Green beer and whiskey are a must for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Throughout Houston, pubs offer Irish whiskies and green beers to help you and your friends celebrate. While Jameson and Bushmills tend to be whiskey staples and local favorites, Houston pubs offer such a wide variety of whiskey that the choices will leave your head spinning–just be sure it’s the choices and not the consumption that leave you disoriented this St. Patrick’s Day.
Ashford Arms Irish Pub
Hours: Mon to Sun –11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun to Sat Happy Hour – 11 a.m. to 7 p. m., Thurs – Ladies Night – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Known for its free food, great customer service, love of Houston sports, live music such as The Blaggers and large selection of not only whiskey, but also beers, spirits and liquers, Ashford Arms is one of the favorite local pubs in Houston. The bar serves No Label Brewing Co. beers straight from Katy, Texas in addition to an extensive list of whiskies. A few of the labels offered include Jameson, Wild Turkey, Bushmills, Knob Creek, Jim Beam and Black Bush. Continue to check the calendar of events for Ashford Arms’ St. Paddy’s Day celebration because it will be one to remember.
Shay McElroy’s Irish Pub
909 Texas (at Main) Suite A
Houston, TX 77002
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat and Sun – 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., kitchen stays opens daily until 10 p.m.
One of three sister pubs in Houston, Shay McElroy’s offers a taste of Dublin in the heart of downtown Houston. The pub offers a variety of whiskey choices – Jameson whiskey (Gold, 12, and 18) along with other selections such as Bushmills, Michael Collins, Knappouge and much more. Owner and Dublin native, John McElroy, shipped all of the furnishings for Shay McElroy’s and his other pub, McElroy’s Pub, straight from Ireland itself, bringing the Irish spirit and hospitality here to Houston. Known for amazing pizza, salsa, beer and whiskey, McElroy’s has become a Houston favorite.
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Hours: Mon to Sat -2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sun -5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Happy Hour: Mon to Friday – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Offering over 220 whiskey selections from all over America and the world, including Ireland, Canada, India, Japan and Scotland, Reserve 101 knows whiskey and offers tastings every Tuesday. What the Flying Saucer is to beer lovers, Reserve 101 is to whiskey enthusiasts. For $10 you can join the Whiskey Society with benefits such as special invitations to tastings, opportunities to meet whiskey ambassadors and plaques recording your whiskey status hanging on the walls. Last year, Reserve 101 brought in St. Paddy’s Day with two days of complimentary Bushmills Irish Whiskey tastings, so be sure to check the calendar of events so you do not miss this year’s celebration.
The Branch Water Tavern
Hours: Mon—Closed, Tues to Thurs—11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri—11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Sun—11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Branch Water Tavern is one of Houston’s award winning restaurants. Known for its classic recipes with a modern twist and more whiskey than one person can dare to imagine, The Branch Water Tavern is a must stop visit for St. Paddy’s Day. With such a love for whiskey, The Branch Tavern offers a daily whiskey special, making it one of the favorite happy hour stops in Houston. This place offers it all: great food, great whiskey, and all for great prices.
Molly’s Pub Sports Bar
Houston, TX 77042
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – noon to 2 a.m., Happy Hour Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Whiskey is the signature drink and darts are the game of choice at Molly’s Pub on Westheimer. Whether you are here to watch the game, hang out with friends or participate in the darts leagues Tuesday through Thursday nights, Molly’s Pub is one of the most well-kept secrets in Houston. A laid-back and friendly pub with a large variety of whiskey to choose from, all for great prices, makes Molly’s a great choice not just for St. Paddy’s Day, but any day of the week.
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