The most popular Irish bar in the Hudson Valley for sale after 25 years


The most popular Irish bar in the Hudson Valley has been serving customers for 25 years. But now the building and its activity are on the market.

Some Hudson Valley bars are more than just businesses, they’re landmarks. They are such an integral part of the local culture and community that it is hard to imagine a time when they did not exist. Sadly, more and more of these local institutions are disappearing, leaving locals with nothing but memories of the good times spent there.

One of the Hudson Valley’s most famous Irish bars may join these long-gone landmarks. Sweeney’s Irish Pub in Walden is currently for sale. Founded by Gary Sweeney in 1997, the bar has withstood everything from a devastating fire to a global pandemic, thanks to its dedicated owner. Sweeney immigrated to the United States from the village of Ramelton in Donegal, Ireland in 1989. After living in Yonkers and working as a bus driver, Sweeney eventually settled in the village of Walden where he opened Sweeney’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on Orange Ave. in 1997.

Known for its legendary St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Sweeney’s Irish Pub became the gathering place on March 17. Guests show up as early as 6am for a full Irish breakfast, live music and entertainment. Excitement rises to fever pitch as the crowd anxiously counts to that first pour of Guinness at 8am. After suffering a fire in 2002, Sweeney’s was completely rebuilt in 2004 and is still in pristine condition.

The restaurant building, business and all equipment are included in the sale which is currently listed at $995,000. The property also includes an upstairs apartment which can be either occupied by the owner or rented out to a tenant.

Local customers hope that whoever buys the bar will continue to operate it as is. No one wants to imagine celebrating St. Patrick’s Day anywhere but at Sweeney’s.

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