St. Patrick's Day Guide 2012

Flogging Molly is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 17, at Tempe Beach Park.

If you happen to be a musician of a Celtic bent, then this is likely the most wonderful time of the year. Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner, which means you're probably gonna be busy performing at green-beer-fueled celebrations all over town. And if you happen to be a fan of Celtic music, then your Irish eyes are probably smiling for the very same reason, as there will be no shortage of St. Paddy's parties taking place around the Valley. We've got a rundown on all of the best and brightest affairs taking place on Saturday, March 17 (unless otherwise specified).


Brides of March A slew of urban pranksters and madcap merrymakers will dress in white wedding frocks and invade the drinkeries and clubs of a to-be-announced area of the Valley during a bizarre afternoon bar crawl on Saturday, March 17. Organized by the Arizona Cacaphony Society, the annual event features a mass of men and women alike sporting bridal apparel as they drink up a storm and attract plenty of stares while having a goofy good time. Starts at noon. Visit the above website for location info.

Crescent Ballroom 308 N. 2nd Ave. Americana artist Chuck Mead of BR-549 performs a solo show at the Crescent. Local act Kevin Daly's Chicken and Waffles will open the show. 8 p.m., $11-$13. Call 602-716-2222.

Fountain Park 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills There's more than just green beer and corned beef and cabbage at the town's annual open-air St. Paddy's Day Festival, as the event also will feature arts and crafts, barbecues, vendors, children's play areas, and more. As always, the park's eponymous 330-foot fountain will be turned green, erupting at noon, and music will be provided by the local rock bands and Irish artists. 10 a.m. Free. Call 480-816-5151.

Margaret T. Hance Park 1106 N. Central Ave. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire kicks off at 10 a.m., with floats, marching bands, step dancers, and other participants traveling from Third Street and Virginia Avenue to the west side of the park. The all-day festival encompasses the Irish Cultural Center and features Irish music and entertainment, dancing, bagpipers, food and drink areas, vendor and merchandise booths, arts and crafts, and children's activities. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $10 for adults, $1 for kids 6 to 12, free for those under 6. Call 602-280-9221 or see

Mesa Arts Center 1 E. Main St., Mesa An evening of traditional Emerald Isle entertainment will unfold when Taylor's Irish Cabaret visits the center's Ikeda Theatre. Besides presenting an array of soulful Celtic ballads and dances, the event will feature the comical stylings of Irish comedian Noel V. Ginnity. Friday, March 16, 8 p.m. $35 admission. Call 480-644-6500.

Stand-Up Scottsdale 6820 E. 5th. Ave., Scottsdale Comedy legend Elayne Boolser will headline two nights of laughs on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17. 7 and 9 p.m., $15. Call 480-882-0730.

St. Patrick's Day Block Party Craftsman Court, between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., Scottsdale Mesa punks Authority Zero will be the featured band at this block party encompassing Dos Gringos, Upper Deck Sports Grill, and Rockbar Inc., and including access to all three bars, drink deals such as eight green beers for $20, live music, DJs, food vendors, and more. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. $15 to $20. Visit

Tempe Beach Park 80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe It truly wouldn't be a Saint Patrick's Day in the Valley without an appearance from Celtic rockers Flogging Molly. Joining them this year will be Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Suedehead, Sean Wheeler, Zander Schloss, Brothers of Brazil, Inept Hero, Halocene, Black Bottom Lighters, and Westcott Avenue. Gates open at 1 p.m. $35 to $40. Call 480-829-0707.

Tempe Marketplace 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe The rock jocks of KUPD will host the station's Shamrocked St. Patty's Day Bash, which will feature performances by Filter, Metalhead, 49 Till Midnight, and Nineball. Noon, $10-$15. Visit


Cave Creek Smokehouse 6245 Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek Gorge yourself on all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage for $12. The LOL Comedy Troupe performs at 7 p.m., and drink specials include $2 green Bud Light drafts, $4 cans of Guinness, and $6 Jameson Irish car bombs. 11 a.m. Call 480-488-3317.

Chompie's Four Valley locations Feeling hungry? Slide on in to 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., $18.95 per person. Call 480-557-0700 or 480-860-0475.

Compound Grill 7000 E. Mayo Blvd. Latin band Mexicans at Night is scheduled to perform. 9 p.m., $10. Call 480-585-5483.


