As I walk through the historic heart of Albany, the vibrant energy of 4 Clinton Square beckons me. Here, nestled among iconic landmarks, lies a piece of the city's soul - McGeary's Irish Pub. A beloved institution, it has been the go-to destination for locals, politicians, and Buffalo Bills fans alike since its inception. But today, a new chapter unfolds as McGeary's announces it's up for sale.
A Turning Tide
The decision to sell McGeary's Irish Pub, a cornerstone of Albany's social scene, has sent ripples through the community. Tess Collins, the pub's dedicated owner, revealed her intentions to focus on owning a smaller, quieter neighborhood bar and devote more time to her music school in Colonie, The Rock Pit.
Collins stated, "McGeary's has been an incredible journey, and I'm proud of what we've built here. But it's time for me to explore new horizons and dedicate more energy to my passion for music."
A Turnkey Opportunity
Listed with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services for $1,798,000, the sale includes both the business and the historic building, which dates back to 1832. The property boasts a renovated kitchen, ample seating for over 100 patrons, an outdoor patio, and an office. Additionally, the second and third floors house a cozy apartment.
Potential buyers can look forward to inheriting a well-established, turnkey restaurant with a steady clientele. McGeary's stands as one of the largest Buffalo Bills Backers Bars and has earned a reputation as a favorite gathering spot for locals and politicians, including the governor.
The Heart of Albany Beats On
Despite the change in ownership, Collins assured patrons that McGeary's would remain open during the sale process. The pub's rich history, coupled with its prime location near the Palace Theatre, ensures it will continue to be a vital part of Albany's cultural landscape.
As I leave the warm embrace of McGeary's Irish Pub, I can't help but feel a sense of optimism. Though change is inevitable, the spirit of this cherished establishment will endure, woven into the very fabric of downtown Albany.