It's that time of year again. Don your green bowler and brush up on all your best Celtic pickup lines, because 'tis the season when everybody's Irish. That means you'd better be able to down the drinks and sing a traditional Irish tune or two. St. Patrick doesn't want to see Houston slacking on this, his holiest of days.
Last year Playboy reported that Houston has one of the lowest Irish populations in the country, but there's no shortage of Irish pubs and other watering holes that work hard to pay their respects to the Patron Saint of Beer (wait, isn't that St. Arnold?). So gear up and get out into the city to support these fine establishments in their efforts to get you as drunk as a mad leprechaun.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17 ST. PATRICK'S DAY
West Oaks Mall, 281-556-0204
Grab a cold pint of green beer, a box of Lucky Charms, a quick game of bobbing for pig trotters and a warm seat with your closest kin to watch a special St. Pat's screening of The Leprechaun. 6 p.m. $2 Guinness pints, $2 green beer pints, $4 black-and-greens.
Brian O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub
5555 Morningside Dr., 713-522-2603, www.brianoneills.com
You can spend your entire day at one of Houston's premier Irish pubs. At 9 a.m. enjoy brunch and a traditional Irish breakfast, served until noon, featuring traditional Celtic music by the Highlanders on the patio stage. At 1:30 p.m. Murder the Stout, featuring traditional Irish drinking songs, leads a sing-along on the patio stage until 5:30 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., the Slags will take the stage. This Clear Lake band brings a large repertoire of music spanning from the '70s to present-day hits, including some traditional Irish drinking songs, so get out your dancing shoes. At 7:30 p.m., the McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas will perform on the patio stage. These young ladies are amazing. Make sure to come early and get a good spot. Then "around eightish" the Slags will return to the patio stage and rock out until 10 p.m., when the Trey Clark Band will take over and rock the indoor stage until closing time. There are also rumors of a sexy kilt contest. Hmmm.
Connolly's Irish Pub
215 22nd St. in Galveston, 409-762-8894
Connolly's features 27 different beers on tap, Irish whiskeys, pool tables, video golf and a variety of pub-style cuisine including shepherd's pies, chicken pies, wings and pizzas.
The Dog House Tavern
2517 Bagby, 713-520-1118
This is the place to be if you love a good Irish stout. They feature $2 stouts till close.
Fitzgerald's St. Patrick's Day Party
2706 White Oak Dr., 713-862-3838, www .fitzlive.com
Tonight enjoy drink specials and a hellafied Heights party atmosphere.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
705 Main, 713-228-7468
Doors open at 10 a.m. There will be beer specials all day and night, and you can drink 'em in your commemorative St. Patrick's Day Flying Saucer Glass. There'll be a guitar raffle at 10 p.m. and live music featuring the Handsomes.
306 Main, 713-229-9999
Celebrate all week long with $1.75 green beers and $2 shot specials till midnight.
1625 Richmond, 713-528-7827
Named Houston's Best Neighborhood Bar in 2004, The Harp opens at noon today with burgers and hot dogs served from 5 p.m. on. Lisa Novak will perform on the patio starting at 7 p.m., and as always, there will be fantastic Irish dancers and bagpipers to entertain you on this holiest of days.
The Ginger Man
5607 Morningside, 713-526-2770
Today doors open at 1 p.m. Come enjoy some of the finest traditional Irish food and a wide selection of beer with music by Abbey Rode from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Havana Latin Grill
818 Travis, 713-222-2254
St. Patrick's Day sizzles with a Latin twist at this hot downtown grill. Enjoy Cuban delights, and dance the night away. Their excellent $3 mojitos should help you loosen up a bit. Complimentary happy-hour appetizers from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Kenneally's Irish Pub
2111 S. Shepherd, 713-630-0486
For this special event there will be a tent up in the parking lot. There will be plenty of special Irish stew, and of course they'll still serve their famous pizza. Enjoy continuous live music throughout the day with Luther & the Healers and Vince Vaughn. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
King Biscuit Patio Cafe
1606 White Oak Dr., 713-861-2328, www.kingbiscuitcafe.com
Live music and world-famous Irish stew. The Jameson girls will be in the house with shots of your favorite Irish whiskey, and you can expect all the shenanigans possible on Houston's most fun patio. Live music starting at 5 p.m. with John White.
Join in on the fun at Houston's premier all-female DJ rendezvous happening tonight with Gracie Chavez, Diva Karina Nistal and friends like Soul Free, Jessica Partin, Candice Elliott and vocalist Shina Rae.
McGonigel's Mucky Duck St. Patrick's Day Celebration
2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999, www.mcgonigels.com
They'll be serving great Irish food all day, including corned beef and cabbage, beef Guinness, shepherd's pie and fish and chips. The entertainment starts at noon and will feature Jiggernaut, the Rogues, the O'Maoileidigh Irish Dancers, Wyndnwyre, Tartanic, E.J. Jones, the Irish Session Players and their resident leprechaun Martin, as he leads the Celtic throngs through some of your favorite Irish tunes and even a limerick or two. Starts at 11 a.m.
1503 Chartres, 713-225-1717, www.meridianhouston.com
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.
11128 Westheimer, 713-789-9580, www.mollyspubs.com
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, www.redlionhouston.com
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.
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.
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, www.samspub.com
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
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, www.mcelroyspub.com 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, www.stagsheadpub.com
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.
St. Patrick's Day Mass and Brunch
University of St. Thomas, 3800 Montrose Blvd., 713-522-7911
St. Thomas's Center for Irish Studies, in conjunction with the Irish Society, will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day mass in the Chapel of St. Basil with former UST president Father Bill Young and Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza. Enjoy traditional Irish music under the direction of Dr. John Burke of the Irish Society. After the mass, enjoy a brunch feast of corned beef and cabbage. 10:30 a.m.
St. Pete's Dancing Marlin
300 Main, 713-227-1511
Festivities start at 11 a.m. with a green beer special and rattlesnake on the menu, a live remote at 3 p.m. with KPFT and live music at 10 p.m. featuring Kosmic McLatte.
3111 Chimney Rock, 713-784-COLD
For those who take St. Patrick's as a holiday from work, the celebration starts at 11 a.m. at Big Woodrow's. Come get your boiled crawfish for only $2.95 per pound. Live music featuring 3 Peace starts at 9 p.m.
The Main Event St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Downtown, on Main Street between Congress and Capitol
Main Street celebrates this fun Irish holiday with a huge street party. The Bud Stage will feature music from Urbana, and the Irish Stage will feature the Cass Irish Dancers. They'll close the street to automotive traffic, creating a pedestrian-friendly zone with picnic tables lining both sides of the 500 block of Main, with outside vending, Irish dancers and live music 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Griff's 40th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival
Thursday, March 17
3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912, www.griffshouston.com
Top o' the morning to ya. Griff's has everything you need to make today special: music, beer and friends. All day and night. Get your tickets early. Check your head at the door.