By Elizabeth Liberatore / Photo by Tonic Studios/Patrick Darby Photography
This month, St. Patrick’s Day parties will pop up around the Valley, toasting Irish culture with plenty of festive fanfare on March 17 and even surrounding the official holiday. Whether you’re of Irish descent or just enjoy a good shindig, celebrate like the Irish do: Drink great (and maybe green) beer, eat hearty pub grub, and dance until your feet give out. To commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, 12 venues invite guests to raise a glass to all things Irish with some lucky, one-time only specials saluting Emerald Isle tradition.
Calling all sports fanatics: K O’Donnell’s Sports Bar & Grill is the hangout for you. Sports memorabilia fills every nook and cranny here, from famed jerseys of notable local athletes to college football flags that hang from the ceiling. No matter where you sit – the patio, bar area or main dining room – you’ll be in perfect view of a high-definition TV (there are more than 60 in the restaurant). This North Scottsdale Irish pub will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be an authentic Irish food menu, live music on the patio during the day, and a DJ spinning tracks at night, plus a wide selection of Irish beers, cocktails and whiskey. For March Madness lovers, K O’Donnell’s will also have all the games streaming on the TVs. 14850 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale; 480.922.7200; www.kodonnells.com.
Through its large wooden doors, Kelly’s at Southbridge transports guests to Ireland with an elegantly decorated gastropub, complete with sectionals and tufted chairs that create intimate dining nooks. Patrons can also enjoy shareable plates and craft cocktails on the venue’s sprawling patio. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for celebrating all kinds of events, especially St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Paddy’s celebration this year runs all weekend from March 16 to 18. Green beer will be served every night for $3 and Irish-inspired items like corned beef and bangers and mash will be on the menu. There will also be musical entertainment each night, including a dueling piano band and bagpipers. 7117 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale; 480.393.3205; www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.
Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Pattie’s 1st Avenue Lounge is a longtime local favorite. Inside the nondescript brick building you'll find a come-as-you-are neighborhood bar with pool tables, shuffleboards and even a pingpong table on the partially enclosed patio. The bar offers affordable drinks and also functions as a nightclub on weekends with local DJs getting the party going on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The best part? There is no cover charge. With a name like Pattie’s, you know St. Patrick’s Day is taken very seriously here. The bar will start celebrating at 8 a.m., offering $3 domestic long-neck beers, $5 well drinks, and $2 Jell-O shots (and, yes, they will be green). 7220 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale; 480.990.0103; www.facebook.com/patties1stave.
With its prime location at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Thirsty Lion is an ideal spot to unwind after some serious retail therapy. This elevated gastropub offers seasonal menus, craft beer and cider, and a selection of handcrafted cocktails. Equipped with a private event space, a patio and catering, Thirsty Lion also welcomes patrons in for special occasions like business lunches, birthdays and holiday parties while celebrating one of its own every year. Each March near St. Patrick’s Day, Thirsty Lion hosts a fundraiser where participants pledge to shave their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-based charity that supports childhood cancer research. The fundraiser takes place at the Tempe location on March 17 from 1 to 3 p.m., but all three locations will have a special menu in honor of St. Patrick’s Day with items like bacon cheddar potato cakes, Scotch eggs, and an Irish beer flight. The menu is available March 1-18. Multiple locations;
Owner Seamus McCaffrey and his family bring the flavors and hospitality of their Irish home to Valley residents with three authentic Dublin pubs. In 2002, Rosie McCaffrey’s, the youngest of the bunch, opened its doors. The pub brings a piece of the Emerald Isle to Camelback Road by serving traditional pub fare like its award-winning fish and chips, streaming live Glasgow Celtics football matches, and, of course, serving pints of Guinness poured correctly (a two-step process). Rosie’s Backside, an enclosed back patio, accommodates 50 guests and also offers catering and bar services for private events and business functions. On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day festivities will start at 8 a.m. and go until 2 a.m. There will be beer trucks, performances both inside and outside, and a special menu featuring corned beef and cabbage. 906 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602.241.1916; www.rosiemccaffreys.com.
Seamus McCaffrey’s and Rosie McCaffrey’s were once under the same ownership. Today, Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant runs separately. Despite the switch in leadership, the pub remains true to its original Irish roots. TV sets adorn every corner of the pub to ensure optimal views of sports games. Come in Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and enjoy happy hour discounts like a 20-ounce Guinness draft for $5 and $4.50 well drinks and house wines. Seamus McCaffrey’s will close down and take over 1st through Central avenues for its St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 17. There will be food trucks, three live bands, and several other fun promotions and drink specials. Entry to Seamus McCaffrey’s St. Patrick’s Day Party is $10 per person and is cash only. 18 W. Monroe St., Phoenix; 602.253.6081; www.seamusmccaffreys.com.
