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This St. Patrick's Day, head into town for the annual parade and a visit to your favorite pub. The next day might bring a headache to those of us who can't hold our liquor as well as others, but who can resist a holiday where drinking more than you should and pinching strangers is the norm?

March 7

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside Dr., 713-522-2603

www.brianoneills.com

Get ready for the big day a little early with an Irish Stew Cook-off down at Brian O'Neill's. The party will go from 1 to 6 p.m.

March 11

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

705 Main at Capitol, 713-228-PINT

www.beerknurd.com

The Flying Saucer will be holding St. Patrick's Day Glass Night featuring its annual St. Patrick's Day commemorative glass. The glasses will be available starting at 7 p.m., and it's recommended that people get there early because they go fast. As this is a ­special-edition glass, there'll be a small charge for it in addition to the cost of the beer.

March 12

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside Dr., 713-522-2603

www.brianoneills.com

Get into the right mind-set with Brian O'Neill's 6th Annual Sexy Kilt Contest, always a crowd-pleaser. There'll be cash prizes for the top three men to charm the female judges with their knobby knees and taut calves, not to mention a chance at photographic immortalization on the pub's Web site in all their traditional Irish glory.

The Goose's Acre ­Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

Stop by for the Third Annual Sexy Kilt Contest. Men and women are both welcome to join in. Please contact the Goose's Acre to sign up.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

www.griffshouston.net

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the St. Patrick's Day Queen Contest at Griff's. The judging will be based on natural beauty, poise, attire and personality. All contestants will have to apply; check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.

March 13

The Goose's Acre ­Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

The Ruse band takes the stage at 10 p.m.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

www.griffshouston.net

Griff's will be holding a greater Houston area Irish open golf tournament, better known as Beer, Boobs, Babes, and Balls, beginning at noon for tee time with a shotgun start. There will be trophies and prizes for first, second and third places as well as special prizes for Closest to Hole and Longest Drive. You can also come early for a putting contest at 11 a.m. The individual entry fee is $135, and all participants must apply.

March 14

50th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

713-365-9648

www.saintpatricksdayparade.com

A longtime tradition, this parade will start and end at Minute Maid Park and begins at noon. It's free of charge. There will be live entertainment at the Discovery Green stage after the parade.

Beer Island

2631 White Oak Dr., 713-862-4670

There will be a Southern rock band performing at the Heights block party from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., along with food and drink specials.

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside Dr., 713-522-2603

www.brianoneills.com

Get psyched for the main event at the Brian O'Neill's St. Patrick's Day Pre-Party with food and drinks outside, music and live bands. The party starts at 2 p.m., and the Slags are on at 3 p.m. DJ Grey starts spinning at 10 p.m. There is a $5 cover.

Firkin & Phoenix Restaurant & Pub

1915 Westheimer, 713-526-3100

www.firkinandphoenix.com

Celebrate the St. Paddy's Day spirit at Firkin & Phoenix for a specialized dose of March Madness. There will, of course, be a party complete with music and a live band.

The Goose's Acre ­Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

The Kris Harper Band takes the stage at 10 p.m. This shall be the Goose's Acre's Pre-St. Paddy's Day Bash.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

www.griffshouston.net

Join in for the 19th Annual Irish Stew, Chili and Chicken Cook-off. With the competition going from noon to 7 p.m., the six cooks on each team will check in between 9 and 11 a.m., bring their own supplies including propane, and prepare their food — three gallons of stew or chili and one whole chicken — on site. The entry fee is $15 for one item or $30 for all three. Judging will begin at 4 p.m. for chicken, 4:45 p.m. for stew and 5:30 p.m. for chili. The prizes will include: for first place, 12 festival passes and $25 worth of drink tickets for St. Paddy's Day; for second place, six festival passes for St. Paddy's Day; and, for third place, three festival passes for St. Paddy's Day. All participants must apply.

Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

www.luckyspub.com

From Saturday, March 14, through Tuesday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day), Lucky's Pub will be throwing a festival. 94.5 The Buzz broadcasts live all day, so come meet all the jocks, win awesome prizes and party in the best place for St. Patrick's Day. And don't forget, green beer, green beer and more green beer all four days. There will be six bands and three DJs playing live. Also enjoy leprechauns, a Shopping Cart St. Patrick's Day Parade with $200 to the winners, 94.5 The Buzz broadcasting live all day Tuesday, bagpipers, and a menu full of Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, shepherd's pie and more. There will be eight different areas to party in. No cover.

