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Whatever you’re in the mood for this St. Patrick’s day, Tucson’s got it and more.
Whether you’re definitely Irish, a little bit Irish, or not Irish at all, when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, everyone wants a little “Erin Go Bragh” and green beer. Tucson can celebrate the holiday almost as well as the good people on the Emerald Isle with amazing food and even better music! Looking for a place to celebrate the holiday? How about checking out some of the following places?
- Maynard’s Market & Kitchen – Irish beer tasting – always a wonderful meal, Maynard’s this year is hosting an Irish beer tasting with an entrance fee of $15 per person. Featured beers this year are Guiness, Harp, O’Hara’s Irish Stout, O’Hara’s Irish Red, Snithwick’s and Kilteraiser. Also on hand will be Irish soda bread as well as irish desserts. This event takes place from 5 PM until 7 PM.
- The Hungry Fox – This restaurant will be celebrating the holiday with their magical corned beef and cabbage this year. Always a great place to dine, always the best service and always a treat, no matter what time of the year you go. Located next to the Wells Fargo bank at the corner of E. Broadway and N. Swan Rd. in Tucson, they’re not open for dinner but lunch is a good idea as well. Dining at the Hungry Fox is memorable as this is one of the cheeriest restaurants in town.
- Hotel Congress – St. Patrick Day Bash – Directly across the street from Maynard’s and not to be outdone, the Hotel Congress is hosting a St. Patty’s day bash that’s sure to leave you with a heavy head the next morning. Beginning at 8 PM, with a $5 cover, the hotel will have playing live straight from Nogales, The Jons, Guiness on tap and Irish whiskey in shot glasses. Have dinner and a beer tasting at Maynard’s then walk across the street. Make a night of it and leave the driving until you feel up to it by reserving a room in the historical hotel.
- Jonathan’s Cork – This restaurant always has a flair towards the unusual, serving dishes such as buffalo and ostrich, as well as more traditional southwestern cuisine. However, this St. Patrick’s Day they will be serving delicious corned beef and cabbage Located at 6329 E. Tangue Verde Rd, Tucson, Jonathan’s opens for dinner at 5 PM and reservations are recommended and encouraged, particularly for holidays. With four beehive fireplaces, the ambiance is certain to be as pleasing as the menu.
- Pastiche Modern Eatery – Irish Pub night – The menu at Pastiche is wonderful any time of the year but every year on March 17th, they become an Irish pub and this year is no different. At this time, it’s unknown just what this means, as the website merely states they are doing so, with no mention of how, it’s definitely worth a visit to sample cuisine from one of the city’s, if not the country’s, finest chefs. Corned beef and cabbage might be on the menu for the holiday but the creativity of the kitchen at Pastiche is such, there might be traditional Irish stew as well. A meal at Pastiche is always a treat.
- Fox & Hound Smokehouse & Tavern – Traditional Irish food and music – Offering $3 Guiness and Irish Whiskey, corned beef and cabbage and live, traditional Irish music played by Round the House. Wear some green, wear a costume, bring both your appetite and your dancing shoes and spend St. Patrick’s Day with your newest friends. Located at 7625 N. LaCholla Ave, Tucson, the festivities will include bagpipes during happy hour.
- Bayhorse Tavern, 2802 East Grant Road, Tucson – Offering traditional Irish music – The Bayhorse Tavern, at first blush, looks like it might be a hole in the wall but once you step inside, it’s lie you’ve escaped to another world where everyone knows everyone else and Tucson’s more like a small town than it’s ever been. For St. Patrick’s Day, though, they will be home to The Talliwackers Irish Jig & Gig, with live, traditional Irish music and loads of cheap, cold beer on draft. The event begins at 7 PM and ends when they make last call.
- The Rivers Edge, 4635 N. Flowing Wells Road, Tucson – Corned beef and Cabbage for $3, lingerie show – The Rivers Edge is another of those lounges where you’re not quite sure until you walk in and everyone treats you like a long lost friend. For St. Patty’s Day, have some delicious corned beef and cabbage then stay for tthe lingerie show at midnight, complete with $150 to the winner. The festivities begin at 2 PM and the SpinBabez (must be 18 to enter their site) will be on hand from 4 PM until 10 PM giving way lingerie and, ahem, special toys.
These are but a small number of events in and around Tucson for St. Patrick’s Day. With so many wonderful restaurants gracing this great city, finding a place to celebrate the holiday won’t be hard. What will be hard is choosing which one to spend your day. For a comprehensive listing of events taking place on March 17, 2010, whether it’s related to the wearing of the green or not, please visit the AZStarNet website.