Sure St. Patrick’s Day is an excuse to booze it up, but that’s not the only ticket in town. From festivals that celebrate Ireland’s rich cultural heritage to special dinners that will make your friends turn green with envy, these special events will appeal to every member of your family. (And yes, there are plenty of places to get a beer and a whiskey, too.)
Get into some shenanigans at this La Cantera joint, where they will be pouring Irish whiskey specials and green beer. The menu of flatbreads, burgers, and salads may not scream Ireland to you, but you could always ask for a side of potatoes.
Bud Light St. Patrick's Day Parade
Bring the whole family to this traditional annual event featuring lavishly decorated floats, bagpipers, a family-friendly interactive activity called Passport to Ireland, and, of course, rivers of green Bud Light. Irish novelties will be on sale if you forgot your Irish flare at home.
Busted Sandal Brewing Company
The brewery’s popular Porterpalooza returns for another year with live music from Tidalwave Tadpole, What? The City Bears, and DJ Homie, and food from the Belly Dive food truck. Tickets include six 7-ounce pours of various porters.
Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub
Everyday feels like St. Patrick’s day at this River Walk favorite, but the pub really does it up on the big day. Enjoy Irish bites like black and tan onion rings (made with Guinness Stout and Smithwick’s Ale) and a Irish spin on chips and queso with a pint of Killian’s Irish Red.
The newly reopened Southtown restaurant is opening its doors at 9 am for an Irish breakfast with dishes like Top of the Morning to Y’all comprised of eggs, black pudding sausage, pork back bacon, braised mushrooms, and Irish brown bread. Later in the day, enjoy bangers and mash while sipping an Irish Mule.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Gird yourself for a day of partying with a burger from the popular restaurant in the Rim. The O’Doddy is a corned brisket patty topped with sharp cheddar, house Irish mayo, and a slaw inspired by classic Irish dish bubble and squeak. Can’t make it on St. Patrick’s Day? The special will be available until March 24.
Leave the debauchery to others while you enjoy a relaxing meal at this Grayson Street anchor. The menu includes appetizers like barbecue brisket and cabbage sliders with Guinness mustard; the Juicy O’Lucy burger stuffed with green chile cheese and topped with fried poblano strips, fresh greens, bacon, and herb mayo; and green pistachio cupcakes iced with Bailey’s frosting.
Grab some gold coins from “Leprejuan” at this throwback bar, where Irish Car Bombs and green queso will be served all night. DJ AMAR provides the tunes. (Do the Cranberries have any remixes?)
The Growler Exchange
The taproom will host a beer dinner featuring Chef Junction’s Juan D. Cardona’s take on two Irish classics. The exact menu hasn’t been revealed yet, but rest assured, it will be paired with beer.
Mad Dogs British Pub
This popular joint is also the official sponsor of turning the River Walk green with eco-conscious dye. See their handiwork in person as you watch the parade while enjoying green beer and fish and chips.
Rosella at the Rand
The downtown hot spot is hosting a “Kegs and Eggs” celebration sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey. Enjoy specials on whiskey flights and Irish Coffee, Guinness beer, and a holiday green Leatherneck cocktail featuring Jameson, blue curaçao, and lime juice from 9 am-midnight. Breakfast specials like an open-faced buttermilk biscuit with an over-easy egg will be served until 4 pm.
In honor of St. Pat’s, the casual eatery and live music venue is going green — Pat Green that is — with a special performance from the Grammy nominee along with special guest Cory Morrow. Doors open at 7 pm for the show. Tickets available here.
St. Patrick’s Day Irish Festival
Dig deep into Irish heritage with a two-day festival that includes activities about genealogy, Irish-Texan history, and the Gaelic language. Kiss the Blarney Stone, enjoy Irish beer and food, and make arts and crafts, too.
Get lucky with a special Irish menu available until March 18. Entrees include treats like a corned beef brisket served with boiled red potatoes and cabbage; Guinness-stewed beef sirloin shepherd’s pie topped with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and puff pastry, and a grilled corned beef sandwich slathered with melted Swiss cheese.