Drinking Holidays

St. Paddy’s Day Bar Festivities

Moderation be damned. If you’re gearing up for a day of Guinness-pounding, here are some promising destinations.

By Allecia Vermillion March 13, 2012

Lest you forget this Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, this sparkly Irish-inspired drinkin’ hat has been making the rounds at Brave Horse Tavern this week. Photo via Facebook.

Okay, fine. We get it. There are more genteel ways of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but let’s be honest—plenty of you will be making your way to an Irish pub on Saturday, most likely before lunch. No shame in that game: If plastic cups of Guinness, cover charges and crazy-drunk crowds are your bag, plenty of local establishments are ready to deliver. Here are a few solid bets; meanwhile, Seattle Weekly has some survival tips, and Seattle PI blogger Humberto Martinez has rounded up a guide to the city’s Irish pubs. So hydrate, go forth, and enjoy.

Bottleneck Lounge
Erin Nestor’s den of incessant revelry goes Irish for a day, opening at noon with Irish music, specials on Jameson and Red Breast, and sandwiches of Guinness-simmered corned beef served on rye (yes, with cabbage).

Seattle’s St. Paddy’s Day epicenter is here, at the 29th annual St. Patrick’s Irish Festival. It takes an overflow tent to contain the line-up of well-regarded Irish bands, Irish food, and Irish-inspired feats of imbibement. A $20 admission fee gets you in the door, starting at 9am.

A Terrible Beauty
They’re not messing around in West Seattle. The bar is pre-selling its $15 St. Paddy’s Day admissions bracelets, which are good both here and sibling bar in Renton. Prices go up to $20 if you buy ‘em at the door

C.S. Finnegan’s
Why, how convenient. The city’s newest “Irish-built, Irish-owned, Irish-operated” pub celebrates its grand opening in Belltown on March 17. The sibling to West Seattle’s Celtic Swell will open its doors at 11am, and regale you with live music, Irish dancers, and specials on both food and drink. The festivities will spill into heated outdoor tents.

Brave Horse Tavern
Every day feels like St. Patrick’s Day at Tom Douglas’s reliably packed South Lake Union gastropub. But Team Douglas is upping the ante with a bevy of boilermakers, Guinness, limited-release Irish-style red ales from Ninkasi and Diamond Knot, bangers, mash, and…the Seattle Firefighters Pipe and Drums band. Also: beer specials.

What else is going on? Do let us know.

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