On St. Patrick’s Day, we like to celebrate without reservations. It doesn’t matter if you’re partying at a parade, or throwing back a few beers at a pub, people always find ways to let loose on St. Paddy’s Day. And Arizona’s events compete with the best of them. Thank the luck of the Irish by celebrating at one of the following local establishments as you honor Irish heritage.
The Kiss Me I’m Irish Run is the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebration for athletes. The event kicks off with the warm up “Kilt Run” and is followed by a 4K, 8K, and half marathon runs. Runners will receive a short sleeved Irish-themed technical shirt and finishers receive a medal, kilt, and cold beverage. The crowd can also enjoy live entertainment at the Leprechaun Village. The village features Irish bands and prizes for the best St. Paddy’s themed outfit.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade Festival is a historic celebration honoring Irish culture and heritage. The parade includes floats, cultural groups and local dignitaries. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day weekend and culminates in an all-day festival in downtown Tucson at Armory Park. The festivities include live Irish music, dancers, and food and merchandise vendors.
This Phoenix St. Patrick's Day celebration is a can't-miss event. Things kick off with a parade featuring Irish dancers and all varieties of floats. After that, come enjoy bagpipers, food, drinks, Irish crafts, and so much more!
Hotel Congress is a historic Tucson hotel that dates back to 1919. Its rich history includes playing an instrumental role in the capture of famous criminal John Dillinger. On St. Patrick's Day, Hotel Congress honors a different kind of history with its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. During the party, the hotel has many specials on Irish food and drinks. While patrons sip on a Guinness, they can enjoy giveaways, raffles, a photo booth, and live DJs playing Irish music.
Rula Bula has the heart and soul of a true Irish pub. Their name derives from the Irish Gaelic language and roughly translates to “uproar and commotion.” They take their name seriously and pride themselves on being a hub for live Irish entertainment. This Tempe bar and restaurant has an interior decked out in Irish garb and a raucous patio. Their St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes numerous promotions, giveaways, and free flowing Guinness. In fact, Rula Bula is the top seller of Guinness Stout in the state of Arizona.
Clancy's Pub's St. Patrick's Day celebration consists of corned beef and cabbage and green beer. Patrons can enjoy the live Irish music on the patio to round out the authentic Irish experience.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Fountain Park carries on the time-honored tradition of dyeing a local fountain green. Fountain Hills famous fountain turns into an emerald spectacle for the holiday. Last year, the 64-acre park turned into an all out Irish party – featuring Irish foods, green beer, and Irish music. Though this year’s party has yet to be confirmed, a trip to the park is worth it for a photo op at the 500-foot green fountain.
Since 1979, Chompies has been bringing authentic New York style bakes to Phoenix. This award-winning bakery and deli is also one of the best places for foodies to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Valley. They serve St. Patrick’s Day themed treats including Leprechaun cupcakes, green and white cookies, green beer, and even green bagels. For dinner, their menu includes corned beef, cabbage, boiled red potatoes and fresh-baked Irish soda bread.
Seamus McCaffrey’s is an Irish staple in the downtown Phoenix nightlife scene. This Irish pub has a large selection of Irish fare – including corned beef and cabbage, boxty pancakes, Guinness, and whiskey flights. On St. Patrick’s Day, the pub is fenced off for a large-scale celebration. Their party includes a beer garden with a mix of Irish and domestic brews. In addition, Irish bands, step dancers, and bag pipers liven up the celebration with all day performances.
The Irish Cultural Center provides a cultural learning experience that links locals to the people of Ireland and Celtic cultures. Through a trip to the ICC, visitors can get in depth looks into the history, arts, and literature of Ireland. The ICC also houses the McClelland Library – a three-story building containing over 8,000 books from Irish authors and poets. The library’s Book of Kells exhibit aims to increase study and access to the famous book housed at Trinity College in Dublin.
Padre Murphy’s hosts what has been dubbed the “Party Under the Big Top” on St. Patrick’s Day. This Glendale bar sets up a gigantic tent in their parking lot that turns into an all day Irish celebration. Their St. Patrick’s Day party annually attracts roughly 5,000 patrons converging for green beer, live music, and corned beef and cabbage. Aside from green beer, Padre Murphy’s has 56 beers on tap and hosts numerous giveaways for prizes throughout their party.
This British bar temporarily halts the British-Irish rivalry in lieu of some beer-fueled celebrations. Their menu includes Guinness stew, corned beef and cabbage, and the still-British fish and chips.
This Scottsdale dive bar is known for having bizarre features like the spin-to-win wheel and goldfish races. Patrons can expect large 24-ounce beers and a plethora of bar games – including giant Jenga and Connect Four.