A WEE IRISH PUB ON WHEELS

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HERE’S a side of the small liv­ing move­ment we’ll hap­pily raise a glass to. The She­been is a tiny bar on wheels that trav­els around Ire­land cater­ing to par­ties and wed­dings. Com­pleted in Septem­ber 2014, the tow­able struc­ture mea­sures just 4,2 x 2,1 m (14 x 7 ft), and aims to recre­ate the at­mos­phere of an au­then­tic Irish pub.

The She­been was con­structed from the shell of a di­lap­i­dated 30-year-old car­a­van, and took 60 days of work to turn into an au­then­tic-look­ing pub. It cer­tainly looks the part, down to orig­i­nal mem­o­ra­bilia sourced at an­tique fairs and auc­tions, and oak and pine wood that has been dis­tressed and stained to lend an aged ap­pear­ance.

In all, the project cost around €20 000.

The move­able pub comes well­stocked and in­cludes glasses, al­co­hol, mix­ers, and ev­ery­thing else you’d need for a good time, in­clud­ing a fully-func­tional bar, seat­ing for up to 10 peo­ple, a cooler and elec­tric stove, a sound sys­tem, and LED light­ing.

Once on lo­ca­tion, it takes around an hour to set up and if no mains elec­tric­ity hook-up is avail­able, a gen­er­a­tor can be pro­vided.

Com­pany boss John Walsh rents out his She­been at €750 a day.

His firm will also build you your own sim­i­larly-pro­por­tioned tiny bar from €29 950 (R384 000), plus taxes. He said, while it may look like they are lean­ing on the bar, they are in fact al­ready work­ing on the next model, which sports a thatched roof. — Giz­mag.com.

PHO­TOS: GIZ­MAG.COM

Top: The in­te­rior of the lit­tle mo­bile she­been can fit 10 peo­ple, but then there is stand­ing room only. Com­pany boss John Walsh told Giz­mag that the pub is based on the shell of a di­lap­i­dated 30-year-old car­a­van.

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