Eat Me Gourmet Catering (at the North Scottsdale Farmers Market) 9400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale A St. Paddy's Day menu will be offered all day at the market. It includes a breakfast of corned beef hash and eggs, as well as lunchtime offerings like Reubens, house-brined corned beef on rye, and authentic Brotchan Foltchep (a.k.a. potato leek soup). Brotchan Foltchep by the quart and corned beef by the pound will also be available for those looking for stuff to go. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 480-686-0269.

Four Peaks 1340 E. 8th St., Tempe A special breakfast buffet will be available starting at 6 a.m., the first 100 patrons will receive commemorative T-shirts, Irish fare will be served, bagpipers and bands will perform, and March Madness games will be shown. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-303-9967.

Haus Murphy's 5739 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale Sup on traditional corned beef and cabbage dinners while sipping any of the import beers available from the bar. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 623-939-2480.

Irish Wolfhound 16811 N. Litchfield Rd., Surprise All-day St. Patrick's celebration benefiting Surprise Fire Charities with a food tent, beer gardens, giveaways, and more. Live music takes place on the outdoor stage with Trevor Jones at 10 a.m., The Cheek Tones at 1:30 p.m., The Big Fellahs at 6 p.m., and Loudhouse at 9:30 p.m. Open until 2 a.m.; $5 cover. Call 623-214-1004.

Los Compadres 2350 W. Northern Ave. St. Patrick's Jazz Night with dinner and drink specials and music from the David Valdivia Quartet. 6:30 p.m. Call 602-864-0043.

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. to 11 p.m. Call 480-221-7273.

The Turf 705 N. 1st St. Sample any imported ales, aged whiskeys, or premium single-malt and blended scotches on Saint Patrick's day at the Turf, which also will serve a repast of Irish cuisine, giveaways, and plenty of merriment. Live entertainment will be offered by Dan McGuinness, The Waters, Aaron Ricker, and Kilted Spirit. Open at 10 a.m., $10 (which includes admission to Seamus McCaffrey's). Call 602-296-5043

Zendejas Grill 19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale The restaurant's "Green Celebration" will take place on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17, with live music from the Str8up Band both nights starting at 9 p.m., as well as green beer, Irish Car Bombs, and corned beef and cabbage dinners. Opens at noon, $10 per person. Call 623-398-6434.

Zipps Sports Grills Eight 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.


Barney's Boathouse 7341 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale St. Patrick's Day celebration with a Lucky Charms Eating Contest with a $100 gift card for the winner, $10.99 corned beef and cabbage, music from DJ Pulse, and such drink specials as $4 cans of Guinness, $3 Killians and Irish Car Bombs, $2 Green Jello shooters, and more. Call 480-949-6535.

The Big Bang 501 S. Mill Ave., Tempe Get jiggy with it as the dueling pianists of Big Bang will perform all night and the bartenders will serve such drink specials as $5 Jameson, $4 Guinness and Killian's, and $3 Green Beer Irish Car Bombs and Lucky Charm shots. 8 p.m., $6 (or free for those wearing green). Call 480-557-5595.

The Blooze Bar 12014 N. 32nd St. St. Paddy's Day rock 'n' roll party with music from Mototrain and other bands. 8 p.m. Call 602-788-4574.

Chasers Nightclub 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale Detroit MC and hip-hop producer Black Milk journeys from the Motor City to visit Chasers for a performance in support of his latest disc, Searching for Sanity. J. Pinder opens the show. 8 p.m., $13-$15. Call 480-945-4985.

Champions Sports Saloon 211 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert St. Paddy's Day party featuring drink specials and giveaways. 8 p.m. Call 480-545-9669.

CK's Tavern 4142 E. Chandler Blvd. St. Paddy's Day party featuring Cruz and the Boomers. 9:30 p.m. Call 480-706-5564.

Clancy's Pub 4432 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale Two days of Saint Patrick's celebrating will take place at the pub. On Friday, March 16, an Irish happy hour takes place at 5 p.m., followed by music from Glendale Pipes and Drums at 7 p.m. and the 2 Tone Lizard Kings at 9 p.m. On Saturday, March 17, the party starts at 6 a.m. with free corned beef and a continental breakfast followed by live music in the outdoor tent starting at noon. Call 480-990-8797.

