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New Events, a New Pub and a Fantasy Football Competition!

It’s been a while since our last blog post on the popular Renfrewshire Pubs website, but here it is, at long last. As you know the site is run voluntarily and we rely a lot on having the free time to keep it up date. We also rely a lot on the feedback of pub goers, pub owners and Renfrewshire residents to keep us up to date on events they know of, so that we can spread the word. Fortunately there has been a lot of that in recent weeks, so thank you all!

A new pub

We’ve just added a new pub to the website: Bar 5 @ Five on 5 in Paisley. You can find out more on their dedicated Bar 5 page on our site. Having attended a charity night there in recent weeks ourselves, we can personally recommend it is a pub worth a visit.

Events updates

We list hundreds of events on the site, a mixture of recurring weekly events and one off events. Some of those seem to be out of date, while we’ve also heard of others. With that in mind, we’ve trawled through the database and started updating. This has included updates / additions to events for pubs across Renfrewshire including The Anchor Bar, The Brown Bull, The Bankhouse, The Glenleven Inn, Hamishes Hoose, Howwood Inn and more.

More updates will follow. If we’ve not got your event listed, contact us with the details and we’ll add it

Fantasy Football anyone?

As you know, we don’t promote football very often. It’s not that we’re against it, but the volume of it on TV would mean all other events are quickly diluted on our site. However, we did run a Fantasy Football League last year, and we’ve re-opened it for this year!

It’s absolutely free to join and run via the popular http://fantasy.premierleague.com, based on the English Premier League. We don’t offer prizes, but the competition itself does offer some. We simply offer the opportunity to gain bragging rights over your friends!

Everyone is welcome, though it’s best if you’ve a connection to a Renfrewshire Pub or Renfrewshire itself. It help keeps it local.

Head over to the site (http://fantasy.premierleague.com) and create your team. Then visit the leagues section and request to join a private league. The code you’ll need to join our “Renfrewshire Pubs” league is: 846281-210240

Paisley Beer Festival 2012

It’s almost that time of year again when Brewers and their ales from across the UK descend on Paisley Town Hall. Last years festival appeared to be a huge success, so it should be expected that the Paisley Beer Festival 2012 will be bigger and better – particularly as it’s celebrating its 25th Anniversary!

As part of the celebration, the organisers are hoping to feature as many as possible of the beers that appeared at the very first Paisley Beer Festival back in 1986.

Last year saw the biggest turnout yet for the festival, with over 6000 visitors indulging in the tasting of beers from around Scotland, England and beyond. It’s expected that this year will bring with it over 160 different ales.

As with last year, entry costs £5 per person … or £3 if you’re a CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) member, and the festival will run from Wednesday 25th April until Saturday 28th April. Exact times (taken from the official website):

Wed 25th: 5pm – 11pm
Thu 26th: noon – 11pm
Fri 27th: noon – 12am
Sat 28th: noon – 9pm

Renfrewshire Pubs will be heading along to mingle at the Paisley Beer Festival 2012, so we look forward to seeing you there! If you see us, say hi!

For more information, keep up with the official Paisley Beer Festival website: www.paisleybeerfestival.org.uk

RBS 6 Nations 2012 starts this weekend!

It’s that time of year again for some fantastic RBS 6 Nations rugby action. We’ve not heard from many pubs that are showing it yet, but we’ll post updates as and when they let us know. We assume several will be showing the games, so watch this space.

What a fixture list to get us started though, with Scotland v England, followed on Sunday by Ireland v Wales. Certainly worth re-organising the weekend for!

Pubs in Renfrewshire showing the games:

The Cellar Bar, Paisley
The Craig Dhu, Paisley
Gabriels, Paisley
The Viscount, Renfrew

RBS 6 Nations 2012 Fixtures / Results:

For those who don’t already know, or can’t find, the full list of fixtures, here it is (and we’ll try and keep the scores up to date throughout:

Sat 4th Feb  —  14:30  —  France 30 v 23 Italy
Sat 4th Feb  —  17:00  —  SCOTLAND 6 v 13 England
Sun 5th Feb  —  15:00  —  Ireland 21 v 23 Wales
Sat 11th Feb  —  16:00  —  Italy 15 v 19 England
Sun 12th Feb  —  15:00  —  Wales 27 v 13 SCOTLAND
Sat 25th Feb  —  13:30  —  Ireland 42 v 10 Italy
Sat 25th Feb  —  16:00  —  England 12 v 19 Wales
Sun 26th Feb  —  15:00  —  SCOTLAND v France
Sat 10th Mar  —  14:30  —  Wales v Italy
Sat 10th Mar  —  17:00  —  Ireland v SCOTLAND
Sun 11th Mar  —  15:00  —  France v England
Sat 17th Mar  —  12:30  —  Italy v SCOTLAND
Sat 17th Mar  —  14:45  —  Wales v France
Sat 17th Mar  —  17:00  —  England v Ireland

Is your pub showing any of the games?

