By: Crystal Hessong

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and you’ll need plans for the evening. Why not check out some of these top Houston pubs for some authentic Irish beers. Some even have food, too, and if you can’t make it on St. Patrick’s Day, these bars are great all year long. Always call ahead to see if there will be a cover charge for any specific St. Patrick’s Day events.

Molly’s Pub Downtown
509 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 222-1033

Though there are several Molly’s Pubs around town as part of the 18-pub local chain, the downtown location is the most centrally located of them all. The Molly’s Pub chain began in 1982, and today the Houston-Galveston area has a dozen and a half pubs that serve Irish food and drinks. Like the other Molly’s Pub locations, the downtown venue on St. Patrick’s Day will feature green beer, Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, corned beef, dancers, bagpipers and more to make the holiday its greenest.

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Irish Pub Kenneally’s
2111 South Shepherd Drive
Houston, Texas 77019
(713) 630-0486

Consistently named one of the top pubs in town, Irish Pub Kenneally’s is a must visit for St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, you can get corned beef, but when you visit this pub, you have to try the cracker-thin crust pizza. To see what’s on tap for the day, go to Irish Pub Kenneally’s website to see the available beers, wines and cocktails. Try this Irish pub for St. Patrick’s Day if you want a cozy, family-owned pub that’s been around since the early 1980’s. There’s a reason this spot has lasted for over 35 years. Check it out to discover your new favorite Irish pub.

Griff’s Irish Pub
3416 Roseland St
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 528-9912

For over 50 years, Houstonians have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Griff’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which is the largest in Texas. Each year, Griff’s hosts several events leading up to its festival on St. Patrick’s Day. These events include a beauty queen contest, parade, cook off, and more. Check out Griff’s Irish Pub’s St. Patrick’s Day page for more information on these and other events to celebrate the entire week before March 17. Whenever you visit Griff’s, be sure to try the 1/2-pound “World Famous” Griff’s burger. If you’re really hungry, opt for the double trouble, which is a Griff’s burger with a full pound of meat. These foods and great beers await you on March 17 at Griff’s.

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The Harp
1625 Richmond Ave.
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 528-7827

St. Patrick’s Day is the only day when The Harp ever charges a cover fee, but you will find few places on St. Patrick’s Day that don’t charge a cover. Last year, The Harp had a parking lot party that featured a stage with two bands, bagpipers and dancers. Food and drinks included Irish favorites such as Guinness sausage and Irish stew. This year could top last year’s entertainment and fun. For updates on the St. Patrick’s Day party and other events at The Harp, check out its Facebook page

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk St.
Houston, Texas 77098
(713) 528-5999

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck is well-known around town for its St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza. Usually people go to the Mucky Duck for live music, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. You will experience the sights and sounds of Celtic music and dance at the tent event starting at 11 a.m. This event has been a draw for the last 25 years, and tickets frequently sell out. If you want a quiet corner of a pub on St. Patrick’s Day, this may not be the event for you, but if you want music, Irish pub food and drinks, check out this event at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck.