Toner’s Refill




The Alternative Sunday Social Club (which goes down every Sunday, as you might have gathered, between 4-8pm) has set up shop at Toner’s on Baggot Street, with the intention of putting the street back on Dublin’s musical map.

ASSC’s Barry Hartigan writes:

Long before Whelan’s in Wexford St. turned that part of town into a music hub, all the gigs used to happen in three pubs on Baggot St. back in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.

The Baggot Inn itself is of course the one that most people associate with music, but there were also bands playing in Toner’s and The Pembroke.

Now, however, two of those are a dim and distant memory, but Toner’s remains pretty much unchanged and we’re putting bands on there again on a regular basis for the first time in several decades….

Playing this Sunday are blues power-trio The Business.

The Business are one of Ireland’s finest and longest performing blues bands. For almost 35 years the band has maintained a hard working schedule bringing the best in blues and rock to the country. Featuring Pat Farrell (guitar & vocals), Jim Tate (bass) and Grant Nicholas (drums).

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

12 thoughts on “Toner’s Refill

  1. Tish Mahorey

    Sunday Business Post with a pint while watching The Business in Dublin’s business district.

      1. mikeyward

        had dem boys in doin a privatte gig arraingement for one of young lads 21 burthday. wuldnt be my thing at all. prefer a bit of loung swing type of thing like sinatra who I met in the late 70s in Vegas where a dear departed frend of mine a holywood star celeb, but won’t mention his name. im not a bragger. anyway the camembear lads were fine.not my thing. too effin effemminat of you ask me but if that’s what the yung one like so be it.

      2. rotide

        I wouldn’t call myself a fan. Is Pat in them?

        I know him purely from the Pyro Blues Executive which play in the Leeson Lounge and Whelans. Well worth a look for blues fans

        1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

          One of these days rotide, you’re gonna disappear up your own bum part.
          Bon voyage.

  2. ahyeah

    so it used to a regular thing in the 90s, and you’re bringing it back for the first time in several decades…

    it just doesn’t add up

  3. Eoin

    And it’s definitely not the British skinhead band called The Business? Maybe someone should make that clear. I’d hate to think of a load of skinheads turning up and finding out it’s not their band playing.

  4. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    I began my drinking career in Toner’s and The Baggot.
    It was in the mid 70s and I was well able to drink six nights a week. I always took Saturday night off for recuperation, and to avoid the w**kers in their Saturday Night Fever gear
    If there wasn’t a decent band in The Baggot I’d go to Toner’s. If I couldn’t get in there because I was under-aged I’d go back to The Baggot. One of them would always let me in, because the bloke on the door was with the band, not the pub.
    It was a different time.

    But to my point…
    Toner’s was a death-trap back then. A basement with one very narrow entrance/exit.
    I never expected it to open up again, but I’m very happy that it has.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      I never crossed the road Tish.
      It was too dangerous, and I’m not talking about traffic.

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