Inspired by the environment of the Irish cottage and its essential hearth, Tigín (meaning small cottage) encompasses both modern amenities and traditional values— Tigín the perfect place to find comfort.

We consider Tigín a different type of Irish pub. We blend the best of the old with the best of the new. Our decor and friendly staff evoke images of the great old pubs of Ireland whereas our style of operating – our music, food, beverages – connects more so with the contemporary pubs and bars of modern Ireland.

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Dallas, TX (DFW)
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A Fairytale of Tigín Irish Pub

The holidays are a special time of year at our Irish Pub.  Yes, it’s hectic. And, yes, staff are working harder than ever. But, there is a vibe about the atmosphere here. It’s magic. And like any kind of spell, there are a few key ingredients that make it work.

Music

Everyone moans about Holiday music starting too early or how sick of it they are by the 2nd week of December. Well, I am here to say that our Holiday play list is fantastic. It is good because we really give a shit about it -time of day, rotation, repeats, and volume.  The guys that run the Pub really want the atmosphere to be just right. The Irish call it craic. This time of year we have a formula. One part holiday song, 3 parts contemporary rock, 1 part classic pub tune. OK,  I actually don’t know what the formula is (not my job) but somehow all the right tunes at happy hour are playing and, before I know it, instead of hitting the Mall and knocking out my Christmas shopping, I’ve been convinced to order another.  Here’s a fun fact for ya — years back (2007 to be exact) Edison Research did a very expensive study to find out what Christmas songs are most popular. Do we play the new ones, play more old ones or boycott Christmas music altogether? Well, the research revealed that it was the old ones that everyone wanted to hear. And, it was at that time we saw the birth of the 100% holiday music station.  Case in point, Tom, a general manager, an Irish fella and one of the sweetest, hardest working guys you’d ever have the pleasure of knowing, LOVES Fairytale of New York. It’s a Pogues tune featuring Kirsty MacColl. I love it too. Tom though is notorious for playing it during every shift and singing it even when the song isn’t on. OTT?  Nah, how can “too happy” during any shift be too much?

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Holiday Parties

This time of year we host a LOT of Holiday parties. And, together with the music, lights and bodies, you will look around on a Tuesday night and certainly question the day of the week. We are a place where office parties don’t want to leave and other office parties want to come hang late …usually when the Boss pulls the plug at the other place.  Some of our party planners will tell you that even though its hard work during these 4-5 weeks (think OverTime on steroids), its also super special. First of all, they get to hang with their late night crew and bond. There is always a closeness that comes out of being in the trenches, working towards the same thing that connects people. FOR REAL. Also, party planners get to witness the holiday buzz first hand with so many of their clients at once. Serving happy customers is just contagious.   It’s stories like this that illustrate what I’m talking about:

“It was my second Christmas, I had just finished my first semester of grad school and was working full time. I was worn out and heading into my last shift before going home for Christmas. I served a huge party – open bar tab, food – they took up one side of the pub. They drank a lot – and unfortunately some guests were really impatient and rude. The woman coordinating the office party warned me this would happen and she was incredibly nice. So nice in fact that she even wanted to know my story. I told her about grad school, 2 jobs, etc. As the night wore on, she kept telling me how thankful she was & how patient I was being. Well, when she signed the credit card slip at the end, she wrote the same exact amount for the tip as the included gratuity – which amounted to almost $600 tip! I was panicked she hadn’t read the receipt and asked if she knew the grat was included. She explained she served and bartended her way through law school and she knew how hard it was to do both jobs. She said it was her way of “paying it forward”.  Almost $600 to me back then was like a million dollars. She was so freaking kind!        

 - Amanda, Bartender

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Christmas Orphans

When it is all said and done though, the Holidays are magic because of the people, on both sides of the bar. We are a business run by Americans and expats and during the Holidays many of us can not get back to see our families. This pub is our home away from home and the people we work with and serve (our regulars) are very much our extended family.

A couple of weeks, a regular and friend of the pub called me of my day off.  He told me that he found the Christmas stockings (by found, he meant “noticed” the box of stockings that Liz had pulled from the back room) and he asked when we would hang them up.  I told him that the girls were going to do it sometime in the next few days and joked with him about decorating the pub himself.  When I came in the next day, all of the stockings were hanging and he had tested all of the light strands.  The only reason he didn’t hang the lights too, was that he didn’t have staples for the staple gun.  He even took a trip to the store to get glitter pens to make stockings for the new staff.  Its really what the holidays are about at the pub.  We have such a huge family and we all have a part to play!
-Libby, General Manager, St Louis

And then there’s this story:

The first Christmas that I ever spent away from home was just after I started working at the Pub. I was told that I wouldn’t be able to leave over the holidays. I was heart broken about missing the holiday with my family. But, the Orphan’s Christmas that the managers hosted at the Pub made the day special. Big dinner, Christmas movies, lots of booze. I remember very little besides the warm feelings, because I am pretty sure I was blacked out by 9PM.”  -Michelle, General Manager

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Oh and just last week …THIS happened

(that’s a $1000 tip on a $30 bill)

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So there it is. The Spell for Christmas Magic – add one part music, one part mirth-making, mix with old friends -and the ones you haven’t met- and you have some very special Christmas craic.

