Aaron Wall: Life as a Homeboy

But the next big step in his journey is again thanks to Goodman, who suggested he take on a venue LCC had put up for sale. He successfully pitched his business plan to Goodman while the LCC owner leaned against a lamppost having a cigarette, and the next challenge was to raise funds. This is where his then housemate and now business partner Ciarán Smith, put his faith in Wall’s ability to create a world-class neighbourhood bar.

“Suddenly everything was happening, even my dad came over and helped with the floor and we built the bar together,” adds Wall. “I’m so proud of how it turned out and, although my old man had some differing views on the decor, I think it turned out all right.”

Now, having been commended for Best New Bar at the Class Bar Awards 2020 and boasting a plaque stating Best Pint of Guinness in London, there are plans for a new kitchen, and even new venues. That’s right, Wall plans to roll out Homeboy across London and even further afield. So whether you’re a Dubliner living abroad or simply after great modern Irish hospitality, when you walk into one of Wall’s Celtic venues you’ll feel like a homeboy.