North Texas' celebration of St. Patrick's Day, one of the area's favorite holidays for merriment and gaiety, is making a comeback for 2022 after a pandemic-induced two-year layoff. The actual St. Patrick's Day falls on a Thursday, but for some restaurants and bars, the party is happening all week long. We're looking at St. Patrick's Day Week.
Although Dallas' Greenville Avenue Parade got all the buzz last weekend, there is plenty of hoopla to be found in Tarrant County this week, including big events in the Stockyards and Crockett Row, plus a host of individual celebrations, drink specials, and Irish fare. (And check out our list of the Best Irish Pubs in Fort Worth.)
Here's what's happening in the Fort Worth area for St. Patrick's Day Week.
Cowtown Goes Green in the Stockyards
The biggest and most well-known St. Patrick's Day celebration in Fort Worth takes place in the Stockyards on Saturday, March 19. The day includes a Shamrock beer garden, armadillo races, cow milking, lawn games, the Cowtown Kids Rodeo matinee, live music, Irish dancers, and an Irish-Western parade (following The Herd trail drive at 4 pm). The whole family-friendly event, presented by Cavender’s, takes place 10 am-8 pm.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans at Crockett Row
The West 7th district will host a St. Patrick's Day festival on Saturday, March 19, featuring rides and photo opps with live green miniature ponies, face painting stations, balloon art, gift card giveaways, and live local DJs. Participating Crockett Row restaurants will also be serving fan-favorite green beverages and brunch and/or lunch specials, and a portion of restaurant sales will be donated to Cook Children’s Medical Center. It runs 11 am- 3 pm, and admission is free.
Third Thursday in Near Southside
St. Paddy's Day happens to coincide with the Near Southside district's Third Thursday event. From 5-8 pm Thursday, March 17, guests can enjoy visit participating businesses including Stir Crazy Baked Goods (featuring artwork by Joshua Crockett), SiNaCa Studios, The Holly Natural Wine Bar, Arcadia Coffee, The Table, and more. Bars along Magnolia and South Main are promising Irish Pub fun, and Fort Worth Bike Share will be on hand to offer bikes to bar hop. Don't forget to wear green.
43rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill
The Metroplex’s biggest day-of St. Patrick’s Day party happens Thursday, March 17 at this time-honored downtown Arlington bar and grill. Hundreds will visit throughout the day for the 43rd edition of this annual tradition. Arrive as early at 11 am for lunch or later at 4 pm when the fun begins outside under tents. There’ll be live music, green beer, and those famous Irish nachos that have featured on Food Network. Note that a cover charge of $6 begins after 6 pm.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans at Texas Live!
The Arlington entertainment complex will host a St. Patrick’s Day-themed party with live music, drink ticket packages, and gold coin giveaways on Saturday, March 19. Drink ticket packages start at $10 for two drink tokens and go up to $20 for five drink tokens, but expect prices to go up closer to the event. The party starts at 4 pm.
St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza
Mansfield (where Best Maid pickles originated) touts itself as the pickle capital of Texas. The city will celebrate the title with two days of festivities — Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 — including a 5K, 10K and Kids 1K, live music, food, drinks, and the world’s only St. Paddy’s Day pickle parade, which will take place on Saturday. On Friday, runners can pick up their race packets and enjoy vendors and music. Saturday the real fun happens with the parade starting at 10 am, a concert by Kevin Fowler at 2:30 pm, and multiple contests including pickle juice drinking, pickle eating, and pie eating. Admission is free.
