Delaney’s Irish pub in Wanchai is closing its doors next month after operating for 21 years. August 21st will be the last day of service, but the date is not confirmed yet.
According to HKFP, the manager director Noel Smyth said that his company paid over HK$100 million of rental fees for the past 20 years and could not afford to pay anymore for their spot at the corner of Luard Road and Jaffe Road. Delaney’s Wanchai was Hong Kong’s first Irish Bar and pub to serve Guinness. In 1994, a pint of the beer cost customers HK$56. Today it costs HK$80.
As Smyth explains: “[Delaney’s premises] have been on the market for a year. Basically what they’ve done is sold it to the highest bidder.” So far Smyth and his team haven’t managed to find any other premises.
“I’ve looked at Soho, Central, I’ve looked everywhere – it is very difficult at the moment, it’s not a rental market.”
We all hope that Delaney’s will stay in the city for at least another 21 years… good luck to Smyth and his team.