On one special day in March, everybody gets to be a little Irish.
Regardless of whether or not you actually hail from the little island across the pond from London and enjoy regular dinners of corned beef and hash or haggis, St. Patrick’s Day is the one day a year we can all claim Irish heritage.
With the Leprechaun’s holiday just around the corner, you already know you’ll be decking yourself out in every green article of clothing you own and busting out multiple years-worth of Mardi Gras beads — but do you know where you’ll find your pot of gold?
Since the likelihood of a rainbow appearing to guide you is pretty slim, here are five ways you can make March 17 your luckiest day of the year.
1. West End Tavern [926 Pearl Street, Boulder CO]
For a chance to spend St. Paddy’s Day on the legendary Pearl Street, head over to West End Tavern. Beginning at 11:30 am, the Tavern will transform into an Irish eatery and pub, serving everything from potato gratin to Guinness chocolate cupcakes – and of course, $6 car bombs. But don’t dip out early – traditional Irish dancing begins at 4:30 pm.
- Bohemian Biergarten [2017 13th Street, Boulder, CO]
For a German twist on an Irish holiday, the Biergarten is the place to go. Stop in for a midday change-up and enjoy a traditional German beer imported from Germany itself. The ‘garten offers a host of other exotic and traditional options to satisfy any palate.
- Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place [2027 13th Street, Boulder CO]
The Luck O’ The Irish Shine Party is perfect for those looking to expand on the whimsical side of St. Paddy’s day. With live music from local bands Dandu and Dreambox as well as live painting by Raven Arbuckle and Indi Lux Love. Specials on potion and beer will be offered all day, including the eccentric and aptly-colored green Owl Eyes Potion.
- Boulder Theater’s Kegs & Cabbage Party [2032 14th Street, Boulder CO]
Make history with Boulder Beer and Jameson by attending the inaugural kegs and cabbage party at the Boulder Theater. Drink specials begin at 5:30 pm, you can take your pick of $5 Boulder Beers, $5 Jameson or $6 Shake Bombs (Boulder Beer Chocolate Porter & Jameson). Savory Cuisines will provide an assortment of Irish delicacies, and you can be serenading all night with sounds by The Al-Capones, Pro-Leisure, and more.
- FATE Brewing Company [1600 38th Street, Boulder CO]
If you are a fan of limited editions and special releases, make your way over to FATE Brewing to taste a chilled pint of their limited edition Irish-style beer — Red Ale or a Dry Stout. Expect an array of Irish-inspired eats with a twist made by Chef Berry — including Bangers N’ Mash, Corned Beef Philly and a Stout Mud Pie. To top it off, Celtic performances are at noon and 7:45 pm to keep you merry while you eat. Doors open at 10 am.
- Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub [1922 13th Street, Boulder CO]
If the name alone isn’t enough to pull you in, believe the people who regularly spend their Friday and Saturday nights at Conor’s. The iconic Boulder pub has been around since 1999 and generations of Buffs and Boulder-natives alike have enjoyed near-authentic Irish Car Bombs and soda bread pudding.
If you are planning to venture a bit outside of Boulder’s borders, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Try out this festive bar scene.
7. Mike O’Shay’s Restaurant and Ale House [512 Main Street, Longmont, CO]
O’Shay’s will be throwing its 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration featuring corned beef & cabbage, Irish potato skins, a live pipe band, and of course, green beer and Guinness.
Regardless of whether you choose to stay at home and make lime-flavored Jello-shots or prowl about 13th Street and pinch anyone who isn’t wearing green — don’t miss out on your annual opportunity to pretend to be Irish and get away with it.