By Kali Ah Yuen
What better way to celebrate the Irish (now American) holiday than experiencing Ireland without leaving home? The Metroplex is home to many Irish-themed pubs and establishments that provide an atmosphere and festivities of the Irish from watching sports to having a drink with the lads. Some of them feature authentic music while others serve up Irish-themed dishes.
There are many options to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, whether it be an uptown party or downtown gathering. With an almost never-ending selection of beer and whiskey along with Irish-inspired cuisine, here’s a list of Irish-themed bars and restaurants that brings the ‘Land of a Thousand Welcomes’ to your doorstep:
Trinity Hall Irish Pub
The pub gives off an authentic Irish feel from the televised soccer games to the live weekend Celtic music. Not to mention, this place has one of the largest beer and whiskey selections in the area. Trinity Hall offers different activities depending on the day of the week, from Monday Night Poker to Pub Quiz Trivia. The Best Chicken Sandwich on the Planet, the fish and chips, and Shepherd’s Pie are must try dishes. It is open all day on St. Patrick’s Day and will feature music, and visits from the Pipers and Singers.
A warm tavern with an Irish meets American flair offering an extensive selection of draft beers and whiskeys to responsibly imbibe. The TVs constantly play sports with open pool tables as well. The folks here serve up traditional Irish food including fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish-infused nachos which are must try dishes. Happy Hour is every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with “Sunday Funday” offerings all day long. On St. Patrick’s Day, Staggering Irishman will be serving green beer and special Irish drinks. There will be giveaways and other eventful activities as well.
Managed by a native Dubliner, this pub makes you feel as if you were actually in Ireland with its wooden-paneled walls. The Dubliner offers a vast selection of imported and craft brews and whiskies, both Irish and Scottish. The draught Guinness is said to be “the best in town” by many guests. The cheese dishes are phenomenal. Drink specials take place on different days, mostly offered at night. The pub has several St. Patrick’s Day specials, including a separate menu offering Shepherd’s Pie, corned beef and cabbage, and Guinness beef stew. Irish dancers, music and drinks also will take place in celebration of the holiday.
It is a lively pub with a native Irish feel to the wooden-and-brick-structured establishment. With a significant variety of beers and whiskeys to choose from, Malarkey’s has something to offer any taste bud. The place offers an extensive menu serving British and Irish-inspired foods. The Reuben sandwich, Irish Tacos, and bread pudding are among many must-try dishes. Drink specials are available on different days of the week. For St. Patrick’s Day, Malarkey’s is hosting an extravaganza with green beer, free giveaways, drink specials, and a separate Irish-inspired menu.
McSwiggin’s Irish Pub
This classic neighborhood tavern brings a taste of Ireland to Texas with a New England Twist. With an overly decorated interior and traditional pub design, the bar and restaurant offer a congenial atmosphere. Sports and music fill the nightspot on a daily basis. The menu ranges from Irish to American foods. Among the many dishes, the fish and chips are worth a try. Daily drink specials are offered along with daily lunch and chef’s specials. Irish dancers, drink specials and possible impromptu performances will fill the pub in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
The Fillmore Pub
Inspired by Irish and United Kingdom traditions, it offers a warm, comforting atmosphere. From the wide selection of craft beers to the homemade food to one of the best whiskey selections around, this pub has a little something for everyone’s liking. The menu offers British and Irish-inspired dishes with a twist of American flavor. The Fillmore burger and onion rings are certainly filling. For brunch try the bangers and eggs. Trust me on this one. Weekly specials for drinks differ depending on the day of the week including retro cocktails and the whiskey of the month. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with food and drink specials all day with live music.
Idle Rich Pub
This pub is Irish owned and operated bringing a warm, friendly atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub to Uptown. It is fitted with rich cabinetry, furnishings and tile work directly from Ireland. The menu is diverse offering Irish-inspired brunch, appetizers, sandwiches and late-night dishes. The pretzel-bratwurst board, fish and chips, and Irish Reuben sandwich are consistent mainstays. Drink specials vary during the week. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the pub will offer Irish beer, food and whiskey specials all day with a show from our friends, The Killdares, and a bagpiper (read: awesomeness!) and an early opening.
Paddy Red’s Irish Pub
A roomy, basement bar that provides a traditional pub vibe. Darts, pool, video games, and shuffleboard are among the various activities the establishment offers. There are seven TVs so sports fans will never miss a game. The pub does not offer food, but allows guests to bring in their own. However, there are 90 different beers with a large selection of top-shelf liquors and Irish whiskeys. Drink specials vary, as you might guess, depending on the day featuring unique cocktails and bold specialty beers. For St. Patrick’s Day, the pub is hosting a pajama party with live music, drink specials and free swag.
The Ginger Man
This Irish-inspired pub offers a traditional atmosphere and over the years has sprouted several other Metroplex locations. Here we’re talking about the mothership in Uptown and on most nights, you can even enjoy live music while downing a few cold ones. There is an emphasis on the variety of beers from international, national, and local breweries. There also is a large selection of ciders and wines. Newcomers can do wrong trying the Dogfish Head Chicken Feta Bratwurst sandwich or the Dogfish Head Bratwurst and Ale Onion. Sublime might best describe the experience. Details about the St. Patrick’s Day celebration are to be determined; however, if it is anything like previous holidays, there will be drink specials and music.
The Abbey Pub
A local and authentic Irish pub with a tradition of providing good times with great friends in Cowtown aka Funkytown aka Fort Worth. Besides the classic feel and wide selection of beer, the pub offers pool, darts and shuffleboard. There is a significant emphasis on sports with various TVs playing soccer and other sports games. Happy Hour takes place every day from 3-8 p.m. The Abbey Pub does not serve food, but allows outside food and there are restaurants within a convenient distance, such as Taco Head. You know the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is worth partaking even though a detailed announcement hasn’t been made public.