At the beginning of June, one of the most famous Celtic pubs in Glasgow appealed for donations to ensure it survives until proper funding is secured.
Covid-19 has hit the hospitality industry extremely hard and this fact, combined with a business support funding issue, has meant that The Hoops Bar is now under threat. A crowdfunder page was set up as a last ditch attempt to save the establishment and the ownership issued the following plea:
Like many small business, particularly those in the hospitality industry, we at The Hoops Bar have suffered extreme financial hardship due to the pandemic and have been reliant on the frankly insignificant government support provided. We have not been given the additional grants that we were entitled to despite others in the industry being fully supported in recent months. If the situation does not resolve soon we will be forced out of business completely. We have been let down by The Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and have been told that people are “looking into it”. This uncertainty means we are in very real danger of being evicted before funding comes through. This is why we are asking you, The Celtic Family, to help save The Hoops and be part of the community that brings our business back from the brink. Please donate what you can, and if you can’t donate please share the link and video far and wide. We may have lost the league, but with your help we won’t lose The Hoops, and we will be back to watch the league flag fly over Celtic Park again. Hail Hail.
Few venues provide a more authentic Celtic experience. Indeed, the Hoops is a shrine to the club with paintings of Celtic greats on each wall, regular live music from bands performing songs of Ireland and Celtic, whilst the Bar has hosted several events for Celtic-related charities. Offering a tremendous atmosphere, drinks at an affordable price, and a location just a short walk from Paradise, this traditional Celtic pub is well worth saving.
More than 240 supporters have answered the call over the last month, raising £7,495 so far. The pub has also re-opened in some capacity, enabling supporters to enjoy a pint in good Celtic company again. However, further funds are required to stave off closure, thus the ownership have issued one final call to action.
The Crowdfunder page closes this Sunday. Therefore, The Hoops Bar require one last push over these final three days to help them get over the line.
To play your part in saving this great bar, please visit the ‘Help save the Hoops Bar’ crowdfunder page by clicking HERE or by typing the following web address: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-save-the-hoops-bar
All donations will be hugely appreciated Neil and the Hoops Bar team, who uploaded the following video to social media.
Let’s ensure that the Gallowgate remains a hub of Celtic history with traditional bars for the next generations of Celtic fans to enjoy as part of their matchday experience!