The 2016 Houston Saint Patrick’s Day Guide

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Believe it or not, St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Houston aren't all about booze and bagpipes (though don't worry, there's plenty that are). The merriment surrounding Ireland's foremost patron saint runs the gamut from family-friendly parades and Irish stew cookoffs to musical showcases and sexy kilt contests.

It all starts with Griff's 18-hole Greater Irish Open golf tournament, where "beers, booze, babes and balls" await. And the games continue throughout the month. There's The Goose Acre's Irish Bingo, Lucky's Pub's St. Practice Day and the annual Cornhole tourney at Griff's.

Musical performances are all part of the action, too. Don't miss The Houston Choral Society's Celtic Celebration or the all-day Irish jam session at McGonigel's Mucky Duck.

Of course, there's also that aforementioned booze. Get it in the form of a Jameson Irish whiskey dinner, green beer at Lucky's Pub Downtown Post Parade Party or "leprechaun bombs" at Howl at the Moon.
Excited yet? We sure are, so we put together a list of all the fun. Here's where to get your Irish on in Houston this month.

March 10

The Goose's Acre Irish Bingo
21 Waterway, 281-466-1502
Hit this Woodlands pub for traditional bingo with an adult-friendly Irish twist. Hosted by DJ Socialite, the five-game bingo event features lively entertainment, amazing prizes from Guinness and the occasional visit to your table by a charming leprechaun. Green Jell-O shots will be abundant, but be careful. If there's a tie, rumor has it, you may be challenged to a dance-off.

Griff's St. Paddy's Day Queen's Contest
3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912
Help Griff's select its queen for this year's Houston St. Patrick's Parade. Beauties who enter will compete in multiple categories to earn the honor. Applications can be downloaded online. Contest begins under the tent at 7 p.m.

March 11

The Gorgeous Gael Jameson, Paddy’s & Powers Whiskey Tasting
5555 Morningside, 832-667-8321
The Rice Village bar starts a week full of Irish festivities with this whiskey tasting (6 p.m.) and the launch of St. Paddy’s green beer. 

Lucky's Pub 9th Annual St. Practice Day Golf Tournament
Wildcat Golf Club
12000 Almeda, 713-413-3400
This festive golf tournament features 18 holes, complimentary drinks served by Lucky's Lovelies, and complimentary VIP tickets to the Saint Patrick's Day Festival at any of three Lucky's locations. Apply online.

March 12

57th Annual Houston St. Patrick's Parade
Downtown; hsppc.org
Rain or shine, this two-hour annual parade, which is free to join and draws more than 100 entries each year, is always a blast. Celebrate Irish heritage through Irish music, step dancers, floats and green beer starting at noon. This year's theme is "Paint H-Town Green."

The Goose's Acre Sexy Kilt Contest
21 Waterway, 281-466-1502
Kick off St. Paddy's early with the pub's annual sexy kilt contest, in which both sexes have the opportunity to impress the judges with their perfect Irish attire. Contestants participate in an interview and talent contest, with prizes awarded to the winning male and female contestants.

The Gorgeous Gael St. Practice Day
5555 Morningside, 832-667-8321
Hit the Rice Village pub to test the St. Paddy’s day waters with Irish music and dancing, Guinness, games, and special giveaways. 

Griff's Parade After-Party & Irish Stew Cook-Off
3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912
After the parade, head to Griff's for the Irish Stew, Chili, Chicken and Open Irish Dish Cook-Off, which is happening all afternoon with music throughout the day and night.

The Houston Choral Society Presents: A Celtic Celebration
Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones,
The Houston Choral Society is excited to pre-sent Letters from Ireland, a beautiful choral suite arranged by Mark Brymer that includes Irish favorites interspersed with a moving set of letters from Irishmen to family and friends in America, authentically narrated by Ms. Elaine Edstrom and Mr. Doug Laughlin. HCS will also offer "Love Changes Everything," by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as other Celtic music to round out the evening.