St. Patrick’s Day at Shannon Brewing Company
The Keller brewery with Irish roots will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday, March 19. It will feature live music and bagpipe performances, food trucks, and even cigar rolling. Admission is free, but drink card packages start at $25 in advance for a pint glass, pint glass koozie, and a drink card for six eight-ounce pours. Or purchase at the door for $30, but only until 4 pm. A la carte purchases also welcome. The party will run from 12-9 pm.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Toyota Music Factory
Toyota Music Factory is celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Thursday, March 17 from 6-10 pm with music, festivities, and promotions at 20 restaurants and bars including Thirsty Lion, Yard House, Grimaldi's Pizza, Gloria's Latin Cuisine, Pacheco Taco Bar, and more. Play the Toyota Music Factory Saint Patricks Bingo game at participating restaurants and bars for a chance to win prizes. Cleghorn: America's Celtic Rock Band will perform on the Texas Lottery Plaza at 6 pm, and there'll be a costume contest on the plaza at 9 pm. Wear your green and take a picture with a Leprechaun. Entry is free, but RSVP here.
Food & drink specials around DFW
Here are all the bars and restaurants serving fish & chips, Irish whiskey, green beer, and more:
Andy's Frozen Custard has two limited-time treats: Mint Cookie Concrete with vanilla frozen custard, mint, and crumbed mint cookies; and the CrumbleMint Shake, with vanilla frozen custard, crumbled Oreo cookies, and mint.
The British Emporium in Grapevine is overflowing with Irish goodies for at-home celebrations. Stock up on treats and groceries from the Emerald Isle, including teas, Guinness chips, hot chocolate, mugs, soda bread, bacon, sausages, black pudding, marmalades, Kerrygold butter, and more.
Bar Louie is hosting a week-long celebration for St. Patrick’s Day from March 12-19, with Green Beer, $3 Jameson Sidecars, Irish Slammers, and pints of Guinness.
Big Shots golf-themed venue will offer green beer specials all day on St. Patrick's Day, plus Reuben sandwiches, Reuben nachos, Irish Mules, and Irish Old Fashioneds with Jameson Orange.
Blackland Distillery in Fort Worth's Foundry District has a green deal: Guests who show up wearing green on St. Patrick's Day will receive 17 percent off a whiskey bottle of their choice. They'll also be serving limited-time-only Irish-themed cocktails, including "Shamrock Shake-Nog" and "Buena Vista Blackland Coffee."
Chef Point's Colleyville and Watauga locations will be serving up traditional corned beef & cabbage and shepherd's pie for St. Patrick’s Day beginning at 4 pm Thursday, March 17 and on into the weekend until they sell out.
Chet's Dallas, the newly opened cocktail bar and Irish-American eatery in the West End Dallas, will celebrating from March 14-19 with Irish decor and drink specials that include $7 Guinness Pints, Green Beer, Irish Mule with Jameson Whiskey, Cucumber Jalapeño Gimlet with Zephyr Gin, and Luck of the Irish Shot with Bailey’s, Creme de Cacao, Creme de Menthe, plus food classics like Irish Stew and Shepherd’s Pie.
Corner Bakery is serving a special green apple flavored Shamrock Lemonade.
Dog Haus is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with green beer on tap, $6 Jameson shots, and $7 Pickle Back shots.
Fort Brewery & Pizza in Fort Worth will be serving “Lucky Charms” green beer St. Patrick's Day, through the weekend, for $3. There'll also be Irish nachos and pizza on the menu, nightly live music, and more.
From Across the Pond, the family-friendly British pub in Colleyville, is offering Irish specials like corned beef & cabbage, colcannon, Reuben sandwiches, corned beef hash, and hearty beef stew — plus Irish whiskey drinks — all day Thursday, March 17 through the weekend, until they sell out.
Funky Picnic Brewery & Cafe is hosting St. Patrick's Day-themed trivia on Wednesday, March 16 at 7pm. On March 17, they'll serve a special smoked corn beef & cabbage dish and will release a new Dry Irish Stout. All week through March 17, they're offering the following drink specials: $2 Green Tea shots, $3 Jameson shots, $4 green beer (Kolsch), and $5 Green Goblin cocktails.
Harwood Arms, the British Isles inspired pub in Dallas' Harwood District, will host a St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17, with an all-day celebration beginning at 11 am. A traditional bagpiper will begin playing at 5 pm, followed by live music at 6 pm.
