I’ve been to a LOT of bars in my life – all around the world. One of my top five bars remains one that is in my home state of New Jersey – The Irish Pub in Atlantic City.
There are many reasons for its greatness. It is located a block off of the famous board walk. You feel like you possibly have made a wrong turn. There is a big vacant lot across the street. It is somewhat desolate. Then you see the sign and open the door.
You are immediately met with the inviting and invigorating sites and sounds that are indicative of an Irish pub.
There is usually a tremendous buzz of people either pregaming or post gaming. The place is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. It is a wonderful comfort to know that it is always there for you.
But aside from the buzz of activity The Irish Pub has all the elements that are important to Irish Pub decor. There are certain materials combined in certain ways that create the unmistakable appearance of an Irish pub.
There’s the warmth of dark wood. A pub has to have dark wood. That’s a requirement. The Irish Pub has a huge rectangular walnut bar that takes up the whole bar room. It’s got dark wood paneling contrasting with creamy white stucco.
The magnificent tile floor is a work of art. It contrasts beautifully with the other design elements within the inn/restaurant.
The Guiness mirrors and wall signs proudly proclaim the greatness of Ireland’s national drink – Guiness stout.
They have installed an elaborate back bar mirror with shelves to hold the colorful assortment of liquor bottles and shot glasses and bar ware.
The humorous signs behind the bar provide an uplifting atmosphere to all the guests.
There’s the colorful glow of Stained Glass. Prosperous American Irish pubs of the Victorian era usually displayed stained glass in the windows or in the lighting fixtures. The Irish pub has a dozen Tiffany-style lamps that cast a beautiful, colorful glow across the whole establishment. It is an elegant touch that is also friendly and welcoming.
The bar stools are dark walnut with a blue/green upholstered seat. They have a back and a foot rest. They are about 30 inches in height and are quite manly.
The pub is divided into two sections and the restaurant is filled with wooden cafe chairs and tables.
There’s the warm glow of polished brass.
A pub with great decor has layers of ornamentation. It’s like a musical arrangement. Polished brass is another material that adds depth and warmth to the feeling and appearance of the room. The Irish Pub has a burnished hand rail, foot rail and highly polished wall sconces. The richness of burnished brass is just wonderful.
There is the memorabilia.
The Irish pub has tons of memorabilia. Most of the items are vintage or antique pieces that have been collected over that last century and reflect the tastes and leanings of Irish Americans.
There are pictures of famous Irish athletes – especially Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey. There are bronze busts and statues of Irish boxers. They have tributes to firemen and police.
All and all the decor of the Irish pub is an amplified version of all pub ambiance.
It’s warm and inviting, rich and colorful, manly and lively. I would encourage anybody to experience the wonderful interior of this venerable pub. You will remember and appreciate the quality furnishings for years to come.
What is it about an Irish pub decor that is so appealing? We all know about friendly Irish hospitality, but what specific, physical elements make up what we know as Irish pub decor?
Let’s take a look at the institution itself. Then in later posts we will evaluate the actual furnishings.
Pubs promote conviviality. It is precisely in line with what the Irish call “the craic” which means “real fun.” To quantify the level of success Irish pubs have attained, it is proper this is viewed from the context of current casual-dining performance in the United States, Ireland, and other European countries. Irish pub has therefore emerged as one of the hottest business lines in the industry because of her strong bottom-line which is achievable with a minimal need for capital reinvestment.
Also, the appeal and cozy attraction that Irish pubs enjoy is a solid broad demographic and broad range of drinking and entertainment occasions. In contrast with other casual-drinking shops or bars, Irish pubs can satisfy the demands of her customers at any time of the day, thereby adequately maximizing profit from business launches, cocktail hour, and late-night hangouts and entertainment.
There has also been a noticeable achievement that is beyond industry standards by Irish pubs, where they’ve succeeded in towns of 20,000 people and equally showing tremendous strides in urban and suburban locations. With diligent management and adequate resources, Irish pubs will continue to enjoy huge patronage in the restaurant business.
