We’ve got both good and bad news for anyone eager to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, particularly those who tend to drink to excess. First, the bad news: It’s happening on a weekday this year – a Thursday, to be exact – which could spell trouble for those with obligations to either work or school the next day. But if that’s the case for you, fella, don’t fret, as the owners of local drinking establishments and the organizers of St. Pat’s celebrations around the Valley have planned ahead and will offer events and festivities throughout this coming weekend and on Thursday, March 17. All of the major parties and Celtic-style craics are included in our annual St. Patrick’s Day guide, which includes everything from traditional Irish events to big-time bashes serving gallons of green beer.
(Note: For simplicity’s sake, most events listed take place on Thursday, March 17, unless otherwise specified.)
Cherish the Ladies
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
The Irish-American songstresses and musicians of the all-female ensemble Cherish the Ladies will fill the Virginia G. Piper Theater with Celtic music during their performance on Thursday, March 17. 7:30 p.m., $29-$59. Call 480-499-8587.
Mill Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Downtown Tempe drinkeries Fat Tuesday and The Handlebar will join forces for a massive St. Patrick’s Day affair that will boast five separate bars spread out across both locations, as well as four different DJs dropping dance music and hits, drink specials including $4 car bombs until 7 p.m., games and prizes, giveaways, and “lots of booze.” 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; $5 pre-sale, $10 at the door. Call 480-967-3917.
Pot of Gold Music Festival
5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler
Like its inaugural edition in 2015, the second edition of this multi-day outdoor concert festival boasts an array of blockbuster artists and bands from multiple genres, as well as a slew of locals, including talents of the hip-hop, reggae, rock, and alternative. The first day, on Thursday, March 17, will feature headliners Future, as well as Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Dirtyheads, Ty Dolla Sign, Fishbone, Fayuca, Clairevoyant Sound, Figureitout, and others. Gates open at 1 p.m. and general admission is $65. Pot of Gold’s lineup on Saturday, March 19, is just as stacked and will feature gigs from Big Sean, 311, Rebelution, Rae Sremmurd, Earl Sweatshirt, Protoje, Cozz, Katastro, Cozz, Mouse Powell, Black Bottom Lighters, and several more. Things get going at noon and general admission is $50. Two-day GA passes are also available for $80 and VIP access is $175-$300.
St. Baldrick’s Day
Thirsty Lion Pub, 7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Brave souls from around the Valley will volunteer to shave their heads in the name of charity during St. Baldrick’s Day fundraisers, which benefit non-profit organizations researching cures for childhood cancers, at both Thirsty Lion locations on Saturday, March 19. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., free. Visit www.stbaldricks.org/campaigns/thirstylion or call 480-284-7292 or 480-968-2920.
BARS, PUBS, & CLUBS
3115 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix
Beers and brews will be half-price on St. Patrick’s Day. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 602-535-8914.
Cactus Jack’s Bar
4747 E. Elliot Rd., Ahwatukee
Americana ensemble The Shady Groves Band will host its “Very Shady St. Paddy’s Day Shindig,” which will also feature sets by The Mellowheads and Phish tribute act Limb by Jim. Meanwhile, St. Patrick’s Day patrons can partake in drink specials and corned beef and cabbage. 6 p.m., $5. Call 480-753-4733.
Chambers on First
705 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Appearances by Jameson and Guinness girls, shot specials, a Hensley tap takeover, and a prize raffle are some of the highlights of the St. Patrick’s Day event at this pub. The Saints of Eirinn take the stage starting at 8 p.m., and corned beef dinners with roasted potatoes and braised cabbage will be served all day for $13 per person. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., free. Call 602-296-5043.
4432 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale
Score free green eggs and ham with the purchase of any beverage starting at 6 a.m. (while supplies last) on St. Patrick’s Day. Live music starts at noon, and will include gigs by Stomp Box, a pipe and drum ensemble, and others, followed by the pub’s new Jack Room opening at 2 p.m. Green beer and corned beef and cabbage will be served all day. 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-990-8787.
4225 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale
Enjoy such St. Pat’s specials as $8 shepherd’s pie or corned beef and cabbage, $4 pints of green beer, and $3 green moonshine shots, available from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Live music will be offered from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the lounge. 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., free. Call 480-941-4155.
3432 E. Illini St., Phoenix
The male exotic dancers will be shaking their moneymakers during Dick’s Cabaret’s three-day St. Patty’s celebration from Thursday, March 17, until Saturday, March 19. 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. each night, $20. Call 602-274-3425.
