Episode 764: Pub In A Box
Here's what Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, and Ireland have in common: They all have Irish pubs.
And a bunch of them are the product of one man: Mel McNally.
McNally spent his final year in architecture school studying the architecture of Irish pubs. He and his buddies hit up all the famous pubs in Dublin, and brought along their sketchbooks and measuring tape to answer one question: What makes these places work?
A few rules emerged from their study. The architecture of the place should create spaces that encourage people to mingle in different-sized groups. And no matter where you sit in the pub, you should be able to see the bar.
Now, he ships Irish pubs to every corner of the globe, in 40-foot long containers. And inside of those crates are the elements he's found that'll make an Irish pub "authentic:" knick-knacks, vinyl floors, and dark wood panels.
Today on the show, we drink a few beers and ponder the eternal question, is this a great bar or what?
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