Pot o' Parties

Follow the rainbow to these golden St. Patrick's Day events.

 Be sure to also check out our St. Patty's Day preview slideshow. This year, St. Paddy's falls on a Saturday, so you've got all day to party, watch a parade, and ingest as much green food coloring as you can. And don't forget to get a good running start on the holiday with a few pre-game events at your favorite pub.

March 15

Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar


SLIDESHOW: St. Patty's Day Preview

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

Griff's annual St. Paddy's Day Queen Contest starts at 7 p.m. under the tent. The judging will be based on natural beauty, poise, attire and personality. All the contestants will have to apply; check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.

March 16

The Continental Club 3700 Main, 713-529-9899 Kick St. Patrick's Day off with a good St. Paddy's Eve party at The Continental Club. For a $12 entrance fee, visitors will enjoy live entertainment from Lee Macdougall at 8 p.m. and the Blaggards at 10 p.m.

Lucky Strike

1201 San Jacinto, 713-343-3300

Visit Lucky Strike on the eve of St. Patrick's Day for beer and Irish shot specials from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

March 16-17

Cedar Creek

1034 W. 20th St., 713-808-9623

Canyon Creek

6603 Westcott, 713-864-5885

Dry Creek

544 Yale, 713-426-2313

Onion Creek

3106 White Oak, 713-880-0706

Celebrate St. Paddy's with live music, green beer and drink specials at the Creeks. This event will be held at all four cafes in the Creek Group.

March 16-18

Phoenicia Specialty Foods/MKT Bar

1001 Austin St., 832-360-2222

Phoenicia will have shamrock-shaped pita bread and other limited-edition bakery goods plus special in-store prizes for shoppers. MKT BAR will offer a special menu of Irish breakfast, corned beef and cabbage pizza, Irish stew, Guinness cupcakes and plenty of Irish beer. Patrons can also enjoy live musical entertainment, a special film screening and an Irish play list throughout the weekend. Parade participants are invited to stop by the day of the parade for an Irish breakfast.

March 17

Bar Munich

2616 Louisiana, 713-523-1008

Bar Munich will be celebrating by tapping a keg of Saint Arnold's Bitter Belgian, a one-time, limited release of this variation of Elissa, at 3 p.m.. There'll also be a DJ to provide entertainment starting at 10 p.m., and several drink specials, including Jolly Rancher leprechaun shot specials all day and specials on all Saint Arnold and German bottles as well as all craft pints until 8 p.m.

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside Dr. 713-522-2603

Brian O'Neill's St. Paddy's Day event will be chock-full of live entertainment by such guests as The Elroys, Big Richard, Obsolete August, The Jig is Up, Crown, The Skylights, Cass Academy of Dance, O'Maioledigh Dancers, and the HFD Pipe and Drum Band. The day begins with an 8 a.m. breakfast and ends with a parking-lot party that lasts until 2 a.m. The offerings will include traditional Irish foods such as shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips.

Cadillac Bar

1802 Shepherd, 713-862-2020

From 4 p.m. until closing time, Cadillac Bar will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a fiesta. The event includes drink specials for green beer, margs and bombs; both entry and parking will be free, and there will be a number of contests and giveaways.


6166 Richmond, 713-952-0799

There will be drink specials all day, as well as complimentary Irish-themed buffets and plenty of lovely ladies.

Cover Girls

10310 W. Little York, 713-937-7772

Enjoy all-day drink specials and complimentary Irish-themed buffets, not to mention plenty of clothing-challenged women.

The Ginger Man Pub

5607 Morningside Dr., 713-526-2770

Swing by the pub for a taste of its St. Patrick's Day specialty beer.

Griff's Shenanigans Café & Bar

3416 Roseland St., 713-528-9912

The 47th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival at Griff's runs all day and night, and includes music, beer and companionship. Guests can join the 11 p.m. caravan to Houston's Annual St Patrick's Day Parade, then return to Griff's post-parade cookoff.

The Harp

1625 Richmond, 713-528-7827

From noon to 2 a.m., enjoy the company of Irish dancers, bagpipers and live musical entertainers. There will also be plenty of food, beads and specials on shots.

Houston Pavilions

1201 Fannin, 832-320-1200

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant holds its fourth annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at Houston Pavilions. There will be food and drink specials, music, temporary tattoos and plenty of green beer.

Houston St. Patrick's Parade

1800 Texas

The whole neighborhood is invited to the 53rd Annual St. Patrick's Parade. From noon to 2 p.m., celebrate the Houston tradition, which features more than 100 entries every year and is completely free to join. The parade will begin at 1800 Texas and end at 801 St. Emanuel, where Lucky's Pub will be hosting the official parade after-party.

Kenneally's Irish Pub

2111 S. Shepherd, 713-630-0486

The pub will have live musical entertainment all day, bagpipers and an appearance by Rockets mascot Clutch. The event runs from noon until closing, and a $10 advance purchase is advised.

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