Saint Patrick’s Day falls over spring break, and come Saturday, “Irish you were beer” T-shirts and green brew will abound. But first, sip cocktails paired with a five-course dinner on Thursday to gear up for weekend revelry. An Irish-themed brunch, barbecue joint anniversary, and brewery grand opening await. Sláinte!
Thursday, March 15
Spirited: A Dinner Series at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Wine dinners are fun, but a multicourse meal paired with cocktails offers a welcome change. This is the first of four in a series set to take place at the Cast Iron restaurant inside the downtown hotel. The event will start with a cucumber Collins paired with hors d’oeuvres including veal cheek croquettes, duck confit, and diver scallop ceviche. Courses include monk fish medallions served with a lemon drop martini, milk-soaked sweet breads paired with a whiskey margarita, Wagyu beef ribeye served with an old fashioned, and a molten lava cake with Rumchata liqueur. Dinner is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity and begins at 6:30 pm.
Saturday, March 17
Angelo’s 60th Anniversary
On Saint Patrick’s Day in 1958, Angelo George opened a small barbecue joint with a handful of tables on White Settlement Road in a Fort Worth industrial district. Sixty years and three generations later, the iconic family-run restaurant still stands, drawing crowds for smoked ribs, icy schooners of draft beer, and a virtual museum of taxidermy. Anniversary festivities will include $2.50 chopped beef and pulled pork sandwiches, commemorative memorabilia, bagpipers, and green beer. Angelo’s grandson Jason George is the sole pit-master now, after his father Skeet George died unexpectedly in December. He’ll be on site to smoke the ‘cue from 11 am-10 pm, just as he’s done for years.
Saint Patrick’s Day Brunch at Chef Point Café
Watauga’s gourmet gas station restaurant will serve a bountiful — and boozy — Irish-inspired brunch for those looking to start Saint Patrick’s Day early. Start with a bacon bloody Mary or mimosa flight to help wash down entrees like corned beef hash topped with poached eggs, corned beef and cabbage, and beef stew shepherd’s pie. Traditional favorites like chicken and waffles, eggs Benedict, and French toast bread pudding are also on the menu, which will be available from 11 am-2 pm. Chef Point Café will also offer Irish dishes for lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday.
The One with the Grand Opening at Turning Point Beer
The craft beer craze has officially made its way to Bedford, where four friends with mid-cities roots have opened a brewery and bar in a former Rent-a-Center on Brown Trail. Guests who purchase a $30 wristband will receive eight six-ounce pours, and can choose from about a dozen Northeast-style hoppy selections. Food will be available from LUCK at Trinity Groves. The event will run both Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 pm.
Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at Shannon Brewing Company
The brewery founder is of Irish decent, so Saint Patrick’s Day is big here. Hundreds are expected to attend the annual party, which will feature bagpipers, traditional Irish cuisine, and more than two dozen beers — from Irish coffee cream ale to bourbon barrel-aged porter. There are three ways to go: early at 11 am with a VIP ticket ($40 and includes a T-shirt, pint glass, a koozie, and 10 pours); at noon with a general admission ticket purchased in advance ($25 and doesn’t include the shirt); and at the door ($20 and only includes the pint glass and eight pours). Event beers will be poured until 5 pm. Patrons can then start a tab at the main bar thereafter.