Clancy's Irish Pub is back in business...just in time

Denver has its fair share of watering holes where you can grab a green beer and official Irish grub on St. Paddy's Day, but the reopening of Clancy's Irish Pub is good news for anyone in the western suburbs.

The Wood family purchased the restaurant, located at 10117 West 37th Place in Wheat Ridge, back in 1997, and it had a good, long run. But in June 2009, a burglar set the place ablaze, and it was closed for six months because of fire damage.

"We were able to reopen on January 2," explains Michael Anthony "Tony" Wood. "Somebody -- and we'll probably never find out who -- broke in the front window and tried to use an empty keg to smash in the office door. When they didn't succeed, they went behind the bar and started a fire."

With the insurance money, Wood and his mother, Joyce Marie Wood, were able to get the place open -- but there wasn't much money left to advertise that Clancy's was back in business. And then Joyce passed away last week.

Even so, Clancy's Irish Pub will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with style tomorrow, serving a limited menu -- fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, three kinds of sausages, Irish stew -- along with green beer, Guinness and Jameson. There will also be bagpipers performing.

On non-Irish holidays, Clancy's is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Pints of Bud, Bud Light and Coors are always $2, and well drinks and wine are $3. For more information, visit or call 303-424-2964.