There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than just drinking green beer. OK, so like, that IS a v fun way to celebrate the day, but the holiday originated as a feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, so the least you can do is also eat green things. St. Patty’s Day is Sunday, March 17, which is just around the corner!
Ps. This post has been updated with 2019 info!
Here are some ideas for getting green and festive on this party holiday.
1. Attend Houston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade starts at noon at the Clock Tower at MinuteMaid Park on Texas and goes west-bound. It’s a free, two-hour event ending in an after party at Lucky’s. Read more here!
2. Drink Irish coffees at Double Trouble
What’s better than coffee in the morning? Coffee with booze in the morning. My favorite cocktail meets coffee bar in town is in Midtown — but the cool part right off the rail on Main Street. Check it out!
3. Eat Authentic Irish Food (we’ll allow British food, too)
Get some authentic grub from Red Lion — an amazing English pub off Shepherd. Prices seem high ($20 for Shepherd’s Pie), but they are splitable. This is the Guinness Beef Stew served in a Yorkshire Pudding and the Shepherd’s Pie, which is so on theme, especially since the green peas are SOOO St. Paddy’s Day.
Listen, today is the day to go all out Irish with potato pancakes, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish stew. Head to Jack and Ginger’s or McElroy’s for authentic bites.
4. Drink Green Beer
Pros: Huge! This is an old reliable. There are multiple locations, but I like the one in EaDo! There are other bars around there if you need a change of scenery.
Cons: There’s a $10 cover, ps. Well, there’s probs a cover MOST places. Not really a good ole, authentic Irish pub. Also not great if you don’t love crowds.
Pros: It’s the most Irish thing in Houston. Even the building is green and has an Irish flag proudly waving. There’s a huge party, called the “under the tent party,” Friday. They’ll serve lunch (stew and Guinness bread or sandwiches) and have step dancing and bagpipe playing!
Cons: Unclear on the party’s cover. It’s a pretty small bar in Montrose, so don’t even bother trying to park.
St. Arnold’s Brewery
Green beer alert! Saint Arnold’s is having a shindig on Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. It’s free to attend! There will be a stage in their parking lot set up for live music from Murder the Stout, The Real McCoys, Tomfooligans, and Dead Rabbits.
Throughout the party, they’ll roll out special stout beers. Food will be available and the regular beer lineup and commemorative St. Patrick’s Day glassware will also be available. Bonus: watch or compete in the World Elevated Beer Pouring Championship or the Donegal Beard Growing Competition. More here!
5. Attend a Pub crawl or festival
- Houston’s 60th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Downtown – Sunday): From noon to 2 pm, this parade takes over downtown — it’s free and fun! More here.
- Luck of the Irish Midtown Pub Crawl (Midtown – Saturday): Dogwood + friends are teaming up to have one heck of a St. Paddy’s Day party. More here.
- 4th Annual Green Mile St. Patrick’s Day Block Party (Washington – Sunday): Party starts at 11 am and goes until 10 pm. You can check in at any of the participating bars, like: Clutch Bar, Concrete Cowboy and Standard Bar. More here.
- Week-long party at Pimlico (River Oaks): This Irish bar has a lot in store for the holiday! Live music and its St. Patrick’s day party on the 17th with BBQ, it’s a lot of partying for Pimlico. Check out all their events here.