If you thought Buffalo had every type of bar known to man, you were off by at least one. Starting June 24, you’ll be able to enjoy a beverage at Buffalo’s first inflatable pub.
The blow-up bar known as Johnny Mac's kicks off its summer tour Friday during Grand Island’s summer concert series at the Town Commons (2255 Baseline Road). Admission is free.
“I saw it in Boston a couple summers ago and it seemed like a crazy outrageous idea,” inflatable pub owner Corey McGowan said. “People were loving it. So I did a little more research on it and there were a couple other cities doing it as well. This summer I purchased our own unit so Western New York could have it as well.”
Once fully inflated, the Irish-looking pub can fit as many as 90-100 people. It has standing bar tables inside and offers an array of beer and wine, as well as Jack Daniel’s bottled mixed drinks. Food options at the concert include burgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken sandwiches, pretzel bites, flavored shaved ice.
One of the best parts about Johnny Mac’s is that it travels. McGowan has a number of events lined up for this summer, but you can also rent the bar for your own private party or use it as a beer tent. The only requirement is electricity to power the blower (visit coreymcgowan.com for more).
The pub measures 50 feet by 30 feet and has a ceiling 27 feet high. It can’t be air conditioned, but “it’s wide open space,” McGowan said. “You got cut out windows so air blows right through it.” The bar has entrances in the front and back.
Friday’s concert features Gimme Buffet, a local Jimmy Buffet tribute band.
Other places you can find Johnny Mac’s this summer:
July 29: Music in the Park, Grand Island Town Commons, 2255 Baseline Road
Aug. 14: Concert for a Cure, River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St.
Aug. 14: Dog Days of Summer, River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St.
Aug. 26: Music in the Park, Grand Island Town Commons, 2255 Baseline Road
Sept. 3-4: Taste of Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls
Sept. 24: Taste of Grand Island, Grand Island Town Commons, 2255 Baseline Road
Drinks: Beer – Budweiser, Bud Light, Labatt Blue, Labatt Blue Light, Shock Top, New Belgium Fat Tire, Flying Bison Rusty Chain. Wine – Pinot grigio, merlot, chardonnay, moscato. Bottled mixed beverages – Jack Daniel's Jack & Cola, Jack Daniel's Jack & Lemon.
Eats: Burgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken sandwiches, pretzel bites, flavored shaved ice.