Stylishly taking the inside out

The days of ashtrays bolted beside the pub’s front door are gone. Outside spaces are now places we want to be, writes Stephen Bourke

1st February, 2015
The terrace at Cork’s River Lee hotel, before the renovation, appeared sterile and cold

In 2004 the smoking ban arrived and the hospitality sector’s response was expedient, utilitarian, and often literally bolted onto the wall. But now we’re starting to see bolder, integrated design that makes it appealing to be out of doors.

The prediction at the time was that pub smokers would quit, or smokers would quit the pubs.

RTE spent most of its report on the first day of the ban talking to those...

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