Lucky's Pub Downtown Post-Parade Party
Downtown, 801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010
Head to the downtown Lucky's for green beer and a Pre-Dynamo Party. The fun starts after the parade at 1 p.m.

Pimlico Irish Pub St. Patrick’s Parade After Party
810 Waugh, 713-560-1721
Keep the revelry alive at this St. Paddy’s Day Parade After Party. The fun starts at noon and goes all night. 

St. Patrick's Day in the Historic Market Square
Market Square Park
Get lucky with tons of Irish fun in Historic Market Square. Stout Irish rock band Blaggards will be kicking the festivities off with traditional Irish music mixed with a whole lot of rock and roll. Afterward, visit the neighborhood's eclectic bars and restaurants for drink specials and your Irish favorites.

March 12-13

Howl at the Moon St. Patrick's Day Bash
612 Hadley, 713-658-9700
Join Houston's favorite piano bar for two days' worth of St. Paddy's Day shenanigans, including but not limited to green beers, "leprechaun" and car bombs, and "get lucky" buckets.

March 13

1960 Parade
Champion Forest and FM 1960
The 1960 Parade Committee is hosting its 38th Annual 1960 St. Patrick's Day Parade, which benefits Cypress Creek EMS Education Scholarship programs, at 2 p.m. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman will be the grand marshal this year. FM 1960 will be closed for the 5K Run and Parade between Champion Forest and Kuykendahl from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Gorgeous Gael Irish Experience Day
5555 Morningside, 832-667-8321
Hit the Rice Village pub for the full Irish experience, complete with breakfast, dinner, drinks and special promotions.

Lucky's Pub Saint Patrick's Day Mudbugs
Downtown, 801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010
The Heights, 2520 Houston, 713-862-2400
Cypress, 27126 Northwest Freeway, 281-758-2514
Hit any of the three locations to feast on green beer and mudbugs.

March 15

The Goose's Acre Jameson Irish Whiskey Dinner
21 Waterway, 281-466-1502
What better way to honor the Irish than with an Irish whiskey dinner? The kitchen will prepare a delicious four-course St. Patrick's Day meal in which Irish whiskeys are perfectly paired to enhance the food as the food enhances the whiskey. Reservations are required.

The Gorgeous Gael Irish Whiskey Night
5555 Morningside, 832-667-8321
Taste your favorite Irish whiskeys from ?7 p.m. on. 

Griff's Annual St. Patrick's Day Cornhole Tournament
3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912
Show off your bag skills in this awesome cornhole tourney under the tent. Prizes will be awarded, and Griff's famous steak night will be in effect.

March 16

The Gorgeous Gael Irish Trivia Night
5555 Morningside, 832-667-8321
Hit the Rice Village Pub to test your Irish knowledge. 

March 17

Baker St. Pub & Grill St. Patrick’s Day Bash
Cypress/Spring, 25618 Northwest Freeway, 281-256-9753
Katy, 23501 Cinco Ranch, 713-830-1858
Sugar Land, 15970 City Walk, 713-986-8536
Willowbrook, 17278 Tomball Parkway, 281-517-0828
The Woodlands, 25 Waterway, 281-362-7431
Hit your local Baker St. Pub for a St. Patrick’s Day party outdoor bash featuring live music. The Willowbrook bash starts at 2 p.m.; Sugar Land, The Woodlands and Spring/Cypress at 4 p.m.; and the Katy location at 6 p.m. 

The Ginger Man's Annual Saint Patrick's Day Tradition
5607 Morningside, 713-526-2770
You can expect live music alongside plenty of beer and cheer at this awesome indoor/outdoor pub's St. Patrick's Day party.

The Goose's Acre St. Patrick's Day Party
21 Waterway, 281-466-1502
Since St. Patrick's Day would not be complete without live music, this pub boasts just that. From noon to 2 a.m., catch the acts on two different stages — one upstairs, one downstairs — starting with acoustic sets and increasing to full bands as the day goes on.

Griff's St. Patrick's Day Festival
3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912
Get ready for a festival of music, beer and friends all day and night. Get tickets early by purchasing them online.

