Third site for Malones Irish bars to open in Glasgow

Malones EdinburghThe team behind Malones Irish bars in Aberdeen and Edinburgh are to open a new site in Glasgow, aiming to prove an Irish concept can thrive if actually run by Irish people.

It is due to open in the former site of The Universal Bar in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Lane this Saturday to tie in with the start of the Six Nations rugby tournament. With traditional Irish décor, it will specialise in sport and live music.

The first Malones opened in Aberdeen, followed by a second in 2010 in Edinburgh (pictured) which now also houses a hostel upstairs.

The owners believe the key to their success during the difficult economic climate has been their “authenticity, uniqueness and warm Irish charm”.

Simon Keane, manager of Malones Edinburgh and the new Glasgow bar, said: “The secret to our success is good food, good beer and good music served by a friendly and enthusiastic person.

“We didn’t have a strategy or business plan when we opened the first bar but we were quietly confident that it would do well.

“Since the early 2000s, Irish themed bars have been popping up everywhere but it is only in name – they do nothing else to make it feel authentically Irish whereas Malones has the key ingredient in that we are all Irish.

“Someone once asked me what the secret to running an Irish bar was and my answer was simply – being Irish.

“And we have tried to make sure our bars feel as close as possible to a traditional Irish pub in that all ages are welcome – our customers range from 18 to 80 and are perfectly relaxed in each other’s company.

“We will strive to make sure that our Glasgow venue will be the same.

“Glasgow is different than Aberdeen and Edinburgh and we are hoping our bar will appeal to modern, contemporary people as well as its major Irish population.

“We are constantly on the lookout for expansion into other places – but the location and the property has to be right before we will open another venue.”

In 2012, the Aberdeen bar won the Original FM Voters Choice at the Best Bar None Awards and in the 2013 awards received a Gold stamp for excellence in operating a city centre bar.

Malones Aberdeen manager Keith Martin, who is from Westmeath in Ireland, said: “We started off with just a small pub in Aberdeen and, although we have grown and are now opening our third bar which is also a bigger venue, our bars still feel like a home away from home, everything still centres around the customer, having the banter and giving the time to people – that is the ethos that Simon brought to Edinburgh and that is what will be created in Glasgow.”

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