New era beckons for historic Portlaoise pub

New era beckons for historic Portlaoise pub

Ramsbottom & Sons Embarks on an Exciting New Chapter with Launch of Music Venue Downtown 101

Ramsbottom & Sons, the beloved historic pub in downtown Portlaoise, is set to embark on an exciting new chapter under the passionate stewardship of the Wallace/Friel family. After years of cherishing the unique charm and potential of Rams, Jack and Ann have taken to the helm of Rams since the end of 2023 to preserve its rich heritage while introducing a fresh, new and dynamic twist.

Ramsbottoms has long been a cornerstone of the community, known for its old-world bar feel that exudes a timeless old Irish atmosphere, while offering an experience loyal patrons have cherished for years. The main objective under the duo’s leadership is to maintain the ‘Ramsbottom’ identity and integrity, paying homage to its homely origins and ensuring customers continue to enjoy the ambiance they’ve grown to love.

In an innovative move to expand Ramsbottom’s appeal, the back of the pub has been transformed into a vibrant new music venue, Downtown 101. This space, with its distinctive barn-shaped roofing, offers a welcoming open area complemented by cozy annex rooms perfect for chilling out. Ann saw this as an opportunity to create a haven for music lovers and is set to attract a younger generation with the venue’s cool dark tones and soft lighting that create an inviting atmosphere.

The official launch of Downtown 101 is set for Friday, 31st May coinciding with the June bank holiday weekend. The night promises to be a super event featuring live music by The Jury, starting at 9:30 PM. To celebrate the launch, finger food will be served, with lots of giveaways on the night and throughout the weekend, ensuring a delightful experience for all in attendance.

The new owners vision for Ramsbottoms doesn’t stop there. Over the next 12 months, Ramsbottoms will introduce a selection of specialised whiskeys, gins and craft beers, enhancing its beverage offerings. Additionally, Rams is preparing to launch its own branded beer and ale, aiming to export beyond the county and bring a taste of Ramsbottoms to a broader audience.

In a bid to take the pub experience to the next level, they will also debut an extensive merchandise line in the coming months, allowing patrons to carry a piece of the pub’s legacy with them. From unique keepsakes to stylish apparel, Ramsbottoms merchandise line is set to become a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Above all their main focus is the customer. They want to create a customer-centred bar experience, offering table service where possible on their cocktail, beer and wine menus. 

Join Ann, Billy and Jack on Friday, May 31st for the launch of Downtown 101 and be part of this new and thrilling chapter in Rams’ storied history. Experience the blend of tradition and innovation, and celebrate with live music, great company, and the timeless charm of downtown Portlaoise.

For more information, please contact: Ann 087 6188770

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