The UK’s first crowdfunded bar has opened its doors in Inverness. The brainchild of musician and broadcaster Bruce MacGregor, MacGregor’s Bar – which opened on St Andrew’s Day – will celebrate Scottish food, drink, and culture
MacGregor said: “Last night was a big celebration for our investors, and today, we are open to the public. Our vision for MacGregor’s clearly struck a chord with investors.”
The crowdfunding campaign generated 142 funders who contributing £170,000 of the £210,000 costs for this first bar in the franchise. While the majority of investors are based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, some hail from as far away as Bermuda and the Philippines.
MacGregor, who is a fiddle player and member of the band Blazin’ Fiddles, described his motivation for opening the bar, he said: “As a touring musician, I’ve seen Irish bars all over the world. It struck me as a shame, that we Scots didn’t have something of our own, something that offered an authentic flavour of Scotland to the world.”
“I’ve already been approached by an investor who’s found us the perfect venue in Boston, we’ve also had offers from people in New York and Singapore who would like to see MacGregor’s in their city.”
Mindful of his demographic, MacGregor notes: “Most of the music will be early in the evening. We’ve done this to enable our guests to get away early if they need to catch a train home to Beauly, for example.”
MacGregor’s will feature a small menu everyday supplemented by seasonal fare and specials. The Scottish theme inspires not only the menu but the beverages, MacGregor said: “Sourcing top-quality beer and whisky was a doddle, but do you have any idea how difficult it is to find a Scottish vodka?”