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It's happy hour in Dublin and the drinks are flowing, but in Ireland's first "dry pub" patrons are forgoing Guinness and whiskey for non-boozy beers and zero percent wine.Thronging with customers within minutes of opening one weekday afternoon, its popularity is viewed by its owners as a sign that hard-drinking Ireland may be changing its ways.Oisin Davis, the pub's other co-founder and with whom Yates works in a company making drinks mixers, said they had noticed non-alcoholic options increasingly appearing on menus and decided there could be a niche for a no-alcohol pub.However, alcohol consumption in the country is actually on the rise, according to Alcohol Action Ireland.At The Virgin Mary, drinks have been designed with those served at the city's 750 traditional pubs in mind. A dark and creamy "iced nitro coffee" is poured from a beer tap to mimic Guinness, without which no traditional Irish pub would be complete.Whether the dry bar can survive the competitive nightlife industry in Dublin, -a city where the pub still reigns supreme, is yet to be seen.
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