Am guessing he's not talking about your every-day pub though based on the type of music there playing..... (small country side pub comes to mind)
It's pretty standard Friday/Saturday night pubs, maybe 40-200 people - but a whole range of things, right up to some fairly big halls. The SRM350s do okay, maybe sound a bit thin, but we get reasonable bass out of them. With our blend of instruments tbh we've found most rock-orientated setups sound completely pants: boomy and muddy - for our lineup the SRM350s were much the clearest and nicest-sounding cabs in our price-range at the time. They don't punch through crowd noise very well though.
We played a gig in Spain in a pretty big outdoor space, amplified only by a couple of TINY wedge-shaped speakers. Really wish I'd taken a note of what they were! - they were no more than a foot high, and sounded astonishingly detailed, balanced (definitely didn't need bass cabs!), sweet, and LOUD. They also had the weird trick of sounding as loud 30m away as they did up close.
At the moment (probably from ignorance?) I'm thinking our options are: (a) 2 speakers which would at least *do* as stand-alone, with an optional bass cab where space permits, but the bass cab would have to be ultra-compact (b) A more integrated system with really tiny passive satellite speakers (with less bass extension?) plus a permanent / slightly less compact bass-cab/amp, e.g. the HK LUCAS.
Has anyone used the LUCAS? How much grunt does it have compared with e.g. a TT08-A system? Anyone have any other suggestions? Is there a cheaper equivalent to the HK Elements system which would do a good job?