Atlanta-­Based Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub  Wins International Award as Irish Pub of the Year

March 04, 2015

Atlanta-­Based Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub Wins International Award as Irish Pub of the Year


March 4, 2015, Atlanta, GA… While Irish pubs across the globe are preparing for their March 17th
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the party started early for Atlanta-­‐based Olde Blind Dog Irish
Pub. The authentic Irish pub, with two locations in Milton and Brookhaven/Atlanta, Georgia, was
chosen as Irish Pub of the Year by the Irish Pubs Global Federation of Dublin, Ireland. The award
was announced Feb. 27 at the Irish Pubs Global Gathering 2015 in Dublin.

“The Irish Pub of the Year award is given to the inspirational pub which has reached benchmark
standards that others should aspire to-­‐-­‐Olde Blind Dog meets these standards,” said John Byrne,
CEO of Irish Pubs Global Federation.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this coveted award and recognition by our peers and experts
in the industry as the ‘top dog’ of all Irish pubs,” said Ron Wallace, entrepreneur and owner of
Olde Blind Dog.

The Irish Pubs Global Federation is based in Dublin, Ireland and has 6,500 members worldwide.
Criteria for selection of Irish Pub of the Year included: authenticity, ambience, effective use of
social media, market position, online customer ratings and warmth of staff.  This is the first year
that an American pub has won the award. Last year’s winner was Killian’s Irish Pub in Munich,

“When we opened the first Olde Blind Dog pub in Milton in 2009, authenticity was one of our top
goals,” explained Wallace. “We wanted to create an environment that was warm, friendly and
authentic to the Irish pub experience. When you walk in the door of either of our locations, the
atmosphere is such that it feels like it’s been there for many, many years. We accomplished this by
importing from Europe many of the elements used in the design of the pub.”

“Our exceptional staff and high food quality where everything is made on site and from scratch,
further complements the overall authentic Irish pub experience,” said Wallace.

While elements of old world permeate Olde Blind Dog, the entrepreneurial spirit of the owner and
management team help to keep it cutting edge. The pub utilizes social media to keep patrons
connected and in the know on happenings at the restaurant.
Olde Blind Dog celebrates “St. Practice Day” on the 17th of each month with a mini
celebration of the big event with Irish food, beverage, specials and live music. Local author and
photographer Bob Meyers recently released a book with Ron Wallace, "Irish Pubs in America: History,
Lore and Recipes."

“This award is yet another achievement for this outstanding pub, its staff, management and owner,
Ron Wallace,” said Enda O’Coineen, Founder and Honorary President of Irish Pubs Global Federation.
“A pub can have beautiful furniture, great service and wonderful food, but to be Irish Pub of the
Year, it must also have a soul, that spark that sets it apart. That only comes through the warm and
friendly atmosphere that we in Ireland call “craic”. That is the essence of Olde Blind Dog.”

Olde Blind Dog was named after Wallace’s dog, Peaches, an American bulldog, who was in fact blind
in one eye.

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub is located in Milton at 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton, GA 30004 and in Town
Brookhaven at 705 Town Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30319. The website for Olde Blind Dog is:

Media interviews and high quality photography available from Irish Pubs Global Gathering 2015 in
Dublin and of Olde Blind Dog’s beautifully authentic Irish pubs.

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