Newstalk – Kickstart Your Business – The Shebeen

John Walsh the creator of The Shebeen was on Newstalk’s ‘The Right Hook’ programme earlier this week. He was talking to Shane Coleman and Gerard Tannam of Island Bridge Brand Development in regards to kick-starting The Shebeen.

Click on the play button on the link below to hear what the Newstalk team thought of our business and their recommendations for The Shebeen as a brand. Also John reveals some big news in relation to what is next for our mobile Irish bar.

The Shebeen – Making an Adare Wedding Extra Special

A couple of weeks ago The Shebeen was invited to attend Roisin & Peter Relihan’s wedding in Adare, Co Limerick. Roisin & Peter decided to use The Shebeen as a bar at their reception. It was set up right outside their marquee as a surprise for all their guests. roisin&peter549 Needless to say The Shebeen went down a treat with all the wedding guests. Roisin told us that The Shebeen “wasn’t empty day or night, everyone both young and old thoroughly enjoyed it”. Here is Roisin & Peter’s glowing review of our Shebeen.
“I was so excited to have The Shebeen at our wedding as a surprise for my guests. It was excellent everyone loved it! It was a brilliant place for groups of friends to have a sing song and the banter somewhere outside of the marquee. The homeliness and all the little detailed features make it a truly unique experience. The attention to detail is amazing throughout the whole Shebeen. It wasn’t empty day or night, everyone both young and old thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone.”
PicMonkey Collage-6 If you want to see some more pictures from this spectacular wedding, and indeed other events we have attended, just click here to see our Gallery.

7 of The Best Mobile Bars From Around The World

7. The Hive – USA

The Hive is a full-service travelling aluminum bar which is 31 feet long. The interior is lined with refurnished cedar slats. A 12-foot wrap-around bar is located at one end, with stools, and a cosy cushioned seating area located at the other. An exterior bar window was also cut out on the side.

They provide services for weddings, promotional events, trade shows, holiday or birthday parties and community events.


6. Ipswich Ale Brewery – USA

These mobile units are from a brewery in coastal Massachusetts. They have a fleet of four converted vehicles each having three to eight built-in taps. The fleet includes the following ‘Tapmobiles’

‘The Shag – 8 Taps’ which is a 1948 Dodge Route Van, there was only 39 of these models ever made so it is a rarity.

‘The Thing ~ 8 Taps’ is a 1965 Grumman Kurbside. In 1991, it became an Ipswich Ale delivery truck and remained that way until it was retired in 2002. It was later converted into their first 8 tap Tapmobile.

‘The Big Red ~ 3 Taps’ is a 1951 Ford F-1. The engine is a Ford 351 Windsor and was converted into a 3 tap Tapmobile in 2007.

‘The Wallace ~ 4 Taps’ is 1951 Ford F-1 panel truck which was formerly an emergency management vehicle and is the newest member of their fleet’.

You can pick from a variety of their award-winning beers from the Ipswich Brewery or indeed old- fashioned soda pops. These vehicles can be rented out for weddings, birthdays and corporate functions.


5. Union Wine Co – USA

Oregon’s Union Wine Co. is on a mission to make wine less intimidating. The company has a “pinkies down” strategy when it comes to wine and they even serve wine in a can.

Recently they have renovated a 1972 Citroen H-van which is available to hire for both corporate and private events around Oregan.

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4. Steam Whistle Brewery – Canada

This is a brewing company from Canada with a difference. Not only do they make high quality and extremely popular beer they also have a fleet of vintage cars that they have renovated to become part of their brewery. They have altogether 10 mobile bars / vehicles.

These vehicles can now be spotted around the Greater Toronto area delivering fresh kegs and cases of beer to private house parties.


3. Art Bars – The Bar & Cocktail Emporium – England

This Bar & Cocktail Emporium from Sussex, England is a converted 1965 Morris Ambulance and is available either with, or without the installation above the vehicle. Out of all the mobile bars detailed in this blog this really is the strangest.

The Cockatoo installation on the top of their mobile bar is a giant, revolving, copper birdcage stage. At night, there is a mirror ball inside the cage that creates a dazzling light show around the bar. The cage can also be used as a DJ box.

This company can provide fire artists, contortionists, ballerinas, musicians and dancers. It is available for all types of private and corporate events.


2. Gin & Bear It – England

If you are a gin drinker then this is the mobile bar for you. This is a Brighton based ‘pop up’ Gin Bar serving the finest gins both branded and home infused from the rear of their stunning, classic Morris Minor, Aubrey. As mobile bars go this really is unique and quirky.