Onion Creek

3106 White Oak Dr., 713-880-0706

www.onioncreekcafe.com

Visit Onion Creek for an Irish band performance, complete with drink specials and a T-shirt giveaway.

Pub Fiction

2303 Smith, suite 100, 713-400-8400

www.pubfiction.com

"Why be green when you can be black and blue?" is the St. Paddy's Day motto for Pub Fiction as it introduces its first annual dodge ball tournament to celebrate this special occasion. Sign-up is free, but the tournament is first-come, first-serve for 20 teams only, so get down there quick. The tournament is double-elimination, going from 2 to 6 p.m., although the pub opens its doors at 11 a.m. There's no cover, and it goes through the whole weekend, so stop by.

March 15

31st Annual 1960 St. Patrick's Day Parade

832-519-3135

www.1960parade.com

This parade benefits Cypress Creek EMS. Thanks to the community, the parade committee has raised in excess of $100,000 over the last five years. The parade begins at 2 p.m. and proceeds down FM 1960 from Champion Forest Drive to Kuykendahl.

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside Dr., 713-522-2603

www.brianoneills.com

Join in for the first-ever Shamrock Shuffle, a 5K fun run hosted by the pub to benefit Houston's Ronald McDonald House. An Irish breakfast will be served, and runners will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag for their participation. Late registration is at 9:30 a.m., runners will depart at 10:30 and Shufflers will depart at 10:45. The cost is $15.

Firkin & Phoenix Restaurant & Pub

1915 Westheimer, 713-526-3100

www.firkinandphoenix.com

Celebrate the St. Paddy's Day spirit at Firkin & Phoenix for a specialized dose of March Madness. There will, of course, be a party complete with music and a live band.

The Goose's Acre ­Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

The Third Annual St. Baldrick's Day is here. You can shave your head for charity, or, if that's a little much for you, simply donate a little money. For more information, visit www.stbaldricks.org.

Vintage Pub

13245 Jones Rd., 281-469-9555

www.thevintagepub.com

Hit the Vintage Pub for your 1960 St. Pat's Parade After-Party.

March 16

Firkin & Phoenix Restaurant & Pub

1915 Westheimer, 713-526-3100

www.firkinandphoenix.com

Celebrate the St. Paddy's Day spirit at Firkin & Phoenix for a specialized dose of March Madness. There will, of course, be a party complete with music and a live band.

The Goose's Acre ­Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

The Goose's Acre will be hosting an Irish Whiskey Dinner. Enjoy a selection of five Irish whiskeys accompanied by a four-course meal created by Executive Chef David Medina — all this for $45 per person, but please contact the pub to make your reservations. Space is limited.

March 17

6th Street Bar & Grill

2701 White Oak, 713-880-5999

Have fun at the oh-so-traditional parking lot party featuring live music by three bands starting at 4 p.m. Also: green beer, green beer and more green beer.

Beer Island

2631 White Oak Dr., 713-862-4670

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Beer Island with a live DJ, $2 green beer and a boatload of crawfish. The party goes from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside Dr., 713-522-2603

www.brianoneills.com

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day in the traditional environment of Brian O'Neill's. The pub opens at 8 a.m. to serve an Irish breakfast. Live music starts at noon. There will be a $5 cover and, naturally, green beer.

Bronx Bar

5555 Morningside Dr., 713-520-9691

www.thebronxbar.com

Spend a day appreciating the Irish by heading down to the Bronx Bar, where green beer is $2 all day. Then, enjoy food, DJs and two bands: Paris Green and Shark Attack, performing from 4 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m., respectively. Ladies can sign up now to enter the Miss St. Patty Contest, with cash prizes in store for the winners. Entrance is free until 5 p.m., after which there will be a $5 cover charge. The total event hours are from noon to 2 a.m.

Continental Club

3700 Main, 713-529-9899

www.continentalclub.com

Do leprechauns make you nervous? Does the thought of green beer make you...well...green? March 17 is just another night of great music at the Continental Club, featuring The Umbrella Man at 9 p.m.

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707

www.danelectrosguitarbar.com

Join in for the Go Girls St. Patrick's Day Party/ pre SXSW bash. The lineup includes Kelly Feeley (8 to 8:35 p.m.), Tori Sparks (8:45 to 9:20 p.m.), Spare Parts (9:30 to 10:05), The Snake Charmers (10:20 to 10:55 p.m.), and 3 Kisses (11:10 p.m. to midnight).

Ernie's On Banks

1010 Banks, 713-526-4566

www.erniesonbanks.com

There'll be live music featuring recording artist Shawn Pander. Join Ernie's On Banks on its new 2,100-square-foot back patio if you're looking for a place devoid of amateur drinkers.

