The Local, Cara Irish Pubs LP, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

pub design

Client Background

Cara Irish Pubs owns and runs four successful outlets in Minnesota, USA. Owned and managed by an ex-Hilton executive, Peter Killen, the level of service found at each of their establishments is second to none.

Project Details

Having created all of their Minnesota based pubs and restaurants, Ol Irish Pubs has a long standing relationship with LP. In 2006, they approached us to create their largest pub to date, The Local. Located in the business district of Minneapolis, a large proportion of their clientele would be corporate. From various site inspections and discussions, it was felt that a high-end Victorian style pub would best maximise the space and compliment their target market. With 17,000 sq ft to utilise, eight unique spaces were created:

The Porter Pub The Porter Pub is the focal point for the whole Irish pub design. A hand-carved 80-foot-long hardwood solid bar top stretches the length of this space and is complimented by a handcrafted 21 foot tall back-bar. The design is complete with the use of stained glass, terrazzo floors and cozy snugs.

Whiskey Lounge A bevy of semi-private with handcarved mahogany snugs featuring sparkling etched crystal and little treasures in every nook and cranny.

The Choir A casual living-room feel, with soft leather couches, armchairs, and rail seating.

The Sanctuary An intimate space, with a beamed ceiling, artfully aged golden wallpaper and a wood-burning fireplace.

The Kissing Room Located in the back hallway of the pub, it is an intimate space with dim lighting and cosy furnishings.

The Hollow The Hollow is composed of warm textured walls, flickering candlelight, soft leather benches and an elegantly domed ceiling.

The Boardroom A rich, wood-paneled space with a solid hardwood table and high back, hand crafted, red leather chairs.

The Patio To attract the passing trade, a palette of colorful café chairs and umbrellas were employed.

Scope of Works

  • Concept design
  • Tailored Graphics
  • Custom-made flooring
  • Bespoke finishes
  • Handcrafted joinery
  • Furniture and lighting design
  • Bespoke finishes
  • Fixtures and Fittings
  • Project management
  • Fit out

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