Monthly Archives: December 2011

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23 12, 2011

Irish Pub Branding

Branding represents the emotional and psychological relationship you have with your customers. Strong brands elicit thoughts, emotions and physiological responses from customers. How you weave the story of your brand into your establishment can make or break your Irish Pub.Research your Irish family history for branding opportunities. The Irish census from 1901 and 1911 are available online and in an easily searchable database. You can find your family background by many basic categories such as surname, forename, county, street address and age categories, as well as more advanced searches such as occupation, specified illnesses and number of children born. The censuses hold a wealth of knowledge and potential to connect your Irish pub to your Irish history. Once you find some details from the census, you can continue your search in newspapers, death/birth notices and police records.Perhaps you will find [...]

21 12, 2011

Irish Pubs and Online Presence

If you’re Irish Pub doesn’t have a strong online presence, you are missing out on a substantial amount of potential customers.Your Irish pub or restaurant should consider The National Restaurant Association found that almost 40% of all restaurant customers will visit the restaurant’s website before they dine there for the first time.If you Google, ‘Best First Date Bar,’ ‘Best Nightlife’ or even ‘Irish Pub’ in your city, what comes up? Quite often the results are questions on forums, blogs, or reviews where local people give their opinions. This is the place you can make your mark, make sure there is a comment suggesting your Irish Pub for these top searches. If the top searches are blogs or official websites, it is in your own interest to contact the writers and ask them to stop by for a free drink to [...]

21 12, 2011

Yelp Your Irish Pub!

Yelp.com is a social networking, user review and local search web site. Yelp has a huge influence on the food and drinks industry with more then 54 million unique visitors every month. It is worth your Irish Pub investing time into exploring this site. Yelp is “focused on the reviewing experience” and fosters a community of highly engaged users who write reviews about restaurants, bars, and other types of local establishments. Yelp tap into the “vocal minority” to provide content for the rest of us. Sometimes this group of influential customers will have kind things to say about your restaurant and sometimes not. Irish Pub owners can benefit from these reviews – if they gain a number of good reviews on Yelp. Many times their Yelp profile can rank highly in the Google search results and be one of the [...]

21 12, 2011

MacDinton’s St. Petersburg pushes back opening date

MacDinton's Irish Pub, the wildly popular bar in South Tampa, will open its new location in St. Petersburg just in time for the new year. MacDinton's St. Petersburg, with an entrance along First Avenue N in the 200 block, is scheduled to open Dec. 30 in the Jannus Live entertainment complex, then will ring in 2012 with Cheap Trick performing at Jannus Live. Concert tickets are $100 and include open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. But for people not going to the show, MacDinton's will have free cover, a champagne toast at midnight and a DJ from midnight to 3 a.m. The bar will stream the concert live. The Jannus Live location allows the bar to partner with concerts in the courtyard while expanding its own parties, live shows and charity events, said Barry O'Connor, who owns MacDinton's with [...]

21 12, 2011

MacDinton's St. Petersburg pushes back opening date

MacDinton's Irish Pub, the wildly popular bar in South Tampa, will open its new location in St. Petersburg just in time for the new year. MacDinton's St. Petersburg, with an entrance along First Avenue N in the 200 block, is scheduled to open Dec. 30 in the Jannus Live entertainment complex, then will ring in 2012 with Cheap Trick performing at Jannus Live. Concert tickets are $100 and include open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. But for people not going to the show, MacDinton's will have free cover, a champagne toast at midnight and a DJ from midnight to 3 a.m. The bar will stream the concert live. The Jannus Live location allows the bar to partner with concerts in the courtyard while expanding its own parties, live shows and charity events, said Barry O'Connor, who owns MacDinton's with [...]

