In the world of home ownership there are few things more satisfying than having a place you can relax and have fun. A place where you can have friends over for an ale or two, shoot some pool, throw some darts, or listen to some Flogging Molly. Yes, I am talking about your very own Irish Pub. A place where St. Patrick’s Day is more than just a day you spend avoiding the pinchers because you forgot to wear green. An Irish pub can be yours with a little effort and a few coins stolen from the pot at the end of the rainbow. Here’s how we did it.
My wife has been a beer aficionado for years and has spent much time combing junk shops and yard sales for beer paraphernalia that would go well in her dream home pub. In 2008 we got the chance to build our own home and decided then and there to dedicate one room to that dream. We started with lighting over the bar and pool table, painted the ceiling black and the walls a dark green. I made the bar and back bar myself out of left over wood from the house. We had a plumber friend run hot and cold water into the room for a bar sink. A laminate floor was installed and a friend gave us a large six foot mirror to put behind the bar.
A Kegerator was made from a craigslist refrigerator and a kit bought at our local brew shop. We found a cool old English style dart board at a local thrift store. My wife even found an old church pew for extra seating that fit right in. We buried the walls in signs, pictures, tap handles, old bottles and framed beer posters. All the beer and pub advertizing memorabilia are of micro brews as well as European ale like Guinness. With a flat screen over the bar games can be watched from anywhere in the pub. I installed in-ceiling speakers and hooked them up to an amp and CD player so anyone who feels the urge to do a jig can get up and get their Irish on.
For the money we spent we have a lot of pub. The key is doing as much of the labor yourself as you can, that’s where most of the money will be saved. Haunt your local thrift stores and yard sales. Keep an eye on Craigslist and Ebay for all those decorative items you want to put on your wall. We picked up our pool table for $99 at Sears. Deals are out there. Search the internet and look at pictures of what other people have done to get ideas. The sky is the limit. With some brainstorming and a few weekends you can have a place to sit and enjoy a cold brew, a game of pool, and the satisfying thought that you are now the most popular guy(or girl!) in the neighborhood!