Copper Face Jacks is one of Ireland’s greatest entertainment venues. It’s also one of the most profitable with retained profits in the 23 years since it was first opened of €75 million and a surplus of €4 million in the last financial year alone.
As of today though it is up for sale, together with the Jackson Court Hotel that sits above it.
Owner Cathal Jackson looks to have made the right call when retiring from the Guards to give the nightclub scene a bit of a go back in the day.
It has become legendary as the haunt of GAA players, you get in for free if you bring a County Championship trophy with you, and plenty more besides.
Coppers changed the tides of fashion and was a key part in shifting the epicentre of Dublin nightlife from Leeson Street to Harcourt Street.
It is now surrounded by Everleigh, D2 and more and is the place to go pretty much every night of the week.
Press Up Entertainment who own the next door Dean Hotel and Everleigh have said the €40 million price tag is too much for them and it will be interesting to see who might emerge as a bidder.
Generating €4 million profit a year is impressive but the sector can be fickle and just because Coppers has always ridden above those winds of fashion that doesn’t mean it always will.
Try and do it up or change its style and you risk turning it into ‘just another club’. The clientele who have been flocking there to celebrate being Irish and knowing how to have a good time will not want to see it change too much.
It will take more than the coppers we’d find down the side of the couch to buy it but if you know someone with money burning a hole in their pocket then that elusive gold card could soon be in your grasp.
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