The cottage style Irish Pub is normally to be found in rural locations, usually house in a stone built cottage & may even have a thatched roof. This style of pub has a warm, welcoming interior & often evolved from a domestic house into a pub, where local tales, jokes & news were shared.
These pubs are usually simple in design, the exterior of the pub may only consist of a brightly painted door with a simple sign overhead & some exterior tin signs. Inside the interior is rustic in design with flagstone or timber floors, rough plastered walls & exposed ceiling beams.Customers can huddle around the open fire complete with cast iron kettle suspended on an iron crane. The open fire creates a cosy warm inviting atmosphere.These are beautifully simple pubs, consisting of handcrafted Irish furniture such as settle benches, wooden benches & dressers which would be filled with crockery & typical Irish homeware's. In a cottage style pub the conversation, story telling & music flowed, sitting by an open fire.....a home from home!!
There are a few categories into which Irish Pub Design fall, alongside that, every Irish Pub is unique in it's own right as most pubs used individual craftsmen, so different joinery ( millwork) detailing, glass designs, and so forth would be used in the deign & build of each pub, the individual owner also had an impact in the feel of the pub, as a result there is a wealth of different designs to explore.Each pub is unique in its own detailing & feel.
The main categories of Irish Pubs are as follows
Within the categories above a variety of other Irish pub styles can be incorporated into the design of any given project, e.g. within the Irish pub shop style: the design could be based on a grocers or 'spirit grocers', chemist, hardware; the list is probably endless as you could come up with so many different design variations.Irish pubs also often ended up 'theme-ing' themselves, for example if a pub's owner & customer's were big horse racing enthusiasts, then the hanging pictures & bric à brac would more than likely reflect this,the same can be said for pubs with a great tradition of live music, or a literary history, as many Victorian Dublin pubs have, in years gonebee frequented by many of the great Irish writers sharpening their wit at the counter!
It is important to deign your Irish bar correctly; it will make it stand out from the crowd it also helps achieve atmosphere & ambience, which will be added to the pub naturally with age.All the elements of an Irish pub should be selected in harmony with the era it is from, important elements to select carefully are joinery (millwork details), glass design, flooring, lighting, wall finishes & bric à brac. Getting these details right will create the perfect authentic feel to any pub, whether it be a refurbishment or new build.Once you get the basic design right, detail it true to the era the design is from & use good materials that will stand the test of time, your pub will, like a good whiskey improve with age!
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