Going back to Zanzibar: turning the legendary superpub into a place to stay and play

‘We want to be embedded in the community and linked to local business,’ says Andrew Fowler of Locke Hotels, of the hotel-apartment complex – with café, restaurant and rooftop bar open to the public – now on the Zanzibar site

18th July, 2021
Going back to Zanzibar: turning the legendary superpub into a place to stay and play
The exterior of the remodelled Zanzibar Locke on Lower Ormond Quay in Dublin.

It was the North African-themed superpub on Lower Ormond Quay in Dublin that attracted hordes of twentysomethings during the Celtic Tiger years. And Andrew Fowler, who is now overseeing the final stages of the multimillion-euro redevelopment of Zanzibar, was one of those young customers.

“I gave a few years of my misspent youth to Zanzibar,” Fowler, a Dalkey native and co-founder of Locke Hotels, said. “It was very much the Noughties; a great time to...

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