Monthly Archives: January 2012

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31 01, 2012

Game Mechanics Employed in Your Irish Pub

Game mechanics underlie the addictive nature of so many activities. Facebook, YouTube, Foursquare and Loyalty Card Schemes, to name a few, employ varying game mechanics or ‘tools’ to keep people hooked. Game Mechanics are something which companies are trying to bring into the business world. These companies are deploying reward and competitive tactics commonly found in the gaming world to make tasks such as management training, data entry and brainstorming seem less like work. Employees receive points or badges for completing jobs or meeting time limits for assignments, and use leaderboards, which let players view one another's scores, to encourage friendly competition and motivate performance. This "gamification" of the workplace, or "enterprise gamification" is a fast-growing business. Companies have used digital games for a number of years to help market products to consumers and build brand loyalty. We will explore [...]

31 01, 2012

Irish pub, barbecue chain to open soon

With thousands of square feet of retail and restaurant space up for grabs, it doesn’t take much for the wheels of change to start spinning at Dartmouth Crossing. Irish fare, southern barbecue and a dash of convenience are among the changes coming to the sprawling retail hub, Ann-Louise McKinnon, regional general manager of CentreCorp Management Services Ltd., said Monday. Woody’s Bar-B-Q is first to enter the market. The 30-year-old, Florida-based chain only recently entered the Canadian market and the Dartmouth Crossing store will be the first to arrive in Atlantic Canada. Eric Swain and Jim Bethune, self-described barbecue fanatics and hospitality industry veterans, are the franchisee partners. “We wanted to take it to one of the best locations in the city and Dartmouth Crossing is it,” Bethune said. “The place is a fantastic spot to do business and it’s continuing [...]

30 01, 2012

No need to call closing time — ‘We’ll stay open until fans stop drinking’

GOOD news sports fans: pubs in Poland can stay open 24 hours a day. Unlike Ireland, there is no official closing time and they will keep serving "for as long as people want". The majority of pubs in both Gdansk and Poznan are located around the main squares. However, despite the fact that there are a number of Irish pubs in both towns, none are owned or operated by Irish people. But Maciek Musial, a bartender in The Dubliner bar in Poznan, said they would have an Irish breakfast on their menu. "We're already aware of what kind of crowds will come," he joked. "We probably won't close at all." They have Guinness on tap but it is twice the price of Lech at 16 zloty (€3.80) a pint. Jameson is also available at 12zl (€2.85) but visitors are recommended [...]

30 01, 2012

No need to call closing time — 'We'll stay open until fans stop drinking'

GOOD news sports fans: pubs in Poland can stay open 24 hours a day. Unlike Ireland, there is no official closing time and they will keep serving "for as long as people want". The majority of pubs in both Gdansk and Poznan are located around the main squares. However, despite the fact that there are a number of Irish pubs in both towns, none are owned or operated by Irish people. But Maciek Musial, a bartender in The Dubliner bar in Poznan, said they would have an Irish breakfast on their menu. "We're already aware of what kind of crowds will come," he joked. "We probably won't close at all." They have Guinness on tap but it is twice the price of Lech at 16 zloty (€3.80) a pint. Jameson is also available at 12zl (€2.85) but visitors are recommended [...]

30 01, 2012

Keegan’s Pub celebrates 10 years with a month of events

Keegan’s Irish Pub opened at 16 University Ave. NE on March 11, 2002, and will mark its 10-year anniversary with a month-long celebration this March. Plans for the celebration include live music every Saturday, a two-day tent party for St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness promotional teams, a “polar plunge” sponsorship and $5 Guinness pints (the price in 2002) all month long. “It’ll be a big month,” said Keegan’s Pub founder Terry Keegan. Keegan launched the pub after retiring from the advertising industry. “I found out that I was too young to be retired,” he said. After their favorite hangout closed, Keegan’s friends suggest that he open a bar so they would have a new place. He agreed, and discovered the Guinness beer company had a school for running “Irish Pub Concept” bars. To qualify as an Irish Pub Concept, a bar must [...]

