There's a particular word in Irish slang that perfectly sums up the spirit behind St. Patrick's Day: craic. Pronounced "crack," it usually signifies that boisterous good times are afoot, thanks to a merry mix of alcohol, music, and maybe even some debauchery.
So it goes without saying that the craic will be quite mighty at many of the copious St. Paddy parties and off-the-hook Irish events scheduled to go down across metropolitan Phoenix from Saturday, March 14 through Tuesday, March 17. There will be loads of leprechauns, lovely lasses aplenty, and more green beer than your stomach can take. And if you're planning on pounding pints for four straight nights, take a gander at our annual compilation of what the coolest bars, clubs, and pubs will be offering.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
St. Patrick's Day
Arizona Renaissance Festival
12601 E. U.S. 60, Apache Junction
The festival hosts special Emerald Isle-themed events — like the Sexy Knees Kilt Contest at the Royal Pavilion and the Celtic Nations celebration with jigs and dancing — on both Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $18 adults, $6 for kids 5-12, free for those under 5. Call 520-463-2700.
12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills
Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day celebration where the city's famous fountain will be dyed green at noon and 5 p.m. Live music is presented by from Booya at 10:30 a.m., the Phoenix Irish Pipe Band at noon, The Knockabouts at 2 p.m., Oceans Apart at 3 p.m., and Jed's A Millionaire at 5:30 p.m. Other highlights include Irish arts and crafts, kids' activities, a beer garden, a food court, and more. $5 for those 18 and over. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Call 480-816-5151.
Margaret T. Hance Park
1106 N. Central Ave.
The 26th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Faire kicks off at 10 a.m. with myriad multicolored floats traveling from Third Street and Virginia Avenue to the west side of the park. Afterward, attend an all-day Irish Faire filled with Celtic culture, including two stages of Irish music and entertainment, Irish step dancing, food and drink areas, vendor and merchandise booths, arts and crafts, and a kiddy area. Runs until 5 p.m. $5 for adults, $1 for kids ages 6 to 12, and free for those under 6. Call 602-258-0109 or see www.phxirish.org.
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St., Mesa
World-renowned folk ensemble The Irish Rovers perform. 8 p.m. $27-$37. Call 480-644-6500.
BARS, CLUBS, & PUBS
CK's Tavern & Grill
4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
Get your Irish on a few days early at this pre-St. Patrick's Day party with green beer, Guinness and shot specials, and live music from Legend City. 5 p.m. Call 480-706-5564.
Club Mardi Gras & VooDoo Lounge
8040 W. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale
Local Godsmack tribute band VooDoo will pump out the nu-metal covers. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-970-5707 for cover.
Monkey McPants Bar & Grill
3223 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
This zany frat bar hosts its "137th annual No Irish Allowed St. Patty's Day Irie-Land All Spanking Soiree," where Jamaica collides with Ireland. Besides such whacked-out diversions as free leg-humping by Artie the Irish Amputee, Jamaican Bobsledding with a guy named Bob, and hug tag with Elliot the Emerald Island Enthusiast, Drunken McPromdate will perform reggae-influenced music, and both Jamaican jerk chicken wings corned beef and cabbage will be served all weekend. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-377-8100.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale
The latest edition of the thrice-monthly Sunday A'Fair will feature Celtic dancing and music from The Black Velvet Band at noon, and a performance by Irish songstress Bríd Dower at 2 p.m. in addition to its normal selection of food, art, and activities. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Call 480-994-2787.
BARS, CLUBS, & PUBS
The Blooze Bar
12014 N. 32nd St.
Shamrock the house at the "Drink Till You Turn Green Pre-St. Patty's Bash" with $1.75 PBRs and music from Graveyard BBQ and Iron Maiden tribute band Children of the Damned. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Call 602-788-4574.
2610 W. Baseline Rd., Mesa
Live music from theSTART, The Action Design, and Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Call 480-820-7117.