Draft Sports Grill
1130 W. Grove Ave, Mesa
St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness will both be celebrated at this sports bar, as green beer will start pouring and games will begin airing on 35 different screens when doors open at 9 a.m. Breakfast will also be available at that time, as will $4 mimosas and Bloody Marys, and $8 corned beef and cabbage meals. Specials on Jameson, Guinness, and Smithwicks will also be available all day. 9 a.m. to midnight. Call 480-588-8988.
3841 E. Thunderbird Rd.
Partake in drink specials and such eats as bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, or other traditional selections during The Dubliner’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Live music and entertainment starts at noon with performances by Scott Jeffers, Glendale Pipes and Drums, the Michael Patrick Gallagher School of Irish Dance, and Take Cover. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., $10 cover after 2 p.m. Call 602-867-0984.
1989 W. Elliot Rd., Chandler
A block party-style affair will take over both the interior and exterior of Fibber Magees and satisfy the needs of hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day revelers starting at noon. An outdoor bar and beer garden will be available, local bands will perform, and various games and giveaways are planned. Noon to 2 a.m., $10 after 2 p.m. The pub will also be serving an Irish breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for those who’d like to get an early start. Call 480-722-9434.
Four Peaks Brewing Company
15745 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale
1340 E. 8th St., Tempe
The kitchen at the Four Peaks in Scottsdale and Tempe will whip up Irish breakfasts from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., followed by a daylong celebration at both spots with T-shirt giveaways, drink specials, bagpipes, live music, and authentic Irish coffee. You can also partake in a full Irish menu starting at 10 a.m. and $3.75 beer all day. 7 a.m. to midnight, free. Call 480-991-1795 or 480-303-9967.
Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub
16811 N. Litchfield Rd., Surprise
The St. Patrick’s Day festivities at this West Valley pub will include outdoor tent areas boasting food booths and bars, a slew of giveaways, and more. The live music lineup includes Spirited Lads at noon, Kilted Spirit at 3:30 p.m., and The Cheektones at 8 p.m. Cash only. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., $5. Call 623-214-1004.
1890 W. Germann Rd., Chandler
Food and drink deals will be offered for four straight days over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, including $3 select pints, $5 Irish whiskeys and well drinks, $6 select wines, and half—price appetizers, starting on Thursday, March 17. Come back on Sunday, March 20, for brunch, featuring live music and such deals as $15 champagne and $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys. Hours vary. No cover. Call 480—699—6189.
6830 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
St. Patrick’s Day drink specials at this Scottsdale spot include $2 pints of draft green beers, $3 Jameson shots, and $5 Irish car bombs. Patrons can also enjoy corned beef and cabbage dinners with red potatoes for $10.95, or get a $2 discount on Reuben sandwiches. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-947-3585.
13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix
St. Patty’s Day will get a little punk rock when local bands Creepsville 666, The Industry, Inept Hero, Whiskey and the Barrells, and Companeros take over Joe’s Grotto. Guinness promos will be available. 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., $5 in advance. Call 602-992-1007.
Marc’s Sports Grill and Nightlife
4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale
Drink deals will be in abundance on St. Patrick’s Day at this Glendale bar, including such specials as $3 pints of green beer, $4 shots of Bailey’s, $5.75 Bushmill bombs, and $6 mugs of Guinness. (Patrons can also score a $1 discount on all other cocktails and brews.) If you’re hungry, the kitchen will serve $7.50 corned beef sandwiches and $9.25 platters of corned beef and cabbage. Free games of Texas Hold’em games take place at 11:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the main bar, while karaoke starts at 9 p.m. in the lounge. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., free. Call 623-842-1053.
9425 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale
The staff at McFadden’s boasts that St. Patrick’s is one of their biggest events of the year, and will back up said claim by putting on an enormous spread from open until close. Green beer will be available all day long, while an Irish lunch buffet with shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and corned beef and cabbage will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A massive indoor/outdoor party extending into the Westgate plaza will kick off later that evening at 8 p.m. and feature games, giveaways, drink specials, and DJ Skrewball in the mix. Patrons can also collect stamps on a special St. Patty’s passport for a chance to win a trip to Ireland. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; free before 8 p.m., $10-$150 thereafter. Call 623-872-0022.
2601 W. Dunlap Ave.
St. Patrick’s Day party featuring promo giveaways, plenty of corned beef, Irish libations, and live entertainment from Irish dancers and bagpipers. 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., free. Call 602-997-7714 for cover.
