Your Guide to Partying on St. Patrick's Day

He measures around 3-foot-6, likes wearing quaint green outfits on Saint Patrick's Day, and is a bit of a devilish trickster. Nope, we ain't referring to the WWE's Hornswoggle or even that evil lil' bastard from the Leprechaun flicks, but rather Chuey the Rock 'n' Roll Midget. The 29-year-old lascivious Lilliputian and bartender (who will be spending his St. Paddy's Day dressed as "Mexican Leprechaun" and pouring drinks at Giligin's in Scottsdale) is just one of the crafty characters you might encounter haunting Valley bars and clubs on Thursday, March 17. What else is in store for the annual exercise in both Celtic culture and alcoholic excess? Read on for a full rundown. — Benjamin Leatherman


Celebrity Theatre

440 N. 32nd St.

R&B superstars J. Holiday and Yung Joc team up for the St. Patty's Day Swagg showcase. 8 p.m., $28-$48. Call 602-267-1600.

Hayden Square

Fourth Street & Mill Avenue, Tempe

KUPD will host a massive and madcap Saint Patrick's Day Block Party that will be headlined by hard rockers Filter, Red Line Chemistry, and Saving Abel. 2 p.m. $18-$20. See

Irish Cultural Center

1106 N. Central Ave.

Get your fill of Celtic culture on Saint Patty's Day as the center will be serving chef Frank Hand's Irish lamb stew from all day, and both the gift shop and bar will be open for business. Meanwhile, A Journey Through Phil Coulter's Ireland will be screened inside at various times, Arizona's Irish Chorale Group will perform at 5:30 p.m., and traditional Ceili will be held starting at 7 p.m. Open at 10 a.m. Admission is free, but prices for food, drinks, and the Ceili vary. Call 602-258-0109.

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.

The five musicians who make up SLIDE Ireland are sure to impress the MIM with their beautiful mix of traditional music, Celtic hymns, and plenty of attitude. 7 p.m., $25-$36. Call 480-478-6000

St. Patrick's Day Block Party

Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., Scottsdale

This block party encompasses Dos Gringos, Upper Deck Sports Grill, and Acme Bar, and includes access to all three bars, drink deals such as eight green beers for $20, live music, DJs, food vendors, and more. Runs until 2 a.m. Free before 9 p.m., $10 after 9. Visit


Caffe Boa

398 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Looking for respite from KUPD's block party? Duck into Caffe Boa for bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and drink specials all day. Call 480-968-9112.


Four Valley locations

Feeling hungry? Slide on into any of the Chompie's restaurants and partake in an all-you-can-eat corned beef feast, which includes cabbage, boiled potatoes, and Irish soda bread. Green beer will also be served. 11 a.m., $17.95 per person. Call 480-557-0700 or 480-860-0475.

Compound Grill

7000 E. Mayo Blvd.

Local Celtic rock band Traveler will perform a special Saint Patrick's set at the restaurant. 8 p.m., $10. Call 480-585-5483.

Sparky's Old Town Creamery

510 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

Free 30-ounce mint ice cream cones will be given out with any purchase. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Call 480-221-7273.

Thirsty Dog 2 Go

15 W. 5th St., Tempe

Patrons can wear green and get a buy one, get one free deal any sausage or hot dog. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Call 480-221-7273.

The Turf Restaurant and Pub

705 N. 1st St.

Sip on a pint or two of Guinness or sample a snifter of any of the Turf's Irish whiskeys and single-mat scotches during its St. Patrick's Day party, which will also feature music from Tartanic, Kilted Spirit, The Waters, and Dan McGuinness. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-296-5043.

Zipps Sports Grills

Seven Valley locations

Green beer will be served and March Madness games will be broadcast in high-definition at each of the various Zipps around the Valley. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-957-2112.


Blooze Bar

12014 N 32nd St.

Saint Rockabilly Patty's Day Party with music from Motel Drive and Hank Hall. 9 p.m. Call 602-788-4574.

Brigett's Last Laugh

17222 N. Cave Creek Rd.

Nosh on $7.50 corned beef and cabbage while enjoying $3 shots of Jameson and Bushmills. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-788-0507.

Cadillac Ranch

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe

Shamrocks & Shenanigans celebration featuring such Irish food and drink specials as $4 Guinness drafts and Bushmills, $6 car bombs, and $10.99 shepherds pie. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-894-1111.

Clicks Billiards

3935 E. Thomas Rd.

There will be plenty of green inside Clicks, whether it's the emerald felt on its 22 different billiards tables or the green beer getting poured into pints. A flat rate of $13 for pool will be available all evening. Call 602-220-0859. 7 p.m. Call 602-220-0859.

D'Arcy McGees

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe

St. Patty's Day Block Party featuring Irish dancers, bagpipers, food and drink specials, green beer, games, giveaways, and live music from Green Flag Band and Shallow Water. 5 p.m., $10 (or free for Flogging Molly concertgoers). Call 480-557-9087.

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