Lonely Planet Writer

Now you can rent an inflatable Irish pub for your own backyard in Boston

Forget the inebriated walk home with Boston’s latest offering to make drinking even easier; an inflatable Irish pub you can have in your own backyard.

The exterior of the inflatable Irish pub.
The exterior of the inflatable Irish pub.

The Paddy Wagon Pub is a fully inflatable structure, complete with a fake thatched roof, chimney and even a roaring fire. The main structure holds 80 people while the company also have a smaller inflatable pub available to rent for more intimate gatherings.  As well as the pub, you can also get some favourite Irish home comforts like soda bread, stews and curry chips served up to you. Patrons of the inflatable bar can relax on the table and chairs provided, while certified bartenders pour both Irish and domestic craft beer.

The team can arrange food and drink inside the pub.
The team can arrange food and drink inside the pub. Image by Paddy Wagon Pub

If you’re looking for something more from your backyard Irish party, you can add some entertainment to your package. Listen to DJs or live traditional music, learn the proper way to pour your own pint or enjoy a set from Irish dancers. You can even opt to meet and greet some Irish wolfhounds, one of the largest dog breeds in the entire world. While it’s not quite as cosy or authentic as the real thing, it will bring a touch of a quaint local pub to your party and will definitely provide a talking point among travellers about how it compares to the Irish experience!

Get up close and personal with a gigantic Irish wolfhound.
Get up close and personal with a gigantic Irish wolfhound. Image by Paddy Wagon Pub

It’s no surprise that this venture popped up in the Boston area. The city has long been home to a vibrant Irish-American community that make up 15.8% of the population. However, with the idea proving a success, Paddy Wagon are already looking for people around the United States who might be interested in continuing the franchise across the country and making the dream of owning an Irish pub a reality (sort of).