Outside of, you know, Ireland, Seattle is an ideal place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Why? We are a very green city: both lush with trees and environmentally aware. We have a sister city in Galway, the third-largest city in Ireland. And heck, Seattle is called The Emerald City. Case closed.
So here's a glance at some great places around town to sham-rock and roll all night (or until like 8 p.m. because it's still only Thursday).
Pub crawls & Bar events
A Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day: Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Company will be offering a party unlike no other on March 17 from 6-11 p.m. The night includes live music from The Scuppermonkeys, a beer garden and tasty eats from the Alaska N. Dumpling Co.
St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl: March 17 from 5-10 p.m. A night of bar-hopping and shenanigans starting at Pine Box Bar. From there, it’s your call with participating bars (like Garage, Capitol Cider and Elysian Brewing) offering drink specials.
Kiss Me, I’m Irish Pub Crawl: March 17 from 6-11 p.m. starting at Spin located at 1211 6th Ave.
Comedy & Trivia
Shamrock Stand-Up Showcase: Club Comedy is hosting this night of topical comedy on March 17, including Chad Opitz (San Francisco), Kyle Adams (Portland), Vanessa Dawn (Seattle via Oklahoma) and more.
Dog Yard is hosting their own St. Patrick's Day Trivia Night on March 17 where teams of four compete for fun, prizes and bragging rights. Dogs are welcome and humans get in free!
Favorite Irish Haunts
While some Irish pubs and restaurants have closed their doors for good in recent months, others will be using this time to do what they do best: traditional Irish fare. These include:
- Conor Byrne Pub: 5140 Ballard Ave. NW, Ballard, 98107 – 206.784.3640
- Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar: 1916 Post Alley, Seattle 98101 – 206.728.1916
- Murphy’s Pub: 1928 N. 45th St., Seattle 98103 – 206.634.2110
- Owl and Thistle: 8087 Post Ave., Seattle 98104 – 206.621.7777
- The Blarney Stone Pub and Restaurant: 1416 1st Ave., Seattle, 98101 – 206.448.8439
- T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant: 21 Mercer St., 98109 – 206.282.1910
- The Irishmen: 2923 Colby Ave., Everett 98201 – 425.374.5783
Food & Drinks Specials
Six Seven, the restaurant with stunning views at The Edgewater on Seattle's waterfront, has several St. Patrick's Day specials this year:
"Six Seven is expanding upon its usual fare with some fun, one-day only specials this St. Patrick’s Day. From 3-10 p.m. on March 17, guests can enjoy Slow Cooker Corned Beef Sliders (with melted Tillamook cheddar and braised red cabbage slaw; $14), Irish Soda Bread (served with Irish butter and beer/cheese fondue; $11), and Salted French Fries with Guinness gravy and Beecher’s cheese curds ($10). Drink specials include the Shamrock Sour ($13; made with Irish whiskey, lime juice, lemon juice) and the Irish Maid ($13; made with Irish whiskey, lemon juice, fresh cucumber.). Also on offer: classic Irish Coffee ($14)."
The Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville is dishing up two St. Patrick's Day specials this year -- with a unique twist.
The Shepherd's Pie Burger is a "delicious ground lamb patty, seasoned with tomato and spices and topped with parmesan and a fried, panko-breaded potato, pea, and carrot cake ~ all served on the Tavern’s Grand Central potato bun with rosemary-thyme aioli, caramelized onions, and fresh arugula." The Shepherd’s Pie Burger is available until March 20.
The Tavern is also featuring a special stout from Geaux Brewing, "aged for approx. 10 months in Woodinville Whiskey Co. barrels. It was brewed with black-strap molasses, roasted malts, and rich base malts. At about 10.2% ABV, the Woodinville #4 is a nice robust stout to celebrate all things Irish."
Or take your St. Patty’s Day celebrations to one of Elysian Brewing’s Seattle locations, whether you're joining an organized or casual pub crawl:
- Capitol Hill, 1221 Pike Street
- Elysian Taproom, 5410 Airport Way S.
- Elysian Fields, 542 1st Ave S.
So Happy St. Patrick's Day! May the road rise up to meet you. Have a blast and please celebrate responsibly in The Evergreen State!
Seattle Refined freelance writer Jeff Totey contributed to this report. See more of his work here.