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.

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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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

Join us for Comic Con Snowdown!!
January 15, 2019, 5:05 pm
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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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