17 Best Saint Patrick's Day Parties in Phoenix
Don some green and get ready to party.
UPDATE: Another St. Paddy's day has come and gone. Check out our 2016 guide to St. Patrick's Day here.
We're willing to wager a few pounds, boy-o, that your eyes, Irish or otherwise, will be smiling in the days leading up to this year's celebration of Saint Patrick's Day and on the big day itself. Or, at the very least, they're going to be a wee bit bloodshot.
Given that the occasion falls on Tuesday, March 17, this year, the bars of the Valley will offer several days of Irish-inspired drinking and decadence during the weekend before, as well as some massive merriment on the actual drinking holiday.
We've put together a list of 17 of the best places to party around the Valley in honor of the occasion, and the list includes plenty of block parties and rowdy affair where you can dance to traditional Irish music or the hottest EDM tracks.
And, yes, there will be plenty of green beer and funny hats involved with each of the following options.
Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day in Scottsdale in 2013.
A total of five different DJs — including Hemmesphere, Ellery, Trill Tone, Phillip Taliehand Juany Bravo — will be in the mix and drop all manner of electronic dance music during Livewire's "Get Lucky" party on Saturday, March 14. It's an 18-and-over affair, which means you underage types won't be left out of the Saint Patrick's shenanigans. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is free for those who RSVP online via Livewire's website.
The monthly Obscura dance night will get into the spirit of the season on Saturday, March 14, with its "Pinch! Party," which will include live sets by L.A. indie rock bands Nightmare Air, Flamingos, and Futurekind, as well as spin sessions from DJs Tristan/Iseult and Matty. The party starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free before 9 p.m., $5 thereafter.
Hanging out at Rula Bula in Tempe on Saint Patrick's in 2013.
St. Patrick's Day is (naturally) a big deal at this Mill Ave pub and this year's festivities will include entertainment from Bracken School of Irish Dance and local Irish bagpipers, as well as musicians like Trevor Jones, Mike Mercier, and the Jeff Hunt Band. Food and drink special will be on tap all day. The party runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Its definitely fitting that Atlanta-born hip-hop artist ILoveMakonnen is headlining the massive St. Patrick's Day block party at C.A.S.A., considering that the rapper knows plenty about "going up on a Tuesday." The event will encompass both the SunBa and Lounge and feature countless revelers getting wild and going hard all afternoon and into the evening. Gates open at 2 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $15, VIP access with express entry is $25, and the "#GOINGUP" package that includes a free bottle of champagne is $50. Free entry is available on a limited basis before 7 p.m. to those who RSVP online.
The bar's resident mischief-maker, Chuey the Rock 'n' Roll Midget, will don leprechaun apparel and serve both drinks and insults during Giligin's ribald and rowdy six-day St. Patrick's Day block party, from Thursday, March 12, to Tuesday, March 17. Live music, games, and drink specials are also promised. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
St. Paddy's Day revelry will take place inside and outside at Casey's from open until close with a vast selection of beers, liquor, and libations, as well as the requisite corned beef and cabbage and drink specials. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
St. Patrick's Day celebration with music and entertainment from The Sullivans at noon, Trevor Jones at 3 p.m., Glendale Pipes and Drum at 4:30 p.m., the Michael Patrick Irish Stepdancers at 6 p.m., and Take Cover from 6 p.m. until close. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Cover is $10.
Saint Patrick's Day partiers in Tempe in 2013.
The entirety of Fat Tuesday and neighboring Mill Avenue spots The Handlebar and El Hefe will be encompassed in the massive St. Patrick's Day Block Party, which will boast 15 straight hours of festivities, DJs on three stages starting at 7 p.m., and booze and green beer available via five different bars. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Presale tickets are $15 online.
This Chandler pub and ale house will be a hubbub of activity throughout St. Patrick's Day as it opens at 9 a.m. for Irish breakfast selections and import beers. The annual party starts at 4 p.m. will feature performances by The Dickensons, Tick Tick Boom, Bracken School of Irish Dance, Arizona Fire Service Pipe Band, and others. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., $5 after 5 p.m.
A massive block party will encompass the pub on St. Patrick's Day and feature a beer garden, prize giveaways, live music from bands like Cockswain, DJs, and more. The menu will include Guinness stew, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. Gates open at 11 a.m. Admission is free.
Feast on $7.50 corned beef sandwiches with fries or $9.25 platters of corned beef with cabbage and potatoes, both of which will be served at Marc's on St. Patrick's Day. Meanwhile, green beer, Guinness, and specialty Irish cocktails will be poured at the bar. Free Joker Poker and Texas Hold'em sessions are at 7 and 10 p.m., the Jim Glass Band performs in the main bar at 7:30 p.m., and karaoke starts at 9 p.m. in the lounge. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 623-842-1053.
This Chandler pub will host a St. Patrick's Block Party featuring an outdoor beer garden, Irish food favorites, prizes, giveaways, and more. Bands and musicians including Shay Veno and 30 Stone, The Sullivans, and Authority Zero's Jason DeVore are scheduled to perform. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; free before 3 p.m., $10 thereafter.
The Keltic Cowboys
The Saint Patrick's Day festivities at Rosie's will commence at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17m and run all the way until last call with plenty of eating, drinking, and carousing happening in between. Live bands will include Keltic Cowboys, The Brazen Heads, The Travellers, Fiochan Band, and the Arizona Police and Fire Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. Drink specials are planned, as a menu with corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and both pulled pork and Reuben sandwiches. Admission is free before noon, $10 thereafter.
The street outside of this landmark downtown Phoenix pub will be fenced off for its annual St. Paddy's Day extravaganza, which promises traditional Irish eats and a beer garden boasting Guinness, Harp, Kiltlifter, Smithwicks, Bud Light, and other import and domestic brews. Live music and entertainment takes place all day and will include such bands as Seanachie, Kilted Spirit and the Sea Merchants, as well as various step dancers and bag pipers. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-253-6081 for cover.
A three-ring circus of entertainers, leprechauns, clowns, and other revelers will gather underneath a gigantic tent set up in the parking lot outside of Padre Murphy's during its enormous St. Patrick's Day party. Corned beef and cabbage will be dished out all day, green beer will be in abundance, and prizes and giveaways will be plentiful. Performances start at 1 p.m. with DJ Patrick, followed by the Michael Patrick Gallagher Dancers at 2 p.m., Sugahbeat at 3:15 p.m., J. David Sloan and Western Bred at 5:15 p.m., the Highland Legacy Pipe Band at 7:15 p.m., The Herndon Brothers at 7:15 p.m., and SuperHero at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. and there's a $10 cover after 3 p.m.
Be sure to hit up the ATM before heading to this West Valley pub, as its indoor/outdoor St. Patrick's Day celebration (which will offer live music, multiple bars, and promo giveaways) will be a cash-only affair. A menu of shepherd's pie, Irish nachos, burgers, brats, and corned beef and cabbage is planned and bands scheduled to perform include Kilted Spirit, the Pete Cummings Band, Spirited Lads, and CheekTones. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover.
This bar and restaurant will transform into "O'Harold's" on St. Patrick's and offer live music and libations all day and into the night. Bartenders will pour green beer pints, Bushmills, Guinness, and Irish Car Bombs while the kitchen serves such dinner specials as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, mulligan stew, fish and chips, and more. The schedule includes sets by The Shamrocks at 1:30 p.m., The Rakes at 5 p.m., and Acoustic Kings at 9 p.m. No cover.
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