St. Paddy’s Day Q&A at Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub

Burke & Riley's Irish Pub Sign

It must have been the luck of the Irish that caused this year’s St. Patrick’s day to coincide with the start of Breck’s annual Spring Fever celebration. What better way to kick off a month-long series of competitions, parties, and events than enjoying rib-sticking food and some green beer with friends and family?

To find out more about the festivities in Breck this year, I sat down for a chat with Mark Burke, owner and operator of Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub on Main Street, and resident St. Paddy’s day expert.

Q: What is the number one reason to celebrate St. Paddy’s day in Breckenridge?

A: The town really comes alive with Irish spirit and embraces the holiday. This year especially, with St. Patrick’s day kicking off Breck’s Spring Fever, it gives the whole town an opportunity to party and celebrate the beginning of the Spring season.

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Q: Does Burke and Riley’s have any special traditions for St. Paddy’s day?

A: You’ll have to come by and see for yourself! It’s the only day of the year that we open at 8am. We serve a hearty breakfast to prepare revelers for a long day of celebrating. My wife also serves a delicious traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage which is only available over the holiday. And of course, our staff will be decked out in their St. Paddy’s finest!

Q: What are the key ingredients for a perfect St. Patrick’s day celebration?

A: Good Irish food, a fully stocked bar, and live music. Walk down Main Street, and you’re sure to hear the sounds of bagpipes, local music, and the rhythmic stomping of Irish step dancers from Burke & Rileys!

Q: What does it mean to have your event kick off Breck’s Spring Fever?

A: We’re really excited about it because, what better way to kick off Spring Fever than with an authentic Irish experience, giving tourists and locals alike a place to connect and make new friends who you’ll see and celebrate with throughout Spring Fever.

Q: What’s the best après ski Irish food to warm up after a day on the mountain?

A: Probably the heartiest meal we have is our homemade shepherd’s pie. Beware though, it’s a big portion, so you’d better be sure to work up an appetite on the slopes.

Mark Burke, owner and operator.
Mark Burke, owner and operator.

Q: Finally, have you heard of any Leprechaun sightings around town recently?

A: You know, I haven’t heard of anyone spotting him recently, but I have it on good authority that the Leprechaun will be making an appearance during the St. Paddy’s day celebration at Burke & Riley’s!

If you’re looking for an authentically Irish way to kick off Spring Fever, Burke & Riley’s is celebrating St. Paddy’s day Thursday, March 14 – Sunday, March 17. Be sure to check out their heated, enclosed patio area, local Irish live band “Sherman Woods”, bagpipes, step dancers, loads of giveaways and party favors throughout the weekend.

And finally, a brief public service announcement: Don’t get pinched. Wear green!

-Mac Jaehnert