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Sick of searching for Pubs?

I recently had an idea and wondered what you guys might think of it.

In my line of work (nightclub management) im often looking up pub phone numbers, and supplier numbers to ring up, since i got my self off my backside and physically went round a lot of places and got the telephone numbers off the managers. I have an uptodate list of contact details for pretty much anywhere in Durham City Centre which is licenced to sell alcohol, including the spar.

Now while i have this book of mine with supplier and personal contact details for companies, i have in the past got sick of looking on websites and search engines upon search pages etc, trying to find numbers and addresses.

Specifically in relation to Durham City Centre and immediate surrounding area, i know of a few schemes to try and do this in newcastle and other places, but what about a specific online directory.

It would be specific to Durham, would have phone/email/web contact details, internal and external images, managers would be able to either contact me with updated details, or in the future update their own pages. Id have opening times, what drinks prices are on particular nights, are they student friendly, any theme nights, pictures and graphics of flyers etc.

Thinking of then using google maps for a pinpoint of where everything is, all the information kinda cross referenced with each other.

Gimmicks like a product of the week and getting free stuff from promotors etc for either giving out for mailing list members, or competitions. Have a mailing list that people could subscribe to, and that's another potential money making source, mailing out new information for a club/pub and that also goes to say possible online voucher tie ins with venues.

What you think of a basic idea?

The money I'd make would be from venues advertising on the page. Possible tie ins with a particular venues promotions, and maybe even restaurants eager to feed some people before they go out drinking.

Yes it would be a more descriptive than a rating based guide, but would be informative, a simple and easy to remember web address, and if you live in the durham area, particularly aimed at students who are regularly new to the area, a one stop shop that's not wishy washy, and is dedicated and has in depth data.
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  • BunnieBunnie TheSite's sweetie pie Posts: 6,099
    Sounds good. Be careful with your current employers, as you got the info whilst working there, but hopefully they will think it is a good thing, and therefore be a client.

    If you got a wiggle on, you could have it sorted for the freshers in September. :thumb:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Well I gained all this info off my own back and in my own book. So hopefully if I do get it sorted a bit before the freshers come back, would be top notch.

    Hell if I make money off the thing I will hire a stall at freshers fayre, and promote a site.
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Deactivated Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    Sounds like a top idea - you could get students to write reviews for you too - free content and experience for them. This London one isn't perfect, but one of the best I've seen, so might give you some ideas: http://www.fluidfoundation.com/

    ETA: You could contact the guys who run that website for some tips.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Oh i thought this was going to be about looking for a decent and pub and being sick of not being able to find one, like i bloody well am.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sounds like a good idea mister.

    Are you still working in Durham? How is it all going? It was really quiet in last time I was in your bar.

    So is this going to be a studenty-type thing? I'm just thinking you might have some student/local backlash if you put some sort of message board on it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A specialist website or forum is always good.

    Local people with local knowledge and all that.

    I've been thinking of setting up a forum for the town I live in - simply cos it's so boring and there's no central focus for the town when it comes to things to do
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