D'Arcy McGee's 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe St. Patty's Day Block Party featuring traditional breakfasts starting at 6 a.m. A day of merriment follows and includes Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish coffee and the requisite Bailey's, food and drink specials, green beer, games, giveaways, and live music. Open until 2 a.m. Admission is free. Call 480-557-9087.


Dubliner Irish Pub 3841 E. Thunderbird Road St. Patrick's Day celebration with live entertainment from the Tirconnell School of Dance and the Glendale Pipe Band, as well as live music by Take Cover, The Biffos, and others. The menu includes such traditional favorites as corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and shepherd's pie. 10 a.m., $10 cover after 3 p.m. Call 602-867-0984.

Fat Tuesday 680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe The bartenders will serve Irish Hickie Daiquiris all day while DJ V-EZ will be spinning all night. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-967-3917.

Fibber Magees 1989 W. Elliot Road, Chandler St. Patrick's Day block party with beer gardens, Irish food inside and out, giveaways, and more. A variety of musicians and bands provide the soundtrack, including Holly Kirsten at 11 a.m., The Brazenheads at 1 p.m., The Sea Merchants at 5 p.m., and The Scones at 8 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. for an Irish breakfast. Free before noon, $5 until 3 p.m., and $10 until close. Call 480-722-9434.

Flanny's Bar & Grill 1805 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe Live music from The Drive, specials on Jameson and premium beers, and more. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-659-0870.

Gallagher's Sports Grill Six Valley Locations Visit any of the Gallagher's and partake in corned beef and cabbage with soda bread or a bowl of Guinness stew. DJs and karaoke begin at 9 p.m., while drink specials, free T-shirts, and green beer will be available all day. 10 a.m. Call 602-997-0084 or 602-867-3222.

Hard Rock Cafe 3 S. 2nd St. Music by Wayward Maggie; reverse happy hour starting at 9 p.m. Call 602-261-7625.

Harold's Corral 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek This Cave Creek country joint will transform into "O'Harold's" once again for the occasion and will offer drink specials on Bailey's, Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, and Bushmills, as well as a traditional Irish menu, plenty of the green beer, a free shuttle service, and live music from Crosswinds, The Rakes, Young Country, and others. 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 480-488-1906.

The Harp Pub 1744 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa Saint Patrick's Day party with green beer, Irish food, stepdancers, and music from Emmett the Sexy Irish Guy, Chuck E. Baby, and Johnny Anonymous after 4 p.m. Open at 8 a.m. Call 480-507-7827.

Iguana Mack's 1371 N. Alma School Road, Chandler Saint Patrick's Day party featuring music on the patio, DJs, and more. 2 p.m.; $5 after 4 p.m., $10 after 7 p.m. Call 480-213-3086.

Jersey's 5945 W. Ray Road, Chandler Saint Patrick's Day celebration with corned beef and cabbage, $3 Guinness drafts and green beers, live music from Sketching in Stereo at 8 p.m., and plenty of games shown on all 13 big screen TVs. 11 a.m. Call 480-705-9700.

Joe's Grotto 13825 N. 32nd St. Live music from local bands. 9 p.m. Call 602-992-1007.

Johnny Fox's 16100 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr., Peoria Most bars and pubs are hoping to get a huge throng on Saint Patrick's Day. The folks at Johnny Fox's, however, are aiming to attract a record-setting crowd on the holiday. Namely, the newly opened West Valley pub hopes to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest gathering of leprechauns ever. As such, the first 700 patrons will receive leprechaun costumes and are asked to hang out until 4 p.m. when the record will (hopefully) be broken. One lucky person will also win a seven-day trip to Ireland. Meanwhile, other shenanigans will transpire and 25 different drafts will be available for $6 each. The local band schedule includes Shay Veno at noon, Keltic Cowboys at 3 p.m., the 5150 Band at 10 p.m., and AC/DC tribute band B/S at 11:30 p.m. Opens at 6 a.m.; $5 after noon, $10 cover after 3 p.m. Call 623-878-2660.

Karamba Nightclub 1724 E. McDowell Rd. Saint Patrick's Party with cash prizes for those best-dressed in green, Top 40 hits spun, by DJ Jesus Vega, and more. 9 p.m., $5. Call 602-254-0231.

Kobalt 3110 N. Central Ave. Partake in St. Patrick's Day drink specials like $3 Guinness and $5 Jameson at this CenPho gay lounge. Open at 11 a.m. Call 602-264-5307.

Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife 4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale Drink specials will be in abundance at the St. Paddy's Party, including $2 pints and $3.25 mugs of green draft beer, $5.25 super mugs and $4.50 pints of Guinness, $5.75 Bushmill bombs, $5.25 Irish Car Bombs, and more. Meanwhile, the kitchen will serve 40-cent wings, $7 corned beef sandwiches, and $8.75 platters of corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage. Karaoke in the lounge and DJs in the main room start at 9 p.m. sharp. 11 a.m.; $5 cover after 9 p.m. Call 623-842-1053.


O'Donoghue's Pub 20469 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale A ginormous tent party will commence at 6 a.m. with Celtic dancers, Irish music, and a traditional breakfast throughout the morning. The afternoon will feature a "Taste of Ireland" buffet and a beer tent boasting such import brews as Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks on tap. Giveaways are planned, and local musicians like Paddy's Peg Leg, Booya, Elvis Before Noon, and EastonAshe will perform. A shuttle bus will also transport patrons to and from Harold's Corral starting at 1 p.m. A $10 cover starts at noon. Call 480-585-6329.

O'Kelley's Sports Bar 2120 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa The party extends into the parking lot on St. Patrick's Day and will boast green beer, giveaways, and appearances by both the Bud Girls and Guinness Girls. Plenty of gonzo games and goofy fun will also take place, including a free poker tournament at 1 p.m., mechanical bull riding, beer pong, baton fights, tricycle races, psychic readings, and more. The live music lineup includes performances by Strangeland, Different Breed, Plowd, and Rock Addix. Gates open at 6 a.m. Call 480-756-6069.

Padre Murphy's 4338 W. Bell Rd. A titanic, 16,000-square-foot tent will barely contain all the revelry and raucousness that is planned for Padre Murphy's annual party. In addition to all the leprechauns, clowns, and green beer, a full day of entertainment is planned, including gigs by Irish dancers, bagpipers, Colleen Callahan, J. David Sloan and Western Bred, Seanachie, and more. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., $10 after 2 p.m. Call 602-547-9406.

Rhythm Room 1019 E. Indian School Rd. Hang out on Saint Patrick's Day with owner Bob Corritore, his pal Dave Riley, and the rest of their Juke Joint Band. 8 p.m., $7. Call 602-265-4842.

Rips Ales & Cocktails 3045 N. 16th St. Saint Paddy's Day party featuring live music, green beer, drink specials, and party favors. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-266-0015.

Robbie Fox's Public House 640 S. Mill Ave., Tempe Sixth Street in downtown Tempe will be blocked off for a gargantuan affair boasting DJs, 25 different draft beers for $5 a pint, juggling leprechauns, bagpipers, Irish dancers, and prize giveaways. Doors open at 6 a.m. Call 480-642-6442.

The Rogue Bar 423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale A special "Green and Black" edition of the joint's industrial and fetish-oriented dance party Cupcake takes place. 8 p.m., $8. Call 480-947-3580.

Rosie McCaffrey's 906 E. Camelback Road A two-day Celtic craic kicks off at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 16, with a live broadcast by KEZ's Beth and Friends followed by a day of giveaways, Irish food, libations, and live music with RIG at 9:30 p.m. The festivities continue starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, with a live remote by 98.7 The Peak and music from Aaron Ricker at 3 p.m., The Sullivans at 6 p.m., and Vinyl Station at 9 p.m. Call 602-241-1916 for cover.

R.T. O'Sullivan's Four Valley locations Each location will offer massive indoor/outdoor parties boasting such Irish eats as corned beef and cabbage and shepherd's pie, as well as food from the grill. Drinkers can enjoy $5 monster green-colored Miller Lites, and mechanical bull riding and other games will also take place. Local bands will also perform at each party starting at noon. The Glendale location will feature The Lucky Devils Duo, Tin Weasel, JG and the ModRockers, The James Park Band, and Radiologic. Meanwhile, the Southern Avenue location will offer Paris James, Cigarettes, Chocolate Fountain, Shawn Johnson, Tramps and Thieves, and Strange Young Things. And over at the Superstition Springs R.T.O.'s, indie rockers and blues artists like the Sugar Thieves, 36 Cents and a Dream, Silverbell, Los Guys, and Quick Henry will be onstage all day. Free until 3 p.m.; $10 thereafter. Call 480-844-1290 or 480-396-9933.