30 01, 2012

Irish Pub Comes to Agoura Hills

Brendan's Irish Pub and Restaurant, which currently has a location in Camarillo, announced Thursday that it will open a second location in Agoura Hills by March, according to a report in the Ventura County Star. According to the report, Brendan's will open a 5,000-square-foot restaurant in Reyes Adobe Plaza, and a grand opening is scheduled for March. Some of the pub's original bartenders and floor staff will transfer from the Camarillo location to Agoura Hills, said the VC Star. The new site will offer the same menu, including more than 200 whiskeys, said the report. Source: agourahills.patch.com

30 01, 2012

Porter Café Adds Irish Flair to Centre Street

Overview: Porter Café, which opened in June 2011, is the newest addition to Centre Street’s restaurant scene in West Roxbury. Located on the same block as The Upper Crust and across the street from West on Centre, Porter rounds out the area with a modern Irish pub option. Co-owners and Ireland natives, Paul Murphy and Dermot Loftus, have worked at various establishments around Brookline and Dublin, taking their expertise and experience to West Roxbury. Atmosphere: Long and narrow, the pub utilizes its small dining space with a few tables and a lengthy bar. Red walls, warm lighting, high ceilings and virtually no artwork give the place a cozy, down-to-earth vibe. Wide mirrors reflect the light and walls, making the interior feel more spacious. The background music is low and folksy, but the chatter can reach almost intrusive decibels [...]

27 01, 2012

Irish Pubs in Baltimore

The Irish have had a presence in Baltimore since the 1840s. Their pubs are as much a part of their culture and identity as crab cakes are a part of Charm City. Baltimore is home to America’s oldest Irish bar, Patrick’s on Pratt Street, which has been around since 1847. You’ll find about twenty other pubs and Irish restaurants sprinkled throughout downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. If you’re looking to stay near the Inner Harbor, you can eat, drink, and be merry at places like Tir Na Nog or Dudas Tavern. If you’d rather be away from the downtown crowd, pubs like Dougherty’s and Mick O’Shea’s in Mount Vernon, can provide an easy enough escape. These bars have plenty of history to them that any loyal patron would be willing to share. Businesses like The Horse and Ryan’s Daughter are decorated [...]

27 01, 2012

Shindig Irish Restaurant and Pub

Shindig Irish Restaurant and Pub For a more unique dining experience, you should head to the Shindig Irish Restaurant and Pub. At 6.5 miles, this option is a little bit further away from the ball park, but it's definitely worth the trip. As you step into to restaurant, you will be greeted by the dark woods and unique decor of genuine Irish pubs. When it comes to the menu, the restaurant stays true to the theme and serves unique flat breads, haddock sandwiches, and lamb shepherds pie. In addition, the Irish eatery has daily specials, including $5 hamburgers on Mondays, $12 all-you-can-eat fish and chips on Wednesdays, and $5 Irish Carbombs on Fridays. Lunch is served Monday-Friday, with meals starting at $7. Happy hour lasts from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. each day. Appetizers and flat breads are discounted by 30 percent [...]

27 01, 2012

Lucky Clover Street Party takes place Saturday in Brickell

The Lucky Clover Irish Pub, the newest of several Irish Pubs that have migrated to Brickell, celebrates its grand opening with a block party featuring music, bites and complimentary signature cocktails. (Other drinks will be available via cash bar). Spam All-Stars take the stage first, blending electronic elements and turntables with Latin, funk, hip hop and dub. Later, Orlando’s Legendary JCs, in a special appearance, will offer their brand of soulful blues. The event takes place on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 7 - 11 p.m. and is open to the public. Note: SW 11th St. will be closed between SW 1st Ave. and South Miami Ave. for the festivities. Source: miami.com