Drinking Holidays

Where to Find Good Craic This St. Patrick's Day

These bars, restaurants, and bakeries have their own way of celebrating Ireland's patron saint.

By Jack Kelly March 14, 2017

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 Ah yes, America's tribute to the tiny little island that gave us so much in the way of culture, music, and presidents. St. Patrick's Day festivities in Seattle range from the authentic to the fratty and the booze-soaked to the kid-friendly. These local specials are just a handful of ways to say Slainte this March 17.

Two Doors Down

This year, owner Erin Nestor thought ahead so you don’t have to, providing a Saturday morning hangover brunch at her burger bar on Madison (and a bevy of local Irish-style ales at sibling bar Bottleneck Lounge the night before). Even the hairiest of dogs can get behind the $5 pints, corned beef hash, bangers, and burgers on the brunch menu.

The Bottleneck Lounge 

Don't let the religious invocation of this bar's "The Feast of St. Patrick" celebration fool you, local craft pours in the Irish style—think Boundary Bay Irish Red, Irish Death by Iron Horse, nitro stouts, and ice cream floats are sure to make this St. Patrick's Day at least slightly debaucherous. A 4pm-6pm happy hour and corned beef sandwiches are also worth mentioning.   

The Comet Tavern and Lost Lake Cafe

In keeping with the classic all-American tradition of commemorating Ireland via food dye, these Capitol Hill sibling spots are serving green jello shots and beer at student approved prices, not to mention $7 Irish whisky for a marginally more authentic experience. Relive your childhood with a green shamrock shake from Lost Lake Cafe and make it less innocent by adding peppermint schnapps. Even more decadence comes in the form of Guinness beef stew and corned beef and cabbage on the March 17 menu.

Trophy Cupcakes

The heavyweight cupcake purveyor will be selling green velvet cupcakes for St. Paddy’s day only. Chocolate Guinness cupcakes with Bailey’s buttercream frosting along with their other consistently indulgent yet straightforward bite sized desserts will also be available.

Grand Central Baking Company

The essential bakery of the Northwest is presenting a soda bread recipe with currants, orange zest, and caraway seeds. Weighing in at a whole pound, the bread packs the required density for optimal Guinness absorption.

Elysian Bar

The omnipresent beer brand's downtown bar has Paddy’s Day choices that range from the familiar (corned beef hash) and the nouveau (Irish cream panna cotta) together with their typical branded pours. The lack of an Irish association with Elysian might indicate a (slightly) quieter environment for those looking to imbibe more conservatively.

Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant

For a shot (pun intended) at beer-fueled glory and good craic, Fado Irish Pub is throwing an all day St. Patrick’s Day bash starting at 9:00am, with live music going from 11:00am to close. Full Irish breakfasts (don’t forget the black pudding), fish & chips, and boxty will keep the Pogues stuck in your head for days to come.

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