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Mary Colter
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Down with the Pub

The Irish Pub is dying -- in Eire, anyway. While a couple of Irish companies are finding huge success exporting a sanitized and focus-group-tested version of the Irish pub to places as widely flung as Kazakhstan and Cozumel, the institution finds itself under threat of extinction in the land of its birth. Younger Irish want flashier, American-style pickup joints, while publicans want larger cash flow. Even Guinness consumption is down. Meanwhile, the "fake" Irish pubs that have been exported successfully are coming back to Ireland, replacing the few traditional ale houses that remain. What design elements define the Irish pub? Why are they under threat? How did this postmodern mess happen, anyway?