If so, contact us and let us know and we’ll let everyone else know!

Houston Brewery Celebrates CAMRA Award with a Houston Ale Passport!

We’re sure many of you are aware that Renfrewshire is home to one of Scotlands finest Real Ale Brewerys – The Houston Brewery. What you may not be aware of is that it’s sister pub, The Fox and Hounds in Houston, has won the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Pub of Year award for 2011!

As part of the celebration of this award, the Houston Brewery have launched a Houston Ale Passport, to try and encourage non-ale drinkers to try something different. The passport will be available throughout October in a number of Renfrewshire Pubs, with prizes available for various achievements.

The process is fairly simple. Try a Houston Ale and get your Houston Ale Passport stamped. All fully stamped passports will be entered into a prize draw with some fantastic prizes on offer.

Prizes on Offer

The main prize on offer is Houston Brewery Tour for four people, followed by a meal with their choice of Houston Ale.

In addition, each of the pubs taking part in the Passport Scheme are putting forward prizes of meals for 2, wines and of course, the brewery will supply some Houston Ale

Renfrewshire Pubs Selling Houston Ale

Fancy tasting some Real Ale produced right here in Renfrewshire? Then get along to one of the several pubs taking part:

The Fox and Hounds, Houston
Trust Inn, Kilbarchan
Callums Bar, Johnstone
The Howwood Inn, Howwood
Hamish’s Hoose, Paisley

To keep up with news and developments of the Houston Ale Passport, follow the Houston Brewery on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houstonbrewery

Who are CAMRA?

CAMRA campaigns for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights. They’re an independent, voluntary organisation with over 100,000 members and have been described as the most successful consumer group in Europe. CAMRA promotes good-quality real ale and pubs, as well as acting as the consumer’s champion in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry. They aim to:

– Protect and improve consumer rights
– Promote quality, choice and value for money
– Support the public house as a focus of community life
– Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture
– Seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry

Fox and Hounds Beer Festival in Houston this weekend!

We’re sure (or hope!) many of our followers are aware of the upcoming Houston Beer Festival, hosted by the popular Fox and Hounds, and taking place on Sunday 21st August in Houston Village. If not, then here is some more information on what you can expect on the day. If you did already know, here is a reminder!

Either way, we suggest you head along and help them celebrate! And remember to let us know how you enjoyed it. Better yet, send in some pictures!

Why celebrate, you ask? Well, the Fox and Hounds has just one Pub of the Year 2011 for Scotland and Northern Ireland, and the brewery has just won Champion Best Bitter 2011 for their Peter’s Well!

So there is a lot to celebrate!

On the day there will be a BBQ, Sphere Kids Ride, Marquee, Live music and restaurant – families all welcome.

For anyone who might hold a CAMRA card, make sure you look out for Head Brewer Carl in the Maruqee … when you show your card Carl will buy you a free pint of Peter’s Well to thank you for your support.

Only One Week until Paisley Beer Festival 2011 Opens

It’s that time of year again when the Paisley Beer Festival returns to bring you the opportunity to sample a huge selection of beers from around the UK and abroad, all in one place!

And the Paisley Beer Festival 2011 is set to be every bit as good as its previous 23 years, with organisers expecting around 5000 visitors attending to sample the 170 different beers that will be available.

The festival starts at 5pm on Wednesday 27th April, running until 11pm. It then runs noon until 11pm, noon until midnight and noon until 9pm, on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th respectively.

Entry cost is just £5, which not only gets you your own festival glass and program, but also allows you to attend free on other days, as long as you bring the glass along with you.

As well as the huge selection of beers and ciders available, the organisers – CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) – have also organised plenty of food options and entertainment over the days.

Renfrewshire Pubs will be heading to the Paisley Beer Festival 2011 on one of the days. We’re not sure which day yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we’ve decided. We hope to catch up with some of the local landlords as well as some of our site followers and Facebook fans.

If you’re going to be attending the Beer Festival, why not let us know on Facebook!

More details of the festival can be found on the official website: www.paisleybeerfestival.org.uk

Jerusalem Harpoon, Open Mic Nights, Comedy and a Paisley Pub Facelift

Only one live music act to tell you about this weekend, but still plenty of other events happening around the Pubs, Bars and Inns of Renfrewshire to keep you all busy.

If you live (or are staying) in or near Johnstone or Paisley, then why not head out and exercise your vocal cords at your local Open Mic Night?

Caffe Luna (Paisley) and Callums Bar (Johnstone) are both hosting Open Mic nights this weekend (Friday and Sunday respectively). Head over to our Live Music page for more details.

Prefer to sit and listen to a band? Well, The Weir (Bridge of Weir) has the amazing Jerusalem Harpoon playing on Friday night. We’re sure this will pull in a crowd since the band includes ex-members from Talk Talk, The Alarm, The Pretenders and also Big Vern an the Shootas!!!

