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March 16, 2020

Following the directive by Governor J.B. Pritzker to all Illinois restaurants and bars, Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill will remain closed to the public until April 1, 2020, for dine-in food/beverage service.

The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel will remain open. Room service and to-go food orders will be available on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. We will continue offer weekend guests of the hotel a hot breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of their room.

Special Events

Galena events are the perfect reason to plan a getaway! The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel in Galena, Illinois, hosts some of the most festive events in town.

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St. Patrick’s Celebration

March 14-15 and 17, 2020

Our St. Patrick’s Celebration is filled with live entertainment, music, specialty drinks and Irish food! Join us for hours and hours of entertainment. The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day and on St. Patrick's Day, Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill is the place to be!

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Wine Lovers Weekend

March 27-28, 2020

Galena's Wine Lovers Weekend features one of Illinois' largest indoor wine tastings where you can sip and savor your way through more than 250 wines. This community event weekend also boosts wine dinners, vineyard tours, and special events held throughout the community.

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Nouveau Wine Weekend

November 2020

Celebrate the first wine of the season with Galena's Nouveau Wine Weekend. The community celebration includes a Nouveau Parade on Main Street, special lunches and dinners, tours and tastings, and live music!


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Night of The Luminaria

December 12, 2020

Experience one of Galena's most romantic holiday traditions. Create memories that will last a lifetime as you and your special someone take in the sights of thousands of luminaria candles set along the streets, steps and sidewalks of Galena.

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New Years Celebration

December 31, 2020

Join us for our New Year's Eve Celebration—a fun-filled bash with entertainment, music, specialty drinks and great food!


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Galena Whiskey Weekend

January 30, 2021

This annual community event is held at Galena's Turner Hall and boosts more than 175+ whiskey and bourbon offerings. Event admission includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a keepsake tasting glass. Make your stay a true whiskey getaway, by booking a suite at The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel conveniently connected to Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill, which boosts the area's largest whiskey selection.

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