Hotel Drover in the Fort Worth Stockyards is serving green beer and a green, Jameson whiskey-based cocktail called "Luck of the Drover" through Sunday, March 20 at The Lobby Bar, Veranda Bar, and 97 West Kitchen + Bar.
Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas will celebrate on March 17 at their lobby bar and lounge with a $7 green beer, the Karbach Horseshoe Pilsner for St. Patrick’s Day, as well as $8 Jameson shots and the seasonal feature, the Shamrock Shooter for $10, containing Irish whiskey, melon liqueur, and Irish cream liquor. Chef Bryan Patton has a seasonal special as well: the Copper & Steel Shepherd’s Pie.
Lochland's in Lake Highlands Dallas will celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a day of live music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, corned beef & cabbage, and more traditional Irish fare, on Thursday, March 17.
Michaels Cuisine in Fort Worth is serving up special Irish cuisine all day on March 17. Dishes include Luck of the Irish (corned beef) soup ($9), Irish nachos ($15), Corned Beef & Cabbage ($24), Guinness Irish Beef Stew ($18), Corned Beef Sandwich ($16), and Ranch Reuben Sandwich ($16). Green beer and a Leprechaun champagne cocktail are available at the bar, too.
The Radler on Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth is throwing a St. Paddy's Day Bash, with the kitchen open 12-10 pm. Drink specials include $10 green domestic steins, $6 green tea shots, and $8 Car Bombs.
Roots Market and Juicery will serve $5 green juices and smoothies on Thursday, March 17 including Maca Spice, Lean Greens, Super Greens, and Strong and Radiant. Green juices include Green Goddess, Greenology, Skinny Greens, and Go Green.
The Statler Dallas hosts Dublin Downtown, a three-day celebration with drink specials, live music, and festivities from March 17-19, starting at the Ballroom on March 17 with a performance by Emerald City at 8 pm. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased at TheStatlerDallas.com/St-Patricks-Day. VIP seating is $59 and includes a hosted bar. VIP tables for four are $399 and include a bottle of Champagne. Scout at The Statler will host Boozin' Bingo on March 17 at 8 pm. From March 17-19, Scout will serve $3 pints of green beer and $2 Jameson Irish Whiskey shots, and Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge will serve $5 green margaritas, frozen or on the rocks. Hotel packages include a guest room, general admission tickets, and valet parking.
Stirr is serving $6 Irish Coffees, $6 Teeling Shots, and $6 baby Guinness shots on March 17.
Taco Cabana will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from March 11-30 with a signature Leprechaun Margarita for $3 at all Texas locations. The margarita is a refreshing blend of Taco Cabana’s frozen Mango and Blue Curaçao margaritas, which creates its signature green color.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub in Irving and Euless is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a seasonal menu from March 3-17 featuring Irish inspired dishes and beverages including Scotch Eggs, Bacon Cheddar Potato Cakes, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef Mac & Cheese, and an Irish Mule with Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey, ginger beer, and lime.
Trinity College Irish Pub in the Crockett Row at West 7th area is making a week of celebrating St. Paddy's Day. Festivities include live music from Keltik Clan and 5 Second Rule on March 17, a special Jameson Orange menu, green beer, and more.
Tulips FTW is hosting "St. Patios Day" on March 17, with $4 Green Tea Shots, $5 Guinness, $6 Frozen Irish Coffees, $9 Irish Car Bombs, and $12 Dew and Brew (shot of Tullamore dew and Guinness).
Twin Peaks customers get free Fried Pickles on March 17 with any $20 purchase.
Vidorra is serving $6 Green Whiskey-rita's, $6 Teeling shots, and $6 baby Guinness shots on March 17.
Velvet Taco's weekly featured taco is a St. Paddy's-themed Rueben, with grilled corned beef, swiss cheese, velvet sauce, house-made sauerkraut, and house-brined pickles on a flour tortilla ($5.50), available March 16-22 at all locations.
Whiskey Hatchet, the cocktail bar and axe throwing lodge in Deep Ellum, is serving $5 Irish Car Bombs, $5 Jameson, and $5 Green Draft Beer on Thursday, March 17.
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