Worth Repeating: The Gang’s Green: St. Paddy’s Day 2012 Roundup

March 17, 2012 | 12:00 PM | Art & Entertainment | By Maxfield Barker

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March is here and that means it’s time to gear up for another awesome St. Paddy’s Day. Thankfully, the Valley is home to many Irish bars and restaurants, making easy to be near o’ green beer. We’ve ganged up on where to go green and embrace your inner Irish this March 17th. Chug down this year’s St. Paddy’s Day “to go” list below:

Rula Bula401 S. Mill Avenue – Free – St. Practice Day is Friday, March 9 with Guiness pint specials beginning at 10:00 pm.

D’Arcy McGee’s – 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway – Free – Located in Tempe Marketplace, D’Arcy’s will be open from bars 6:00 am – 2:00 am. They will have bagpipers, live music, Irish car bomb drink specials for $4.99, Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey specials, and feature Bud Light Green on draft. The party will also be extended to outside in the parking lot and will include giveaways and specials all day long.

Irish Republic Pub – 58 S. San Marcos Place – Cover charge – This popular Chandler pub will be hosting an all day St. Patty’s festival. Taking the party to the streets, Irish Republic will block off an entire street in downtown Chandler. The festival will multiple beer and drink trucks, a full buffet, and popular vendors. For information on tickets, click here.

British Open Pub – 1334 N. Scottsdale Road – Free – BOP will be open all day, with a live band performing from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The holiday will of course feature drink specials, happy hour specials, corned beef and cabbage, Scottish eggs, and will be giving away memorabilia.

Robbie Fox’s Public House – 640 S. Mill Avenue – Free – Starting at 8:00 am, Robbie’s will be shutting down 6th street to celebrate on the 17th. The day will include live entertainment from Irish dancers and bagpipers. Corned beef and cabbage and fish ‘n’ chips will served throughout the day, not to mention green beer and awesome drink specials.

Tilted Kilt Pub – 2 E. Jefferson Street – Cover charge –  Titled Kilt will be taking over downtown Phoenix this St. Patty’s  with an all-day block party on 1st Avenue in between Washington and Jefferson Streets. Four bands will play to a potential crowd of 10,000 people. Irish bagpipers and dancers will entertain guests all day as well. A $20 cover is pretty steep, but with 25% of the proceeds going to the Phoenix Fire Department, it’s well worth it.

Tim Finnegan’s – 9201 N. 29th Ave – Free – Known for being a traditional Irish pub, Finnegan’s starts the day right with a traditional Irish breakfast at 8:00 am. The breakfast includes bacon sausage, black and white pudding, grilled tomatos and Irish eggs and beans. Live music wil begin at 9 am with four diffrent bands performing. The outdoor event is complete with a beer garden, a bar and stage inside and out.

Turf Irish Pub705 N. 1st Street – Free – Grab a traditional and tasty Boxty with your Guiness. Live music, dancing and always a great time during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Can’t wait for a taste of the Irish? Join the downtown Phoenix locale every weekend for a traditional Irish breakfast at 8:00 am Saturdays and Sundays.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill – 3000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Ste. 1041 – Free – Celebrate all weekend with the popular Tempe Marketplace bar and grill, beginning Friday, March 16 through Sunday March 18. No cover for food and drink specials including Irish favorites like Guinness Onion Soup, Rueben Pizza, Irish Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Mac and Cheese and more. Saturday, March 17 includes music all day starting with an acoustic lunch set with Peppermint James at 11:00 am, CooBee Coo at 3:00 pm and Peppermint James from 9:00 pm to close. Live Irish dancers, bagpipers and more musical acts will perform throughout the weekend.

Cadillac Ranch – 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway – Free – Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace will be home to Shamrocked 2012, hosted by 98 KUPD. Starting at noon, the all day party will have live music and drink specials until 2:00 am. The Ranch, along with D’arcy Magees Pub, San Felipe Cantina will be joining forces for Tempe’s biggest St. Patty’s Celebration.

Spanish Fly 4341 N. 75th Street – DIA de SANTO PATRICIO, Spanish Fly’s version of St. Patty’s will put a Spanish twist on the Irish holiday. The party starts at noon, with all day $3 Heinekens, $1 tacos, $2 house margaritas and all while enjoying the sounds of DJ Hem.


Flogging Molly St. Patrick’s Day BashTempe Beach Park – Admission Fee – Flogging Molly hosts another Tempe Beach Park concert starting at 1:00 pm with musical guests including Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Suedehead, Halocene and more. To purchase tickets, click here.

Raven’s 5th Annual St. Patty’s Day Bash – 9800 E. Indian Bend Road – $15 – Located at the Talking Stick Resort on Indian Bend and 101, Raven’s will feature 2 full bars, a variety of food, live music, and a costume party at midnight. Hopefully being dressed as an Irish lad or lass will bring you some luck if stop by a Black Jack table. Stop by the casino from 8:00 pm – 2:00 am for the party.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Fountain Hills – Gather at the Fountain Park Amphitheater from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on St. Paddy’s Day to enjoy Irish music, corned beef and cabbage and a beer garden. In a tradition that dates back to the early 1980’s, watch as the World Famous Fountain turns emerald green at noon.

Celtic Culture at the MIM – 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard – Admission Fee – The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix will spend  two days celebrating Celtic culture and St. Patricks’s Day. On March 15 live performances of traditional Welsh music will be heard along with many great drink specials. On the 17th the MIM will celebrate the holiday right with three superstars of Irish music: Karan Casey, John Doyle, and John Williams of Solas. Celtic food and plenty of drinks will be served as well.

Turf Paradise1501 W. Bell Road – Admission Fee – With $2 domestic draft beer, live music, a family fun park, horse racing, Turf Paradise is doing it right for St. Patty’s. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the first 3500 people to pay the admission get a free hat, in traditional Irish green of course.





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