July 6, 2010

Beer Gardens in Ireland


Filed under: Uncategorized — ratemypub @ 9:22 pm


Beer garden season is flying past us. It’s been a few years (circa 1994) since we’ve had this kind of summer and we hope you’ve been enjoying every moment. We’re trying to get together a tidy little list of place to sip a beer in the great outdoors. Have you found a secret garden at the back of your local?  If your feeling generous let us know so we can all share in the garden galavanting! 

February 23, 2010

Do negative ratings improve pubs?


Filed under: Uncategorized — ratemypub @ 10:18 pm


We want to know if you have seen any improvement in a pub that has been rated negatively on our site. Have the staff become more helpful, the atmosphere or music improved, or the pints tasted better as a result of a few negative comments. Or not. Our site was not initially set up to improve lagging standards, but it would be interesting to know if it has.Thanks

February 4, 2010

Straight and Gay Bars-Never the twain shall meet?


Filed under: Uncategorized — ratemypub @ 12:24 pm


In most of our cities we have gay bars and straight bars. Straight people can sometimes feel uncomfortable in gay bars. Similarly gay people can sometimes feel out of place in straight bars.

As part of adding details to a pub, we have the option of ticking “gay friendly”.  So do and most don’t. What the term actually means isn’t specific, and sometimes it is ticked as a way of criticizing the pub! 

My question is whether all sexualities can really enjoy their night together, and why, in 2010 do we have to split them down the middle. I know it can annoy some gay people when straight people come into their pubs,
and some straight people get very uncomfortable with same-sex affection in public. Do you think we will ever get to the stage where everyone can drink together without any hassle. 

Or do you know any places that are truly open-minded to everyone? Let us know who where they are.

December 30, 2009

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?


Filed under: Uncategorized — ratemypub @ 4:35 pm


Last weekend I travelled home to my local pub.  I met people who I hadn’t seen in years, people who I used to know well, but not anymore. Anyway the pub was great, the lads behind the bar were working away, there was great live music and the place was packed with banter.old

Then a group of us ventured to the local nightclub. It played the same setlist twice, they packed what seemed like a thousand people into a small space and there was no craic.

Last night I went to a well known pub in Dublin and had a great time, the service was brilliant, the pints were smashing and the music was excellent.

These are just a few recent experiences in pubs. These are the places I know in this day and age. The home local, the nightclub, the trendy city venue. 

It got me to wondering about the types of pubs that will feature in the future. futureAccording to the Telegraph, the future holds a lot more that what my imagination has to offer. In the pubs of the future, chip and pin technology will take your order as your foot enters the threshold, beer pumps will pull a perfect pint automatically, and technological glasses (!) will allow your drink to remain at the perfect temperature. You wont even have to walk to the bar, on your table a scanner will allow you to order.

 Personally I think vending machines serving canned alcoholic drinks in clubs is a great idea. I would like to see clubs that play a wider variety of music than the latest Lady GaGa or Beyonce track,  that you could vote for a track using ur phone. Maybe you could beam a holograph of yourself in to meet your mates if your late. And I wish they would bring back feeding time after the club finished!

Whether any of this happens or not, I would like my old local to remain the same forever. I know sometimes we complain about seeing the same faces over and over, but there is something comforting about it. I like waiting at the bar, you dunno who you might meet.

Happy New Year to you All!

December 14, 2009

Christmas Drinks


Filed under: Uncategorized — ratemypub @ 10:44 am


Christmas DrinksIn my hometown, the manager of my local always acknowledges the loyalty with a complimentary drink for all on Christmas Eve. Most get at least one freebie, and I think it’s a great way to show appreciation to the locals. We here at ratemypub hope that your all getting a complimentary tipple over the Christmas.  Let us know here if its still a common tradition in your area.

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