Pub is nominated in 7 Categories in International and North American competition

Locally owned Celtic Cowboy Pub and Restaurant has been nominated by the prestigious Irish Pubs Global Organization for awards in 7 categories including Best Marketing Campaign, Best Chef, Best Food Experience, Best Craft Beef Experience, Best Irish Community Pub, Best Sports Experience, and The North American Irish Pub of the Year.

When asked about the nominations, Owner and Managing Partner, Wayne Thares, said ‘Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that such a prestigious organization would find us out here in Great Falls, Montana, I am excited to be able to travel to Dublin for the awards gala.’

The awards will be presented In Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday October 10, and according to Thares “…you can bet that there will be a Celtic Cowboy in that audience.”

In 1890, Welsh immigrant Robert Vaughn, first European settler in the county, who became wealthy in the ranching business outside of Great Falls, perceived a need for the “most advanced livery stable in the West.” This was the genesis of the Arvon Block, a playful take on his name, Robert Vaughn R. Vaughn Arvon. The building housed a livery stable, freight transfer office, teamster boarding house and green-grocer. Vaughn, who by that time had received the nickname “The Celtic Cowboy” by the press, would go on to become one of Great Falls’ earliest philanthropists and most prominent citizens. Fast-forward 127 years and we proudly bring you The Celtic Cowboy Pub and Restaurant in the Hotel Arvon, evoking the lively times of the past in what is now one of the very few remaining buildings from the early days of Great Falls. With an eclectic menu that is renowned for “Regional Fare with an Irish Twist” and Boasting 31 International, Regional, and local beers on tap, along with over 70 whiskies and Live music 6 nights a week with a Traditional Pub Quiz on Tuesdays and Irish Seisiun on Thursdays, The Celtic Cowboy is the ‘go to’ pub in Northcentral Montana.

From the moment you enter the doors, the authentic atmosphere engulfs you with the custom designed and built interior with plenty of out of the way areas, snugs, and semi-private room (the Father Oliver room named after local Irish priest Father Oliver Doyle). The Focal point is the 31 Draught European Style Tap System and the huge wall of Whiskey, it is easy to settle in for a pint or two. No wonder that the Butte, America Irish Band “Dublin Gulch” says the Celtic Cowboy is “Where the Craic is Grand and the Girls are Pretty!”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Wayne T Thares at 406-868-8255 or email at