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The Irish Snug is located on East Colfax Avenue, 12 blocks East of Broadway and the Colorado State Capitol. Use downtown exits from any freeway. There is metered parking and handicapped access in front of the Pub. Downing Street at Colfax is the nearest intersection. Ample parking is available after 5 PM in a parking lot behind the pub for a nominal fee.  During the day, parking is available on Colfax with metered parking and unmetered parking on side streets.


The Irish Snug
1201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303.839.1394

Jim and Frank McLoughlin, proprietors



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History of The Irish Pub

It is an important institution and part of Irish culture - a place to come in out of the cold, a living room and hall for social events and an office in which to do business. It is also a stage for performances and for public announcements of all kinds. It serves its most valuable function as it brings together people on common ground for friendly conversation, Ri Ra and Rula Bula.

The Irish Snug

What is a Snug? The history of the "snug" began in Ireland in the late 19th century. It was typically a small, very private room that had a frosted glass window, set above head height, accessing the bar. You paid a higher price for your beer in the Snug, but nobody could see you. It was not only the well off visitors who would use these rooms. The snug was for patrons who preferred not to be seen in the public bar. Ladies would often enjoy a private drink in the snug in a time when it was frowned upon for ladies to be in a pub. The local police officer would nip in for a quiet pint, the parish priest for his evening whiskey, and lovers would use the snug for their clandestine visits.


Recent Press

Denver A List - Voters Name The Irish Snug "Best Irish Pub" in 2012!

Colorado Public Radio interview

Geeks Who Drink's John Dicker answers questions
at the Irish Snug

January 30, 2011, hundreds of nerds from around the country-- and they’d be proud to call themselves that-- descended on Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium to test their knowledge of random facts in Geek Bowl V. It’s billed as the largest trivia competition in the US. The teams that compete play trivia all the time at local bars through something called “Geeks Who Drink.” Colorado Public Radio’s Megan Verlee gives us a glimpse.  Radio Feed.

Then Ryan Warner talks with the man behind Geeks Who Drink, John Dicker, shown above. 

Best "Daydrinking" Bar in Denver

AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) today announced the winners of its 2010 City’s Best program, providing a guide to the best local food, entertainment and lifestyle options in Denver. From Oct. 13 through Nov. 30, Denver residents cast their votes to select their favorite venues from a list of top local businesses in 20 categories. The City’s Best program will continue offering Denver residents daily news and updates on the latest in local lifestyle and entertainment. Full story... - Happy Hour Review

Denver happy hour: Irish Snug Pub on Colfax -Ryan Conklin

  • May 12th, 2010 4:01 pm MT

Looking for a great daily happy hour on Colfax Avenue? Head to the Irish Snug at 1201 East Colfax Avenue for Happy Hour daily from 3 to 7 pm.

What is Happy Hour at the snug? You can enjoy 2 for 1 drinks on wells, house wines and selected draft beers
(5 Lamps Lager, Naked Tinker Ale, Miller Lite, and Shiner Bock) as well as a great new selection of appetizers.

If there is snow on the ground in Denver, like today, Irish Coffees are only $5. This is a great deal on an Irish classic
and a nice way to spend a chilly day in a cozy traditional Irish pub located in a great historic neighborhood of Denver.  Full review...



Best Beer Run - Westword - 2010

Winner: The Irish Snug Running Club

While many people would associate water or Gatorade with exercise, those people would be wrong, and the Irish Snug knows it. Every Thursday at 6:15 and 6:30 p.m., waves of runners head out from the pub, following a 5K route around Capitol Hill before returning at a sprint, walk or crawl. Why are they running? Because there is a free spaghetti dinner waiting for them. Oh, and lots of carbohydrate-rich $3 pints of beer.  Full story...

Other Awards

The Irish Snug is proud to have been selected as "Best Irish Pub" in Denver and the region on numerous occasions since our opening by Denver's Channel 7, Westword and The Rocky Mountain News, as well as a variety of other awards.  In 2010, USAToday listed The Irish Snug as one of the "top ten places to spend St. Patrick's Day" in the United States.

We think it's our customers that deserve all of the accolades!


Visit Our Other Pubs

We invite you to experience our other restaurant and bar locations along the Front Range...

Click here to visit Maggie Smith's Web site Click here to visit the Web site

Maggie Smith's
Irish Pub

6631 South Peoria Centennial, CO 80112

Slattery's Irish Pub
5364 Greewood Plaza Boulevard
Englewood, CO  80111