St. Patrick’s Day in Tempe

I love being Irish…even if it’s only for one day. Yes, St. Patrick’s Day 2016 is upon us and Tempe really knows how to celebrate. So, get out your green attire, polish your Irish step dancing shoes and get ready for the big day! Here’s how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tempe. Just remember to have fun, and be responsible — use a cab or public transportation to get around.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at Rula Bula Irish Pub! 
401 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 929-9500
Any day is a good day to visit Rula Bula, especially when that day is March 17. Throw on your green shirt and accessories and head over to their St. Patrick’s Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Enjoy live music with Trevor Jones, Tommy Rocker, Lily and The Bogmen,Town Lake Pipe Band and Bracken Irish Step Dancers and promotions by Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Jameson and Tullamore Dew. Cocktail specials and full food menu will be available including Best of Phoenix Fish ‘n Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. And take advantage of the 2 hour free parking in next door lot with customer meter code (ask your server).

St. Patrick’s Day at Hackett House
95 W. 4th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-350-8181
Tempe Sister Cities invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish dinner at the Hackett House, located in Downtown Tempe. Tempe Sister Cities brings the Irish spirit to Tempe for the best celebration in town Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy lively Irish music, traditional Irish cuisine and no-host bar. The cost is $15 per person or $25 for dinner for two, and includes a glass of wine, beer or soda.

St. Pattie’s Day Rager at Fat Tuesday and Handlebar
6th St. and Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-967-3917
Fat Tuesday and Handlebar have partnered up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Tempe. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Expect live music, four DJs, five bars and drink specials. The party starts at on March 17 at 7 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at Four Peaks Brewing Co.
1340 E 8th St #104, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-303-9967
The party starts at 7 a.m. at Four Peaks in Tempe! From 7-10 a.m., choose from an assortment of Irish themed breakfast options including corned beef and hash, Irish Brewer’s Breakfast, French toast, chicken and waffles and Killarney Benedict. The full menu and an Irish menu will be available starting at 10 a.m. In addition to live music, Irish fare, drink specials, and bagpipers, there will be a t-shirt giveaway to early risers to highlight this annual alcoholiday.

The Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill St. Patrick’s Day Festival
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy #1041, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-968-2920
The Thirsty Lion located at Tempe Marketplace is St. Patrick’s Day central as the restaurant holds a three-day festival of food, drink and fun. Beginning Thursday, March 3, the restaurant will be serving up traditional Irish favorites with a modern twist, including Irish Beef Stew, Bacon Cheddar Potato Cakes, Irish Shepherd’s Pie, and Jameson Bing Cherry Bread Pudding. Not to be left out, several Irish cocktails and beer flights will also be available. Enjoy musical and dance performances Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18. Performers will include Irish dancers, bagpipe players and several high-profile local Irish performers, including Steve Ayotte and Shallow Waters. In addition, the restaurant will hold a charitable event on Saturday, March 19, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation in the fight against childhood cancer. During the event, the restaurant will be gathering pledges from participants willing to shave their heads to become “shavees.” Guests don’t need to have their heads shaved to donate.

Bar Louie Shamrock ‘N Roll
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281 | 480-658-1600
Located in The District at Tempe Marketplace, Bar Louie will be hosting “Shamrock ‘N Roll” on Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19, where $4 green beers and $5 Jameson drinks will be on tap all day as patrons cheer on the Fightin’ Irish during the televised NCAA Tournament. The St. Paddy’s Day party really heats up Saturday night when the restaurant is overtaken with Irish sights and sounds as live entertainment pumps up guests looking to celebrate. Performers include local Irish performers Levi and Tim.


Written Toni Smith

An Arizona native, Toni Smith loves to dine out, conquer hiking trails, go to concerts and survive hot yoga classes. She has also never met a dog she didn’t love instantly. She lives in Tempe with her husband and daughter.