9201 N. 29th Ave.
The weekly Sunday Irish Seisun features instrumentalists and singers from around the world performing traditional music. 1 p.m. Call 602-997-2323.
MONDAY, MARCH 16
Mama Java's Coffeehouse
3619 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
The Arizona Readers Theatre present public readings of St. Patrick's Day stories. 7 p.m. Call 602-840-5282.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17
St. Patrick's Day Block Party
Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave. and 5th Ave., Scottsdale
Get your drink on at this block party that encompasses Dos Gringos, Upper Deck Sports Grill, and Acme Bar, and includes access to all three bars. Metal Elvis and Zimis provide the tunes and drink deals like eight green beers for $20 will provides you with liquid courage. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free before 8 p.m. Call 480-423-3800.
Tempe Beach Park
54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
San Diego reggae-rock band Slightly Stoopid and punk legends Bad Religion headline the outdoor St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the park. Post-hardcore band The Used will also perform. 5 p.m. $25-$35. Visit www.luckymanonline.com.
The Trunk Space
1506 Grand Ave.
The indie rockers of Dead Times, Past Lives, and Clipd Beaks perform. 7 p.m. Call 602-256-6006.
Westgate City Center
Loop 101 & Glendale Ave.
One of the hottest events during St. Patty's Day will be Sham Rock, where Westgate's Fountain Plaza hosts rock from The Chadwicks, Champagne Tap, and other bands. Patrons can also win prizes from a pot of gold or partake in Miller beer specials. 3 p.m. Call 623-772-4000.
The British Open
1334 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Dine on such traditional U.K. dishes as corned beef and cabbage, Stovies, and Scotch eggs. A bagpipe and drum band also performs at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m, and specials include $1 off drafts, domestic beers, wines, and well drinks. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-941-4915.
Casey Moore's Oyster House
850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe
Tempe's favorite neighborhood hangout will serve corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, shepherd's pie, and other food selections at their annual St. Patty's Day Blowout. Leprechauns, bagpipers, and plenty of "hot chicks and cute boys" are also promised. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Free until dusk. Call 480-968-9935 for evening cover charge.
5004 S. Price Rd., Tempe
The members of Breaks Inc. will be spinning drum 'n' bass, dubstep, and other phat beats all night along with a few guests. Drink specials will also be available. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-755-0551.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
This Tempe Marketplace pub hosts an indoor/outdoor celebration beginning at 6 a.m. with an Irish breakfast buffet and a live broadcast of KUPD's "Morning Sickness" show. Live music from Inis, Cell Phone Cowboys, and other bands starts at 1 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. $10 Call 480-557-9087.
Three Valley locations
Complete corned beef and cabbage dinners with carrots, red potatoes, green beer, and mint ice cream for $TK. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 623-979-5353.
Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E. 8th St., Tempe
St. Paddy's Day breakfast buffet is served from 6 to 11 a.m., with drink specials, Irish dishes, and other surprises offered throughout the day. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-303-9967.
K O'Donnell's Bar & Grill
14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale
Celebrate St. Patrick's with drink specials, giveaways, authentic Irish cuisine, and all the green beer you can possibly drink. Hillside Fire performs blues-rock stating at 5 p.m., and a shuttle service will be available to nearby apartment complexes. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-922-7200.
904 E. Pecos Dr., Chandler
Partake in $2 green Bud Light pints, $3 Lucky Leprechaun and Rainbow Rockets, $7.95 corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, green beads, giveaways, Irish stew, and plenty of the requisite Guinness. A free shuttle service will also be available. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. No cover before 5 p.m. Call 480-966-8200
San Tan Brewing Company
8 South San Marcos Plaza, Chandler
San Tan's St. Patrick's Day bash and parking lot party with dancing, games, and a beer tent featuring a dozen different Arizona breweries. The Knockabouts, GTR, and The Insomniacs provide live music all night. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 pre-sale, $25 day of. Call 480-917-8700.
