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6 11, 2012

The Quite Corner

“Passion, along with commitment and focusing on the finer details” are essential ingredients for a great Irish pub, according to José Félix Basozabal, co-owner of The Quite Corner, located in Kristo Kalea in the Basque Country (to the north of Spain).This is the first time the José and his brother have opened an Irish pub, but they look forward to making it a success. José says; “We started our business on April 13th and opened on May 17th. The last six months have been very intense but so far everything is going relatively well, with challenges in all aspects, especially in the service bar and kitchen on weekends.”So far, besides its inauguration, the Quite Corner pub has celebrated the festival of the town and Arthur Guinness Day. José believes that the Basque Country and the Ireland have a number of things in [...]

30 10, 2012

Global Gathering 2013 and Banshee Legend Launch, a success

Last week, we visited New York to announce details of the Global Gathering 2013 and to support Dublin Distillers in launching Banshee Legend. Kindly hosted by The Consul General of Ireland, Noel Kilkenny, the event attracted over 40 of New York's finest Irish Pub owners, operators and leading industry professionals. Notably, three of our Chapter Presidents were in attendance: 1. Paul Hurley, New York. 2. Dave Magrogan, Philadelphia. 3. Conchur DeBarra, Belgium. - all of whom spoke on the importance of the Global Gathering in 2013 and the value of Irish Pubs Global as a network reaching 4,000+ members in all four corners of the globe. Illann Power, of Dublin Distillers successfully launched Banshee Legend, a new whiskey liqueur to the New York market. For more information on the Irish Pubs Global Gathering 2013, please email us on: hello@irishpubsglobal.com Source: Cillian [...]

10 10, 2012

Advertising – Five Alternatives

If you’re spending your advertising budget on the masses and hoping something will stick, you’re playing a game that’s already over. We discuss five approaches that will slash your budget and play a huge part in your advertising.1. Internet Searches:Have you tried to Google restaurants in your local area? There is no audience you want to target more than people looking for a place to eat on their smart phones, so try to Google common phrases, ‘Places to eat Helsinki’ ‘Irish Pub New York’ and if you are not a restaurant that appears in the lists or blogs after a Google search, make it your priority to be on one. Make sure your address comes up in Google maps for ‘pub’ ‘restaurant’ or ‘bar.’2. Determine your Budget:Determine a percentage of your revenue to put into improvements that affect the guest [...]

3 10, 2012

Irish Embassy Haiti

At precisely 17:59pm last Thursday, the country of Haiti raised a glass not only to Arthur, but also to the opening of The Irish Embassy, the first Irish Pub within the country.The opening itself, located within the Irish Village, was a resounding success and aided further re-development of Port-au-Prince, after the 2010 earthquake, which devastated the entire region.The event began with a barbecue on Authur’s Day, with chef Karol Keane offering an assortment of delicious food. Guinness was served on tap, a first for the country as a whole and free soft drinks where also on offer. Entertainment came in the form of DJ Jack.The Irish Embassy is decked out with traditional wooden panelling and furniture and a number of Celtic and Haiti inspired murals covering various sections of the pub. The entire endeavour is the product of six months [...]

25 09, 2012

Haiti Sees Arthurs Day Opening For First Ever Irish Pub In The Country

Hi Folks!Irish Pubs Global are delighted to support a major philanthropic effort in HAITI, one for the least developed countries in the world and extend a warm invitation to the opening of 'The Irish Embassy' in the Irish Village of Haiti, this Arthur's Day.It will be the first Irish Pub in Haiti and the first bar to have beer on TAP!!!The initiative started when the Soul of Haiti charity in Dublin got people together, including our Irish Pubs Global President, Enda O'Coineen, to help Haiti after the Earthquake. Also Conchur deBarra, our IPG President for Belgium, had the idea from his volunteer work with the Haven charity in Haiti.  For good measure our IPG President in Philadelphia, Dave Magrogan of the Kildare Group, is supporting the unique venture.The concept started as an Irish Pub called “The Irish Embassy”, it then [...]

18 09, 2012

Opentable and the Cheers' effect

Back in June, we featured an article on Fado Irish Pub and the announcement of that Irish pubs use of OpenTable, an online service to help patrons make reservations.This week Irish Pubs Global looks further into OpenTable and how the service is effectively used to track and improve the overall customer experience, as well as help your Irish pub increase its revenue.The ability to know and read your customer is crucial to the survival of your Irish pub. When a customer orders food at your Irish pub, it is vital to note their habits and preferences; everything down to any quirks they may have.OpenTable allows you to log in details and track information about an individual customer; whether it is a specific preference, like having a stake cooked medium rare, or noting that they have an allergy to fish.It is [...]

18 09, 2012

Opentable and the Cheers’ effect

Back in June, we featured an article on Fado Irish Pub and the announcement of that Irish pubs use of OpenTable, an online service to help patrons make reservations.This week Irish Pubs Global looks further into OpenTable and how the service is effectively used to track and improve the overall customer experience, as well as help your Irish pub increase its revenue.The ability to know and read your customer is crucial to the survival of your Irish pub. When a customer orders food at your Irish pub, it is vital to note their habits and preferences; everything down to any quirks they may have.OpenTable allows you to log in details and track information about an individual customer; whether it is a specific preference, like having a stake cooked medium rare, or noting that they have an allergy to fish.It is [...]

11 09, 2012

Irish Craft Beer Festival 2012

Following on last weeks preview of The Irish Craft Beer Festival, this week Irish Pubs Global looks at the festival itself, which took place between the 7th – 9th of September at the RDS in Dublin, and the opportunities open to Irish craft beer on the export market.According to Seamus O’Hara, co-founder of The Irish Craft Beer Festival and owner of The Carlow Brewing Company; “There are even better opportunities for Irish Craft Beer abroad, now more than ever.”The festival began on Friday afternoon and featured over twenty Irish craft breweries, including The Carlow Brewing Company,The Porterhouse and Metalman, as well as craft cider producers Stonewell and Tempted, along with guest brewers Sierra Nevada and Lexington Brewing, with over seventy different beers and ciders to choose from.Speaking of the rising success of Irish craft beer, Shamus says; “People are interested [...]

5 09, 2012

Irish Craft Beer Festival – Brewing Up A Storm

  Irish beer drinking habits have changed dramatically in recent years, with a significant shift towards home grown craft beers. This week sees Ireland host its first Irish Craft Beer Week, which culminates in The Irish Craft Beer Festival. Irish Craft Beer Festival co-founders Bruce Mansour and Seamus O’Hara, as well as Gray Dog Events founder Carley Donegan, spoke to Irish Pubs Global about The Irish Craft Beer Festival, which takes place at the RDS, in Dublin, from the 7th – 9th September 2012. Originally from Canada, but now based in Dublin, Bruce Mansour is the face behind The Irish Sponsorship Summit; “I was looking to do another festival and was always wondering why there wasn’t a beer festival in Dublin, because I own another festival back in Canada with another partner. When I mentioned this to Bord Bia, they [...]

22 08, 2012

Kildares demonstrates how to attract receptions and corporate clients to your Irish pub

Kildares Irish Pub knows how to market themselves to publicans, as well as corporate clients. At every one of their Irish pub locations, there is an in store marketing person. This allows them to do research and create calendars of all of the events coming up in the area.Kildares make a point of going out and meeting local businesses, and creating connections with them.One of their strongest relationships is with the chamber of commerce and business bureau. By offering to host some of their corporate events for free, giving them a gift card or a free lunch, they put themselves in a position where they are the first to be recommended as a venue for a local business event. By building ongoing relationships with small and local business groups, business will come to you, through them.One great example of this [...]