ART DIRECTION / DESIGN / INTERIORS / SIGN PAINTING
The Standard has been updated, and its newest incarnation, Standard Bowl, is a laid-back venue where punters can go to bowl, see live bands and just chill out. The best part? It’s all free.
“I always wanted it to be an evolving space,” says part owner Paddy Coughlan. “We get bored easily, I guess.” The former ticketed music venue offers four bowling lanes, a live music stage and classic bar favourites pool and pinball. With these features giving it a leisure-lounge vibe, Standard Bowl is the type of place you can easily lose a few hours in.
Audiences are demanding more from the gig experience and so there are benefits to a space that offers broader entertainment. “With non-ticketing or free shows the gig is a lot more part of the venue as a whole, not just a dark room off to the side. The punter engages with the pub a lot more and it becomes part of the venue’s appeal, not the whole reason for being,” says Coughlan.
With its grungy retro fit out complete with exposed brick walls, neon lights and coca cola signs; Standard Bowl offers a fresh experience that’s definitely above standard.
Photos by Pat Stevenson