We may not have a river to dye green, but Austin knows how to celebrate an international holiday — even in the midst of SXSW. Green beer seems to be one of the main talking points for this upcoming St. Patrick's Day. Is it tacky or is it tradition-worthy? You'll have to try it and find out.
Lucky for you, we've gathered eight events for you to sham-rock your way through the weekend.
Embrace Irish hospitality at B.D. Riley’s, a pub with live music performances, this time by Irish native Daithi Arwine, The Chancers, and the Kristen Gibbs Band. Enjoy the classic Irish menu with a full Irish breakfast available all day, but you won’t see any green beer at this establishment. Doors open at 10 am. The restaurant will not be accepting reservations or take-out orders.
Beer lovers can get their fill of Guinness and some famous house brews at Yard House. The bar will offer a special Dublin Mule cocktail that features both Jameson Irish Whiskey and Guinness Dry Irish Stout. Green beer will be available on tap.
Lick Honest Ice Creams
Enjoy a bright green treat that isn't beer: Lick’s peach leaf graham crunch ice cream during the week of St. Patrick’s Day. The almond-flavored ice cream features peach leaves from Hausbar Urban Farm in Austin. The leaves are also folded in with cinnamon crumble for a crunchy texture. Top it off with some housemade green whipped cream to make it the best sweet treat.
Otopia Rooftop Party
Have you ever seen the city from 11 stories above the skyline? Get a look at Otopia’s St. Paddy’s rooftop party from 5-11 pm. Try a specialty cocktail or green beer while enjoying music by a live DJ. If you buy the cocktail, you’ll be entered to win a free resort experience with the winner selected at 9 pm. Eight-person VIP booths ($500-$600) with a complimentary bottle of Jameson and general admission tickets ($20) are available on Eventbrite.
Punch Bowl Social
Punch Bowl Social is inviting everyone to test their “Irish luck” at its many games while enjoying music by a live DJ and $7 beer and shot specials all weekend at both locations. They’ll also have special Paddy’s Irish Whiskey cocktails. RSVPs are encouraged and can be found on Eventbrite.
Cork & Barrel
In celebration of its two-year anniversary, Round Rock’s own Cork & Barrel will be throwing a birthday party full of live music and games beginning at 11 am. Selected performers will be providing the entertainment throughout the day, including Ryan The Bagpiper, Irish dancers, and Sean Orr’s Celtic Gold Acoustic, with a final performance from 9-11 pm by The Damn Quails. The head chef will be cooking up some Irish specialities for the occasion, as well as Irish Car Bomb cocktails.
Burger Bar on Campus
For the entire month of March, guests will be able to try Burger Bar on Campus’ special Guinness Burger and hand-spun mint milkshake in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day. The burger has two beef patties, Irish cheddar cheese, bacon, and sweet onion Guinness jam. The bright minty milkshake will be topped with whipped cream and gold flakes.
St. Nicholas at Hyde Park Theatre
This one-man show on March 17 is all about an Irish theater critic’s yearlong experience being employed by vampires. Doors open at 7:30 pm, and the show begins at 8 pm. Tickets are half price for opening weekend ($11.50) and can be found via TicketWeb.