14 Austin bars, restaurants where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means, of course, we’re all guaranteed one very important thing — extra Irish revelry.
Plenty of Austin bars, restaurants and breweries are throwing celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day this weekend. Pick a party to attend from this list of festive places and don’t forget to wear green. (But maybe don’t drink too much green-dyed beer.)
Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub, 11500 Rock Rose Ave.
This Rock Rose bar is so dedicated to celebrating the luck of the Irish that the St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival starts early — 8 a.m. early, that is. A bulk of Rock Rose, the entertainment district of Domain Northside, is being blocked off to provide lots of live music spread across two outdoor stages. Bagpipes will take the main stage at 2 p.m.
And as for food and drink, you can choose from the pub’s 82 beers on tap, including specially provided green beer. There will also be Irish and American comfort foods, such as a traditional shepherd’s pie. The cover is $10 from 8 a.m. to noon and $20 for the rest of the day.
Fado Irish Pub, 214 W. Fourth St.
This longtime Warehouse District bar is closing at the end of March after 20 years in business, but before that, Fado is inviting locals to enjoy one last St. Patrick’s Day party. It’s starting even earlier than Jack & Ginger’s, at 7 a.m., and will feature bands on the patio and on the street in front of the bar. A $10 cover at the door starts at 9 a.m. and goes up to $20 at 2 p.m.
Opal Divine’s, 12709 N. MoPac Blvd. and 2200 S. Interstate 35
The long-running local restaurant’s north and south locations (the latter a recent addition, inside a Best Western hotel) will spotlight predominantly Irish-themed music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at its 18th annual festival. Catch multiple performances by Ed Miller & Rich Brotherton, the Silver Thistle Pipe & Drum Corps, Knockferry Bridge, Michael Fracasso and others. — Peter Blackstock
B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub, 204 E. Sixth St. and 1905 Aldrich St, Ste. 13
Both locations of this authentic Irish spot are going all out, opening at 9 a.m. with Irish bites and brews (none of which will be green). Only the downtown location is showing a rugby game first thing, but come to Mueller for Liverpool football at 12:30 p.m. And did we mention both will have live music shows throughout the day from Irish and Celtic bands? There will be no cover, as always.
Trace at the W, 200 Lavaca St.
Have a top o’ the morning with Trace’s Get Lucky brunch. The feast will have both themed cocktails (such as Shamrock Shots, Bloody Whiskey Business and Slainta Mar O’Rita) and brunch dishes (like green matcha pancakes). There will be prizes for lucky guests and beats by DJ Kid Slyce. Reservations are recommended.
Draught House Pub & Brewery, 4112 Medical Pkwy.
The longtime local brewpub has created the most perfect beer to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: the Shamrock Stout. Enjoy it with Garbo's corned beef sandwiches (which were marinated in the stout). Plus, throughout the celebration, there will be bagpipes, glassware giveaways and Left Hand Milk Stout on special.
Pluckers Wing Bar, 300 Mays Crossing Dr., Round Rock
The Round Rock location of this popular local chain is throwing its 12th annual Pluck Me, I’m Irish celebration. Enjoy all-day family-friendly festivities, including games, live music, green beer and more. Pluckers is roping off the parking lot for a stage, tent and additional seating, so this St. Patrick’s Day party will be a good one.
Cane Rosso, 4715 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite 103.
Weimaraner Rescue is hosting Pups on the St. Patty-o, a special holiday edition of Pups on the Patio. A $10 ticket at the door supports the organization and gets you access to Cane Rosso’s pizza (all named for dogs) for a discounted price of $10 along with one house beer or wine. Cane Rosso is matching the $10 donation with each ticket sold.
Leashed pups are welcome on the patio, and Weimaraner Rescue will have dogs available for adoption. In addition, a St. Patrick’s Day menu will be available with items like a Lucky Charms S’mores Calzone for $10.
J.W. Marriott, 110 E. Second St.
Leprechauns are popping into the hotel’s St. Patrick’s Day Party on the Edge rooftop terrace. There will also be green beer and cocktail specials. Hotel guests can attend for free; everyone else will have a $10 cover. Downstairs in the Lobby Bar, Irish drink specials are also being served, from $5 green beer to $10 Irish car bombs.
Walton’s Fancy and Staple, 609 W. Sixth St.
The deli and bakery along West Sixth Street has a cocktail special in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. From March 15 to 17, Walton’s is serving up their take on an iced Irish coffee, with Jameson Irish Whiskey, a house blend of Cuvee coffee and a topper of cream. There will also be a variety of sweet green-colored treats in the pastry case.
San Gabriel River Brewery, 500 Chaparral Dr, Liberty Hill.
Live north of Austin? This weekend might be the time to check out the Liberty Hill brewery, which is hosting an afternoon St. Patrick’s Day party that will feature live music, an Irish dinner of corned beef and craft beers not only from San Gabriel River but from several other local breweries.
Infinite Monkey Theorem, 121 Pickle Rd.
The South Austin winery has teamed up with Freebirds World Burrito to offer South by St. Paddy’s Day. The afternoon will include performances from touring and local artists via Planet LA Records. Food and beverage deals will include a glass of tap wine for the first 100 guests, green wine slushies and $4 taco baskets from Freebirds.
Strange Land Brewery, 5904 Bee Cave Rd.
The Westlake area’s only brewery is hosting a free St. Patrick’s Day party that will feature all-night DJ-spun Irish tunes and limited-release beers. Grab a pour or two of Strange Land’s the Last Dubliner — a Jameson Irish Whiskey double barrel-aged Irish stout — as well as some all-natural green beer. Plus, the party will be the last time for beer poking this season. If you’ve never done this odd activity, you shouldn’t miss it.
Brix and Ale at the Sheraton Georgetown, 1101 Woodlawn Avenue, Georgetown
Toast to good luck with $4 Guinness beers and $5 Jameson cocktails at the restaurant’s cleverly named Paddy O’Party from 7 to 10 p.m. on March 17. Brix and Ale Chef Patrick Taylor has also prepared some festive Irish food, including Irish egg rolls, mini shepherd’s pie and brisket sliders made with Guinness barbecue sauce and Irish cheddar.