4338 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
An enormous array of musicians, bands, and Irish dancers are scheduled to perform during Padre Murphy’s annual St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza, which will take place underneath an 18,000-square-foot tent in the Glendale bar’s parking lot. The lineup will include such artists and acts as Rick Lenzi and Roustabout, J. David Sloan and Western Bred, DJ Patrick, the Herndon Brothers, Status with Dawn Jameson, and the Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band. The event will also feature green drinks, appearances by leprechauns and clowns, and a number of promo giveaways. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., $10 after 4 p.m. Call 602-547-9406.
1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
A special edition of the “Songwriters in the Round” session is planned for St. Patrick’s Day and will star local tunesmiths Chad Gregory, Kyle Phelan, and Lee Perreira. 8 p.m., $10. Call 602-265-4842.
Rips Ales & Cocktails
3045 N. 16th St., Phoenix
Complimentary corned beef and cabbage can be had all day long at this famed 16th Street dive bar. 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-266-0015.
7151 W. Ray Rd., Chandler
The eatery’s famed “Aloha Hour,” which features such inspired bites as truffle bacon mac and cheese and Wagyu beef sliders starting at $7, will be offered all evening long on St. Patrick’s Day. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., free. Call 480-705-7697.
6646 E. Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa
The St. Patrick’s revelry will occur both inside and outside at this spot, as the parking lot extension will feature food, beer, games, and more. A kids’ corner will be offered until 6 p.m., and live entertainment by Irish fiddlers, step-dancers, and the Tempe Police Pipe Band will take place all day. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., free. Call 480-396-9933.
401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Mill Avenue’s lone Irish establishment will offer Guinness giveaways, food and cocktail specials, and a daylong slate of live music and traditional Celtic dancing on St. Patty’s Day. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 480-929-9500 for cover.
18 W. Monroe St.
An outdoor tent will be erected in front of this famed downtown Phoenix pub and will host a daylong cavalcade of Celtic revelry, as well as a beer garden and live entertainment stage, during Seamus’ annual St. Patty’s Day street fair. A special menu featuring corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, burgers, and corned beef sandwiches will be served and live music will be offered by Séanchie, Saint of Eirinn, and The Sea Merchants. 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Call 602-253-6081 for cover.
15688 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
A hearty Irish breakfast – which consists of black and white blood pudding, bangers, baked beans, rashers, grilled tomatoes, and wheaten bread – will be available starting at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. The outdoor block party kicks off at noon and will star local bands The Big Fellahs, Cockswain, and The Brazen Heads. 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., $10 cover after 2 p.m. Call 480-609-8677.
Thirsty Lion Pub
7014 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe
Both Thirsty Lion locations will host three straight days of St. Patty’s Day festivities from Thursday, March 17, through Saturday, March 19, with specialty Irish cocktails and beer flights, live music, giveaways, and more. 11 a.m. to midnight each day, free. Call 480-284-7292 or 480-968-2920.
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
The Tilted Kilt at CityScape will be getting into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with plenty of Irish-style eats, drinks, and cheer. A special menu will be whipped up (including corned beef hash and eggs and its signature “One Shot Johnny” shepherd’s pie) and such themed adult beverages as green beer, black and blue (i.e. Guinness and Blue Moon), and Irish Car Bombs. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., free. Call 602-293-3888.
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660 W. Warner Rd., Tempe
Live music will be performed by Nathan Dean, Ghetto Cowgirl, and blues rocker Carvin Jones starting at noon during the St. Pat’s shindig at this particular Tilted Kilt. A variety of other entertainment, distractions, and amenities are planned, like a beer truck, leprechauns, a Harley-Davidson display, billiards games, a C2 tactical gun range, giveaways, bagpipers, an appearance and calendar signing by the Kilt Girls, and a number of HD screens broadcasting March Madness games. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., free. Call 480-592-0102.
7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
The St. Patrick’s Day party includes drink specials like $3 green beer, $5 Jameson, and $6 Irish Car Bombs. Local bands Ebineezer, The Spider Hole, and Volatile Minds are scheduled to perform. 9 p.m., free. Call 480-970-0500.
Yucca Tap Room
29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe
The blues artists The Sugar Thieves will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Yucca Tap with a little help from comedy rocker Page the Village and “bad ass rock” band Fu, both of whom will also perform. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., free. Call 480-967-4777.