Frank McLoughlin

I am originally from Dublin in Ireland, and moved to Denver in 1998. I worked for Fado Irish Pub Downtown until 2004, when I opened The Irish Snug, with my brother Jim, at 1201 East Colfax Ave in Capitol Hill. I have lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for the past 2o plus years. I love cycling around our city and walking in City Park with my dogs. One of my favorite things to do is to sit up on the hill beside the museum in City Park and watch the Sunset with Denver’s skyline, and the mountains in the background. We live in a beautiful part of the world!


Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I have been in the Hospitality industry all my life. I love owning an Irish Pub, as it is an establishment where everyone feels welcome, no matter your age! I love the community we have created at the Irish Snug

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
I am a regular at The Chop Shop and Hanks Texas BBQ on East Colfax Ave.

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
22 years


Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I would go home to Dublin to see my family. This is the longest I’ve been away due to Covid 19

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Favorite Movie: Pulp Fiction Favorite TV show: SNL

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Life is short, Easy does it. Enjoy!

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Vanlife and traveling around the USA

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Fleetwood Mac

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
The Irish Snug, as it used to be Sid Kings Crazy Horse Saloon. There’s some colorful history in this building!

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Barack Obama. Because he was the leader of the free world and seems so down to earth! Maybe I could talk him into playing 9 holes of golf with me at City Park?

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
Big city with a small town feel.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Still owning the Snug, but hopefully doing a little more traveling

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
There really isn’t one, as I wear my heart on my sleeve

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
It’s a toss up between Lake Como in Northern Italy, and Antigua, Guatemala

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
September. St Patrick’s Day. February 20th. (It’s my mother’s birthday)

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
The Fruit tart at the Omonoia Greek bakery on Colfax Ave beside East High School

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My mother Tess

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
In Ireland, people burn peat, cut out from the bogs, to heat their homes. There is no smell more identifiable, and it is definitely my favorite smell on earth.

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Colfax Ave, Weed, and Mountains