Skeptical Chymist Irish Restaurant
15688 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
One of the coolest pubs in the Valley is presenting an equally phat indoor/outdoor St. Patrick's Day party, which promises live music from the Kyle Phelan Band and others, promo giveaways, Irish food, and prizes like Jameson signature iPods. Irish breakfasts will be served at 8 a.m. inside, and the outside festivities start at 11 a.m. Open until 2 a.m. $10. Call 480-609-8677.
Wally's American Pub & Grille
5029 N. 44th St.
7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale
Both locations will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with food and drink specials, as well as live music at the Scottsdale location. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 602-954-2040 and 480-596-7978.
BARS, CLUBS & PUBS
308 S, 2nd Ave.
St. Patty's party featuring deals on Irish liquor, green beer, and live music. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-254-2925.
1502 Grand Ave.
Drink specials, giveaways, green beer, and more. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-252-0472.
Bridgett's Last Laugh
17222 N. Cave Creek Rd.
What's going on at Bridgett's on St. Patty's Day? Drink specials, corned beef and cabbage, karaoke and a "Show Us Your Green Thing" contest for cash prizes, that's what. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-788-0507.
8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale
Underground rapper Pigeon John visits the Scottsdale nightspot to perform both solo style and with Adam Flynn as the duo Rootbeer. Perfekt Slang and other hip-hop artists will also be in the house. 8 p.m., $10-$12. Call 945-4985.
Churchill's Pub & Grill
2050 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler
The British Pub will offer corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and other food special, as well as enough Irish whiskey, Car Bombs, and some Murphy's and Beamish on tap to keep you properly soused. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-857-9444.
CK's Tavern & Grill
4142 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
Green beer, Guinness, and shot specials, and more. 5 p.m. Call 480-706-5564.
3110 N. Central Ave.
St. Patrick's Day bash with green beer, live music, and specials on Irish liquor. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-200-8121.
Connolly's Bar & Grill
5160 W. Northern Ave., Glendale
Parking lot party with $1.50 corned beef sandwiches, DJs and dancing, promo giveaways, leprechauns, drink specials like $2 domestic drafts, and more. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 623-915-5645.
3861 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert
The Respect Mine 2009 MC Battle will pit rhyme-spiting hustlas against each other in battle raps to determine who's the best in the PHX. The K.O.R.T. Boyz from The Beat 92.7/99.3 will be on the ones and twos. 9 p.m. Call 480-558-7540 for cover.
The Dubliner Irish Pub
3841 E. Thunderbird Rd.
St. Patty's Day Bash with live music, Irish step dancing, and drink specials will be offered. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-867-0984.
720 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
This all-day St. Patrick's Day Party offers Tod's Famous corned beef and cabbage, green beer, specials on Guinness and Irish Car Bombs, and more. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-899-9804.
1989 W. Elliot Rd., Chandler
The biggest hootenanny in the East Valley can be found at Fibber's. Irish breakfasts will be served at 8 a.m. inside, and a parking lot party will begin at 11 a.m. with a beer tent serving such treats as bangers, shepherd's pie, and corned beef and cabbage. The live music lineup features the Keltic Cowboys at 2:30 p.m., Capital Down at 5:30 p.m., and The Scones at 9 p.m. There also will be giveaways, including special Jameson signature iPods. Outside events run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., while inside is open until 2 a.m. $10. Call 480-722-9434.
George & Dragon Restaurant
4240 N. Central Ave.
Have a few pints of Tetley's, Bass, Boddingtons, or any of the dozen other imports available here. Both Guinness and Jameson will be on special. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-241-0018.
4251 N. Winfield Scott, Scottsdale
Chuey and Herman the Rock 'n' Roll Midgets will both be dressed as leprechauns as they man their mini-bar. Games, prizes, appearances by promo girls, $5 pitchers of green beer, and $1 green Jell-O shots are also planned. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-874-2264.
13825 N. 32nd St.
St. Patrick's Day Bash with drink specials and rock music from Highstrung. 8:30 p.m. Call 602-992-1007.
