Luck of the Irish

Our picks for the biggest and best St. Patrick's Day parties in Austin

Our picks for the biggest and best St. Patrick's Day parties in Austin

St. Patrick's Day, green beer, shamrock
We've rounded up the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Crazy-Frankenstein.com

Texas weather has been manic lately, but come March 17, there will be nothing but green. If you're still planning your St. Patrick’s Day fun, you're in luck! We've rounded up the best food- and booze-centric celebrations to celebrate your Irish ancestry (real or imagined).

For the proud: Fado Irish Pub
As one of the few genuine Irish pubs in the city, this establishment is worth a visit on the green holiday. The pub will open bright and early at 6 am on St. Patrick’s Day to serve kegs and eggs — and the party goes all day long. Throughout the celebration, there will be live entertainment and food, so be prepared for an intimidating crowd. Tickets cost $15 after 2 pm, but are cheaper if you purchase online.

For the traditional: B.D. Riley’s
Not a fan of food coloring? Not to worry. Local Irish pub B.D. Riley’s will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day authentically — meaning no green beer. The East Sixth Street restaurant and bar will host a day-long schedule of live music, a menu of Irish staples and an assortment of incredible Irish beers. There’s no cover charge either!

For the festival fiends: St. Patrick’s Day Austin
For all things Irish, check out St. Patrick’s Day Austin. The gathering takes place at Shoal Crossing Event Center and features cultural events, live music, dancing, children’s games and delicious food and drink. Options include braised corned beef, fish and chips, Irish nachos, Guinness, Irish coffee, cabbage cole slaw and more. Tickets for adults are $12 online and $15 at the gate. For more information, visit the event website.

For the craft beer aficionado: North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery
Starting at 5 pm on St. Patrick’s Day, North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery will host a free Celtic celebration at its two locations. The north location will host musical entertainment from Austin’s premier pipe and drum corps, Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums, and folk Irish music from Jeremy Steding and Liver Dance. The north and south locations will tap a special Irish Stout as well as the ever-popular Red Zeppelin Irish Red Ale. Chef-prepared foods include Irish stew and Irish soda bread. For more information, visit the brewery’s website.

For the whiskey lover: drink.well.
Drink.well. will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish whiskey flight available on March 17. The tasty flight features four beverages: Bushmill’s Black Bush, Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, Redbreast 12 Year and Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey.