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The latest bar trend blowing up across the globe? Inflatable pubs. (PHOTO: The Inflatable Pub Company Facebook)

Skip the bars and buy your own inflatable pub

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Milwaukee is home to all kinds of bars: whiskey bars, nerd bars, ice bars, possibly the nation's longest bar this side of the Mississippi. And now you – yes, you – could be responsible for being part of the latest bar trend quite literally blowing up around the globe: an inflatable bar.

Indeed, for those looking for the perfect Venn diagram of a bar and a bouncy house, The Inflatable Pub Company has created exactly what its name implies: an inflatable pub, an air-filled structure to host your next big shindig or tailgate instead of the typical boring tent.

As discovered by Food and Wine, the Ireland-based company sells multiple versions of these inflatable watering holes – from the cozy 30-person Matt Molloy model to the 65-person Mac and a few others in between – each with their own fun details and quirks. Several of the models, for instance, come with a lovely faux fireplace where one can swig some fine brandy by the hearth, while personalized signage and interior elements can be a part of the deal, as well. Then you just fill in the space with some of the extra furniture and decor of your choosing and – voila! – you've summoned a bar out of air.

To answer your first question: Yes, there is an official rental facility that serves the Milwaukee/Chicago area. And to answer your second question: Yes, there is an inflatable pub modeled after Moe's Tavern from "The Simpsons" in the works.

Buying your own inflatable pub will cost you between $2,500 and $5,900, while rentals – according to Milwaukee/Chicago provider Step It Up Rental's website – cost $300. So if you've got that kind of scratch laying around, you could have your own bar blown up in the comfort of your own backyard.

Just maybe don't bring the darts.

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