Monthly Archives: April 2016

28 04, 2016

Supplier Spotlight: Drinksology

Northern Irish Premium liquor supplier, Drinksology have been busy working on delivering some super cool new products both in the form of drinks and in the form of functional and beautiful bar equipment. The Belfast-based company who also have an office in Dublin, supply some of the best quality drinks brands around Ireland. They supply the full range of beers, wines etc but they specialise in the spirits sector where they supply premium Irish and international spirits to the bar and restaurant trade but they have carved out a real niche in the premium cocktail ingredients and equipment market. The drinks business of the company is sister to DRINKSOLOGY® Creative which is their award-winning design, branding and marketing bureau specialising in the world of drinks where they’ve created artwork for some amazing drinks brands such as Kracken Rum, Clever Man beers, Jawbox Irish Gin, [...]

27 04, 2016

Creating Effective Promotions For Your Pub

Anybody ever had a wildly-successful Wing Night or similar promotion only to find out after two months that the extra beer sales generated were obliterated by the hit you took for discounting the food? Or maybe you've run a deeply-discounted happy hour that packed the place but actually lost you money? Well-planned, well-organized promotions will nearly always work well. By the same token, promotions that are poorly planned and badly organized will nearly always fail. So what defines good planning and organization for a promotion? It always starts with understanding the objectives of the promotion. The primary objective is usually to make incremental sales but the promotion also has to make you money and reach new customers. So, three important questions to always ask yourself and your team before planning any promotion: How much in additional sales are we targeting [...]

27 04, 2016

Pub Spotlight: Toners Pub, Dublin

Toners Pub located on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin is a short walk from both the Grafton Street/St. Stephens Green area and the Aviva Stadium. It is one of Dublin’s oldest and most famous pubs frequented by Dublin’s literati (including Patrick Kavanagh & W.B. Yeats). Not much has changed in the main bar since it opened in 1818 as a bar and grocery shop. The original features in the pub take visitors back in time, including the old stock drawers behind the bar, the brass bar taps and flagstone floors. There are a lot of old memorabilia and curio in the old glazed cabinets which are great to look at over a pint. In 2012 a new addition to Toners opened, namely the large beer garden out the back. It is a very popular spot amongst locals and tourists alike. [...]

26 04, 2016

Five Tips For Ensuring Your Vendors Are Giving You Best Pricing

The support and integrity of the people and companies that supply your pub are very important to your success. But we must remember that our vendors are generally trying to make as much money as possible from supplying our pub, and that means we have to check periodically to make sure they are being competitive and fair. Insist with your vendors that any significant price changes must be communicated to you by email, not verbally and not through your kitchen management. Don't let personality sway your opinion of a salesperson. Just because they are gregarious and likeable people, it doesn't mean they are giving you the best prices available. Trust them but always verify the pricing they are giving you. Find out which of your vendors pay their salespeople on a commission basis. A commission-based sales person is far more [...]

14 04, 2016

The Craic, The Community, The Culture of Kevin Barry’s

Savannah, GA, which plays host to the second largest St Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States, knows how to put on a show that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe year after year as ladies shake their shamrocks and gentlemen drink green beer. Tourists have often been heard saying “Savannah, during St Patrick’s Day, is a once in a life time experience” while the local Savannahians nonchalantly say “St Patrick’s is just a 190 year tradition”. Even respected movie producer and actor, Armando Gutierrez, took a day off from filming his latest movie, A Little Mermaid, to enjoy the festivities in Savannah and, of course, at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub. Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub, which is nestled along Savannah’s historic waterfront, was no different than its counterparts from around the world getting ready for the [...]

14 04, 2016

Restoring Tullaun Castle, Co Tipperary

An Irish-Australian couple are transforming the ruins of an abandoned 16th century Kennedy castle. Kevin and Sonja Bergin are passionate about Irish vernacular architecture and old buildings. So passionate, they spent fifteen years restoring a 400-year-old thatched farmhouse. Now, their quest is to protect their 500-year-old Irish castle, a silent sentinel, perched high on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the beautiful landscape of its little kingdom in North Tipperary. For the last three years, they have been restoring Tullaun Castle, using ancient techniques and materials. Initially a ruin when they purchased it, the exterior has now been consolidated, a new roof installed, stone window elements inserted and all the external masonry repairs completed. Kevin spent over 6 months repointing the entire exterior on his own. They still hope to re-build its "crowning glory", the battlements, in the future, but as these aren’t an essential structural requirement [...]

11 04, 2016

The Third Mind Design approach to Craft Pubs

One design company is creating a significant stir in the Irish hospitality sector. Dublin-based Third Mind Design are one of the leading and most exciting design companies based in Dublin’s city centre. They operate on the principle that three creative heads are better than one and employ a collaborative approach to each project whether that's something graphic-based like the creation of a cool beer mat or website or whether it's a complete overhaul of a building to create an entirely new bar and brand. Whilst some projects may only involve direct engagement from one of their lead designers, it always includes creative input from their two other senior designers at no extra cost. Founded in 2013 by 3 visual enthusiasts they have grown into a large team of creative individuals with a pool of unique experience and backgrounds that is delivered on every project. Speaking to Irish [...]

6 04, 2016

Supplier Spotlight: Naturally Cordial

The Irish soft drinks market has been fairly stagnant for some time with “innovation” being the preserve of the large multinational soft drinks manufacturers. There is only so much colas, lemonades and orangeades that a customer can possibly drink on an alcohol-free night out or with the family for lunch. Thankfully there is now a refreshing Irish range of non-alcohol adult drinks or mixers for mocktails. Check out Naturally Cordial’s range of delicious craft cordials. Made in Wexford, all their cordials are made from Irish soft fruit and organic citrus fruit. Whilst following a traditional recipe that uses only water, fruit, sugar and a tiny amount of citric acid, Naturally Cordial reduced the sugar content by 50% to allow the natural fruit flavours to come to the fore.   Flavours include the Blas na hEireann Finalists Lemon&Raspberry (2014); Wexford Blackcurrant (2015), [...]

4 04, 2016

The Value of an Employee Handbook in your Pub

The pub is a close-knit work environment where we sometimes expect that our policies and procedures should be 'understood', based on staff meetings every few months that address everything from dress and appearance through to tipping practices and the use of mobile devices. You say it once to everyone and you expect it to be so…and there's nothing wrong with that, if it's working for you. But if you are occasionally or regularly annoyed and frustrated by what you see as your employees deliberately ignoring the 'understood' policies of the pub, then maybe you need to take a different approach. How Important are Policies for your Pub? We all know that your pub needs to demonstrate a consistent standard of great behaviours in front of your guests, mostly driven by the great attitude of your employees. At the same time [...]

4 04, 2016

Pub Spotlight: Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, Atlanta

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, with two pubs in metro Atlanta, was chosen “Irish Pub of the Year” by the Irish Pubs Global Federation last year in Dublin, Ireland. Speaking to Irish Pubs Global, Ron Wallace, a former UPS executive and one of the founders of Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub said “We were absolutely thrilled to receive this coveted award and recognition by our peers in the industry as the ‘top dog’ of all Irish pubs.” “When we opened our first pub in Milton (a suburb of Atlanta) in 2009, authenticity was one of our top goals,” explained Wallace. “We wanted to create an environment that was warm, friendly and authentic to the Irish pub experience. When you walk in the door, the atmosphere is such that it feels like it’s been there for many years.” No detail was [...]