Nova Scotia

Halifax pub, Pogue Fado, bids farewell

Pogue Fado, a popular pub in downtown Halifax, has closed its doors for good.

Pogue Fado was founded in 2002 on Barrington Street

The Irish pub has been in business for 10 years. (CBC)

A popular pub in downtown Halifax has closed its doors for good.

Pogue Fado — a Barrington Street watering hole, restaurant and music venue, shut down— the pub’s co-owner Richard Stevens confirmed in an email to CBC News Monday evening.

The pub was founded in 2002 by five friends according to the bar’s website.

"The plan was simple — create a warm, friendly environment where they and their friends could enjoy the best of food, drink and live music," the website said.

On the Pogue’s Facebook page, the owners said operating a restaurant in the current business climate downtown doesn't make sense. The closure takes effect immediately.

Need more people and taxis

Stevens told CBC News that business had not recovered after the 2008 economic crisis.

"It's a struggle to make a buck downtown. If you can't make the math work in terms of profit and loss, you just have to call it a day," he said.

He said the last six months saw steady losses. He said Halifax can make the downtown better for business. "We need two things downtown: people and public transportation," he said.

He was referring to taxis, which are notoriously hard to hail in peak times.

Paul MacKinnon, head of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission, said the convention centre being built on Argyle Street will boost the economy.

"I think it is trying to instill a sense of confidence [and] letting businesses know what is down the road," he said.