If you're looking for more traditional St. Paddy's Day celebrations, see our slideshow of ten top Denver Irish pubs, which will all be hosting their own parties.
Blue Moon Brewing Company3750 Chestnut Place
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Corned beef and cabbage isn't Irish! However, our fevered protestations have had little to no effect on March 17's restaurant menus; while we'll shout it from the rooftops until the last leprechaun has left the pub, we've begrudgingly accepted the prevalence of non-Irish foodstuffs on St. Paddy's Day. Therefore, we present to you...doughnuts and beer. "Why?" you ask. Why not? Pair a baked good — any baked good — with an alcoholic beverage and you've got a viable tasting event. Bagels and bourbon? Muffins and mules? Blue Moon Brewing Company's version pairs four mini-doughnuts with four beers from 1 to 3 p.m., alongside tunes from Fort Vine, a NYC-based folk duo. Tickets, $16, are on sale now on Eventbrite.
The Cherry Cricket2641 East 2nd Avenue, 303-322-7666
2220 Blake Street, 303-297-3644
Status: Amateur (Ballpark); Pro-am (Cherry Creek)
Denver's legendary burger joint, the Cherry Cricket, knows how to throw a party, and this weekend both locations are going all out, with specials on not just green Coors ($4), but Irish ales and lagers like Killian's ($5), Harp and Smithwick's ($6), and Guinness ($7), plus $5 Tullamore Dew, $6 Jameson and $7 Irish Car Bombs. Also on the menu Saturday and Sunday are an Irish burger, beef stew and (of course) corned beef and cabbage. While the doors at the original Cherry Creek location open at 11 a.m., early birds will want to get to the Ballpark outpost at 8 a.m. on Saturday for breakfast burritos and drinks prior to the the parade; on St. Patrick's Day itself, Ballpark will open at its usual 11 a.m.
Improper City3201 Walnut Street
RiNo food truck collective Improper City is hewing close to its name and celebrating St. Patrick's Day starting on Saturday, March 16, with brunch at 11 a.m. Irish coffee and black-and-tans will be the drinks of choice on the patio all day, while the best part of the afternoon has to be Root Insurance's free shuttles running between Improper City, the Ginn Mill and Revel Social from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday promises to be mellower: Brunch kicks off at 11 a.m., with a bagpipe band taking the stage at noon. Visit the event Facebook page for more details, including the food truck and music lineup.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery3200 Larimer Street, 303-736-8376
2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Status: ProIs drinking a bright-green alcoholic beverage any classier if it's not beer, but wine? The Infinite Monkey Theorem, Denver's best known winery, would like you to think so — and unlike the Coors Light you're likely to "enjoy" at most bars around town this weekend, IMT's concoction will actually taste good, thanks to winemaker Ben Parsons's excellent products. Both locations will be serving up green wine slushies to honor St. Paddy (the Denver tasting room from 2 to 9 p.m., the Aurora outpost from noon to 8 p.m., with an Irish dance performance at 12:45 p.m.), so you can sip, slurp and remain smug in your swankiness while still getting snockered.
Irishfest Denver21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence streets
Status: Pro-am, but only because of the roséNever an area of town to pass up a weekend-long street party, the Ballpark neighborhood is rolling out the green carpet for Irishfest Denver from Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17. Friday and Saturday nights boast that old Irish tradition, the silent disco, but if you're a purist, you can wake up with the Irish coffee bar (stocked with Corvus coffee and Paddy's Old Irish Whiskey) starting at 7 a.m. on the day itself, then stick around for a Bloody Mary bar at 10 a.m., followed by BOGO rosé, Guinness Irish stew and other neighborhood faves from Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs and Marco's Coal Fired. Admission to the party (along with Irish music and dance performances) is free; find out more and get the entire weekend's schedule on Irishfest's website.