The 15 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Arizona! By
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 March 17 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 with the warm up “Kilt Run” and is followed by a 1K, 4K, 8K and half marathon runs. Runners will receive a kilt, finisher’s medal, cold beverage, and admission to the St. Patrick’s Party at McFadden’s Bar and Grill. The crowd can also enjoy live entertainment at the Leprechaun Village. The village features Irish bands and prizes for the best St. Patty’s themed outfit.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is a 30-year-old celebration honoring the Irish culture and heritage. The parade includes floats, cultural groups and local dignitaries. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day 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.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Faire is an annual festival showcasing Irish pride in downtown Phoenix. The parade includes marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, and many floats. The fair that accompanies the parade includes Irish music as well as food and beverage options.
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. Their Great Guinness Toast is on St. Patrick’s Day and is free of charge for those wearing green. 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 kicks off a few days before St. Patrick’s Day when they sell corned beef and cabbage and green beer at their establishment. The party continues on St. Patrick’s Day and well into the night. Patrons can enjoy the live Irish music on the patio to round out the authentic Irish experience.
There may not be any leprechauns or gold at the end of a rainbow, but Pot of Gold Festival still dishes out plenty of treasures. This two-day music festival features some of the best names in rock, alternative, and ska punk. Sing your drunken tunes all night long.
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.
Fat Tuesday on Mill Avenue consistently hosts some of the best themed parties in Tempe. This Mardi Gras inspired bar serves delicious frozen daiquiris and New Orleans-style food. On St. Patrick’s Day, they team up with the neighboring El Hefe and Handlebar to host a massive block party. Their festivities include DJs, green beer, and plenty of specials to keep you entertained for the entirety of this party that runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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.
For one day, all is forgiven. That’s the motto behind Rose and Crown’s St. Patrick’s Day party. This British bar temporarily halts the British-Irish rivalry in lieu of some beer-fueled celebration. Located in downtown Phoenix, Rose and Crown hosts a massive block party from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. Their party includes a beer garden, live music, and prize giveaways. Their menu also includes Guinness stew, corned beef and cabbage, and the still British fish and chips.
Giligan’s hosts one of the most unique St. Patrick’s Day parties in the Valley. This Scottsdale dive bar is known for having bizarre features like the spin-to-win wheel and goldfish races. The island themed bar hosts a block party on St. Patrick’s Day with a beer garden and live music. Patrons can expect large 24-ounce beers and a plethora of bar games – including giant Jenga and Connect Four.