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Grab your green hats and shamrocks and bring your friends as the stout will be flowing and the cabbage will be served on St. Patrick’s Day. Kick back at these Houston area pubs and enjoy a pint and some authentic Irish music.
Brian O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub
5555 Morningside Drive
Houston, TX 77005
Price: Fri to Sat cover – $2 – $5
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
This trendy Rice Village pub is a vintage bar that was built in Ireland and transplanted here to Houston. Come on out and enjoy the DJs and live music Tuesday through Sunday. Get ready to party as it is a popular place those nights. Dress casually and stop in for the great drink specials including $3 house wines, $7 domestic pitchers and $8 Shiner pitchers. The patio is a great place to enjoy an after work drink with happy hour Tuesday to Saturday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday to Monday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The pub’s live bands are there regularly to entertain, which include The Ruse, David Brake and That Damn Band and Blaggard’s.
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk St
Houston, TX 77098
Price: $20 – $22
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 11 a.m.
McGonigel’s features familiar homemade Irish fare and live Celtic music in an intimate setting. The Upper Kirby pub serves traditional Irish and America beer and wine. Try the Scotch eggs while you’re visiting. Enjoy a great variety of beer from around the world with 32 drafts and 80 bottles. This March McGonigel’s welcomes indie entertainers Graham Wilkinson and The Masterson’s. On March 17, 2012, The O’Maoileidigh Irish Dancers will be there to liven up the festivities with some authentic Irish dancing. Don’t miss this event!
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3416 Roseland St
Houston, TX 77006
Price: No cover
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
This Montrose area crawl premiered the same year as Houston’s famous Astrodome and has been welcoming reveler’s ever since. Griff’s has a neighborhood bar feel. Join in the fun of the Irish Queen Contest or simply enjoy the live music and full bar. Shoot pool and pop your favorite tunes on the jukebox. The pub has the largest St. Paddy’s Festival in Texas and has been going strong for 47 years. So come on down and drink some green beer to go with your green shamrocks.
509 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
Price: No Cover
Hours: Daily – 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
If you are in the mood for something different, make your won Irish music. Join in on the Karaoke fun or chill out on the sidewalk patio with your Guinness. Shoot a little pool with friends or catch the game on one of their many televisions. The Balcony overlooking historic Main Street is great spot for sightseeing or romance. The prices are pretty good for tasty Irish food favorites. Catch local bands from your bar or cozy booth seating. The murals on the wall are great conversation starters. As for the drinks, try the Irish whiskey or stop by for a pint.
The Harp Houston
1625 Richmond Ave
Price: No Cover
Hours: Mon – Fri 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat – Sun 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Tuesday night is Trivia Night at The Harp. Whether you’re hoping to catch a shot of Whiskey or join in on the Wednesday dart tournaments, this is your place. Don’t think the fun ends there. Recently added to the lineup of games and entertainment is the growingly popular game of Cornhole (also known as Corn Toss or Bean Bag Toss), now featured on Harp Houston’s deck. Come in for live music provided every Friday night, and where better to enjoy the musical talents than on the patio gathered with friends over a pint of Guinness.
Nicole Sonnier is a freelance writer living in Houston and covers Nightlife & Music. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.