Owners, Caleb Harkleroad (R) and Daragh Blennerhasset
Owners, Caleb Harkleroad (R) and Daragh Blennerhasset

Get ready to shamrock and roll with the city’s first mobile Irish pub

In a city known for great Irish celebrations, a thriving Celtic heritage, and one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades on the planet, Savannah is ripe for a new business ready to roll into your event. Literally.

Introducing An Sibín Mobile Irish Pub, pronounced “ahn shabeen,” the brainchild of Caleb Harkleroad, more well-known in Savannah as the owner of Harkleroad Diamonds and Fine Jewelry. However, with his own rich Irish heritage, he was called to this new adventure.

“Last [fall], I saw a mobile pub and I didn’t think it was done as well as it could have been,” Harkleroad said. “I know pubs pretty well. It’s a passion of mine. So, my brain started working overtime, wondering if something like this would work here.”

Caleb said he talked to his wife, Kori, who thought a mobile Irish pub was a good idea. “She asked if I was going to do it myself or with a partner. She suggested talking to my best friend, Daragh Blennerhassett, originally from Dublin. We’ve known each other for about four years and started the Savannah Gaelic Athletic Association.”

Harkleroad said Daragh had experience working in pubs in Dublin, as well as in Chicago, and thought it would be a good match. Blennerhassett met him at O’Connell’s so he could “run something” by him. According to Caleb, the two men stayed there until the wee hours of the morning discussing the idea.

“Great. Let’s do it. When do we start?” Blennerhassett asked.

The partners purchased a trailer at the beginning of this year and have been working on finalizing the design.

“It’s about 160 square feet of space,” Harkleroad said. “I don’t want people to think it’s just a tap truck. It’s a bar truck. This is a genuine mobile Irish pub that will seat 14-15 people. You can go in, sit, chat, enjoy your pint. It is the real deal… just on wheels.”

The name An Sibín in Ireland means an illegal home bar. “We thought [the name] would be fun and in the spirit of things to have somewhere that’s your own space to hang out with your friends and drink the night away,” he said.

An Sibín brings a full, genuine Irish pub experience to a wedding, party, retirement, birthday, or any event. He continued, “Inside the mobile pub, we’ll have a snug—essential to the Irish pub experience.” A snug is often a smaller room off the main pub bar for more private conversations or smaller parties.

“We’ll also have the option of two beers on tap. Obviously, we’ll be serving Guinness,” he said with a laugh. “You can rent the pub, as well. Say, if you wanted to have a Super Bowl party, we could get the bar to you, get the taps set, get everything ready to roll, put it where you want it, and then we’ll get out of the way. You can also rent bartenders, as well.”

The unique mobile pub will mainly be a special events business. Harkleroad said they’re excited to provide whatever level of service a customer needs.

“As I said, we’re a rentable venue with bar service. We will coordinate with the event to purchase based on their numbers, advise them on what they should order, etc. If you don’t want a bartender, we’ll teach you how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness and then leave you to yourself. People who’ve been to Ireland and experienced the coziness of an Irish pub… well, that’s exactly what we’re bringing to your front door.”

As Savannah is celebrating her 200th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the spotlight is on anything representing the Emerald Isle. “Now is the time of the year when we just had the Irish Festival, March 16th is coming up, and people are thinking about all things Irish. This is a way to keep Savannah Irish all year round,” Harkleroad said.

The An Sibín Mobile Irish Pub is beginning to book engagements and having its Saint Patrick’s Day schedule begin to fill up. Those interested in more information should follow their Facebook page at An Sibín Mobile Irish Pub.

“Look for us to be rolling soon,” Harkleroad said with enthusiasm.

Facebook: An Sibín Mobile Irish Pub
Instagram: @sibinmobilepub

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