The Importance of Design Led Hotel Bars and Own Door Destinations

The Hotel Restaurant & Bar – Not just for your guests!

In today’s consumer centric world the customer wants more. Hotel operators have the opportunity to create social centres and experience destinations in their hotels. Hotel guests and locals can sit side by side through the addition of a design led bar or restaurant.

MJ Architecture and it's sister company The Irish Pub Company  have been creating ‘own door’ design concepts, bars and restaurants in hotels all over the world for many years; adding surprise for the local customer as well as the hotel guest; and adding value for the operator and owner.


A portfolio of hotel bars by MJ Architecture and the Irish Pub Company.


The ‘convenient’ hotel restaurant or bar for guests who are ‘too tired to leave the hotel after a day’s excursions’ is a mentality that should no longer exist; it is time to excite the customer and add value to your hotel. The traditional bar and the modern restaurant that excite customers and make a hotel a go to destination for entertainment, beverage and food experiences is an essential part of any hotels business.

Own door restaurants and bars offer the opportunity of a bustling meeting spot where visitors can integrate with the locals, where the offer surprises and keeps on surprising. Designed with appeal for all generations and all type of guests, hotels today need to realise the opportunity that own door bar and restaurant concepts offer. As in all solutions, design of own door concepts within a hotel are only successful if they;

  • Change the dynamic of the business
  • Attract More Business
  • Contribute to the Bottom Line
  • Achieve a ‘game change’ in the clientele
  • Reinforce the brand
  • And make a curious customer a loyal customer.


A recent example from our portfolio is the design and build of Shannigan’s, an own door Gastro Pub in The Inn at Dromoland, Co. Clare. Mark Nolan, the Managing Director speaks about working with the team at the Irish Pub Company & MJ Architecture:


The Irish Pub Company & MJ Architecture architects and interior designers created a very special “own door” Gastro Pub for The Inn at Dromoland in 2014. The team provided excellent advice on design and went beyond the ordinary by creating dynamic intimate areas with stunning interiors that mixes rustic and contemporary design which bring a warm and sophisticated atmosphere to the venue. Shannigan’s Gastro Pub has added value to the hotel and the design has turned a curious customer into a “loyal” customer. The team delivered the highest quality service and we would highly recommend.


Attract locals, appeal to guests and add a design led own door bar or restaurant to your hotel.

The Irish Pub Company and MJ Architecture and Design, design and build in the hospitality industry to add value, raise standards and enhance the brand of a project’s owner and operator.

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