Bar Styles of Ireland
Irish Pub Design offer a variety of design styles to suit the environment that the bar will inhabit. Some bar styles are better suited to the overall background than others. Irish Pub Design will be delighted to advise on which option will be better suited to our clients needs, in both budget and style. Outlined below are the most popular Irish bar designs.
Victorian Bar Styles
This design style was developed from cities in Ireland, from the mid eighteen hundreds up to the present day. A good Victorian bar would be made from solid mahogany and veneers, highly polished with a rich red brown luster. The well polished timber would be complimented with decorated mirrors, beveled cut glass with gold leaf inlay. With the proprietors name and a distillery or brewery’s logo. Other typical elements you would find in a good Irish Victorian Pub would include stained glass. Which again would be specially commissioned by the publican. Brass foot rails would set off bar helping to protect the base of the ornate hand carved mahogany. Bar furniture again would be of the highest quality, carved arms turned legs covered in rich leather colours and the best decorative fabrics. Light fittings would very decorative cut glass, in brass framed chandeliers Wall lights would have originated from gas lamps as electricity would not have arrived in city pubs until the turn of the twentieth century. Flooring would have been a combination of mosaic tiles and solid timber planks. The overall effect would be a richness of materials and ambiance designed to attract regular business from the local clientele.
Shop & Country Bar Styles
The Shop style bar grew out of necessity in small rural communities, where the population was not sufficient to support individual business. So it was not unusual for the one premises to have two or more business’s. Half the shop would sell groceries, hardware and on the opposite side there would be a bar counter selling beer and whiskey. There are still plenty examples of this bar still to be found in Ireland today. These bars could be painted front and back with a solid timber counter top. Again this was to keep costs down, the other finishes would be a mixture of grocery / tobacco / hardware advertising the light fittings and furniture would be very much of what was available. It was not unusual for the publican / shop keeper to act as banker / politician / undertaker. The shop / pub was the commercial hub of the local community.
The country style bar developed over centuries, in the smaller towns and villages throughout Ireland. Not following as uniform a style as the Victorian city bars, as local tradesmen used a variety of local timbers and materials. Which made the finishes more eclectic, the core design remained the same but using cheaper materials. The bars would be stained and lacquered to a uniform finish there would be less decorative mirrors, no brass foot rails A timber box step at the base of the bar would suffice. Lights would be a mix and match with furniture from different sources. The flooring would have been timber planks with the overall effect would of been less formal. The customers would have been mixture of local tradesmen and farmers etc.
Brewery Bar Styles
The Brewery style design is a mixture of bar styles taking its source from the many local breweries throughout Ireland. Polished and lacquered timber front and back bars with industrial style light fittings and robust furniture. The flooring would be a combination of timber planks and large flagstone tiles. The bar would have steel strapping’s and the walls would mainly have photographs of the brewing process and pictorial evidence of how the industry has changed over the centuries.
The shebeen style design originated in the the Irish thatched cottage. Where the local farmer supplemented his meager income from his farm by by distilling Poitin ( home made whiskey made from potatoes ). When the poitin was ready to be drunk, he would invite friends and neighbours to sample. His recompense would depend on the quality of the product. The style of a Shebeen would be very basic, with white washed walls and a simple front and back bar. Simple lighting with very rustic furniture on a rough large stone tiled floor.
Modern Irish Bar Styles
The New Ireland has developed its modern take on a very old industry. The Irish design in the pub market in Ireland has evolved with everything else maintaining its link with its heritage and history. Using traditional materials with local craftsmen, it has adapted to the changing needs and desires of a young population. The pub is still very much the center of the social scene in Ireland and along with all the traditional pub venues. There are more modern pubs with a greater emphasis on music. These venues tend to have more modern lighting such as LED, the overall effect is more dramatic.