Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub – A Taste of Ireland in the Heart of the Midwest

by Teri Link

I really felt like I was back in Dublin walking into Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub in Galena. Attached to the charming Irish Cottage Inn and Suites, this authentic Irish restaurant exemplifies craftsmanship throughout not only the physical space, but its food offerings as well. The pub boasts an intricately carved mahogany bar, etched glass, and hand-painted murals. Other furnishings include private “snugs” (traditionally places that the wealthy patrons of Irish pubs could find some privacy), as well as an expansive dining room, a new outdoor deck for dining, and a large stage.

The property changed hands in December 2020, and the current ownership and management team has been committed to elevating every aspect of the guest experience. This is clearly reflected in the menu.

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