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Information on Pub signs

Most pubs opt to have a specific emphasis in terms of both style and selection. This should be communicated at the main entrance to entice visitors to come in and spend an hour in good company with something delicious to eat and drink.

In addition to the pub name sign, there are a number of pub- or bar signs used in pubs. Visitors often don’t give them a thought – until they are missing.

Many people assume signs convey information. That is also true of certain pub- or bar signs. In particular those that show the opening hours or menu. But a pub is one of those places where signs often create an atmosphere and are thus a pure interior design feature.

Convey the right feeling

A pub- or bar sign needs to be enticing and inviting. It also needs to give a good indication of what the bar is like. Is it high class? Does it offer live music? Is it high end or catering to the visitor on a budget?

All this, and more, needs to be conveyed in one simple sign at the front entrance. The name of the bar also should be clear and readable, in a good font style, large enough to be read but not overbearing. It is usually placed above the bar itself.

Bar Sign options

Getting Directions

Where there’s drinking, there’s always a need for a toilet, and as such there needs to be signs. Once inside the bar there should be clear signs along the way to this area. Depending on the bar, the ladies and gents signs on the toilet doors can also have an unusual design twist to them that is in keeping with the overall tone of the business.

Being Open

It is also a good idea to display opening hours. This can be a little sign at the front of the bar, either on the door or the window. Again, this sign should follow the bar’s overall theme and look good from inside and out.

British pub signs

Britain has a unique heritage in its local pub- or inn signs. Many times the inn signs tell a history with colourful images of royalties, battles or heroes. Pubs were often named after monarchs or important battles. Early taverns often used animal names and images of animals on their signs, which can still be seen today.

Hanging pub signs

Today, you'll find hanging signboards with unique illustrations that represent the name of the business. Double-sided signs are perfect for those who want a swinging pub sign to be visible from two directions. An external hanging pub sign above your pub is recommended. Customers or guests can then easily find the pub or tavern.

Opening hours

Show your guest your pub‘s opening hours. A classic pub sign or bar sign often hangs in the window of the front door. Keep in mind that the sign should not just match the décor, but should also be equally attractive to look at from outside, as it affects how the pub will be perceived by passers-by.

Year signs

Some pubs have a special theme, such as 1950s, 1960s or 1970s, and so want to create a sense of the “past”. Here, interior design signs with a message and other signs play an important role in creating the right atmosphere. Some pubs are also themed around a specific country, such as Ireland or the USA. In such pubs, the pub signs are also part of the interior design. 

Toilet

In larger pubs, signs may be needed to show the way to the toilet. In smaller pubs, a sign on the toilet doors may be sufficient. Even here, the owners should maintain the theme of the pub and ensure the sign reflects that.

Witty signs

Witty signs can attract and entertain customers. Create personalised interior bar signs for the restroom, sports bar or put a message outside your pub that make customers stop for a drink. 

Personalised bar signs

Design bespoke bar signs online. An happy hour sign, a welcome sign, an opening hours sign, a sign with a hilarious message or a restroom sign? The design Page allows you to create different types of pub signage, in your desired material. Brighten the wall with some witty sayings or design a warm welcome sign.

With our easy to use Design Page you can create pub signage in your desired material, size, colour and shape. Design a sign for your English pub with the desired image and text.

Add your own text on a sign, for example “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet“ or let customers know where to find your tavern with a traditional metal hanging bar sign. 

Several materials to choose from

Aluminium, plastic or vinyl lettering?

For a bar sign attended for outside use we recommend our durable and weather resistant aluminium signs. These can be ordered as double-sided and easily be hung from a wall.

Our printed aluminium signs are manufactured using high quality printing. Digital printing is long lasting and allows us to print onto the surface of the material, which gives it a nice look and sleek surface.

Our engraved plastic signs are a good alternative for external as well as internal use whereas our wooden signs are suitable for inside use.

Do you prefer letters on the window or entrance door? We offer high quality vinyl lettering (contour-cut text or images in vinyl) that can be applied to a door, wall or window. Shops, restaurants but also pubs often put signs directly on their doors or windows.  Choose the desired size and colour on the website.

On the website you can also choose the attachment that best suit your needs for your bar sign. We offer fixing methods such as screw, flag attachment, wall distance and adhesive tape. Also, you can order your bar sign with screw holes, which enables the sign to be hung from a wall.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you design a unique bar sign?

With the online design tool anyone can create unique bar signs for their pub or bar. What type of bar sign are you looking for? Make a hanging pub- or bar sign, a home bar sign or a garden bar sign choosing from our different design combinations online. 

What size are bar signs?

With us, you create bar signs in any size and material. Pub- or bar signage can look different depending on where they are to be placed. Outside or inside, on a wall with screw or hanging (swing sign). If you want the sign to be visible from a long distance a large size sign is recommended, starting from 600x600 mm.

Can I upload images or logos to my personalised bar sign?

Yes. You can upload any image or logo to your bar sign. We manufacture high quality bar- och pub signage using digital printing. For best result, upload vector images.

What type of material should I choose for my bar sign?

For exterior use, we recommend our printed aluminium- or engraved plastic signs with a lifetime of 7-10 years when used outside.

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