A new bar has opened in The Heights in Jersey City. Irving Public, located at 1135 Summit Avenue, has taken over the former Blarney Pub space. The team behind the new bar is filled with familiar names from other Jersey City bars including Grace O’Malleys and The Keyhole. The Hoboken Girl spoke with one of the owners to learn more about what to expect from this new venture. Read on for more Irving Public in Jersey City.
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The Hoboken Girl spoke with Jeremy Tirpak, one of the team members behind Irving Public, to learn more about what to expect from the new space. “We’re really excited to be in The Heights,” he said. “We want to make a classic, Jersey, neighborhood bar.” The bar has a full selection of beer, wine, and liquor as well as a classic pool table for guests to enjoy.
The Blarney Pub had been operating in the space since the 1950s before closing in Fall 2022. Jeremy said he and his partners were inspired to embark on this venture based on their success elsewhere in Jersey City. “We’ve been involved with Grace O’Malleys and the Keyhole Bar, and we’re looking to make our mark in this town,” he said. “We’ve had good luck in this town, and we’re excited about where it’s going. We’ve built a lot of great relationships over 20+ years here, and we’re interested in all neighborhoods. We want to be here for a long time.”
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Right now the bar doesn’t serve food, but Jeremy said that a full food menu plus outdoor space will be happening over the spring and summer. “We wanted to get a feel for the neighborhood before making a lot of changes,” he said. But by summer, things will be in full gear. “The food will be different than Grace O’Malleys,” he said. “We will have bar and grill standards like wings, burgers, fries, but we want to bring in a New York deli element, like pastrami, corned beef, maybe some roast beef. A Schwartz’s deli in Montreal meets Katz’s deli in NYC.”
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The opening of Irving Pub is also a homecoming of sorts for operator Jeffrey O’Donnell. Jeremy and Jeffrey et over 20 years ago at Dorrian’s Red Hand. “Jeffrey helped me open the Keyhole, and he was most recently in Hawaii,” Jeremy said. “He’s really excited to be back in Jersey City.”