The Gorgeous Gael Saint Patrick’s Day Party
5555 Morningside, 832-667-8321
This Irish pub is going all out with bands, DJs, dancing, green beer, great eats and special promotions.

Little Woodrow’s Saint Patrick’s Day
EaDo, 2019 Walker, 713-222-2224
The Heights, 2631 White Oak, 713-861-2653
Katy, 22225 Katy Freeway, 832-913-6999
Midtown, 2306 Brazos, 713-522-1041
Rice Village, 5611 Morningside, 713-521-2337
Shepherd, 720 Shepherd, 832-804-9941
Little Woodrow’s is ready to help people have a great time whether they are Irish or basketball fans or just want a crazy good party in Houston. Each of the six Houston locations will have every March Madness game on multiple HD big-screen TVs as well as drink and food specials to celebrate St. Pat’s Day. Look out for things like green beer, “shamrock slushes,” whiskey specials, crawfish boils and more. Specials vary by location. 

Lucky's Pub Saint Patrick's Day Party
Downtown, 801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010
The Heights, 2520 Houston, 713-862-2400
Cypress, 27126 Northwest Freeway, 281-758-2514
Houston's biggest and baddest St. Paddy's Day party is at all three locations. Come for green beer, leprechauns, bagpipers, live music from bands and DJs, a broadcast from 94.5 The Buzz, and fun around every corner. Doors open at 6 a.m. for Downtown and at 11 a.m. for the Cypress and Heights locations.

McGonigel's Mucky Duck Saint Patrick's Day
2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999
Explore all aspects of Celtic music at this melodic under-the-big-top St. Patrick's Day event. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., McGonigel's will showcase traditional and contemporary Celtic music and dance on two stages. There is seating both inside and outside on a first-come, first-served basis. Get tickets for $20 in advance or $22 at the door. The weekend of St. Patrick's Day, the club will keep the tent up and host Reckless Kelly on Friday and Bob Schneider on Saturday.

Pimlico Irish Pub’s Saint Patrick’s Day Party
810 Waugh, 713-560-1721
This Irish-owned and -operated bar, which just so happens to pour one of the best pints of Guinness in town, is celebrating the day with a full-out party. Head there for live music from Keyun & The Zydeco Masters, giveaways and prizes all day, Big 6 BarBQ, and lots of beer (including the green kind).

Saint Arnold's Saint Patrick's Day Party at the Brewery
2000 Lyons, 713-686-9494
Houston's oldest craft brewery will have its regular lineup of beers on tap, plus special casks of Divine Reserve No. 15, the Russian imperial stout released last year, and Irish stew bread bowls available for purchase from the kitchen. But the big show for the evening (besides the beer) is the Donegal Beard Growing Competition. Admission is $28 per person and includes beer (with one pint of cask-conditioned DR15) as part of the deal and a commemorative pint glass.

Watson’s House of Ales St. Patrick’s Day Party
14656 Grisby, 281-920-2929
The St. Patrick’s Day party starts at 3 p.m. with an outdoor bash and live music provided by JB Barnett, Obsolete August and SNAFU. 

March 17-19

Mo's Irish Pub Saint Patrick's Day Festival
138 Vintage Park, 281-251-0715
One day wasn't enough, so this Vintage Park pub is honoring St. Paddy with three. Starting on St. Patrick's Day and running through Saturday, Mo's will be partying with an outdoor stage, ten bands, Irish dancers, kids' activities, green beer and party favors. Pay $10 at the door, or get a three-day entry pass for $15.

March 17-20

Midtown’s 6th Annual Biggest St. Patrick’s ?Day Festival
3rd Floor, 2303 Smith, 832-384-1960
Irish Cowboy, 2300 Louisiana, 713-900-2500
Pub Fiction, 2303 Smith, 713-400-8400
Midtown’s biggest Irish fest just got bigger, as the event now takes place over four days. Enjoy more than 45,000 square feet of party space, DJs, live music, drinks specials and crawfish. 

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