We all know that alcohol and exposed flesh make one do bad things in the eyes of God, but today you can wipe the slate clean. Start off your sinful St. Patrick's Day at 10:30 a.m. with a morning mass at the University of St. Thomas(3800 Montrose). Once you're absolved by Archbishop Daniel DiNardo, help yourself to an Irish brunch. For information and reservations, call 713-525-3592. $20 to $30 for brunch; soul saving is free.
Now take a moment to reflect on the origins of St. Patrick's Day, the sacred Catholic holiday honoring the Irish saint who drove the pestilential, sinister serpents out of Ireland. Okay, done? Good, because it's time get effed up! We've picked a few spots where you can get your green on.
Sorry, frat boys, green beer does not count as Irish food. But that bastion o' the blarney, McGonigel's Mucky Duck(2425 Norfolk), will serve corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and the most amazing combination of meat and beer: beef Guinness. The O'Maoileidigh Irish Dancers perform, and there will be plenty o' music. For information, call 713-528-5999 or visit www.mcgonigels.com. $14.
Clutch, the Rockets mascot, will be hanging out at Kenneally's Irish Pub (2111 South Shepherd). For information, call 713-630-0486. Sherlock's Pub (10001 Westheimer, 713-977-1857) is boasting the "biggest parking lot party in Houston." If you can't make it out there, hit up one of their other parties around town. For information, visit www.sherlockspub.com. And for a full list of St. Paddy's events, click to our online guide.
Fri., March 17