Coronavirus: Hospitality venues in Ireland to close early (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Hospitality venues in Ireland to close early. “The Irish cabinet has agreed that hospitality venues, cinemas and theatres should have a closing time of 20:00 to curb the spread of Covid-19. The measures will take effect from Monday, 20 December. The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) had originally recommended a 17:00 cut off from Monday.”

Coronavirus: Pools, gyms, team sport and outdoor gigs to return (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Pools, gyms, team sport and outdoor gigs to return. “Pools, gyms and sports facilities will be able to reopen and team sports and outdoor gigs resume in England, the government has announced. Outdoor pools and performances can resume from Saturday with social distancing in place, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said. Beauticians, nail salons and tattooists can also reopen from Monday, he said.” 😬

Coronavirus: Three England pubs close after positive tests (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Three England pubs close after positive tests. “A number of pubs in England have shut after customers tested positive for coronavirus. At least three establishments announced they had shut their doors again just days after reopening at the weekend. They were among hundreds of venues that welcomed customers after three months as lockdown measures were eased – most apparently with no problem.”

Greenock Telegraph: Pub boss was stripped of his licence after keeping his bar open despite the coronavirus lockdown

Greenock Telegraph: Pub boss was stripped of his licence after keeping his bar open despite the coronavirus lockdown. “CORONAVIRUS shutdown-flouting pub boss Ian Ellis was stripped of his licence after putting lives at risk by keeping his bar open as the pandemic gripped Greenock. Ellis continued trading at his Cheers premises — a decision which led to drunken violence and shameful headlines — despite being told to close to protect the community.”

PR Newswire: 50 Best Launches ’50 Best Discovery’, the World’s Most Exciting Gastronomic Map of More Than 1,600 Expert-approved Dining and Drinking Destinations (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: 50 Best Launches ’50 Best Discovery’, the World’s Most Exciting Gastronomic Map of More Than 1,600 Expert-approved Dining and Drinking Destinations (PRESS RELEASE). “50 Best Discovery gives discerning diners and drinkers the chance to explore restaurants and bars that have received votes from 50 Best experts across the world, featuring more than 1,600 reviews of venues in 75 countries…. This 1,700-strong Academy comprises the world’s leading food and drink writers, chefs, restaurateurs and bar owners, global gastronomes and regional cuisine specialists.”

PR Newswire: BeerMaps, LLC Announces the Launch of an Interactive Brewery and Taproom Search Engine–BeerMaps.com (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: BeerMaps, LLC Announces the Launch of an Interactive Brewery and Taproom Search Engine–BeerMaps.com (PRESS RELEASE). “The BeerMaps interface allows users to search for breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, taverns, and other beer businesses based on their GPS location so users can discover new places everywhere they go–it is now easier than ever for craft beer enthusiasts to find local craft beer! BeerMaps users can search by city or simply click the ‘near me’ button to discover breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, and taverns nearest to their GPS location.”

The Sunday Times: Photographer raises the bar by snapping every Irish pub

The Sunday Times: Photographer raises the bar by snapping every Irish pub. “Leopold Bloom, the fictional protagonist in James Joyce’s Ulysses, mused that a good puzzle would be to ‘cross Dublin without passing a pub’. Far from trying to solve it, one photographer from the city is setting off on a six-year quest to visit and snap every pub in the country.” The article is paywalled, but enough is visible for you to get the salients.

Over 3,000 Pub Photographs Saved From Rubbish Skip, Put Online

Suddenly my information traps are full of news about pubs! A man who shall surely be blessed by the gods of archiving saved a collection of pub pictures from a skip 25 years ago, and they’ve been digitized and put online. “More than 3,000 photographs were rescued by Mr [Robert] Humphreys, at the time an area manager for the brewery, and taken to the former Bass Museum, now the National Brewery Centre, in Burton-upon-Trent for safekeeping.”

Database of London Pubs

Hey! A guy is trying to photograph all the pubs in London and assemble them into a database. Apparently there are thousands of pubs in London so this is going to be a big job. “For the past seven years, Ewan [Munro] has been painstakingly researching London’s pubs, both past and present, cataloguing them and taking photos before uploading details to his online database Pubology. He also posts them on Flickr where they’re available for anyone to use for free. His mission is to photograph every pub in London – although, as he tells me, it’s difficult to know just how close he is to that goal. Nevertheless, the thousands of photos he’s taken so far represent an invaluable record of an aspect of British culture which feels at an increasing risk of being lost.” Even if you’re not interested in the database, hit the link and look at the […]