Shamrocks, Leprechauns and Green Beer, Oh My!

Category: Boulder Blog


Oh St. Patrick's Day. What a wonderful holiday you are. You taunt us to be bad, even though you're on a weekday this year. You encourage us to believe in things like rich, tiny little men, running around the end of rainbows in green top hats and pointy shoes. You entice little baseball and softball outfielders everywhere to search for the mythical three-leaf clover amongst the thousands of deformed imposters. You make it acceptable for grown men to: get drunk, wear "skirts" in public and admit to liking the sound of bagpipes. And most importantly, you create a "safe" day for red-heads, people with freckles, people whose last names contain an apostrophe,  and people that don't quite hit the average height mark. Very cool.

Word on the street is that St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, wasn't even born Irish... and look at him now!  People drink beer infiltrated with drops of green food coloring, drink shots of Irish whiskey and cream liqueur dropped into pints of Gunniess, and boil just about every vegetable they can get their hands on... all in honor of the Saint. So don't worry if you aren't Irish, St. Patrick wasn't either.

For your convenience I've put together the 5 ways for you to celebrate St. Patty's Day Downtown!

1.) If you need some green threads: Head to The Ritz for all of your green, shamrocky, top hatty and green and gold bead needs.

2.) If you LIVE for St. Patrick's Day: Conor O'neil's is the place for you. The Irish Pub opens at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday (awesome!), will have their full, Irish-inspired menu available along with bag pipers, Irish dancers, green beer and lots o' Irish whiskey on hand. You'll feel like you're in Ireland. Or drunk before noon.

3.) If you dig irish food: Head to the St. Julien. An entrée plate of traditional Irish fare is only $9.99 from  5:00-10:00 p.m. Enjoy authentic Irish menu items, such as Corned Beef Brisket, Irish Stew, Dubliner Cheese Pie and Sticky Pudding.

4.) If you're looking for entertainment: The Boulderado Hotel has a St. Patrick's Day celebration from 5:00-9:30 p.m. that includes live music by The Green Party starting at 5:30 p.m., and an Irish Step Dancing performance by the McTeggert Dancers starting at 6:30 p.m. (The Boulderado is also offering a variety of Irish menu items including Bailey's Irish Cream Cheesecake. O.M.G.).

5.) If you seek drink specials: The West End Tavern has a ton. From car bomb slushies and $3 dirty girl scout cookies to $3 Shillelagh's & Black Velvets to $5 car bombs and $4 Irish beer specials... the West End has it all-- including food specials such as corned beef and cabbage and bangers and mash.

So Happy St. Patty's Day Downtown Boulder! Make the luck of the Irish be with you, and may scrubbing with baking soda remove all of the green food coloring in your mouth.



Mentioned in this Post: Hotel Boulderado, The Ritz, St Julien Hotel and Spa, West End Tavern

Tagged:   Bars,   Dining,   Restaurants

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