Firkin & Phoenix Restaurant & Pub

1915 Westheimer, 713-526-3100

www.firkinandphoenix.com

Spend St. Paddy's Day at Firkin & Phoenix for a specialized dose of March Madness. There will, of course, be a party complete with music and a live band.

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak Dr., 713-862-7469

www.fitzlive.com

Fitzgerald's will be mixing up St. Patrick's Day with a live performance by Peelander-Z, the Japanese Comic Action Punk Band; Quaff, also Japanese; Letters to Voltron; and Halo Stereo. Although doors open for all ages at 7 p.m., the party begins at 8 p.m. The price per ticket is $10.

Gold Cup Sports Bar & Gents Club

12747 Northwest Fwy., 713-460-0171

There will be a "Green with Envy Bash" from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. featuring $3 well drinks and beer from 4 to 8 p.m. and a free lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Goose's Acre ­Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502

www.thegoosesacre.com

The pub opens at 8 a.m.; breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. There'll be live music from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and lunch and dinner will be served.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

www.griffshouston.net

The 44th Annual Griff's St. Patrick's Festival will go all day.

Grum Bar & Grill

306 Main, 713-224-6448

From 6 p.m. to midnight, there will be live music and a kilt contest worth $300, all without cover charge, at the Grum Bar.

Hans Bierhaus

2523 Quenby, 713-520-7474

www.hansbierhaus.com

St. Patrick's Day Festivities include $1 green beer, Irish food and lots of entertainment.

Howl at the Moon

612 Hadley St., 713-658-9700

www.howlatthemoon.com

Howl at the Moon presents its St. Paddy's Day Bash, featuring $2 green beer, $5 leprechaun bombs and $15 mad Irishmen buckets of booze. The party will start at 7 p.m. and go until the bar says it ends.

Kenneally's Irish Pub

2111 S. Shepherd, 713-630-0486

www.irishpubkenneallys.com

Kenneally's holds its 25th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration Under the Tent, complete with live music all day and into the night. This will feature Luther & The Healers as well as bagpipes, giveaways, food, fun and lots o' beer. The tickets are only $10 and can be bought in advance to avoid the lines. The party starts at noon. Come early and wear green.

Molly's Pub

509 Main, 713-222-1033

mollyspubs.com

From 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Molly's Pub will have a St. Patrick's Day Celebration with live bagpipers. There'll be Irish dancers, Irish fare and green beer. And, of course, there's no cover.

Murder by the Book

2342 Bissonnet, 713-524-8597

www.murderbooks.com

At 6:30 p.m. at the Murder by the Book bookstore, there will be a special St. Patrick's Day book signing by Randy Wayne White, the New York Times best-selling author of the Doc Ford novels. He'll sign the latest novel in the series, Dead Silence.

Sam's Boat

www.samsboat.com

The Richmond, Woodlands, Pearland and Lake Conroe locations of Sam's Boat will have DJs and $1.50 well drinks and draft pints from11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The Richmond location will also have a 106.9 The Point Live "Pot o' Gold" contest with prizes. At Sam's Boat at the Fountains location, Citizen X will be the band performing, and Green Draft Beer and beads will be available.

Tilted Kilt

2000 Highway 6 South, 281-496-5458

www.tiltedkilt.com

Enjoy live music, Repka's crawfish, green beer and other Irish festivities.

The Trophy Club

1050 Rankin Rd., 281-875-1050

There will be a St. Patrick's Day Party, no cover, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. There will also be a free table dance and $1.50 beer and well drinks.

The Usual

5519 Allen St., 281-501-1478

www.theusualpub.com

Witness the unveiling of a new tap wall with the Luck of the Irish on St. Paddy's Day, featuring O'Hare Irish Stout and many more. There will be drink specials, and of course green beer.

Vito's Deck House

5810 Beverly Hill at Bering, 713-334-8486

20237 Gulf Freeway, 281-338-4888

www.VitosDeckHouse.com

Celebrate the day with St. Pat's Big Green Bash at either one of Vito's Deck House's locations. "Big Ass" Green Beers will be going for $3.50; customers will also receive St. Pat's glasses and T-shirts. Happy hour will run till 6 p.m., but the kitchen is open until 1 a.m. There will be no cover.

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483

www.warehouselive.com

The Warehouse will have Tricky with Natelie Stewart (of Floetry), a pivotal rap artist and popular trip-hop pioneer.

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