Dog friendly pubs and other ways to make your pub stand out from the crowd

Did you know in the UK 1 in 4 people own a dog and the dog population stands at an impressive 8.5 million? Many dog owners would love to enjoy a tipple with their favourite doggy companions, but can’t because their local pubs don’t allow any dogs except for assistance dogs.

What’s your dog policy? 

Is your pub dog friendly or are dogs barred? Perhaps you don’t mind dogs visiting, but haven’t made a big deal of the fact that they’re welcome, so your punters and potential punters aren’t aware. If so you could be missing a trick. Big chains such as Wetherspoons, don’t allow dogs to come inside or sit outside in their pub gardens, so why don’t you make the most of this? By placing up a sign saying you’re dog friendly, having a couple of water bowls and a jar of dog treats on the bar, you’ll be making your place much more attractive to dog owners.  Within a matter of weeks, you could find your pub listed on the doggypubs website, a review site that you can’t pay to feature on, but will be listed if a happy dog owner leaves a review.  

A barber pub? 

It might sound crazy, but could you offer haircuts in your pub one afternoon a week? Perfect for a quiet afternoon as the people waiting, will be inclined to have a drink while they wait, and play a game of pool, and they might stay for one afterwards too. The barber may give you a share of the profits or you could let them set up for free, because of the increase in footfall. 

Mums and tots group 

If you have a nice, clean carpeted area and can make space for toys, perhaps with a small playground outside, your pub could be used to hold a mums and tots group one morning or afternoon. If you have a nice family-friendly menu, some may be encouraged to stay for lunch.

Get crafting? 

Another idea for a quiet afternoon slot is a craft, knitting or crochet group. Perhaps you could do a special deal on a cuppa and a biscuit? There are plenty of other community groups that would be glad of somewhere to meet for free.

Need more ideas 

In making your pub or club the centre of your community, especially during quiet times, you should be able to boost your profits. If you’re looking for more entertainment ideas, or want to hire pool tables, juke boxes or quiz machines, please get in touch by ringing 0161 870 7777 or by checking out our website.



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