If comedy is what you’re after, then Brodies Farmhouse in Houston is where to be this Sunday. We must make a point of getting along ourselves at some point, hopefully soon.

This weeks compare is the popular Raymond Mearns, with stand up being provided by David Kay, Stuart Mitchell & Saj Choudry. Doors open at 8:30pm and tickets are £5.

Another bit of news we stumbled upon this week that’s worth telling you, is that Soho in Paisley is closing for 1 week for a facelift and some TLC. It will re-open on 15th April. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with developments (http://www.facebook.com/soho.paisley/posts/190381797672123).

RenfrewshirePubs.co.uk Given Permission to use Drinkaware Logo

As many of our followers will already know, our purpose is to promote the many events that take place each week and month across Renfrewshires Pubs, Bars and Inns, on behalf of those Pubs, Bars and Inns.

What we continually push is that we’re not here to promote or encourage binge or excessive drinking, but rather we’re here to help promote the sociable aspect of visiting your local pub, focusing on events such as Live Music nights, Open Mic Nights, Pub Quiz nights, Karaoke evenings, Poker nights, Comedy nights, charity nights and more.

Today we’ve been given a boost that our efforts are indeed being noticed … we’ve been given permission to use the Drinksware logo on our site. We applied hoping that they’d appreciate our intentions, and they’ve accepted.

For those who do not know, Drinkaware “aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of alcohol in society, enabling individuals to make informed choices about their drinking.”

They do this by running a variety of campaigns, offering a significant number of facts and figures and generally providing information and advice on the impact of excessive drinking.

We’d like to thank Drinkaware for allowing us to use the logo, as well as thanking the many people we talk to as a result of the RenfrewshirePubs.co.uk website and all those who support our effort by providing regular updates, event information and news relating to their Pub, Bar or Inn.

More developments to follow!

February was a good month, March is going to be better!

Most news posts on the Renfrewshire Pubs website are going to be related to events and entertainment being offered by Pubs, Bars and Inns across Renfrewshire. However, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank people for their contributions and to point out some of the benefits of further contribution.

With 4 days of February still to go, we can already see a 50% increase in traffic compared with January and have more than doubled our Facebook following compared to the end of January.

We’ve also got to the stage we can tell you about pub quiz nights available 6 of the 7 nights of the week across Renfrewshire and can give you details of live music within pubs every weekend of March.

So, a big thank you to all the Pubs, Bars, Inns that have contributed so far, and an equally big thank you to the bands who have been sending us gig information when they are playing in Renfrewshire Pubs.

Remember, if you know live music, quiz nights, comedy nights, psychic nights, charity nights or any other news worthy event going on within a Pub, Bar or Inn in Renfrewshire, let us know.

Havock Road, V-Factor, 6 Nations and Comedy … another busy weekend in Renfrewshire Pubs

Each week seems to get busier and busier. With more contributions and information being sent our way from Pubs, bars and Inns, we can begin to send out more details updates on what’s available for everyone this weekend, if you fancy something a little different.

And this weekend definitely has variety!

Friday 11th February 2011:
It’s round 2 of the Viscount (Renfrew) V-Factor competition. Yes, think X-factor, but it’s in the Viscount Bar. Running every Friday through February and March and a final at the end of March, with big money prizes, there is no entry fee. Starts at 8:30pm, so get along for a sing song. Follow the Viscount on Facebook to keep up to date.

It’s also Pub Quiz night over at The Houston Inn, Houston. A relaxed evening with some brain teasers.

Saturday 12th February 2011:
Scotland host Wales in the RBS 6 Nations 2011. Let’s hope Scotland can build on last weeks performance. If you want to watch it, head over to the Howwood Inn or The Wee Howff, who’ve both confirmed they are showing 6 Nations games on TV. If you know other pubs showing the games, let us know.

Your live music this Saturday can be found at The Brown Bull, Lochwinnoch. Havock Road have been invited in to play and the evening kicks off at 9:30pm. Get along and support them!

If Poker is more you’re thing, then the regular MTT Poker League is on at the Station Bar (Paisley) at 2:30pm.

Sunday 13th February 2011:
The highlight of Sunday, apart from you all being out buying gifts for your Valentine (obviously!), has to be the Comedy Night over at Brodies Farmhouse, Houston. 4 great comedy acts compered by Raymond Mearns. Starts at 8:30pm and tickets are £5.

Alternatively, the weekly pub quiz is on at 9pm over at Harrys Bar, Renfrew or you can join in with more Poker at the Wallace Tavern (Elderslie), Hazel Arms (Johnstone) or Bankhouse (Paisley).

As always, please contact each Pub, Bar and Inn prior to attending just to make sure each event is definitely on. We try our best to be accurate but some times / dates may change from time to time.

Find out more about events across Renfrewshire by visiting the following sections of the website:

Live Music in Renfrewshire

Poker in Renfrewshire

Pub Quiz Nights in Renfrewshire