You needn't bother trying to get hold of Brian O'Carroll on St. Patrick's Day, because he's gonna be a wee bit occupied. The bearded guitarist and frontman for local Celtic rock outfit The Biffos will be busy bounding around town with his bandmates during Lá Fhéile Pádraig, staging gigs at three different pubs at different ends of the Valley. "St. Paddy's is like Christmas and New Year's for Irish bands, multiplied by three," he says. "Every musician I know is playing at least two or three shows." That's no surprise, considering the number of Emerald Isle extravaganzas planned for the big day. Every bloke and babe we know will be out and about, whether they're watching Flogging Molly sing "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" in Tempe or guzzling Guinness by the gallon at their neighborhood dive. Here's our annual compilation of the best of what's happening on Wednesday, March 17 (unless otherwise noted).
The Compound Grill
7000 E. Mayo Blvd.
Blues wunderkind Jason Ricci and his backing band New Blood perform, while the bar serve up specials on Guinness and green beer all night. 8 p.m., $12-$14. Call 480-650-9521.
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 will also 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 5 p.m., and music will be provided by the artists of Jed's A Millionaire, No Regret, the Phoenix Scottish Pipe Band, and Seanachie. 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13. Free. Call 480-816-5151.
St. Patrick's Day guide
Mesa Arts Center
1 East Main St., Mesa
The classically trained vocal trio of Deirdre Masterson, Wendy Dwyer, and Kay Lynch (a.k.a. The Irish Sopranos) will impress and enrapture when they interpret a variety of operatic music, Irish folk tunes, and pop songs inside the Ikeda Theatre. 3 p.m., Sunday, March 13. $31. Call 480-644-6500.
Sea of Green
2340 W. Bell Rd.
1301 E. University Dr., Tempe
Save 20 percent on all items on St. Patrick's Day. Call 602-504-8842 or 480-967-2045.
105 W. Main St., Mesa
The former Nile Basement hosts a gig by L.A. indie/electronica act The One AM Radio. 6:30 p.m., $8. Call 480-559-5859.
The British Open Pub
1334 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Stovies, Scotch Eggs, colcannon potatoes and corned beef and cabbage are just some of scrumptious U.K. dishes that will be prepared. The bar will also offer such specials as $1 off all drafts, well drinks, and domestics. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-941-4915.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
The "Shamrocks & Shenanigans" celebration will feature local bands performing contemporary, country, and Irish rock music. All-day food and drink specials include $10.99 shepherd's pie and $6 Irish car bombs, as well as Jameson shots, 20-ounce Guinness drafts, and Irish coffee for $4 each. 11 a.m. Call 480-894-1111.
Three Valley locations
Devour all-you-can-eat homemade corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, and Irish soda bread for $16.95 per person. Hours vary. Call 602-710-2910 or 480-557-0700.
Churchill's Pub & Grill
2050 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Food and drink specials will be available all day. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-857-9444.
414 S. Mill Ave.
Drink specials include 99-cent Coors Light and $1.99 Corona bottles. 10:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Call 480-449-9002.
15406 N. Maricopa Rd., Maricopa
The Harvest Buffet will serve up an Emerald Isle feast ($9.99 per person for lunch, $12.99 for dinner), Seanachie performs authentic Irish music from 7 to 11 p.m., and drink specials like $1 green beers, $2 Irish Cactus shots, and $2.50 Irish coffee will also be available. Call 480-802-5000.
2394 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
Festivities commence at 6 a.m. with a green eggs and ham breakfast, followed by a daylong indoor/outdoor festival featuring live music from 11 bands on two stages starting at 10 a.m. Green beer, games, prizes, giveaways, dunk tanks, and other fun will also take place at this fundraiser for Phoenix Children's Hospital. Runs until 2 a.m., $10. Call 480-245-6601.
4326 E. Cactus Rd.
Music from Everyone Gets Laid, shepherd's pie, corned beef, and available all day. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 602-569-5699.
4422 N. 75th St., Scottsdale
Patrons can enjoy $5 20-ounce drafts with $3 refills all night (including Guinness) during the "Green Beer is Gross Gala," which also includes music from John Creasey. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-945-0828.
