According to a recent permit filing, Uisce Irish Pub will open in Bellingham.
A representative of Uisce Irish Pub was not immediately available for commentary upon What Now Seattle’s request.
While an official opening date has yet to be released, Uisce began when Molly McGarry visited her father during a trip to Bellingham in 2005 and they wanted to go out for pints. She and her partner, David Rooney, were disappointed to learn that Bellingham lacked a true Irish pub. Following breakfast the next morning, McGarry and Rooney happened to walk by a vacant space at 1319 Commercial Street that was for lease.
Intrigued, but out of time, they returned to San Francisco. Still, they thought about the space. The couple went ahead and enquired. Not long after, on St. Patrick’s Day of 2006, Uisce Irish Pub opened its doors.
McGarry – a San Francisco transplant who attended Options High School – met Rooney (originally from Dublin) in New York City in 2002. Here both gained experience in the bar industry. They worked at an Irish bar together before taking additional stints in Seattle and San Francisco.
Uisce, the Gaelic word for “water,” is pronounced “Ish-Kah.” It’s among the biggest and best Irish pubs between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and boasts arguably the largest selection of scotch and Irish whiskey in Bellingham.
The signature physical feature of Uisce is undoubtedly the bar itself: a long, elegant piece of custom-made African mahogany designed and built by Tom Lutz, a Lummi Island woodworker who’d never carved a bar before. After construction, the bar was delivered to the space swaddled in blankets. “It’s literally like our baby,” McGarry says of the bar, adding that it was designed to allow customers to stand comfortably with friends while having enough space to sit and cross their legs.
Rooney departed from the business and McGarry took over the solo operation of Uisce, all while raising her daughter, Saoirse. It’s an experience in which she’s learned a lot, especially regarding the essential ability to delegate responsibilities to her employees, according to the company website.
Update: At the request of Uisce’s owner, previously published information has been removed.