When I first wrote about the inflatable pub rental service out of Boston, it seemed like having a blow-up bar for a party or family reunion would suffice. But as my colleagues and I ruminated on the idea of being able to easily produce an entire booze-centric building whenever and wherever we pleased, one word kept being repeated, “want.” Luckily, The Inflatable Pub Company of Ireland is here to satisfy that desire.
The company that first made the air-filled structures went into business about six years ago when owner Lisa McMahon Winters left her job in sales to be her own boss. A stint in the event planning industry led her to the conclusion that so many of the available tents and marquees were, well, boring. “There was nothing really cool out there,” McMahon Winters tells me. But after seeing bouncy castles and lackluster bar tests, inspiration hit. “The pub is unique. You could sell ice cream out them and it would sell out,” she says. It took two years of research to make the first prototype. “I wanted to recreate a pub I liked here in Ireland but we had to settle on a simpler design." But after a few years of production, the layouts have become more and more complex. "Now we could design any favorite pub you’d like as an inflatable.”