by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
In these here United States, there's a holiday for everyone--mothers, fathers, lovers and, yes, even drinkers. St. Patrick's Day is a boozehound's Christmas, celebrated with lots of beer and whiskey. The pubs will be packed with rowdy revelers, so if you're looking for peace and quiet, we suggest a wine bar. Here's how to go green on March 17 this year.
Updated: March 02, 2010
We kind of thought bagpipes and kilts were strictly from "Bonnie Scotland," but their appearance at McElroy's has us all confused. We still like it here, though, thanks to the grown-up vibe of dark wood and a jukebox full of Celtic tunes. On the big day, drinking starts at noon with live music from the Bourbon Street Band.
The regulars at this decrepit neighborhood bar party hard for no reason at all. During the "World Famous St. Patrick's Day Festival," they go nuts. The lead-up to the event starts days before March 17, with a St. Patty's Day Queen contest, a golf tournament and an Irish Stew-chicken-chili cook-off (we're not too sure how that last one works). The actual day is a blow-out--the place is painted green for a reason.
If you like your Guinness with a side of hot girls in tiny plaid skirts (more schoolgirl costume than kilt, really), this West Houston bar is the place for you. The Irish traditions are a little on the light side, but the pub will nonetheless be celebrating with live music and a crawfish boil.
Rice Village bars the Gingerman, Little Woodrows and Brian O'Neills form a formidable row of all-day drinking on this holiday, and with its bar built and shipped, piece by piece, from Ireland, Brian O'Neill's is the kind of place that takes the day seriously. The celebrating starts at 8am with an Irish breakfast and continues on with live bands, Celtic dancers and the ubiquitous green beer.
Molly's will definitely have the necessary beer, music and green streamers, but it's the location that makes this bar a good St. Patrick's Day destination. Positioned on Main Street with the patio overlooking historic downtown, it's a beautiful place to sip whiskey and contemplate tradition. It's also a good place to throw some darts and sloppily croon "Oh Danny Boy."
We understand that children don't drink, yet still love leprechauns and rainbows, so this one is for them. Houston's St. Patty's Day Parade is back for its 51st year with more than 100 floats and performers for the Irish-at-heart. This free event starts and ends at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, March 13 12pm-2pm.