The Irish Embassy Pub

Another Covid Casualty: The Irish Embassy Pub Closes
September 1, 2020, 1:42 pm
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The Irish Embassy Pub will be closing its doors at the end of the day September 7, 2020. “After 12 years, we’re really sad to see it come to this, but we’ve been struggling since reopening in May and haven’t been able to get ahead,” said manager Sarah Donaldson. A local group of session musicians have tried to rally with a fundraiser for the Embassy, but unfortunately it hasn’t been enough to keep them going.

“We’ve had a lot of great times here at the Pub, a lot of great memories. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to reopen somewhere else on a different capacity, once things start to become a little more ‘normal’. We’ve kept going as long as we were able, and we feel that it’s time we say goodbye – for now. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has joined us over the years. We’ve hosted a wedding, a wake, meetings, countless birthday and Christmas parties, shaved heads for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Guinness Games for Snowdown, and every Sunday (rain or shine) we had our music sessions. We’ve celebrated the Durango Celtic Festival, The Durango Independent Film Festival, handed out medals for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, served numerous meals to DYSA; it was all of you that molded the Embassy into the community pub that it became. And for that we’ll be forever grateful.”

The Irish Embassy Pub will be open daily, beginning at 11am, through September 7. A few of the house bands are planning to play this weekend, so be sure to stop by, have a pint, and enjoy some fish and chips (before they’re gone!)

And wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.

Save our Pub!

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From The Durango Herald:

Before COVID-19 health restrictions claimed his favorite downtown Durango hangout, the Irish Embassy Pub, Sean McCarthy decided to act – organizing a social media fundraising effort to save the place where he plays the bodhrán, an Irish drum, during the Sunday jam sessions.

“I don’t want to see another staple of Main Avenue disappear. You know. It’s been a sad week with The Palace going away,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy has created a Facebook page, Save the Irish Embassy, where donations can be made through PayPal and Venmo. So far, $2,300 has been raised with a goal of raising $50,000.

McCarthy said he’s set up an account at Alpine Bank where donations can be made to the Save the Irish Pub account.

The biggest question McCarthy is getting is: What happens if the $50,000 goal is not raised?

He said he’s tried to make the process transparent, establishing the bank account with Sarah Donaldson, the pub’s majority owner, and donations immediately go to the Irish Embassy to cover operating expenses.

But he admits donations are a risk, there’s no guarantee the $50,000 goal will be reached, and even then, there’s no guarantee that will tide things over beyond winter. But McCarthy said all donations are being immediately conveyed to the Irish Embassy to keep the pub afloat.

Donaldson said the money mainly goes to pay rent, and she said if the $50,000 is raised, that should keep the pub open through winter. The pub typically employs about 30 people with a few more on staff during and Christmas seasons, she said.

The shoulder season, especially November, one of downtown Durango’s slowest months for restaurants, is a particular concern.

“In winter keeping a kind of flow can be a challenge. November, that’s kind of our shoulder season, and we don’t really know what to expect this November,” Donaldson said.

Even Christmas might not be its typical strong month this year, she said, with many businesses opting to cancel Christmas parties.

“It’s stressful. We don’t know really what to expect, and November is tough even in the best of situations,” she said.

While the fundraiser so far has been online, the core group of Irish music fans who jam at the pub are working on organizing some old fashioned in-person events, McCarthy said.

Now open for Dine in!
June 1, 2020, 11:14 am
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Our dining room is back open and we’re ready to serve you!! Open daily, 11am-8pm. We’re still doing to go and take & bake orders as well. Here’s our new menu and we can’t wait to see you! Slainte!

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Now offering To Go and Take & Bake!

We’re open with a new and limited menu, Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Order online at The Irish Embassy Pub!

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Pub Temporarily Closed
March 23, 2020, 10:07 am
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March 21, 2020

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that we’re temporarily closed. We opened almost 12 years ago and we intend to be Durango’s Pub for many more years to come. We appreciate all the support that you’ve shown us, and we hope to see every one of you again when we feel it’s safe to reopen. Stay strong Durango. Stay healthy.

“Here’s to health, peace and prosperity. May the flower of love never be nipped by the frost of disappointment, nor shadow of grief fall among your family and friends.”


How to still enjoy your favorite Irish Fayre!

As you may have heard, the governor has mandated for restaurants and bars to close. Starting March 17, we’ll only be open for to-go orders. You can order from 11am-8pm by calling 970-403-1200 or texting 970-661-2617. Stay healthy, be kind to each other, and we hope to see you when we reopen for a post-Paddy’s drink!IE menu 3-20bIE menu 3-20b2

Durango Celtic Festival is a GO!
March 13, 2020, 11:09 am
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JOIN US THIS WEEKEND for events at The Irish Embassy Pub and the Strater Hotel. We are so thrilled that all the musicians are in town and ready to put on a fantastic Durango Celtic Festival 2020! The Irish Embassy Pub will be hosting daily workshops and nightly jam sessions. For a schedule and further information visit the Durango Celtic Festival website at We hope to see you at the Pub this pre-Paddy’s Day weekend!Celtic Festival

March Events

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Advent Calendar & Red Envelopes

Stop by the Pub for our daily Advent Calendar specials, now through Dec. 24! And be sure to collect a red envelope from your server before you leave – bring it (unopened) to the Pub in January for more great deals!! 78689353_10156284029590378_5024159670919495680_o1208181004a

Book Your Holiday Parties Today!
September 25, 2019, 11:09 am
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