The contributions of both exterior and interior decorations and furnishings of an Irish pub are significant in ensuring success. Customers just want to enjoy the real thing and know exactly when they’re getting less. This is why a poorly-constructed design is tantamount to poor performance. Thankfully, Irish pubs are laced with beautiful and masterly made crafts and furnishings that make the pub the cynosure of eyes.
Most of the pubs in the United States have furniture with Irish origin which is re-assembled in the US and constructed with the need to conserve space. Some Irish pubs also provide genuinely home-cooked food with ingredients sourced locally which wonderfully integrates the menu with local and regional tastes. This is what their customers want – original and authentic Irish food. There is also the availability of high-quality imported Irish beers, Guinness, and spirits that is fresh and perfectly poured when you visit an Irish pub.
Even beyond beer, Irish pubs are known for innovative cocktails and mixed drinks. While enjoying a fresh cup of beer, there is a good mix of traditional and contemporary Irish music playing in the background through good sound systems and at some points live bands during some times of the week to help you swing safely through the night.
If an Irish pub is run by Irish people in some key positions, they help to bring out the real pub culture customers always want to enjoy. You need to have your employees know how to dish out the warmth, informality, and conviviality customers expect from Irish pubs, and so this is why there are need to have an Irish manage the lead team. Employees, management, and owners must be engaged in good business operations and constant training which will bring out the Irish traditions and culture.
Now that you have an idea of the spirit of Irish pubs, in our next post we will look at the essential elements you need to bring this feeling into your own home bar or man cave.
For centuries, Irish pub signs have been a welcome sight for weary travelers. The brightly painted, well positioned, hand carved wooden signs proclaim and invite us to enter and enjoy the warmth of Irish hospitality. They are a symbol of comfort and conviviality.
Irish bar signs or shop fronts are one of the most important elements to any pub. This is because it is your curb appeal and character that gets customers in the door to sample what the pub offers. Irish bar signs are a vital relic of the venerable history of a pub.
They often show the pedigree and character of an establishment. The various shapes and sizes usually created by local woodworkers whose skill comes from tradition family craftsmanship. The color and design of the pub sign give instant recognition of what the experience will be like when they cross the threshold. Irish pub bar signs consist of classical designs such as hand-carved corbels and columns They tell a story of a business that still thrives after generations where memories of all the local tradesmen and artist who worked together to build a special pub are immortalized.
Everybody loves these small but perfectly formed bar signs or shop fronts because they all reflect the scale of a lot of Irish buildings of the past, with low ceilings and small windows, fitting in perfectly into their present-day buildings. These signs are there to show people what they can do with a simple bar front. Irish bar fronts are all eye-catching due to the contrast of colors used and use of simple advertising signage.
In conclusion, there is no gainsaying the fact that Irish pubs are a home away from home. They are warm, inviting, and exceptionally good for everyone’s delight where you can come in and drink with responsibility and enjoy good music. No wonder Irish pubs are so
appealing, cozy, and successful anywhere they are located.
A unique touch that is obtainable in most Irish pubs is the presence of bar mirrors, which are beautifully hand-crafted mirrors and imported mostly from Ireland. This is an essential element in pub designs. Historically, many Irish pubs were built with long, narrow interiors which often produced dark corners and cubbies towards the back of the pub with very little natural light coming through. This is where the use of beautifully designed bar mirrors has become of the essence to get the most of your lighting as it doesn’t feel good drinking in dark side as if you’re in a cave. Bar mirrors work well during darker winter evenings in the pub where they illuminate every dark corner as well as create more illusion of space and a hint of drama. Following better designs,
Irish pubs have their bar mirrors positioned near the source of light to help reflect light around the room and lighting dark interiors. The back bar mirrors that are seen in Irish pubs are equally exceptional. They’re often embellished with elaborate gold leaf flourishes that beautifully reflect the display of liquor bottles, making the pub a glittering display.
Back bar mirrors help to bring bars to life with an extra touch of decoration and illumination. You can never run out of choice when it comes to back bar mirrors to enhance Irish pubs because of the various designs from Jameson’s, Guinness (with Guinness signs), and Bush mills, which are all well decorated to add that unique sense of drama and wholeness to your pub wall.