The Irish Embassy Pub


Irish Embassy adds a punch to the holidays!

“Everyone enjoys counting down to Christmas – why not add some fun to it?” said Irish Embassy Pub owner Sarah Donaldson. “And the punching…well I thought it would be fun!”

“Punching” you ask? Beginning December 1, The Irish Embassy is adding an Advent Calendar to their holiday fun, and the first customer of the day gets to punch out the daily treat. Daily prizes might be a discounted food or drink item, extra loyalty card points – there are 24 different days so each day is a new surprise! Whatever the daily treat is, every customer will be able to take advantage of the discount or special. The 24 present “tree” can be seen at the top of the steps as you walk into the Pub.

As another thank you to loyal customers, the Embassy is once again offering their Red Envelope Promotion in the month of December, in which they give away thousands of dollars in food and prizes.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community. We’ve had great success with it the past three years,” said Embassy owner Mike Graham.

What is the Red Envelope Promotion? During the month of December, dine at the Irish Embassy Pub and your table will be given a sealed red envelope. One thousand envelopes will be handed out in all, and each one will contain a prize. Prizes range from 5-50% off your meal, a free Embassy t-shirt, and one grand prize of a draft beer a day for a year. Every envelope’s a winner.

There is, of course, a catch. You cannot open your envelope when you receive it. All the envelopes must be kept until the month of January, when you return to the Pub for a meal, drink, etc. You will then bring your still sealed envelope in, have your server open it, and then claim your prize. Any already opened envelopes will be void, and all envelopes must be claimed within the month of January.

“January is usually a melancholy time after the holidays. This will give people something to look forward to.”

Red Envelopes will be given away starting December 1. You are not limited to just one envelope; return again the following day for a meal and you will receive another one. There are only 1,000 envelopes and once they’re gone, they’re gone – so head to the Irish Embassy today and celebrate your prize in January!

“We wanted to create a buzz around the holidays – first a countdown to Christmas in December, and then a Christmas present in January, “said Embassy manager Brad Taylor.

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Return of the Roller Races

Picture it: four racers at a time for ten minute race lengths – on a stage upstairs in the Embassy, in the window overlooking Main Avenue, next Friday, August 17th. For those interested in riding, slots will be filled starting at 8pm, with four riders every 15 minutes. The cost is $5 to participate, with all proceeds benefiting the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team. Each participant will receive a complimentary beer. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. To sign up to participate, contact Cindy Coleman at contact@theirishembassypub.com or 970-946-7660.

According to Wikipedia, bicycle rollers are a type of bicycle trainer that make it possible to ride a bicycle indoors without moving forward. However, unlike other types of bicycle trainers, rollers do not attach to the bicycle frame, and the rider must balance him or herself on the rollers while training. Durango’s history of roller races started back in 1990 with many of the town’s national and world champions competing over the years. The current record is near 44 mph average, but according to Fort Lewis College Cycling Team Director Dave Hagen, “someone is bound to beat it this year.”

“I hope that we get a lot of competitors signed up; it’s really a fun event,” said owner Phil Brennan. Winners will receive a $100 gift card to the Irish Embassy for first place, $50 gift card for second place, and $25 gift card for third place.

Arrive early for a special autograph signing from Team Garmin-Sharp-Barricuda (USA), including Durango’s own Thomas Danielson. Other team members include Tyler Farrar (USA), Nathan Haas (AUS), Alex Howes (USA), Peter Stetina (USA), Christian Vandevelde (USA), David Zabriskie (USA), and Lachlan David Morton (AUS). Signing will start at the Irish Embassy at 7pm.

A big thanks goes out to Dave Hagen and the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team for helping to organize the event.