Long Wong's at the Firehouse
1639 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe
Live music from Americana foursome Chicken & Waffles, corned beef sandwiches, and specials on drinks, wings, and appetizers. 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Call 480-967-0167.
980 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler
Emerald Isle indulgences await at this St. Patrick's Day fete, such as $7.99 corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, $6.99 Irish stew in bread bowls, and $2 Lucky Charm Jell-O shots and green drafts, as well as specials on Guinness, Smithwick's, and Irish whiskey. Beads, giveaways, appearance by the Green Girls, and other distractions are also planned. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., $3 after 7 p.m. Call 480-966-8200.
Old Chicago Pasta & Pizza
6821 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa
Half-priced appetizers will be served from 3 to 6 p.m., with a variety of Irish beers available all day. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-218-8171.
Satisfied Frog on Bell
2827 E. Bell Rd.
Corned beef and cabbage, drink specials, green beer, live entertainment, and more. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-765-7777.
Sucker Punch Sally's
4 E. University Dr., Tempe
The rock 'n' roll diner offers drink specials and a performance by the psychobilly band Belfry Bats. 11 p.m. Call 480-248-6673.
Wally's American Pub
7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale
Plenty of Emerald Isle eats will be served (including corned beef and cabbage, Guinness stew, and shepherd's pie), and live music and bagpipers will be on hand. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 480-596-7978.
BARS, CLUBS, & PUBS
Azool Bar & Grill
3134 W. Carefree Hwy.
This nightspot transforms into "O'Zools" during its St. Patrick's Day celebration, which promises corned beef and cabbage, Three Olives promos and giveaways, live music from Adam Stein, karaoke, and more. 4 p.m. Call 623-582-5177.
Big Daddy's Sports Lounge
10618 N. Cave Creek Rd.
Partake in $5 corned beef and cabbage, $5 Irish car bombs, $2 green beer pints, $1 green Jell-O shots, and plenty of Irish music on the jukebox. 6 a.m. Call 602-861-1034.
Brigett's Last Laugh
17222 N. Cave Creek Rd.
Nosh on $6.95 corned beef and cabbage while enjoying $3 Guinness pints or $3 shots of Jameson, Bushmills, or Tullamore Dew. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-788-0507.
4432 Miller Rd., Scottsdale
The food and fun starts before dawn as green-colored bagels, Irish coffee, green beer, and full breakfasts will be available after 6 a.m. The rest of the day's activities include lunch service and live music in the outdoor beer garden starting at 11 a.m., a pipe and drum band, DJ and dancing, games such as a hot dog eating competition and sexiest leprechaun contest, and appearances by the girls of Red Stripe, Jäger, Bushmills, and Bailey's. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-990-8797.
560 South College Avenue
Drop in for $2 green beer, $3 Nutty Irishmen, $4 Guinness, and $5 Irish Car Bombs all day. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-967-2536.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
KUPD jock John Holmberg broadcasts his Morning Sickness radio show on the patio, which coincides with the serving of a traditional Irish breakfast starting at 6 a.m. A ginormous tent party in the parking lot commences at 10 a.m., and features live entertainment, a food buffet, beer stations, outdoor bars, Irish stepdancing, bagpipers, and more. Open until 1 a.m. $10. Call 480-557-9087.
3432 E. Illini St.
The all-nude male cabaret promises dance specials, prizes, giveaways, and more. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Call 602-274-3425.
Do Drop In
9501 N. 7th St.
This notorious North Phoenix dive offers a hula-hoop contest for prizes (with an $1 entry fee), drink specials, free food, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-944-1323.
Duke's Sports Bar & Grill
7607 E. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale
In addition to its regular menu of comfort food selections, Duke's will also dish out corned beef and cabbage. Call 480-675-9724.
1989 W. Elliot Rd., Chandler
St. Patrick's Day Block party featuring drink specials, promos, giveaways, and more, as well as music from Holly Kirsten, The Brazenheads, and The Scones. (Breakfast will also be served at 8 a.m.) Noon-2 a.m., $10 after 3 p.m. Call 480-722-9434.
George & Dragon Restaurant
4240 N. Central Ave.
Drink specials, live music at 7 p.m., a huge Guinness Toast, and more. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-241-0018.
