Nevermind the distance from Ireland, Phoenix has no problem celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Since not every bar or event is a legit Irish experience, we thought we’d highlight our favorites. Hope to see you there!
Irish Cultural Center:
For the real Irish experience, you’ve gotta go downtown to the Irish Cultural Center, a beautiful building and grounds that holds numerous events throughout the year, though none as big as their annual party. Irish Lamb Stew, live Irish music by Seisiun musicians and cash bar. Be there at 7:00 pm for a St. Patrick’s Night Ceili. Admission is $6.00 and all dancers are welcome. www.azirish.org
The events start at 1pm. This Glendale gem is always a great place to meet and get the Irish bar experience, but they go all out for St. Patty’s. A16,000 sq-foot venue hosts the bands Azz Izz, Envy, The McMorrows, BagPipe Band, Polyester, McElligott School of Irish Dance and J. David Sloan and Western Bred. Irish dancers, clowns, and of course leprechauns give something to do at every turn. Plenty of parking available. Padre Murphy’s, 4338 W. Bell Road, Glendale. www.padremurphys.com.
“Rosie’s” (as it’s referred to by the locals) is always great for live music, a real cozy Irish feeling and liveliness. It’s just a happy place. And for St. Patrick’s Day, they’re spreading the “happy” starting at 6am, with concerts by Knockabouts, 7 Waters, and Keltic Cowboys through the night. www.rosiemccaffreys.com
Turf Bar / Seamus McCaffrey’s:
Seamus McCaffrey’s pub is no stranger to loyal Phoenicians who frequent this already-wonderful bar. But to double the fun, the owners have now opened The Turf Irish Restaurant just a few blocks away. For the Irish holiday, On March 17, pay one cover and get into both bars. And they make bar hopping easy – a trolley will run between the two. No green beer will be served, though. Must be something with their real Irish credibility. www.seamusmccaffreys.com
Tempe Town Lake
This event kicks off at 5pm, just enough time to change into Irish garb after work. The bands The Used, Slightly Stoopid and Bad Religion play to the crowds. All ages are welcome at Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. $40 at the door; $25-$35 in advance. www.luckymanonline.com.