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In a Pinch?

We've got you covered this St. Paddy's Day.

The day of green beer is back — where will you be knocking back a few? Check out some of your local bars for drink specials, musical entertainment and the chance to pinch a total stranger. — Abby Downing-Beaver

THROUGH MARCH 17

88 Keys The Piano Bar
2736 Virginia St., 713-520-7001
www.88keyshouston.com

The Piano Bar is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with its specialty drink, the Leapin' Leprechaun. Made from vodka, Midori and a splash of pineapple juice, the Leapin' Leprechaun is perfect for sitting back, relaxing and listening to the dulcet tones of a piano.

MARCH 10

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar
3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912
www.griffshouston.net

Griff's annual St. Paddy's Day Queen Contest will begin at 7 p.m. under the tent. 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 11

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub
21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502
www.thegoosesacre.com

The annual Sexy Kilt contest is back again this year. Men and women are welcome, so throw on a skirt for a chance to win one of the cash prizes awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. The show starts at 11 p.m.; 21 and older. To sign up or for more information, contact Brandi at 281-466-1502.

MARCH 12

Brian O'Neill's
5555 Morningside Dr. 713-522-2603
www.brianoneills.com

Brian O'Neill's 3rd Annual Shamrock Shuffle will consist of the usual 5K Fun Run and 1K Kids Run benefiting the Houston Ronald McDonald House. The 5K run will start at 10 a.m., while the kids' run starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration fees are $30 dollars until March 11, and $40 for same-day registration. The kids' run costs $10 to register. There will be a St. Patrick's Costume Contest with prizes for the best individual, team and dog costumes. There'll also be a raffle; you get a free ticket with every 5K registration. First 300 5K registrations get a free T-shirt; all kids get finisher medals.

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub
21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502
www.thegoosesacre.com

The Goose's Acre Running Club will be hosting its very first Green Clover Fun Run for charity, with all proceeds going to St. Baldrick's Foundation. This event benefits St. Baldrick's Foundation, the second-largest funder of children's cancer research in the U.S. To learn more about St. Baldrick's, please visit www.stbaldricks.org.

Registration will take place on March 12 from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Goose's Acre. The fun run is a 5K and will start at 10 a.m., while the children's 1K will start at 10:30 a.m. Wearing green is highly encouraged, and runners are invited to stick around for a post party on The Goose's patio. Registration fees are $20 though March 11, $35 day-of, and $10 for the kids' run.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar
3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912
www.griffshouston.net

Griff's will be holding an Irish open golf tournament, better known as Beer, Boobs, Babes, and Balls, beginning at noon for tee time with a shotgun start. There'll 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.

Lucky's Pub
801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010
www.luckyspub.com

Get into the Irish mind-set at the official after-party for the Houston St. Patrick's parade, hosted by Lucky's Pub. Entertainment will include a live performance by the Dean Seltzer band and a ceremonial tapping of the first green beer at 2 p.m.

MARCH 13

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub
21 Waterway Ave., suite 140, 281-466-1502
www.thegoosesacre.com

Head to the Goose's Acre for the 5th Annual St. Baldrick's Day celebration, where individuals will commit to doing truly the most selfless and altruistic thing a human being can do — shave their head in public, for money, while friends and family look on. This event benefits St. Baldrick's Foundation, the second-largest funder of children's cancer research in the U.S. To learn more about St. Baldrick's, or to commit to shaving your head, please visit www.stbaldricks.org.

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar
3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912
www.griffshouston.net

Join in for the 14th Annual Irish Stew, Chili and Chicken Cook-off from noon to 7 p.m., with check-in between 9 and 11 a.m. Each team will consist of six cooks; they must supply everything they may need, including propane, and prepare the food at Griff's after check-in, including three gallons of stew or chili and one whole chicken. 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 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

Promoting a good cause never felt as good as it will at the Lucky's Pub official after-party for AIDS Walk Houston, where there'll be plenty of green beer as well as drink and food specials.

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