for the final time. It’s not surprising that an Irish pub would struggle to keep up with the global economy at a difficult time in the bar and restaurant industry.

The surprising part? The Irish Times labeled the Virgin Mary’s brand as “Dublin’s only bar that doesn’t serve alcohol.” They specialized in alcohol-free cocktails after opening in 2019.

Steve pointed out a seemingly simple missing element of the brand at a non-alcoholic Irish pub.

“You shouldn’t be able to call it a cocktail if there’s nothing in it.”

A Non-Alcohol Irish Pub

Give some respect to the idea and to the people who enjoyed their mocktails for four years, but they faced some major obstacles with the concept of a non-alcoholic Irish pub.

Even though the Virgin Mary has permanently closed, they made an announcement on their Instagram account about ‘TVM On The Road,’ which will take their mocktails to “events, festivals, pop-up venues, and much more around the island of Ireland!”

John wrapped up the segment pretty appropriately by bringing up the likeliest outcome.

“So they can be ignored by the rest of the country just like they were in Dublin…”

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