About John Keogh’s – The Lock Keeper

In creating John Keogh’s – The Lock Keeper, every detail was looked at from the viewpoint of our target clientele. The pub has two bars and one private party area located all on the ground floor. The bars are filled with snugs and partitions to give the customer a sense of coziness along with the atmosphere of a larger venue with multiple spaces that will suit various sizes of gatherings – a quiet corner-seeker or a post work get together. The bars are filled with genuine pub antiquities that Matt individually sourced from multiple pubs, antiques shops and scrap yards around the country. Original mirrors hang on the walls that previously adorned other pubs of days gone by; many date back as far as 1910.

Up to 15 local contractors were involved in the build including the specialist pub design company, Galway-based Arthaus which worked on the design, carpentry and paint effect. We put a huge emphasis on the designing of the pub from the customer’s view. We are passionate about original Irish pub culture so we hope that people who enjoy that unique experience will love our pub – it has been designed by traditional pub-goers for pub-lovers.

While the concept was in development for over 12 months, the build itself began the day after the licence was granted in February 2016. Two bars, which stock over a dozen craft beers, numerous craft whiskeys and gins, along with all of the mainstream beverage products, and a full equipped kitchen were all built from scratch. The second stage, a private party area, was completed at the end of June 2016.

Food is a major part of the business & the menus change regularly with all the emphasis being on local and fresh. The menu offers a selection of small plates and larger plates including mini beef and chorizo burgers, lamb belly, Herterich’s pork pudding, braised lamb shoulder and flat iron steaks.

The private area can cater for up to 180 people. Gastropub-style fayre is served from 5- 9pm, seven days a week.

Frequently Asked Questions

European dishes using local and seasonal ingredients where possible. Led by Chef Joe O’Flaherty the menu has a close association with the land and sea and comprises a selection of the freshest seafood dishes along with high quality steaks and burgers. Desserts are homemade by the in-house pastry chef.
Yes. 7pm-8.30pm is usually the busiest time for reservations. You can have a drink at the bar if there is a wait for a table during peak service time. Alternatively come in between 5-7pm where you will never or rarely ever have to wait for a table.
Yes. We have a number of veggie starters, veggie main courses including handmade ravioli and a number of veggie side dishes.
Monday to Friday 5pm – 9pm.

Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 9pm

Yes, in any denomination. Please contact us by phone or email to purchase gift vouchers.

Email – info@johnkeoghs.ie    |    Phone – (091) 449 431

Matt Hall owns the business. It opened in March 2016.
Parking can usually be found on streets in the neighborhood. The Claddagh Car-park located at Jury’s Inn is also just a 5 minute walk away.
This varies greatly but 7pm – 9pm is usually the busiest time. You can always call ahead that evening and speak with our host, who will let you know how busy we are.
Absolutely none.
John Keogh’s can take reservations for bookings from 1 to 25 people. Private and semi-private areas are available for groups of any size up to a maximum of 120 pax. If you are interested in hosting a private event, please contact us to discuss options. Visit our Occasional page for more information.
We accept all major credit cards – Visa, Mastercard, American Express etc.

If you'd like to make a reservation or book a party, please get in touch!

091 449431
info@johnkeoghs.ie