Clancy’s Irish Pub gives Phoenicians a taste of Midwestern mentality. Originally established in 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, the venue’s relaxing atmosphere and welcoming staff is meant to make every patron feel at home. Clancy’s is happy to turn on Arizona Cardinals games for natives, but its loyalty lies with the Midwest as it is the official venue for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers. Come in early on St. Patrick’s Day and get free green eggs and ham with the purchase of a beverage. There will be live music throughout the day, including performers Trevor Scott, Harley Harkins and Stompbox. Those who stop by March 16-17 wearing Irish-inspired garb (translation: lots of green) have a chance to win Clancy’s best-dressed contest. The pub opens at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. 4432 N. Miller Road, Scottsdale; 480.990.8797; www.clancyspubscottsdale.com.
This apothecary-themed pub is the namesake of the 1661 book The Skeptical Chymist written by Irishman Robert Boyle, who was deemed the founder of modern chemistry. With wooden accents, antique spice cabinets, and medicine bottles and jugs scattered throughout the space, the bar pays homage to old pharmacies that doubled as pubs back in the day. The majority of the venue’s decor hails from Ireland, giving guests a true taste of an old-school Irish pub. This St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish breakfast will start at 8 a.m., and there will be live Irish music throughout the day from 11 a.m. to midnight. Plus, drink vendors will be on site to dole out special promos and giveaways. After 11 a.m. there is a $10 cover charge. 15689 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.609.8677; www.skepticalchymist.com.
There is only one locally owned joint that’s been awarded Best English Pub six times in the Valley, and it’s The Rose & Crown. Located in a historic Victorian-style bungalow, the pub sits in one of Phoenix’s oldest standing neighborhoods, Heritage Square. Adding to the venue’s charm is British-inspired artwork hanging from the walls and a friendly team pouring more than 50 local and imported beers. The quaint pub also doubles as an American bar with Yankee favorites like foosball, pool, cornhole and several high-definition TVs for watching sports. In keeping with the pub’s endearing ways, there will be a small (free) block party surrounding the area on St. Patrick’s Day, with festivities going from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Attendees can anticipate live music, DJs and classic Irish dishes like Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage. 628 E. Adams St., Phoenix; 602.256.0223; www.theroseandcrownaz.com.
A kilt is a traditional garment found in Celtic nations, namely Scotland. While Arizona is not exactly a Celtic nation, it does indeed celebrate the pleated skirt at Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Home to more than 30 beers on tap and a menu of bar favorites like mozzarella sticks, chicken wings and a good ol’ burger, Tilted Kilt also offers daily specials and plenty of fanfare for Arizona sports teams. Though, perhaps it is St. Patrick’s Day that’s Tilted Kilt’s favorite day of the year – through March 31, they will offer an Irish hooley (party) menu, paying homage to the pub’s Irish origins. Plus, they usually have a celebration with live music and green beer. Two locations; www.tiltedkilt.com.
Thanks to Four Peaks Brewery, craft beer in the Southwest has become a force to be reckoned with. Four Peaks’ Scottsdale pub boasts a laid-back atmosphere with a mezzanine balcony that accommodates 40 guests, a menu of pub favorites, and, of course, beer tastings. All of the brews are on tap, ensuring a fresh pour each and every time. Don’t miss out on this year’s St. Patrick’s Day happenings, which kick off bright and early at 7 a.m. The first 50 guests will receive a free commemorative shirt as a keepsake. Don’t fret if you’re guest No. 51, though, because shirts and tank tops will be available for purchase throughout the day for $20. Irish breakfast staples will be served until 10 a.m., with other traditional fare, including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Irish stew, dished out all day. To drink, enjoy $4 pints, $6 Irish car bombs, and Irish coffee. 15745 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.1795; www.fourpeaks.com.
Itching to get a taste of the wild, Wild West? Since 1935, Harold’s has provided an authentic Western saloon experience; even celebrities and cowboys were known to frequent this Cave Creek hangout. In fact, the venue set the scene for big screen films like Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins and Electra Glide in Blue. Harold’s keeps the charm of the Western spirit alive with free country dance lessons every Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. But, on March 17, lasso the troops and head over to Harold’s for one spectacular St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The day’s music agenda includes the Shelia McGuire Band, Karen O, and Crown Kings. Get your Irish fix with traditional items like corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie – plus pints of green beer, a shot of Jameson chased with Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Irish car bombs and Guinness. This may be an Irish celebration, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your cowboy or cowgirl hat at home! 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek; 480.488.1906; www.haroldscorral.com.