Goat Head Saloon
1423 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
St. Patrick's Day party with music from The Morning After, and more. 8 p.m. Call 480-464-8030.
Hurricane Bay Nightclub
4139 W. Bell Rd.
Ladies can wear out their skimpiest swimwear and win fame and fortune at the "Tini-Wini Green Bikini Bash," where $500 in cash and prizes will be awarded at 12:30 a.m. to the sexiest siren (with $250 going to the runner up). Drink specials include $3 Budweiser and Bud Light aluminum bottles until midnight and $1 green beers all night. DJ Knick Knack will also spin. Call 602-843-6100 for cover.
13825 N. 32nd St.
Drink specials and music by Drunk Otis. 9 p.m. Call 602-992-1007.
Lis Doon Varna
16100 N. Arrowhead Fountain Ctr. Dr., Peoria
Support the Peoria Sunset Lions Foundation and other local charities at this celebration, which boasts food and drink specials, step dancing, and raffles and prize giveaways of such booty as a Guinness bicycle, as well as music from the McMorrows, Paddy's Peg Leg, and the Glendale Pipe Band. (Pre-parties will also be held on Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, with raffle of VIP ticket packages for Flogging Molly's concert and other prizes). Opens at 10 a.m. Call 623-979-0730.
Marc's Sports Grill & Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
The kitchen will whip up $6.75 corned beef and cabbage platters and $7.50 corned beef sandwiches all day, while drink specials on Guinness, Bushmill Bombs, green draft beers, and Irish shots will also be available. Poker is at 7 and 10 p.m., and karaoke at 9 p.m. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 623-842-1053.
906 E. Camelback Rd.
This pub will be a hubbub of activity, beginning with an on-site broadcast of KEZ's Beth & Friends at 6 a.m. The revelry starts at 11 a.m. with food and drink specials, happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., bagpipers, step dancing, music from Raun Alosi, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-241-1916.
58 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler
A super-size tent will be erected in the parking lot, housing a beer garden, cornhole pong, a dunk tank, a strongman striker, step dancing, and more. Play ring toss for a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland and the Old Bushmills Distillery. Todd Owens, Howieland, and Bobby St. Vincent will perform, while DJ Scrappy from 104.7 FM will be on the ones and twos. Breakfast is at 8 a.m., and the tent opens at noon; $10. Call 480-812-1588.
2601 W. Dunlap Ave.
St. Patrick's Day celebration with bagpipers, drink specials, step-dancing, live music, corned beef and cabbage, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-997-7714.
4338 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
Arguably one of the biggest Saint Patrick's bashes in the entire Valley, Padre's yearly tent party throwdown will feature face painters, clowns, green beer, corned beef and cabbage, prizes, giveaways, and more. A day-long entertainment schedule kicks off at 2:30 p.m. with the McMorrows, followed by Michael Pat and the Irish Step Dancers at 4 p.m., Colleen Callahan at 5 p.m., Spirit of Scotland at 6:30 p.m., J. David Sloan and Western Bred at 7 p.m., and Envy at 9 p.m. (Hans Olson also performs an inside set at 5 p.m.) 10 a.m., $10 after 2 p.m. Call 602-547-9406.
7919 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale
Igor's Jazz Cowboys present an evening of Irish songs. 6 p.m. Call 480-990-1114.
1019 E. Indian School Rd.
The Cadillac Angels offer rockabilly jams while the bar offers drink specials. 7:30 p.m., $5. Call 602-265-4842.
The Rose & Crown
628 E. Adams St.
A 13,000-square-foot outdoor festival and beer garden will surround this English pub, featuring prizes and giveaways, a variety of food, and music by August Red, Plinko, and other bands. 11 a.m., $10 after 3 p.m. Call 602-256-0223.
3593 W. Northern Ave.
Get wasted in the West Valley with music from rock, punk, and indie acts Tokyo Electron, Becky Lee and Drunkfoot, Earthmen and Strangers, and The Cosmeticators. DJ Mike Genz spins between sets. 9 p.m.