Lis Doon Varna
16100 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center, Peoria
The all-day St. Patrick's Festival features music from The McMorrows at 4 p.m. and The Biffos at 8:30 p.m., as well as drink specials, bagpipers, and more. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 623-979-0730 for cover.
The Lost Leaf
914 N. 5th St.
Local jazz/experimental band Sonorous performs. 8 p.m. Call 602-252-4168.
Maloney's on Campus
955 E. University Dr., Tempe
The 17th annual Shamrockin' Tent Party benefiting United Phoenix Firefighters Association will feature live music, DJs, prizes and giveaways, drink specials, and more. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-894-2224 for cover.
Marc's Sports Grill and Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Feeling thirsty? This West Valley nightspot offers slews of St. Patty's Day deals, like $1 off select drinks from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Afterwards, specials include $2.50 pints and $3.50 super mugs of green beers, $3 Baileys, $4 Bushmill and Jameson shots, $4.75 B-52s and Irish Car Bombs, $5 Bushmill Bombs, and more. The kitchen will serve $6.75 corned beef sandwiches with fries and $7.50 corned beef and cabbage platters. Karaoke in the MarcTini Lounge starts at 9 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 623-842-1053.
Martini Ranch & Shaker Room
7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
The rockers of The Bollox stage a St. Patty's Day CD release show. 8 p.m. $10. Call 480-970-0500.
58 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler
Head to the Southeast Valley for this establishment's ginormous parking lot party featuring a beer garden, live music starting at 3 p.m., drink specials, sing-a-longs, bagpipers, and Irish food aplenty. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. $5 before 3 p.m., $10 afterwards. Call 480-812-1588.
2601 W. Dunlap Rd.
Kick it at "The O'C" and enjoy the joint's mix of music, food, and fun. Live entertainment starts at noon with performances by Shay Veno with Jane Hilton, The Brazen Heads, and Dublin Soul, as well as bagpipers and Irish step dancers. Reubens and corned beef and cabbage dinners (with colcannon potatoes) will be served and drink deals include $5 Car Bombs, $3 Bacardi Bomb Pops, and $1 PBRs and shots. Call 602-997-7714.
O'Donoghue's Irish Pub
20469 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
Authentic Irish breakfasts will be served from 6 to 11 a.m., with performances by the Irish Celtic Dance Academy, drink specials, and giveaways throughout the day. Live entertainment includes The Rakes at noon, Meadowlark at 5 p.m. and The Brazen Heads at 9 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. $10. Call 480-585-6329.
O'Kelley's Bar & Grill
2120 W. Guadalupe Rd., Mesa
A huge parking lot party is planned, featuring green beer, great food, live music from Rhythm Edition and 68 Guns, and more. 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-756-6069 for cover.
One Eyed Dog English Pub
4432 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale
Jameson and Guinness will be on special, and corned beef and cabbage will be available. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-990-8797.
4338 W. Bell Rd.
A 16,000-square-foot tent party starts at 11 a.m. with fire-eaters, clowns, face painters, corned beef and cabbage, food vendors, and drink specials. Live entertainment from The McMorrows at 1 p.m., the McElligott Irish step dancers at 2 p.m., the Charge Michael Band at 3 p.m., Colleen Callahan at 5 p.m., a 26-piece bagpipe band at 6:30 p.m., J. David Sloan with Western Bred at 7 p.m., Envy at 9 p.m. $10. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-547-9406.
3215 E. Thomas Rd.
Irish beers, corned beef and cabbage, promo giveaways, and more. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-522-0669.
4902 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert
325 W. Elliot Rd., Tempe
Saint Patty's Day celebration with all-day food and drink specials. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-855-5242 or 480-456-0811.
Renee's Grand Tavern
2448 Grand Ave.
St. Patrick's Day bash with raffles, green beer, free food, and DJ Danny Peru on the wheels of steel starting 8:30 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-252-2770.