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Best Wishes~

Slainte!

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Guinness Girls

Guinness ~ Dispelling the Myths

Guinness is The Original stout and the Irish take great pride in this …as they should. It’s a great beer. A really magnificent, beautiful beer. It has theatre and presentation like no other. Guinness also has a story.  It has a deep history that is as much a part of Irish culture as its food, music and people.

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Guinness is one of the most recognizable beers in the business. It is brewed in almost 60 countries and sold in over 120. It is what we call a brand leader and the brand managers over at Diageo (the distributor of the oldest Stout on Earth) tell the story of Guinness through their fantastic ads.  Some of the best ads in the business in fact.  Thing is, they rarely describe the beer itself. They don’t seem to need to (well, they do but more on that later). Because, even people who claim that they don’t like Guinness, still RESPECT Guinness. Have a Coke and a smile, right? 

Check out these ads from this past year. Both tell a story and make you feel something:

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Guinness is an experience and our hope is that you experience it every time you walk into Tigín.

It starts with the order.  You’ll simply ask for a pint or a jar and there is only 1 option. Guinness.  And, as your friends start in on their lagers, your pint will still be sitting in the well, preparing for the 2nd of the two-part pour   …and you’ll be perfectly ok with that.

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Once your bartender achieves the perfect head, he will rotate your Imperial, 20 ounce pint so that the Guinness label faces you. He will put it down in front of you and again it will sit. You’ll have that moment. You’ll admire.

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Over the top? Not to Guinness lovers, adorers, or whatever you want to call us. These steps are all part of what makes it taste so good. Friday evening after work  …I swear by it.  Coffee drinkers will tell you its the ritual of the morning cup as much as the need for caffeine. It’s kind of like that.

But, it hasn’t always been like that for me. Anyone who knows me, knows I prefer a pale ale style of beer; super cold, carbonated and hoppy. So, a few years back (about 6 years this Christmas to be exact), a co-worker told me to order a pint. Told me to. He told me that if I gave it a couple of tries, he was adamant that I would not only like it, but come to love it. Well, I hemmed and hawed and argued that I was wasting my shift pint experience on his experiment.  I felt like this stout was just entirely too heavy, too strong, too warm …too a lot of things.  But, since a) I kinda trusted the guy b) my curiosity was peaked, I gave it a go. In the end, I gave it 2 full goes as instructed.

And, now I love it. Like, really love it. And, here’s what I love about it:

  1. Guinness is smooth, never bitter. It’s the nitrogen mix that gives the head its creamy texture. BTW- if it tastes bitter, send it back.

  2. Guinness is cold. It’s always served between 38 – 42 degrees.  If your Guinness is warm, send it back

  3. Guinness is NOT heavy. In fact, the “black stuff” is not even black, it’s ruby red. It’s the burger that will stuff you up, not your Guinness.

  4. Guinness is a ‘session beer’. It has a relatively low alcohol by volume at 4.2% so this means that you can have more than 2. More importantly though, you’ll WANT more than 2 (please drink responsibly).  FYI – “Stout” was originally referred to a beer’s strength, but eventually shifted toward body and color.

  5. Guinness is low in calories. It has less calories than a glass of OJ, or pretty much any beer worth drinking. My favorite pale ale is a heavy 380 calories per pint. PER PINT. Not Guinness, only 200 calories. And being one of those gals who actually likes to eat AND drink, this little fun fact is pretty sweet!

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Now back to those ads. I do think that the brand managers and fancy marketers back in Ireland are missing an opportunity.  We’ve been selling Guinness and dispelling the myths about this beautiful brew for a very long time. From the beginning, Tigín was one of the 1st bars to mix bulk nitrogen and Co2 to provide the perfect combo for Guinness and utilize technology to make sure beer stayed cold from the keg to the tap. We have always used a proper branded, 20 ounce, imperial pint. Plus, our freshness standards were the highest …we sent back more beer than any account in our city.

Fast forward to 2014 and I am happy to report Guinness is still our number 1 seller. We STILL get our kegs straight from St James Gate in Dublin, Ireland and we proudly stand behind our pour, one of the best in town.

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There is one change at the Pub though that is palpable: Women are drinking a lot of Guinness. Back in 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed the 9,000 year lease, I bet he never could have guessed this kind of progress. I’d like to think he’d be proud too. Because Guinness isn’t only for guys. And the woman you see drinking that lovely pint of the dark stuff just might know something you have yet to discover and that the ads never mention …Guinness is the lightest beer you’ll ever truly love.

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So if you like beer at all, I encourage you to take a leap of faith and give Guinness a proper try. Next time you are gagging for a beer, order a Guinness. Drink the whole thing. Then, whether its the same night or another, do it again. I have yet to come across a soul who was not converted by the 3rd.

Slàinte!