With gin optics hanging from the old style luggage on the roof and the quaint front bar this mobile bar really adds an alternative feel to an event. This is available to hire for weddings, private parties, birthdays and corporate events.

Gin & Bear It

1. The Shebeen – Ireland

The Shebeen is a traditional Irish pub with one slight difference… it is on wheels. No matter where in Ireland you are The Shebeen can come to you.

The exterior of The Shebeen is designed to resemble a traditional Irish cottage while the interior is like you have stepped back in time to a traditional Irish bar. It is complete with old Irish memorabilia adorning the walls, stove heater, old cash register, running water, music system, power supply and of course two fully functional beer taps.

The Shebeen can be rented for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, Christmas parties or trade shows. Take a look at some testimonials from The Shebeen’s previous customers. Also check out some great videos of our Shebeen at different events throughout Ireland


Ok we may be biased here with our selection but it’s our top 7 so we can pick whoever we want! We hope you have enjoyed reading our latest blog post and please feel free to share via the icons below.

5 Irish things to do on a Bank Holiday weekend

1. Visit a Festival

We may be a small island but we do know how to throw a good festival and there are always numerous festivals around weekend each weekend. This weekend is no different with the likes of Sligo Live, Taste of City Fusion in Dublin and Hullabaloo in Offaly just a number of such festivals this weekend.

The Shebeen’s top two picks however are Galway’s Vodafone Comedy Carnival and The Cork Guinness Jazz Festival. The Cork Guinness Jazz Festival is now in its 37th year and is Irelands leading Jazz festival. It starts on Thursday the 22nd of October and finishes on Monday the 26th. This year’s line up includes The Boomtown Rats, The Coronas, Aslan and Ryan Sheridan to name just a few.

The Vodafone Comedy Carnival is one of our favourite festivals of the year running from October 20th – 26th. It always attracts some of the biggest comedy acts around and this year is no exception with the likes of Al Porter, Rich Hall, David McSavage, Bernard O’Shea, Nina Conti & Jason Manford all playing quiet intimate gigs dotted around Galway’s lively city centre.
2. GAA county finals

Throughout the country this time of the year indicates the business end of the local championship scene and a bank holiday weekend in October has local GAA fixtures written all over it. These fixtures involve local heroes getting their shot of being on national TV to do their club jersey proud while the county lads get ridiculed for not scoring at least 3-4 from play.

We can’t think of a better way to sort out your heavy head from Saturday night then going to your counties championship finals in either code or indeed heading down to the local with your buddies to watch some county finals from around Ireland. If you are visiting from another country then this is a must, here you get to see our national games being played at a grass roots level and also the amazing pride that comes with our national sports. These finals truly are something to behold and the pure raw emotion that comes with these matches cannot be replicated anywhere else on earth.

St Brigid’s, Roscommon v Crossmaglen Rangers, Armagh - AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final
3. Catch up with school friends from home

Most people will leave their big city lives for a night or two over the bank holiday weekend and travel back to their loving parents for a good Sunday roast. However boredom will get the best of most people so why not get in contact with those old school friends of yours and organise a 5 a side, movie night or maybe a few drinks in the local, what the hell maybe do it all.
4. Become a tourist for the weekend

Irish people have a serious stigma attached to ‘looking like a tourist’ and ‘doing touristy stuff’ when on holidays and in particular in our own country. We have one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world so here are just a few places you should consider visiting this weekend if you haven’t already.

1. The Cliffs of Moher

2. The Blarney stone

3. Boyne Valley

4. Ring of Kerry

5. Arran Islands

6. St. Patricks Cathedral

5. Visit a ‘trad session’

No matter what part of the country you are in you are guaranteed to have a pub near you that still has weekly trad sessions. There is nothing quite like listening to our unique musical heritage in front of a warm turf built fire while enjoying a few drinks.

Sundays are generally noted to be the best day of the week for trad sessions around Ireland, so why not end your bank holiday weekend by attending one of these true gems of Irish culture. Click here for a list of all the Irish pubs in each county that hold regular trad sessions >


The Web Summit 2015

The Shebeen is extremely excited to announce that this November 3rd – 5th we will be attending the 2015 Web Summit which is being held in the RDS, Dublin.

We are proud to be teaming up with F-Secure an internet security company from Finland. F-Secure will be using The Shebeen as part of their stand for this event. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up to date with our presence at this and other events around the country.

The Shebeen for your shindig?