R.T. O'Sullivan's Sports Grill
Three Valley locations
Feast and frolic at any of the parking lot parties being staged at the three R.T.'s throughout the Valley, providing $4 monster mugs of green beer, mechanical bull-riding, local pipe and drum corps, and ungodly amounts of corned beef and cabbage to one and all. Irish beers like Harp and Smithwick's will be on tap and each location offers its own lineup of live music starting at noon. Bell Road features The Lucky Devils Duo, Tin Weasel, Nate Williams, Another Day, Westcott Avenue, and No Coast; while Southern Avenue hosts Mark Zubia, Tramps and Thieves, Emmett DeGuevera, Los Guys, What Laura Says, and The Sugar Thieves. Superstition Springs will provide stage space for Shelby James, 36 Cents and Dream, Vinyl Revival, Strange Young Things, and Champagne Tap. 10 a.m., $10 after 3 p.m.
Rúla Búla Irish Pub
401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
A Jameson bicycle will be raffled off during Rúla Búla's annual outdoor extravaganza, as well as such shwag as hats, jackets, and golf bags. Pat McCrossan, Keltic Cowboys, INIS, and the Tempe Town Lake Highlanders Pipe Band are also scheduled to perform. Opens at 10 a.m. (Pre-parties will be held Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, and include raffles for VIP ticket packages for Flogging Molly's concert and other prizes). Call 480-929-9500.
The Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
Live music from The Love Me Nots, Labor Party, and Surfside IV starts at 8 p.m., with corned beef and cabbage available all day. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-966-9565.
Séamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub
18 W. Monroe St.
Shamrock 'n' roll with music from Dan McGuinness, The Waters, Blaine Long, and The Nick Heward Trio, as well as promo giveaways from Jameson and Bushmills, and such menu selections as corned beef sandwiches and Irish beef stew. Ollie the Trolley will also provide shuttle service to the Turf and back. 9 a.m.-2 a.m., $10 after 3 p.m. (which also includes access to both bars). Call 602-253-6081.
Shakespeare's Pub & Restaurant
1744 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa
St. Patrick's Day party with food and beer specials, live music from local bands starting at 4 p.m., and more. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-507-7827.
15688 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Early birds can enjoy breakfast beginning at 8 a.m., while late risers can show up at noon for a beer garden, promos, giveaways, and more. Live entertainment starts 2 p.m. with music from such bands as Deception and Pheed. Runs until 2 a.m., $10 after 3 p.m. Call 480-609-8677. Call 480-609-8677.
16844 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria
Dublin-born musician Andrew Strong (best know for his role as "Deco" Cuffe in The Commitments) makes an appearance at the Peoria nightspot. Saturday, March 13; 7:30 p.m.; $11-$59. Call 602-717-8086.
Temple Bar Sports Grill
17050 N Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale
Raven Events presents its annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration featuring $3 green beers, a special menu, DJ Dan in the mix, and more. 11 a.m. Call 480-429-4520.
660 W. Warner Rd., Tempe
Massive indoor/outdoor St. Pat's Day party with music from Suite 88, promo giveaways, games, corned beef and cabbage, green beer. DJs, games, and more. Noon-2 a.m. Call 480-592-0102.
9201 N. 29th Ave.
Celebrate St. Patty's around the clock at this West Valley pub's all-day party. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m., followed by the beer garden opening at noon. Folkster Eddie McAteer performs at 2 p.m., followed by Zimis at 6 p.m. Open until 2 a.m., $3 cover after 3 p.m. Call 602-997-2323.
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2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale
Pop a dollar or two into the joint's killer jukebox (we suggest selecting some Dropkick Murphys or The Pogues while sipping on $3.50 Guinness and Harp, or $4 Jameson. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-990-9033.
705 N. 1st St.
Saint Patrick's party with corned beef and cabbage, Jameson and Bushmills promos, and gigs by such bands as The Waters, The Biffos, and The Jump Back Brothers. Ollie the Trolley will also provide shuttle service to Séamus McCaffrey's and back. Opens at 10 a.m., $10 after 3 p.m. (which also includes access to both bars). Call 602-296-5043.
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
Participate in the weekly rockaroake session in the main bar, or get your drink on in the newly-opened craft beer and whiskey lounge next door. 8 p.m. Call 480-967-4777.