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 Saturday, March 17, which is just around the corner!
Here are some ideas for getting green and festive on this party holiday.
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!
Irish coffees at Honeymoon Cafe
What’s better than coffee in the morning? Coffee with booze in the morning. I haven’t actually had Honeymoon’s, but I did have these from The Buena Vista in San Francisco which claims to have invented the concept. TBD on how Ireland feels about this allegation.
Authentic UK food from at Red Lion Pub
Get some authentic grub from Red Lion — an amazing 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.
Green beer alert! Saint Arnold’s is having a shindig on Saturday 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 from food trucks Happy Endings, Sticky’s Chicken, and Oh My Gogi. Our 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!
Green beer isn’t the only thing that’ll be coloring your tongue. Three Brother’s has tons of on theme treats. Favorites include: gingerbread cookies dipped in white chocolate and sugar and the petit fours. Hello, sugar coma.
Pub crawl or festival
- Midtown’s 8th Annual Biggest St. Patrick’s Festival: This one is pretty tried and true in Midtown at 3rd Floor, Irish Cowboy, and Pub Fiction. Bonus: All three bars have parties all weekend. On Saturday, it’s $20 to get in, but Friday and Sunday are free (plus if you show them you have a Saturday ticket, you can skip the line on Friday and Sunday). Click here to get tickets.
- 3rd Annual Green Mile St. Patrick’s Day Block Party (Washington): Party starts at 11 am and goes until 10 pm. You can check in at any of the participating bars, like: Clutch Bar, Lincoln Bar and MythNights. Tickets are just $10 right now. Get ’em. It’s $20 at the door.
- St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl (Downtown and Midtown): TONS of bars participating in this one. Pick either downtown or midtown, buy your tickets and show up at the check in spot — for Midtown ticket holders, its Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille, located at 502 Elgin Street, and for Downtown ticket holders, it’s Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill, located at 1012 Congress Ave. Tickets are $40 but include: Drink specials including $3 Green Beers, $3 Drinks and $3 Shots at all participating bars in either Midtown or Downtown, free Limited Edition St. Patrick’s Day “Be Someone” Shirt, Pub Crawl Wristband, Pub Crawl Cup and a Pub Crawl Koozie.
- Week-long party at Pimlico (River Oaks): Between the Pub’s bday bash on Saturday, March 10, with 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.
Hit up an Irish bar
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.
Pros: There are multiple locations of this bar and restaurant! The one in Rice Village closed, but there are still Baker Streets and Sherlock’s locations scattered around town. I am obsessed with their fish and chips, btw.
Cons: Definitely a chain, and feels like it.
Other special events
- We’ll keep ya posted on any events that come our way!