20 12, 2011

Robbery: Train Your Staff how To Respond To It

Robbery's are a frightening experience for your employees; consider preparing your staff by educating them on how to respond in the event of a robbery.Without the proper security measures, pubs are at great risk of robbery and so it is necessary to be aware of potential dangers.In the event of an armed robbery, instruct your staff to remain calm, alert and observant. Panic only heightens the danger involved.Emphasize that their safety and welfare is your primary concern. Money can be replaced, human life cannot.Here are a few tips to help educate and protect your staff in the unfortunate event of a robbery.Assume Firearms are loaded and observe information regarding the criminal's weapon. Was the handgun a revolver or automatic? Did it have a long or short barrel? What color was it? Take the robbery seriously, if they claim to have a [...]

20 12, 2011

Pub Audiences And How to Engaging Them Online

Customer service goes beyond your physical establishment; you can provide customer service before and after your punters walk through your doors.One of the best ways to engage your pub audience is online and we have some tips on how other establishments are engaging their online audience effectively.Most Creative Profile PictureCaptain Morgan’s created a contest for ‘Captain's legendary Pose’ that asked customers to take a creative ‘Captain Morgans Pose’ with a story behind it and put it as their profile photo. By doing so, Captain Morgan’s donates $1 to the First Mate Fund, which supports responsible drinking and non-profit organizations nationwide. People spread the idea onto their friends, trying to ‘one up’ each other while generating publicity, as seen in the Sea World Captain Morgan’s pose. Your Irish Pub could incentivize a photo contest on Facebook relating and strengthening your particular [...]

20 12, 2011

Patrick Sinclair’s Irish Pub Opens for New Year’s Eve Celebration

Say goodbye to 2011 at Patrick Sinclair’s Irish Pub on Mackinac Island. DJ Brevin spins the house on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm till the place closes. Champagne toast and party favors at midnight on the 31st of course! No reservations needed. Chef Fearon’s Fabulous New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu Surf & Turf: Grilled Tbone Steak topped with Five Jumbo Shrimp, served with Truffle Oil Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus and a Wild Mushroom Demi Glace. $28.99 Teriyaki Glazed Halibut: Grilled Fresh Halibut Steak with a Teriyaki Glaze, Sauteed Asparagus and Vegetable Pilaf. $25.99 Prime Top Sirloin: 12oz Filet Cut Top Sirloin with Truffle Oil Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Demi Glace. $26.99 Southwestern Salmon Steak: Grilled Fresh Salmon with a Pineapple Mango Chutney, Asparagus and Vegetable Pilaf. $22.99 Parmesan Crusted Whitefish: Broiled Great Lakes Whitefish with Roasted Garlic, Capers [...]

20 12, 2011

Killed on the job

While the Christmas season is normally associated with good will, a local pub has taken the opportunity to give a stark reminder. The owner of Dwyer’s Irish Pub has posted 158 photos of law enforcement officers who’ve died in the line of duty across the nation during the past year. The photos rest in 5-by-7-inch frames on the establishment’s patio in front of a towering Christmas tree on Webster Street. “Last year we got a big tree that we put up and we put blue lights on it as a memorial to fallen police officers,” said Greg Stenis, who has owned the pub for the last 15 years. “We just expanded on that with the photos this year. When you see their faces it’s kind of different.” Stenis has been an auxiliary member of the North Tonawanda Police [...]

20 12, 2011

Midland to get Irish pub

DESPITE some objection from nearby neighbours, Midland will soon be home to a new Irish tavern. City of Swan councillors approved the tavern for the ground floor of a three-storey development at last week’s council meeting. Licensee Tony Smyth, who operates 7th Avenue Bar and Restaurant, said the tavern would be called Kitty O’Shea’s. “Our intention is to open an Irish Theme Bar and Restaurant at 1/53 The Crescent, focusing on good hearty meals and family entertainment, and the odd pint of the black stuff, Guinness,” he said in his application. “I believe this Irish theme bar and restaurant will inject life into Midland CBD. “The unique combination of decor, hospitality, great food, beverages and craic will create a destination people from all walks of life will want to enjoy time and again. “There is nothing to equal the ambience [...]