15 Places Celebrating St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day is the cultural and religious celebration held every year on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. It’s also a national holiday in that country and has taken on a life of its own in the U.S. since it was first commemorated in 1601. It’s customary to wear green, eat, drink and be merry, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places in the Valley to celebrate the day. There are cute treats, traditional Irish food and drink specials, of course. Have fun and be safe!
Kelly’s at SouthBridge invites you in to have some fun the weekend before and through the holiday. It’s the St. Mulligan’s RE-DO Celebration. According to the dictionary, a mulligan is a second chance to perform an action after the first went wrong through bad luck. Basically it’s a do-over, something we could all use this year after the last. Sip on green beer and Irish car bombs and enjoy classic Irish menu items like corned beef sliders and banger hot dogs. DJ Rolemodel will also be playing the tunes all weekend long leading up to the big day. Kelly’s at SouthBridge is located at 7117 E. Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale; 480.393.3205; www.kellysatsouthbridge.com
If you’re feeling lucky, Paul Martin's American Grill has a great deal for you. It's available March 17 for dine-in or carryout. The two-course $29 meal starts with a seasonal house salad and finishes with a slow-braised corned beef with onions and beer, served with baby carrots, cabbage and red potatoes. Sláinte! Paul Martin's American Grill is located at 6186 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.991.9342; www.paulmartinsamericangrill.com
Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop has lots of fun treats for the days leading up to St. Paddy's Day and the big day itself. An example is the special churros, made with matcha sugar, hot caramel and Lucky Charms cereal. There are also Lucky Charm and Mint Chocolate Kit Kat cruffins. Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop is located at 7350 E. Stetson Dr, c101, Scottsdale; 480.994.6733; www.sweetdees.com
If you want some ice cream, check out Sweet Republic’s special flavors for St. Patrick’s Day. There’s the Irish Whiskey with Jameson Irish Whiskey blended into sweet cream and the Brown Bread — Irish brown bread baked from scratch, cut into cubes and caramelized with butter and brown sugar then folded into sour cream ice cream. Sweet Republic has locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe; www.sweetrepublic.com
For some other tasty baking, head over to Great Harvest Bread Company. The Irish soda bread is a standout made with tangy buttercream and a bit of butter. Soda bread is a staple side with corned beef cabbage and lamb stew, so pick some up to serve at home with your meal. It’s available just through the holiday, but Great Harvest is also baking Guinness and Gouda bread every Friday throughout the month. Great Harvest Bread Company is located at 1730 E. Warner Road, Tempe; 480.777.1141; www.tempegreatharvest.com
You know Rúla Búla Tempe Irish Pub and Restaurant has it on lock when it comes to St. Paddy’s Day. Rúla Búla is starting the celebration at 10 a.m. and going until 2 a.m. the next day. There’s a special menu with traditional offerings like Shepherd’s Pie (including a vegan and vegetarian version), Irish Bangers ‘n Mash and Fish ‘n Chips. Don’t forget a Guinness or an Irish coffee. There will also be live music on the patio throughout the day. Rúla Búla is located at 401 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe; 480.929.9500; www.rulabula.com
Cuisine & Wine Bistro is a French restaurant, but chef and owner Fabrice Buschetz’s wife and operations manager Mairead is Irish, so her homeland will be providing inspiration for the holiday with menu specials like Irish stew, an Irish soda bread with smoked salmon and Irish coffee. You’ll see more Irish specialities over at the couple’s other two restaurants. At B Gastrobar, try the Irish stew pie, lamb baked into a flaky pastry crust, plus the soda bread and salmon. At Copper & Logs, get the traditional corned beef, corned beef mac and cheese or the corned beef pizza. At all three restaurants, they’ll be serving up a John Barry cocktail featuring Tullamore Dew, peach liqueur, lemon and kiwis in honor of Mairead’s late father. It’s usually $12 but will be $10 during the special. Cuisine & Wine Bistro is located at 4991 S. Alma School Road, Suite 101, Chandler; 480.275.6700; www.cuisineandwinebistro.com. B Gastrobar is located at 1422 W. Warner Road,Gilbert; 480.497.1422; www.bgastrobar.com. Copper & Logs is located at 832 S. Greenfield Road, Suite 101, Gilbert; 480.590.4260; www.copperandlogs.com.
Wear something green or get pinched at San Tan Brewing Company’s all-day event. On the menu is corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and delicious Gourdo Stout. It’s available dine-in and for takeout. If you eat there, you’ll get to enjoy Irish music played all day. San Tan Brewing Company has locations in Chandler and Phoenix; www.santanbrewing.com
Chompie’s is always great when it comes to commemorating holidays. For this one, enjoy a corned beef feast from 11 a.m. to close. It’s $19.99 per person and includes Chompie’s famous corned beef, broiled red potatoes, cabbage, fresh-baked soda bread and Lovey’s Leprechaun Dessert. That’s available dine-in and to-go. All-you-can-eat is $23.99 and is available dine-in only. Swing by the bakery too for some St. Patrick’s Day goodies. Chompie’s has locations in Chandler, Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe; www.chompies.com
Pedal Haus Brewery released a new Irish stout in February. It’s usually $6 a pint but will be $4 on St. Paddy’s Day. There will also be green tea shots, Day Drinker Light Lager and Jameson available for the same price plus live music and happy hour specials. Head to Pedal Haus Brewery locations in Chandler, Phoenix and Tempe; www.pedalhausbrewery.com
Miracle Mile Deli will be in the holiday spirit all week, from March 15 to 20. All items are available for dine-in, takeout and curbside pickup. There’s the Valley’s Best Corned Beef and Cabbage that comes with Irish potatoes, Noble rye bread and butter for $15 or the family-style version for four for $55. You can also get The Reuben made with hot corned beef topped with hot sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and Russian dressing for $15 or The Combo featuring both corned beef and hot pastrami for the same price. Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and rye bread are available a la carte. If dessert is more your thing, you’ve got to try the Shamrock Shortbread Cookie, slice of carrot cake and the Mint Chocolate Chip Shake, all ranging from $4 to $6.Miracle Mile Deli is located at 4433 N 16th Street, Phoenix; 602.776.0992; www.miraclemiledeli.com
Match Market & Bar loves to celebrate fun events, and this holiday is no exception. Get a taste of the Emerald Isle with food and drinks specials all day long, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are $13 Corned Beef Sliders featuring corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, horseradish aioli and pickles served on a sweet roll with a side of roasted vegetables. Get your drink on too with $6 Jameson shots and $5 green beer. Match Market & Bar is located at 1100 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix; 602.875.8080; www.matchphx.com
If you're all about the drinks on St Patrick's Day, Hula's Modern Tiki is where it's at. There are two special one-day-only drinks that tie in perfectly with the holiday — the Luck of the Tiki is $12 and features Jameson Irish Whiskey, Oregeat, pineapple juice, lemon juice and Angostura bitters. The $7 Emerald is a concoction of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Irish cream and Creme De Menthe. Hula's Modern Tiki has locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale; hulasmoderntiki.com