St. Patrick's Day Guide 2005

1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717,

It's the return of the Houston St. Patrick's Festival with performances by Flying Fish Sailors, Constant Billy, Paisley Close and Godfrey's Rangers. 5 p.m. Free.

Molly's Pub
11128 Westheimer, 713-789-9580,

Molly's is an authentic Irish pub where you can relax by the fireplace and enjoy cocktails or a choice of a dozen draft beers. Today enjoy Irish music with Liam Tierney from 4 p.m.

Paint the Mother Green!
Buffalo Bayou, noon

Members of the Waterfront Association, the Texas Army and the Slippery Rock Boosters Club will dye the waters of Buffalo Bayou a beautiful emerald-green. This annual ceremony will be held on the grassy area on the south bank of Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston, at Travis and Commerce, behind the Spaghetti Warehouse at noon.

Members of the Texas Army, in authentic 1836 uniforms, directed by General Carol A. Lewis, will fire their muskets to salute the early Irish settlers in Texas, the Irish who died at the Alamo and the Irish who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. They will fire green dye from their cannon into the bayou for a token greening. And Slippery Rock Boosters Club members will toss nontoxic green dye from the Travis Street Bridge into the bayou.

Red Lion Pub
2316 S. Shepherd, 713-782-3030,

With a party beginning at 11:30 a.m. and going until the beer runs out, this cozy English pub showcases the best British brews with more than 20 beers on tap, real imperial pints, along with the full gamut of fine spirits and single malts. In addition, the Red Lion offers freshly prepared savory pub fare. Menu items include traditional dishes such as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash and sausage rolls. Opens at 11:30 a.m.

Richmond Arms
5920 Richmond, 713-784-7722

Plenty of bagpipers and Irish food to go along with your St. Paddy's celebration. Live bands on St. Pat's Day from 6 p.m. to midnight, and then again Friday and Saturday starting at 9 p.m. Plus great prize giveaways and shot specials.

Ron's Pub
1828 Fountain View, 713-977-4820

Get stewed at Ron's and enjoy free Irish stew served from 3 p.m. till it's gone. Enjoy live bagpipe performances at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Always a good time had by all with nary a cover.

Sam's Boat at the Fountains St. Patrick's Day Celebration
12720 Southwest Fwy., 281-277-9333

Ain't no party like a Sam's Boat party, and today and well into the night, you can enjoy green beer, giveaways, a live DJ and live bands beginning at 10 p.m., with no cover. There will be $3 crawfish, and Charlie Pallilo of ESPN 790 AM will present a special March Madness live broadcast from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sam's Concert Pub
5636 Richmond, 713-785-SAMS,

You'll love this St. Patrick's Day Parking Lot Party. Live music from Infinity's Twin, Nervous Rex and 11th Hour, plus DJ Jaime, beer specials and a live remote with 104 KRBE's Atom Smasher. Noon to 2 a.m.

Shamrock 'n Roll at Sherlock's
See locations below;

10001 Westheimer, 713-977-1857
Fondue Monks, Strippers Lie, the Stugots and Livin' Proof will provide the jams with a live remote on 94.5 the Buzz. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

1997 W. Gray, 713-521-1881
Live music from the Max and special guests. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

2416 Bay Area Blvd., 281-461-4702, Clear Lake
Live music from Static and special guests. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

228 W. First St., 281-446-0407, Humble
Live music from Cross Check and special guests. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Shamrock 'n Roll at Baker St. Pub & Grill
Locations below;

5510 Morningside, 713-942-9900
Live music from Bad Boyfriend and Some Duo. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

17278 Tomball Pkwy., 281-517-0828, Willowbrook
Live music from the Ruse and special guests, with a special Bloody Mary breakfast bar and live remote on 94.5 the Buzz from 6 a.m. (that's right, party people, till 3 p.m.). 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

17278 Tomball Pkwy., 281-517-0828, Willowbrook
Live music from Sonic Amber and special guests. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Shay McElroy's Irish Pub
909 Texas, 713-223-2444, and The State Bar & Lounge, 909 Texas, 713-229-8888

Open noon to 2 a.m. with live music from the Bourbon Street Band. Also featuring bagpipers, Irish dancers, party favors and a beer garden.

Six Degrees a.k.a. Murphy's Pub
911 Franklin, 713-228-2990

Enjoy a lounge with an Irish twist for one day only, with drink specials and DJ Soul Tower 606 spinning the hits. 5 p.m.

509 Main, 713-222-1033

Opening at 11 a.m. with commemorative pint glass giveaways, discounted beer and live music featuring Charlie Wemyss. Start your downtown pub crawl here.

The Stag's Head Pub
2128 Portsmouth, 713-533-1199,

From the pub that brings you Celtic Tuesdays every week, expect one rockin' St. Paddy's Day extravaganza. Today they will feature an Irish menu, great drink specials and, of course, green beer. Live entertainment will include sets from the Tody Castillo Trio at 6 p.m., Bayou City Pipes & Drums at 7 p.m. and Herschel Berry at 9 p.m.

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