The Irish Embassy Pub

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.

March Events

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Free Breakfast for Veterans

The Irish Embassy Pub is offering free breakfast to all veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. “It’s because of our military and veterans that we have the freedoms we enjoy every day, and we appreciate all of those service members who have served to protect our freedoms and our way of life. We’d like to give back to them on the day they are honored by our great nation,” said Embassy owner Mike Graham.

Active and Reserve Veterans with a form of military ID will receive a free meal (including non-alcoholic drink) from a select breakfast menu.

The Irish Embassy Pub began serving breakfast in July, on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The regular breakfast menu includes a Choose Your Own Waffles option, a twist on the traditional Huevos Rancheros, and an Irish Corned Beef Hash and Eggs.

New and Exciting Updated Website!

After many months of hard work, our new and refreshed website is up and running! Have a look and tell us what you think!!

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It’s Time to Shave Your Head

Get ready for our 2nd Annual Halfway to Paddy’s Day Fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s Foundation! Sept. 15th, 8pm

Last year we raised over $6,000 for kids with cancer – this year our goal is $10,000 and we’re already 1/5 of the way there!

How can you help? To participate as a shavee or to make a donation, visit our website at

Shavees must raise a minimum of $250 to participate.

Then join us September 15th for a fabulous time!!

It’s My Pub!

We’re starting a new ad campaign called “It’s My Pub!” Each week we’ll feature different people saying in their own words why they love the pub and feel as if it’s “theirs”. Tell us why it’s YOUR pub at If we select you for our weekly feature, you’ll be entered to win a monthly $30 gift card! View our facebook page,, or buzztown page to see the weekly featured friends.

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