Bars & Nightlife Featured Food, Restaurants & Dining Music & Events Fara Illich March 13, 2012

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St. Patrick’s Day is Saturday, which means that you may now start your annual search for your green duds to slap on in a last-ditch attempt to avoid the pinching. (I’m going with patterned green socks this year.)
If you manage to survive the day pinch-free or, you know, you just want to come celebrate your Irish heritage, no matter how small, there’s going to be some grand craic (for all yous not from the Emerald Isle: it’s pronounced KRAK and it means fun) happening Downtown. Specifically the kind that involves yelling “Slainche” before clicking glasses, or, plastic cups, as it were.
But, please, don’t be an eejit, if you get wrecked – or even just a tiny buzz – don’t drive drunk. Hop on the LightRail, ply a mucker (that’s your partner in crime) to serve as DD for the big day or stumble your way over to the Hotel San Carlos where they’re offering discounted rooms if you party at Seamus McCaffrey’s.  Better yet, program a cab number into your phone now: Discount Cab – 602.200.2000; AAA Yellow Cab – 602-252-5252.
And, now that the nagging Irish mother in me is satisfied, I give you the craic:
Ghost Lounge
If you (like me) are counting down the days to St. Paddy’s New-Year’s-Eve-style, then park yourself at Ghost Lounge Friday night and cash in on the big day specials which start at 12:01 am. Two bucks will get you a pour of Murphy’s Irish Stout – Guiness’ sweeter, lighter cousin. Pay $5 and you can have your Murphy’s and a shot too. The specials and fun start again at the crack of dawn Saturday and run until 2 am Sunday. Stop by to hear DJ Shade spinning or just to see all the pretty lasses.
Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub & Restaurant and Frank Murray’s Turf Irish Pub

There’s nothing quite like day drinking. Especially on a Saturday. Especial when St. Paddy’s is on a Saturday. The famous/infamous street party at sister bars Seamus and Turf kicks off at 11am and runs straight through into Sunday at 2am. There will be live music from The Waters, Dan McGuinness, Kilted Spirit, and The Aaron Ricker band. Not to mention the drink specials and giveaways. And beer. There will be heaps of beer. Aye, it’ll be deadly. The $10 admission gets you into both locations and benefits the Delta Dental Charitable Foundation.

The Rose and Crown
For a party that’s cheap as chips, or, actually free, head over to the Rose and Crown for their block party that starts at 10am. Yes, the pub is British in nature and yes, their mascot (or web icon lady?) is the Queen, but we will forgive them this day in the name of toasting St. Paddy. The beats come courtesy of Coin Operated Boy and DJ LaRue and the lashings of food promise to be hearty. And with the bevvies going it promises to be a good session.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
The Tilted Kilt is jumping into the St. Paddy’s Day fray this year with an all day street party. If green beer is your thing, it’ll be flowing all day long along with a special St. Paddy’s Day drink and food. It wouldn’t be a true Irish party without music, and the Kilt is keeping in (Irish) step with live music from the Keltic Kowboys, The Walken’s, The Persuaders, and Chuck E. Baby. Cover is $20 from 11am on. The event benefits the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Community Charities.
(Original photo by Ian Sommerville, illustration by Anna Consie/DPP)