1019 E. Indian School Rd.
St. Patrick's Day Party with drink specials and live music. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-265-4842.
The Rose & Crown
628 E. Adams St.
A massive tent event will take go down outside the pub featuring drink specials, food, and import beers, as well as music from Highwire Fiction, The Liars Handshake, Thee Impossible Ones, and others. Noon-2 a.m. $5. Call 602-256-0223.
6646 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa
1010 W. Southern Ave., Mesa
5830 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
All three locations offer massive tent parties in their parking lots with Irish step dancing, bagpipers, food such as shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage, cabbage bowling, outdoor bars, $4 monster mugs of green Miller Lite, DJs, kids activities, March Madness on the TVs, and more. Live music starts at noon and includes performances by Phunk Junkeez, Comfort for Change, Underwater, and Another Day at the Glendale location; with Superstition hosting Los Guys, Shelby James, Dead Hot Workshop, Vinyl Revival, and Mudwagon. Meanwhile the Southern Avenue location features Steve Larson, Tramps & Thieves, The Mikel Lander and Meredith Moore Band, and Black Carl. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. $10 after 3 p.m. Call 480-396-9933.
The Ruby Room Lounge
717 S. Central Ave.
Spring Break Your Neck Tour stops by the downtown Phoenix bar offering live music from The Dashing Suns, Tonight We Ride, Out the Lights, and others. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Cover TK. Call 602-258-6900.
401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Besides its menu of delicious Irish food, the Mill Avenue pub promises promo giveaways, and live music all day. The schedule includes Pat McCrossan at 12:30 p.m., The Town Lake Highlander Bag Pipe Band at 3:30 p.m., Keltic Cowboys at 5:30 p.m., and The Insomniacs at 9:30 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-929-9500 for cover.
The Sail Inn
26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe
St. Patty's Day Party with plenty of green beer, Irish whiskey, and an open mic session featuring local musicians and performers. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-966-9565.
Séamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub
18 W. Monroe St.
The annual St. Patrick's street party takes place both inside the pub and outside underneath two tents, offering a bountiful menu of traditional Irish eats, drink specials, beer, and more. Live entertainment includes Irish step dancing and bagpipers, as well as performances by Dan McGuinness at noon, The Biffos at 3 p.m., Blackwood at 6:30 p.m., and The Waters at 10:30 p.m. Patrons can also ride Ollie the Trolley to and from The Turf. 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. $5 after 2 p.m., $10 starting at 8 p.m. Call 602-253-6081.
93 E. Southern Ave., Tempe
Twista, Yung Getta, Ace Boogie, and other local hip-hop artists will be spitting rhymes all night long. 7 p.m. $25. Call 602-299-4996.
2701 E. Indian School Rd.
Down some shots of Jameson or any of the Irish booze on special here, or slip some dollars into the always-popular jukebox. Open until 2 a.m. Call 602-956-8998.
9201 N. 29th Ave.
The party starts early at Tim Finnegan's where Irish breakfasts will be available 8 a.m., and drink specials, promos, giveaways, and appearances by the Jameson girls and other fun happens all day. The live music lineup includes Shay Veno from 2 to 7 p.m. followed by Booya at 8 p.m. Outside events run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., while inside is open until 2 a.m. $10 Call 602-997-2323.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
Four Valley locations
A mix of food, fun, live entertainment, drink specials, prizes, giveaways, waitresses in teeny-tiny skirts, and other revelry will go down at each location's party. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 480-592-0102.
2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale
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Enjoy a cigar on this TT's new outdoor patio, get drink specials on all Irish booze, or spin up some songs by The Smiths and The Clash on their award-winning jukebox. Open until 2 a.m. Call 480-947-8723.
705 N. 1st St.
The newly opened downtown Phoenix pub will be serving pints of Guinness and other Irish brews, and local bands will perform. Patrons can also ride Ollie the Trolley to and from Séamus McCaffrey's for free. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Call 602-296-5043.