The traditional Irish pub, whether in Canada or in the home country, is nothing without the local history in which it’s rooted. But sometimes a quaint alehouse with a rich backstory just isn’t within convenient stumbling distance from where you are. That’s where The Paddy Wagon Pub comes in. They’ll bring the bar to you.
The inflata-bar looks like a real pub inside and out, complete with brickwork, chimneys, a fake fireplace and light fixtures printed right onto the vinyl. Ah, just like back in Killarney! Most people know what the inside of an Irish pub looks like. Partly because they all look almost exactly the same, and partly because nearly every city has one. But what if yours doesn’t, or you just want something a little extra special and extra convenient? Well, that’s where inflatable Irish pubs come in.
The original inflatable pub in the United States is The Paddy Wagon Pub. It’s a 30-foot by 30-foot bouncy house-style rentable that comes complete with fake wooden doors and the appearance of a thatched roof. The large version fits 80 people, while a smaller version can host a more intimate affair. But The Paddy Wagon Pub isn’t simply your everyday bouncy house rental company — it’s full-on entertainment central.
Naturally, The Paddy Wagon Pub is based in Boston. If you’re not in Boston, though, you’re not out of luck. Turns out there’s a whole industry around inflatable pubs.
There are many things available in the pub. In addition to whiskey and stout, the Paddy Wagon Pub offers a full range of drinks and Irish fare including Shepherds Pie, soda bread and curry fries. Of course if booze and the sound of an air pump outside doesn’t quite fit the mood you’re looking for,the company can arrange a personal DJ, live Irish music with a four-piece band, Irish dancers, a beer tap with a bartender who can teach people how to do a proper pour, and live Irish Wolfhounds and even some friendly wolfhounds you can pet and cuddle and—who are we kidding we’re going to rent one of these things just for the dogs!
Tired of renting and just want an Irish pub in your back yard at all times? Then just buy one. They range in price from $2,500 to $5,900 depending on style and size, and come with a personalized name.