Illustration courtesy of the Rose and Crown, which is hosting a St. Paddy’s Day Party Tuesday, March 17.
Downtown Phoenix boasts some of the best (and most authentic) Irish pubs in the land. So don’t be surprised if a boisterous street party pops up outside your office window or the sounds of bagpipe music fill the streets. On Tuesday, March 17, downtown goes green for a full day of Irish-inspired food, music, drinking and St. Patrick’s Day merriment. Events: St. Paddy’s Day Street Faire — Seamus McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant Monroe Street will be blocked off outside the pub to make room for a live music stage and beer garden. The lineup includes Seanachie, Kilted Spirit and the Sea Merchants with Irish step dancers and bagpipers performing throughout the day. Known for its extensive selection of Scotch, Seamus McCaffrey’s also carries Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks and Kiltlifter on tap. Doors open at 8 a.m. with $10 cover. Located at 18 W. Monroe Street, call 602-253-6081 for more information. St. Paddy’s Day Party — Rose and Crown Located in historic Heritage and Science Park, Rose and Crown will celebrate St. Paddy’s with a beer garden, prizes and live music by Celtic rock band Cockswain and DJ Evil Luck. The kitchen will be cooking up traditional Irish specialties including Guinness stew, corned beef and cabbage, and fish and chips. Admission is free and the party starts at 11 a.m. Located at 628 E. Adams Street, call 602-256-0223 for more information. St. Patrick’s Day Fun — The Turf Downtown Public House There are no strangers at The Turf — just friends you haven’t met yet. Come try more than 120 different types of whiskey and excellent drafts. Starting at 11 a.m., brace yourselves for a full day of traditional Irish food, live music and plenty of laughs. No cover. Located at 705 N. First Street, call 602-296-5043 for more information. St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Irish Library Enjoy guided tours and live music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The McClelland Library will also be open for browsing, genealogy services and family story time. In the evening from 6-9 p.m., don’t miss live music by De Mairt Ceol, a raffle drawing, cash bar, roving theatre performances and an open house — including admission to the Sandra Day O’Connor exhibit “The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice.” A $10 donation is suggested for admission to the festivities. Located at 1106 N. Central Avenue, call 602-258-0109 for more information. Eats: Hard Rock Café Phoenix Corned beef and cabbage may be the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day dish, but you can enjoy it all week long at Hard Rock. Using a salt-cured brisket, this slow-cooked style of beef is tender, delicious and full of Irish flavor. Copper Blues Rock Pub and Kitchen Get a taste of the British Isles with bangers and mash, a delicious blend of sausages and mashed potatoes, served up all day Tuesday — it’s the ultimate pub grub.