It is the end of an era for fans of Conor O’Neill’s, Boulder’s Irish bar set at 1922 13th Street, right off the bustling Pearl Street. When it opened its doors in 1999, the popular venue replaced a two decade old watering hole called the James Pub and Grill.
Conor O'Neill's announced the closure on its Facebook page:
We're sad to announce that Conor O'Neill's will be closing on October 2nd. Thank you for 17 great years! Please come to Conor's and celebrate one last time this week. We appreciate all your business and your friendships. We will truly miss being part of the community in Boulder. Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd will be one hell of a bash!
Many fans of the bar shared their heartbreak when reading the news:
OMG! Conor's was my home when I moved to Colorado. I was there for the opening and am still in touch with friends from around the world who I met that day and the following three years in Boulder. Connor's will always have a special space in my heart! Give her the farewell she deserves!
Man..I watched friends Irish stepdance here 16 years ago, played here with FCPB 14 years ago, had my first legal drink in Colorado here 9 years ago, and bonded with three new friends over a pint here just last month. O'Neills is an icon, and will truly be missed.
Crazy sad! Vic's opened after I moved to B-town and Connor's after I left.
So many changes. I remember the Coors Classic and BBQ Restaurant at Broadway & Alpine being forced out.
Of course the Hungry Toad came in and hope Terry Morton can keep it alive.
Then again, when I first came Summer'67 28th Street was gravel road and Boulder was dry!
Times do change!
There is no word on what will take over the space this time around, but one thing is certain: Boulder has grown and continues to grow and the space will not sit empty for too long. For now, head over to Conor O'Neill's and get your last pint before it's too late.