Sunday, 29 March 2015

JJ’s opens on Friday under new management

Roscommon’s oldest traditional bar is now Roscommon’s newest venue as JJ Harlow’s, The Square, Roscommon, reopens under new management on Friday afternoon.

When Caitlín McConn and Brian Mugan open the doors of the new JJ Harlow’s at noon on Friday, the traditional bar and snugs beloved of many Roscommon citizens will have retained all their charm, but the experience offered in JJ’s will include a range of international beers, including Roscommon-brewed Galway Hooker, Belgian beer, German weiss beer, organic beer and much more. A range of interesting wines is also on offer by the glass at JJ Harlow’s.

Freshly brewed coffee, home-made cakes, free internet access and finger food on Friday and Saturday nights are just some of the offerings you can look forward to in the newly re-opened JJ Harlow’s.

Caitlín McConn and Brian Mugan are the duo behind the new JJ’s. Caitlín, from Old Circular Road, has vast experience in the bar industry, having worked in The Huntsman in Galway for the past three years, as well as other bars. Meanwhile Brian’s background is in sales and the Ballymurray native also has experience in the bar industry. Future plans for JJ’s include movie and theatre nights, as well as special race nights. 

JJ Harlow’s is one of the town’s most charming bars. The old bar area to the front of the premises is a delightful old-style bar, having retained the bar and wooden floor of the original premises, which is over 100 years old. The middle bar features a lovely open fire area, while the back bar features a giant screen for all sports events, as well as pool and darts. JJ’s also offers a pour-your-own-pint table as well as a covered and heated smoking area.

Contact JJ Harlow’s at (090) 66 26225.

Win tickets to Electric Picnic

Win tickets to Electric Picnic this weekend at the newly-re-opened JJ Harlow’s, The Square, Roscommon.

To celebrate the re-opening of the premises, a special draw will take place on Saturday night, which also features the re-launch party with local man Ciaran Cunningham and his band.

Top prize in Saturday night’s draw is an Electric Picnic ticket, valued at €240. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is buy a beer from the international beer menu on either Friday or Saturday and who knows, you could be getting your wellies ready for next weekend!

Drop in to JJ Harlow’s, The Square, Roscommon this weekend and sample some of the fine wines and international beers on offer. Alternatively, check out the freshly ground coffee, home-made cakes and organic beer. Finger food will be served on Friday and Saturday night and every Friday and Saturday night in JJ Harlow’s.

Contact JJ Harlow’s on (090) 66 26225.

International flavour to ales at JJ Harlow’s

Visit JJ Harlow’s, which re-opens on Friday afternoon and indulge in internationally acclaimed beers in the charming setting of Roscommon’s oldest traditional bar, now the town’s newest venue.

A range of international beers, both bottle and draught, wines by the glass, freshly ground coffee and home-made cakes are just some of the delightful offerings at the newly re-opened JJ’s at The Square, Roscommon. 

Whether you decide on a delicious wine, available by the glass, delight in freshly ground coffee or just enjoy a Roscommon-brewed beer such as Galway Hooker, or interesting alternatives such as Old Speckled Hen, Staropramen, and JJ’s house lager, then JJ’s is the perfect place to relax with friends. 

The international ales at JJs are well worth sampling. The newly re-opened bar offers English ales, Belgian beers, German weiss beers and a range of non-alcoholic beers. “Something we want to encourage is responsible drinking. We want people to enjoy different ales and a new drinking experience,” said Brian.

Irish craft beers, such as Galway Hooker, which is brewed in Roscommon; Dungarvan Beer Co., Headless Dog and O’Hara’s will also be available at JJ’s. Organic beers are another novel feature at JJ Harlow’s.

If you’re in town with junior and want to meet a friend for coffee, why not meet in JJ Harlow’s, which offers baby changing facilities? Alternatively, if you want to surf the net while in town, remember that there is free internet access in JJ’s.

JJ’s, which is open from 12 noon every day, is comprised of three bars areas, each of which offers a different experience. For example, the traditional bar to the front of the premises, which boasts the original bar counter and floor is a lovely place to relax, or if you’re looking for a more intimate and cosy area, check out Roscommon’s only snugs to the front of the bar area.

The middle bar area is another great place to meet friends, offering a chance to sit at the bar counter or in front of the open fire and remember, if you want to pour your own pint, you and your friends can book the pour your own pint table.

As Roscommon’s newest venue, management Caitlín McConn and Brian Mugan intend to offer an eclectic mix of music, everything from trad to jazz and watch out for special race nights at JJ’s.

JJs also has an expanded stage area in the back bar, with a new PA system coming soon. All premiership and major sporting fixtures will be broadcast on the giant screen at the rear of the premises.

The warm, relaxed atmosphere of this character-filled listed building is ideal for a get-together with friends, whether it be an engagement party, a special birthday or a post-wedding get-together with friends. 

For further information, call Caitlín or Brian at JJ Harlow’s at (090) 66 26225.