Booze: My dream bar

At some point in time I would like to own a bar and lately I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what it would be like so I thought I’d share my dream with you (Don’t steal my dream).

Appearance: I want it to be in a glass fronted modern looking building. I want white walls with a chrome bar. I’m going for the American style taps on the back wall thing with tap handles to match each beer. For seating there needs to be leather sofas in a coffee shop style placement with chrome coffee tables. Various other seating around the middle will be like American style booths.


Craft Keg beer: I’ll have Brewdog, Magic Rock, Lovibonds, Black Isle and Meantime for the British selection. There will be a couple of German beers; Franziskaner Weissbier and Jever Pilsner are personal favourites so they’ll do. From Belgium comes Gulden Draak 9000 Quadruple and Bacchus Kriek (The ladies love the fruity ting). From America I have to have Brooklyn Lager, Stone Brewing Co (Specifically Arrogant Bastard), Rogue Brewery (Definitely Dead Guy), Anchor Brewing (Steam and Liberty), FlyingDog and Sierra Nevada. I will also try and get some more obscure kegs and other random beers that I’d like to sell.

Cask ale: I will have some cask ales but not as big of a selection as I would kegs. Chrome pumps for sure. Cask selection will be a lot of Thornbridge & Dark Star as well as Fat CatBrewery. I’d also get other beers as and when I fancy them.

Crap lager: My problem when I take some of my friends to craft beer bars is that a lot of the time they won’t try any beers they don’t know. They’re boring. They like to stick to what they know so I would have to put a couple of crap lagers on keg to ensure I don’t alienate anybody. That and you all know that I like crap lager anyway. I think it’s important to try and have a recognisable brand for the less sophisticated of people. It works in America to have standard beers as well as a craft selection so why not here?

Cider: I don’t like cider but some people do. I’d have something. I don’t know enough about cider to even try to talk about it.

Bottles: I could go on for days. I could’ve with kegs and casks too but y’know. Obscure bottled beers are easier to get hold of than kegs so there would be a lot of them!

Spirits: A couple of Scotch whiskys, nothing standard. I have a trusted advisor who will recommend some (Stu... I need you!). An Irish whiskey as well as An American Rye Whiskey (Probably Rittenhouse) and a couple of Bourbons. I don’t like Gin but I’d have to stock something nice like Sipsmiths. My Vodka would have to come from Adnams as I have it on good authority that it’s awesome. Sailor Jerry rum is the only way to go in that area.

Food: Simple food. Burgers, hotdogs, tacos, burritos etc. Awesome food.

Entertainment: Music. Varied music. I listen to a bit of everything so it would depend on my general feeling. One day I’ll have some death metal on, another day would be soul then another would be hip-hop. I don’t discriminate. I would also have televisions showing sport. I noticed there seems to be a gap in the market for this. I’ve been to many craft beer bars and absolutely none of them show sport. It’s disappointing. I would like nothing more than to have a bar where people can enjoy sport AND awesome beer. I would also like to have an awesome glass pool table (Like this: That would be awesome.

I think I’ve covered everything that my ideal bar would be. It would be totally awesome and everyone would love it regardless of what they drink, the music they listen to and whether or not they like sport.

Oh and the name. Nate Dawg’s Beer Emporium. Unless you can think of something better which you probably can’t.

What would your ideal bar be like? Would it be completely different to mine or have I hit the nail on the head of what a bar should be like?

Nate Dawg


  1. location?! i don't agree on the "crap lager" front there's plenty of decent homegrown and continetal stuff that the macrobrands could be avoided. Its yours/your staffs job to educate the punters why your beers are better. If you don't like cider don't stock it, you can't please everyone all the time.

    1. I think by stocking the macrobrands it really opens the place up to more customers!

  2. In fact you even name three lagers!


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