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Be the Office Party Hero this Holiday Season

Let me start this off by saying, I realize I am not normal. I actually love office gatherings. I honestly like to see people out of their typical ho-hum daily routine, snazzied up and letting loose a little bit. It’s when you learn your co-workers are actually interesting people. Not to say that I don’t think mine are interesting, but alcohol always loosens people up (fact) just enough to let you learn about their passion for travel or L.A.R.P.ing (for example).  Thing is, the moons have to really line up at an office party for conversation to go down a road that actually stimulates all parties involved. Because, no, I don’t want to talk about your 401k plan or how traffic on Tuesdays has been excessive lately  …but, when the music is good, the alcohol is premium, and the boss is on the other side of the room, all the sudden your co-worker stops being the waste management Nazi in the office to someone who is actually ……INTERESTING and (bonus) FUNNY.  Our own office pleasantries went off-color years ago (Thank God) and I actually enjoy being with my co-workers on and after hours.  I know I am lucky though.  Many of you are already dreading the Holiday Office Party with this year’s theme of “Forced Fun.” Even worse, imagine being saddled with the task of organizing that inevitable snooze fest? Yea, THAT person has it  waaay worse. The considerations are endless: Joan’s a vegetarian, Chris only drinks good whiskey, Tom always leaves early, and Pamela is really Debbie (Downer, who finds fault even with “free”).

Yea, I definitely want to focus on helping  THAT person out. I want to make the Office Party Planner the Office Party Hero. I want to know that after it is all said and done, Tom closed the bar down and the party planner (Hero!) did too. It’s fair to say that the Irish gauge a good night out by the hour the last folks headed home. To that, we gauge a well executed party at Tigín by how much a party planner enjoyed him or herself. Because planning a party should be smooth AND FUN …not all work, stress and budget crunching. So, here’s a quick list that I’d give any friend who sent me an email asking, “where the Hell do I start?”

1.   Shopping your Venue -

This can be daunting but you want to think about what would make most people happy at a Holiday party. We’re talking great food & drinks, and a cozy, fun atmosphere.  The benefit of an Irish pub is that it is a place everyone can agree on. Pick any place else and you risk being “too something” – too fancy (white tablecloth), too boring (sports bar), too drinky (bar-only) or, the Boss’ house (just too much Boss). Self-promotion aside, recommendations are still a great way to narrow the field.  Post a request on Facebook or shop around the reviews on Yelp and Open Table  …a great starting point and pretty reliable all around.

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The first contact is key.  You’ll know right away if you’re going to get along with the planner and if he or she seems fun and willing to meet your needs. Trust your gut. If you get off the phone with a smile on your face, you know you’re in good hands. Remember, if he or she is not excited now about doing business with you, don’t expect that to change.

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Sometimes the vetting happens only through email, so you need to be mindful of some early clues.  When a request is submitted, a (good) event planner is going to hit the ground running. They are likely 3 steps ahead of you already and eager to fill in the gaps. If you submit a request (no matter how detailed) and good questions don’t start coming your way …red flag.  These questions should pop up early in the planning process and are the #1 indicator that your event planner  1) cares  2) is experienced and  3) wants your business. The more they know, the better chance they have of putting together the kind of proposal that will make you swoon.

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4.  Personal Attention -

An event planner who sends you off to hunt information down, is an event planner you don’t want to deal with. An event planner should take on all the work …sending you all of your available options straight away. You need solutions to problems you hadn’t even considered yet.

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You have a (meager) budget and the boss is expecting miracles. A good event planner is going to offer up the best bang-for-your-budget options. Want to stretch the food?  Well, its helpful to know that event space lay out is as important as the types of food selected to make your budget stretch. And, your event planner should tell you.  You should not have to ask.

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Every good event planner has at least a little bit of Martha Stewart in him or her and your party, no matter the budget, deserves that special something.  Some of you have ideas and just need the venue to make it happen. Easy.  And, some of you don’t have a clue …that’s ok, too. Flowers, table decorations, your boss’ favorite whiskey, or Guinness chocolate treats …a good event planner has you covered.

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Every party planner has a day of check list. Ask about it. Seriously, early on, as you are going through your budget and picking out foods, etc. ask how you can have a good time at your own party.  A good party planner not only wants things to run smoothly for you but also wants you to have fun. Answering this question should be easy.

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Even before I started working at  Tigín, a Holiday gathering at the pub was always a treat.  I knew that the atmosphere was going to be on point (festive!). I knew I could count on good munchies and a great selection of drink. Most restaurants can do an equally great job in ticking those boxes off as well. But, the one thing that I always count on at the Pub, above all else, is the staff.  They are serving you but they are as much a part of the atmosphere as the music because they are actually enjoying themselves. They are in it for the night, moving in the same direction, together. It’s the difference between hospitality and service.  Cheers! Where everybody knows your name? We all love that kind of service.  But, when your server introduces herself and you want to remember HER name? …hospitality.  This is one of those squishy you-just-have-to-experience-it-to-know-it deals. Whether its a Friday night, Sunday brunch, a Holiday office party — you will always have that at  Tigín.

So, are you going to be the Office Party Hero this year?

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