Friday is St. Patrick's Day, and there are more than 70 events happening to mark the occasion. You can see all of your options on our St. Patrick's Day calendar—including the feast of St. Patrick at BottleNeck Lounge, a feast at Pike Place Market, a family-friendly celebration in Bell Street Park, and the sold-out five-course dinner at Mulleady's—but, if you're looking for a good Irish craic, with live Celtic music, Guinness, and Irish dancing, these events at Irish pubs across Seattle should do the trick. Sláinte!
1. The Chieftain
This bar, named for the Irish "chieftains of old, who in years gone by watched over their clansmen, protecting their lives," will have Irish dancers starting at 4:30 pm and a DJ at 9.
2. Conor Byrne
At Conor Byrne this St. Patrick's Day, the Guinness starts pouring at noon alongside a solid line-up of local live music—including A Ting Of Beauty, Ruth Dornfield, The Leger Family, Crumac, The Local Strangers, and the reunion of Friday Mile—with the Skillet food truck parked right outside all night for dinner.
3. Fadó Irish Pub
Get your Saint Paddy's Day whiskey at the Seattle location of coast-to-coast Irish-themed chain Fado, where there will be "free gifts, live music, amazing food, and plenty of craic." There will be a cover after 1 p.m.; music by Stark Raving Plaid starts at 11, with Junior on the Prowl and the Kennedy Brothers taking over in the afternoon and evening. The pub is open to all ages until 2 p.m.
4. Finn MacCool's
Behind the green door of this Irish Public House (part of a national, Irish-themed chain), grab a pint and watch and listen to the Seattle Fire Department Pipes and Drums (4 pm), Irish Dancers (6 pm), and DJ Phelonious (9 pm).
Start off Saint Paddy's with a hearty Irish breakfast, then stay on for Irish music from STOCIOUS (Country Antrim and Offaly, Ireland), Buck's Mhad Boys (Country Antrim), the Stout Pounders and Servants of the Rich (Seattle), and Liam Gallagher (Belfast/Seattle). Get a free T-shirt with your ticket to mark the occasion. The building that houses Kells was originally the Butterworth & Sons mortuary, and is said to be haunted by several ghosts, possibly including a man who got eighty-sixed for shooting a hole in the wall.
6. Madrona Arms
This kid-friendly and sports-friendly Irish pub will be open until "the leprechauns are done partying," and will have all of the St. Patrick's Day staples you could ask for: corned beef and cabbage, Irish beer and cider, live music, and whiskey.
7. Murphy's Pub
Enjoy Castletown's rollicking Irish tunes at Seattle's oldest Irish pub (they say).
8. Old Pequliar
Irish food, "plenty o' pints," whiskey, and live music are all on offer to help you "unleash your inner leprechaun at The Old Pequliar." The entertainment lineup includes the Jamisons, A Ting a Beauty, Stark Raving Plaid, and the Evergreen Irish Dancers.
9. Owl N' Thistle
There will be no shortage of live Irish music at the Owl's all-day party, with bands including the Bowbeer Irish Experience, the Owl N' Thistle Band, and Massy Ferguson. And look forward to the ambiance: the Owl N’ Thistle is a dark and cozy, family-owned Irish pub with lovely brick walls, antique multipane windows, and shelves filled with elegant-looking books no one will ever read (unless they're into outdated law treatises). Bring your rosary: The Owl N' Thistle may or may not be haunted.
10. Paddy Coyne's
There's no cover at this Pier 70 Irish pub, so get there early for music starting at noon (from Erin Mcnamee, The Robert Stewart Fiasco, the Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums band, and The Voodoos), plus a limited menu of Irish favorites, which will be served until midnight. Kids are welcome until 5 pm.
11. Paddy Coyne's Bellevue
The Bellevue Irish pub's all-day entertainment lineup starts with bagpipes at 11 and includes the Evergreen Irish Dancers at 6 pm and the King County Firefighters Pipes and Drums at 7:30 pm, with plenty of live bands in between.
12. Shawn O'Donnell's American Grill & Irish Pub
Shawn's will offer an Irish buffet, a beer garden, and live music by the Stout Pounders Irish Party Band, Carragaline, Northwest Passage Celtic Music, Kenmore Pipe & Drums, and more.
13. T.S. McHugh's
T.S. McHugh's will have a special St. Patrick's Day menu—including beef and Guinness pie, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and Bailey's Irish cream pie for dessert—Harp Lager and Guinness on tap and a dozen Irish whiskeys at the bar. Plus, come at noon for traditional and lively dance music from Claypipe (featuring harmonica, the Irish drum, accordion, and banjo), and stay for bluegrass from Creeping Time, starting at 6 pm. There will be a cover for the bar, but not the dining rooms.
14. Wilde Rover
Unwind at the pub with music all day, starting at noon—Irish and rock tunes from the Stout Pounders, Eastside Firefighters Pipes & Drums, Stark Raving Plaid, Author Unknown, and the Hipsters.