Roscoe's 4531 N. 7th St. Enjoy specials on shots and green beer, as well as plenty of corned beef and cabbage. Open at 10 a.m. Call 602-285-0833.

Rúla Búla 401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe A massive Saint Patrick's hootenanny will be taking place inside the Tempe pub as local bands, Celtic dancers, and Irish pipers will perform. Giveaways from Guinness, Baileys, Jameson, and Bushmills will also be handed out, and local icon Roger Clyne will be hosting a promotion for his Mexican Moonshine tequila and a special San Patricio's toast at 5 p.m. The live music lineup includes The Sullivans at noon, the JJs Band at 6 p.m., and the Jeff Hunt Band at 10 p.m. Open at 10 a.m.; $5 after noon. Call 480-929-9500.


The Sail Inn 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe Some of Tempe's best bands — including Mojo Farmers, Mergence, Black Carl, and What Laura Says — will perform starting at 7 p.m. Raffles and prizes will be handed out, and corned beef cabbage will be served. 5 p.m., $10 after 8 p.m. Call 480-966-9565.

Seamus McCaffrey's 18 W. Monroe St. The iconic pub will celebrate St. Pat's with such traditional favorites as corned beef sandwiches, Irish stew, and whiskey cake, as well as its usual assortment of import beers and booze. Live entertainment starts at 10 a.m. and will be provided by Aaron Ricker, Dan McGuinness, The Waters, and Tartanic. Open at 9 a.m.; $10 (which includes admission to The Turf). Call 602-253-6081.

Shady's 2701 E. Indian School Road Chillax inside the lounge and listen to the jukebox while partaking in lots of wacky St. Paddy's Day booze specials. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-944-1517.

The Shout! House 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale Dueling pianists will perform starting at 8 p.m., while bartenders will be pouring $5 Irish car bomb shots and Jameson. Patrons can also bring their own steins and get $5 green beers. 7 p.m. Call 623-772-1500.

Skeptical Chymist 15688 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale A ginormous block party will take place at this North Scottsdale establishment and will offer beer gardens, Irish food aplenty, giveaways, and more. The live music schedule includes Jim Gregory at 11 a.m., The Sea Merchants at 1 p.m., The Scones at 4 p.m., and The Brazenheads at 8 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. for an Irish breakfast. Free before noon, $5 until 3 p.m., and $10 until close. Call 480-609-8677.

Swizzle Inn 5835 N. 16th St. Get 17-cent beers for 17 minutes only, starting at 5 p.m. (a.k.a. 17:00). Tullamore Dew, Jameson's, Swithwicks, and Magners are also available for $2.50 all day long. Call 602-277-7775.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tempe Marketplace's newest pub will offer green beer, Irish food specials, drink specials, Celtic dancers, bagpipers, live music, and other Emerald Isle fun from Friday, March 16, to Sunday, March 18. Open at 11 a.m. each day. Call 480-968-2920.

Tilted Kilt 1910 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa 660 W. Warner Road, Tempe 2 E. Jefferson St. Get an early start on Saint Patrick's Day at any Tilted Kilt, which will offer an Irish breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by live music and all-day parties. The Mesa location kicks off at 11 a.m. with rock from Chuck E. Baby, while Tempe also starts at 11 a.m., offering performances by The Persuaders, the 2 Tone Lizard Kings, and Nevaeh. $10 general admission. Call 480-507-5458 or 480-592-0102. CityScape's Tilted Kilt street party gets going at 10 a.m. with music from Keltic Cowboys, The Walkens, and others. $20 general admission, $100 VIP access. Call 602-293-3888.

Tim Finnegan's 9201 N. 29th Ave. The North Phoenix pub will open at 8 a.m. for breakfast and offer a variety of Saint Patrick's revelry throughout the day, including drink specials and giveaways. Live music starts at 10 a.m. with Rick Calderon, followed by Trotters Wake at 1 p.m., The Brazenheads at 4 p.m., and the Sea Merchants at 8 p.m. Free until noon, $5 until 3 p.m., and $10 thereafter. Call 602-77-2323.

Toby Keith's 1065 N Dobson Rd., Mesa Shamrock Honkytonk with music from The Dirt Drifters, Dustin Lynch, and more. 8 p.m. $5 cover. Call 480-844-8629.

TT Roadhouse 2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale Fire up TT's killer jukebox while partaking in drink specials. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-990-9033.

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