Even though St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, Houston area Irish pubs still anticipate to be packed with party-goers. And for those wanting to celebrate the day, but hate the mid-week holiday celebration, there are plenty of pre-St. Paddy’s Day parties, dinners, and events scheduled at traditional Irish pubs around town. No matter how you choose to celebrate, don’t miss Houston’s 57th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday March 12. Slainte!
Let’s Get Ready To Shamrock
The Gorgeous Gael Irish Bar
555 Morningside Drive
Houston, TX 77005
(832) 667-8321

Date: March 15, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Though The Gorgeous Gael Irish Bar hosts a proper St. Patrick’s celebration every year on March 17, patrons are invited to head to the popular pub the Saturday before the big day for a pre-party. At Let’s Get Ready To Shamrock, the Gael hosts traditional Irish bands and dancers, along with a U2 tribute band. For those St. Paddy’s Day diehards, stop by the Irish bar on the 11th for the Guinness Bartender Challenge and kilt contest, or test your Celtic knowledge on the 12th at their Irish Trivia Night. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events, as well as ticket info for the Jameson Whiskey Dinner on March 15 at The Gorgeous Gael.

Griff’s 4th Annual Cornhole Tournament
3416 Roseland
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-9912

Date: March 15, 2016

Houston’s oldest sports bar, Griff’s, also happens to be one of the best Irish bars in Houston. It’s no wonder this no-frills, authentically Irish watering hole celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a week-long festival, culminating on March 17 with an all day celebration of food, music, and beer. A golf tournament  kicks things off, followed by a beauty pageant, an Irish stew cook-off on the 12th, and Griff’s 4th Annual Cornhole Tournament on March 15. Check out the line up of events to plan your party. Party-goers can pre-order St. Patrick’s Day tickets at a discounted rate or purchase regularly priced tickets at the door the day of the festival.

Kenneally’s St. Patrick’s Weekend
Irish Pub Kenneally’s
2111 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX
(713) 630-0486

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

Stop by Irish Pub Kenneally’s any day of the week for its mouth-watering, Chicago style pizza and a pint, but patrons who visit on St. Patrick’s Day weekend are in for extra Irish fare. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the pub hosts live Irish music, Irish spirits and authentic Irish foods–including corned beef sandwiches and Guinness bread–all day Saturday at their Party Under The Tent. Partying at Kenneally’s is a Houston tradition that shouldn’t be missed on St. Patrick’s Day.

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The Goose’s Acre’s St. Patrick’s Weekend Party
The Goose’s Acre Irish Pub
21 Waterway, Suite 140
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 466-1502

Date: March 17, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

The Goose’s Acre Irish Pub boasts it’s the only authentic Irish pub in The Woodlands, and for good reason; the original Goose’s Acre Pub operated for generations in Ireland. The pub prides itself on its authentic Irish heritage and encourages patrons to enjoy traditional, made-from-scratch Irish meals while visiting the laid-back bar. The pub’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities kick off at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast, bagpipes, Irish dancers, live music on two stages, and green beer all day long. Visit the pub before the big day for a week-long celebration including Irish bingo, a kilt contest, a 5K fun run and an Irish whiskey dinner. Check their website for a schedule of events.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Saint Patrick’s Day
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
2425 Norfolk
Houston, TX
(713) 528-5999

Date: March 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck doesn’t just serve green-tinted beer at their St. Pat’s Day celebration like some local establishments; The Mucky Duck takes pride in celebrating and honoring Celtic culture. With traditional Celtic music and dance showcased on two stages, both inside and out, McGonigel’s offers patrons a taste of The Emerald Isle without leaving H-town. The family-friendly event offers the chance to indulge on traditional Irish pub fare including shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and beef Guinness. Tickets are available at the door, or purchase online and save $2.

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Mary Evett is a yoga-loving, Houston-area, freelance writer, with a healthy DIY addiction. As the mother of three boys, she always knows where to find the best deal on sneakers. Her work can be found on Examiner.com, in addition to a number of other online publications.