Raise your glass and say “Slainte!” at these Irish pubs and other bars around Houston that are the perfect places to get your green on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you can’t find Ireland on a map, you can still enjoy Irish whiskeys, pints of Guinness and much more at Houston’s best pubs to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.
The Goose’s Acre Bistro & Irish Pub
21 Waterway Ave., Suite 140
The Woodlands, TX 77380
What could be more authentic for St. Patrick’s Day than to drink at one of two wooden bars that were imported from Ireland? You can find authentic Irish pub fare, fine Irish whiskeys and much more at The Goose’s Acre Bistro and Irish Pub. This pub caters to the whole family by offering family-friendly dining during the day and a fun-filled drinking atmosphere for the over-21 crowd at nights after 10 p.m. Please note that it costs $5 to park in the nearest parking lot because this pub is near the convention center. If you live on the north side of town or in the Woodlands, check out The Goose’s Acre Bistro and Irish Pub and enjoy a scenic seat at an authentic Irish bar or outside on the patio overlooking the Woodlands Waterway.
2000 Bagby St., Suite 106
Houston, TX 77002
Christian’s Tailgate Bar and Grill in Midtown is one of the three pubs you can party at from March 14 through March 15, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the annual St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl. You can purchase your tickets for the crawl at Christian’s to enjoy admittance, a wristband and cup for the event. The pub crawl tickets cost $15 for all three days, and you can enjoy the Irish-themed events at all of the bars on the crawl listing.
The Phoenix on Westheimer
1915 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
The bar formerly known as Firkin and Phoenix is now The Phoenix on Westheimer, but that hasn’t changed the heart of this neighborhood pub that is known for good British food and drinks. You will be able to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here with other fellow drinkers. Every year, The Phoenix holds a St. Patrick’s Day party in its lot with fun and games like sumo wrestling and boxing and, of course, great food like corned beef and cabbage. The festivities start in the morning, so come early, and come hungry.
2425 Norfolk St.
Houston, TX 77098
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck hosts one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parties in the city. For just $22, you get admittance to the festivities which include performances by Irish and Irish-inspired musicians, dancers and a comedian. Starting at 11 a.m., you can spend your entire day at the Mucky Duck and feast of favorite dishes like shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage. Because the Mucky Duck also has a full-service bar, you can toast your friends with 20-ounce imperial pints of Guinness and more. As with all of the Mucky Duck’s shows, this event is for 21 and up, unless accompanied by a parent.
1625 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77006
If this year is anything like last year, The Harp will host a huge St. Patrick’s Day bash that draws a large crowd. The Harp bills itself as “Houston’s Friendliest Irish Pub,” and you will find that that is true when you visit. The bar will open early for its St. Patrick’s Day festivities, which will include drink specials, dancers, bagpipers and much more. Enjoy the party and the drinks at what might be Houston’s friendliest St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.