Drinking Holidays

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Parties

Green beer, limericks, Pogues cover bands…it all happens on Thursday. Here’s where to get in on the action.

March 14, 2011

The spirit of St. Paddy’s Day shall blow through the streets of Seattle this Thursday.

Photo courtesy: mypartyplanner.com

Greetings from Canada: I’ll be posting later in the day and tomorrow about findings: interviews, seminars, bars, from Tales Vancouver, but before we get into all that, how about some St. Patrick’s Day ideas? St. Paddy’s happens this Thursday, March 17.

The Metropolitan Grill has three drink specials: a Tullamore Dew Irish Coffee ($6), a cocktail called Kiss Me Quick ($9)—that’s vodka and creme de menthe—and Guinness and Black and Tans are $5. The last of those three choices feels like the best one to me. And attention all ye poets: there is a limerick competition, first prize is a night’s stay at the Edgewater Hotel and dinner for two at the Met.

Magnolia’s Mulleady’s Irish Pub hosts a three-course Irish meal for $40, there are still spaces for the 4:30pm seating and the 9:30 one—7pm is sold out. Email [email protected] or call 206-283-8843 for reservations. Check out the menu here.

Kell’s in Post Alley is doing its annual week-long St. Paddy’s wingding leading up to the big day, when the bar opens at 10am—perfectly reasonable—and live music begins at noon.

A few blocks South on First Avenue, Fado competes for your liver with its own week-long SP bacchanalia. Thursday, it opens at 7am with a kegs and eggs breakfast. The bar is cover-free until 1pm, music starts an hour later.

In Queen Anne, T.S. McHugh’s has live music Thursday and a special menu that includes beef and Guinness pie and corned beef and cabbage.

Other green-beer destinations for your consideration: The Celtic Swell in West Seattle, McGilvra’s in Madison Park or U-District sister bar Finn MacCool’s, Paddy Coyne’s in Bellevue and South Lake Union (also Tacoma, if you like), and the Celtic Bayou in Redmond and Lynnwood, where I suggest you calorie-load on happy hour apps (Popcorn shrimp! Tator tots!) from 4 to 7pm.

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