While looking for a good IRC android client I stubled upon https://thelounge.chat/, which is a selfhosted application that aims to bring IRC to the 21th century. The main selling points for me were that it’s a web application, and that it is always connected. Plus it’s a PWA, so I can install it on my phone and get notifications.
So I don’t need a bouncer, I just need a web browser! So I installed it on a whim and will test it for a while. For now I’m only lurking in the
#mnt-reform channel on libera.chat.