Your Best Bets for St. Patrick's Day 2018

Seven options for your green-dyed weekend shenanigans.

By Holly Beretto March 14, 2018

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So, you’re lookin’ for somewhere to spend St. Paddy’s Day. Whist, lads and lasses, we’re after finding all ya need for a grand time marking the wearin’ o’ the green (OK, we'll stop now). Check out these options for a guaranteed good time that goes beyond a glass of green beer.

A Traditional Party in an Upscale Space

Gorgeous Gael  | 5555 Morningside 

This Rice Village Irish bar is known for its excellent beer and cocktail list, not to mention a solid lineup of Irish whiskey. On St. Patrick’s Day, the Gael tops off a week of festivities by serving up an Irish Breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. and never stopping. Throughout the day, there’s traditional Irish music, DJs, green beer, and drink specials. The party runs all day and night.

A Classic All-Ages Party

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | 2425 Norfolk St.

Known for its live music, the Mucky Duck pulls out all the stops on St. Patrick’s Day. For the last 29 years, the Duck’s marked the day with Irish dance, traditional Irish music, food and drink under a big top highlighted by Ms. Bonnie’s famous fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. The day-long celebration guarantees there’s something for everyone, including a Faerie Tea Party for the kiddos. Tickets from $22.

An Irish Institution

Griff's Irish Pub | 3416 Roseland St. 

Going strong for 53 years, this legendary celebration erupts into the streets of Montrose with two stages of live music and plenty of libations. Generations of Houstonians have hazy morning-after memories of a St. Patrick's at Griff's, which means that you probably should, too. Tickets $10.

A St. Patrick's Blowout

Lucky’s Pub | 801 St. Emmanuel and 17754 Katy Fwy.

Be part of the St. Patrick’s Festival 2018 presented by Lucky’s, 94.5 The Buzz and AWE Productions. Three stages, live broadcasts all day, green beer, leprechauns, pre- and post-parade revelry—this one has it all. The bar opens at 8 a.m. and breakfast includes Lucky Charms and breakfast tacos. Only in Texas, y’all. Tickets start at $10.

A Fancy, DIY St. Pat’s Dinner

Central Market Cooking School | 3815 Westheimer

Maybe a pub isn’t your thing. Maybe you want something more…homemade. Take this hands-on class and learn how to make soda bread with Irish butter, emerald salad with Bleu cheese dressing, lamb chips in Guinness pan sauce, and bread pudding with an Irish whiskey sauce. Class starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $65.

An Irish Mitzvah

Kenny and Ziggy’s | 2327 Post Oak and 5172 Buffalo Speedway

All day on St. Patrick’s Day, the traditional Jewish deli—which just served its 2,000,000th matzo ball—serves up a traditional Irish dish: corned beef and cabbage, plus bottle of beer and a couple of sides for $21.95.

Kiss Me, I'm A Rescue

 Houston Pets Alive! Shelter | 8620 Stella Link

While no, this is not yet another pub crawl, Houston Pet's Alive, the city's leading pet rescue organization, will offer a free green beer and half-price dog and cat adoptions at its Stella Link location. 

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