Everybody loves St. Paddy’s Day, and with good reason. No one knows how to party quite like the Irish, and even if you aren’t Irish, St. Patrick’s Day
is a great excuse to have green beer and a good time with friends. So slap on a festive costume, grab a brewski, and get ready for a raucous St. Paddy’s weekend in Austin.
St. Patrick’s Day Austin Fest
Every year, Irish tradition is celebrated in style at the St. Patrick’s Day Austin Fest. In partnership with the Celtic Cultural Center of Texas and the Austin Celtic Association, this year’s fest will be held at Pioneer Farms, where there will be two stages filled with live music and plenty of Irish food, drink, and dancing for everyone. If you’re looking for real Irish culture, meaning a lack of leprechauns and beer the color Arthur Guinness intended, head out of town and enjoy a traditional Irish celebration, full of culture and pride.
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr. Austin, TX
Fado Irish Pub
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Irish, $$$
After 20 years of business on 4th Street, this Irish pub will sadly be closing its doors. Help them go out with one last hoorah and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like it can only be celebrated at Fado with the annual St. Patrick’s Day fiesta. Fadó (pronounced f’doe) is Gaelic for “long ago,” and this establishment is committed to telling the story of Ireland’s rich and lively pub culture. Its whisk(e)y list is impressive and its beer selection won’t disappoint. Fado
has everything that is needed to make the experience special. The pub serves Guinness and offers eight different drink combinations, promising that the Guinness will always float on top. The menu has items that can typically be found at any Irish pub, and the chefs take pride in making sure every bite is full of flavor. There are events every night, from trivia to live music, as well as showings of the latest European sports games.
Pub, Restaurant, American, Italian, Pub Grub, $$$
St. Paddy’s is best celebrated with pizza, of course! This year, try the award-winning Green Nitro Bearded Seal Dry Irish Stout, buy a few limited-edition PHP T-shirts, and enjoy bagpipe-infused performances from the Silver Thistle Pipes & Drums Band. Pinthouse Pizza
is a British-inspired pub and pizza restaurant located in North Austin. Pinthouse is loud and a great deal of fun, with seat-yourself service and huge tables that seat at least 20 people. Pinthouse’s dishes are all made in-house by hand using locally sourced and organic ingredients. Its pizzas range from simple, like the Pepperoni & Basil, to elaborate, like the Armadillo (artisan sausage, poblano peppers, ricotta, and cilantro). Pinthouse also brews many of the beers on its 40+ tap list in house, with an emphasis on hops and IPAs.
Bar, Craft Ale Bar, Pub Grub, Street Food, $$$
Try something new this St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy a traditional Irish fish fry. Of course, since you’ll be in Austin, not Ireland, there’s a twist. Enjoy gulf coast fish fried up and served with homemade Irish “chips,” coleslaw, tartar sauce, and malted vinegar. Wash it all down with $5 (£3.6) “Green” Dos Equis on draft or “Green” Prosecco. Housed in a refurbished bungalow in the heart of East Austin, Craftsman is a neighborhood bar with a cozy interior and a wrap around porch that is ideal for meeting with friends or saying hello to the neighbors after work. Although the front yard is nothing to write home about, walking through the stained-glass door to a sumptuous interior filled with craft drinks and brews from Texas and beyond is pretty great. The backyard, however, is the real attraction. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Craftsman opens its Tiki Bar and the Alley Cat food truck, so patrons can enjoy Hawaiian soul food.
Strange Land Brewery
Bar, Craft Ale Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Head outside of town and avoid the fray that is SXSW and St. Paddy’s Day. Strange Land is the perfect place to go. Already chock-full of celebratory beer, the brewery team is bringing an extra special treat out this year. On the 17th, get ready for a one-time-only small batch Irish stout called “The Dubliner” that the team will pair with the release of a barrel-aged Jameson Irish Whiskey Stout called “The Last Dubliner.”
Antonelli's Cheese House
Cheesemonger, French, $$$
Although it might not seem like a typical St. Paddy’s Day event, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is celebrating the holiday with a Booze Washed Cheese Night. It is a class that will feature seven cheeses with boozy rinds, and you’re free to bring your own adult beverage pairings. Tickets are $45 (£32) each and can be purchased here
. Antonelli’s is Austin’s most diverse cheese shop with a wide selection and a focus on sourcing the finest artisanal cheeses. Nestled in the Hyde Park neighborhood, this cheese shop is staffed by knowledgeable cheesemongers, who will walk you through your cheese journey and let you try before you buy. Across the street in their Cheese House, Antonelli’s hosts cheese tasting and education classes.
The Austin Flea
This year at the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company (ABGB), the Austin Flea is presenting a rowdy St. Patrick’s Day fete. From 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th, grab a brew and browse the local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Entrance to the event is free and open to all ages.
Bar, American, $$$
Start your day off right at Trace. From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, enjoy brunch with festive St. Patty’s Day-themed cocktails like “Shamrock Shots,” “Bloody Whiskey Business,” and “Slainta Mar O’Rita.” Don’t be in a hurry to leave either. Listen to live music and enter yourself into a drawing to win prizes. Reservations are recommended. While Trace is located in the W Hotel and serves guests who are visiting Austin, it is also a popular place for revelers to start off their evenings. With an extensive wine list and impeccably crafted cocktails, Trace is a place where conversations flow. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in conversation with visitors who are later whisked off in a Maserati. That’s the kind of clientele you can expect to find at this bar.
Jack & Ginger's Irish Pub
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Irish, $$$
If you’re up north, head over to Jack & Ginger’s. Rock Rose’s lively Irish pub will be the grand hosts of an epic block party from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. for St. Patrick’s Day. Get ready to start the day with a lunchtime Guinness Dance Off, with prizes for all contestants and a grand prize for the champion. For your all-day entertainment, there will be two stages of live music and plenty of green beer. If you get hungry, the pub will be serving up Irish culinary specialties like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Rock Rose Avenue will be blocked off for pedestrian access only.