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The Ten Tastiest St. Patrick's Day Parties and Food Deals This Weekend

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click to enlarge What do you get when you cross Polish with Irish? Green pierogies and a good time! - WESTWORD
What do you get when you cross Polish with Irish? Green pierogies and a good time!
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Kinga's Lounge

1509 Marion Street
303-830-6922
Status: Pro-am

Say what you want about Poles (wait...don't), but at least they know when St. Patrick's Day is. Kinga's Lounge, the Polish bar just off Colfax Avenue, is opening its doors at 10 a.m. on Sunday, with traditional American drinks taking center stage: Green beer, breakfast shots, Irish coffee, Bushmills and Irish car bombs are all on special (you'll be reliving your junior year of college as well as celebrating the occasion). Looking for fusion cuisine? The kitchen will be turning out green pierogies, as well. Details are up on the bar's Facebook page.

click to enlarge Opt for an ever-so-civilized start to St. Patrick's Day at the Lumber Baron Inn. - COURTESY LUMBER BARON INN & GARDENS FACEBOOK
Opt for an ever-so-civilized start to St. Patrick's Day at the Lumber Baron Inn.
Courtesy Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens Facebook

Lumber Baron Inn

2555 West 37th Avenue
303-477-8205
Status: Pro

If you can't stomach a slug or three of whiskey first thing in the morning, visit Highland landmark and bed-and-breakfast the Lumber Baron Inn, which only fires up the stove for its guests on weekdays, but on weekends, the Inn opens its doors to the public. And this Sunday, the Lumber Baron is upping the ante with an Irish breakfast in the parlor. For $35 ($20 for children), guests will get a delicious and traditional meal in an impressive historical setting that's said to be seriously haunted; offerings include crempogs (Welsh pancakes that have immigrated to the Emerald Isle) and bubble and squeak (a potato and cabbage hash that gets its evocative name from the sound it makes while frying). Reservations are required; call for yours.

Oblio's Pizzeria

6115 East 22nd Avenue
303-321-1511
Status: Junior division

Park Hill diners with children in tow (there's no other kind) and a loose grasp on geography will want to consider dinner at Oblio's Pizzeria on Sunday, when the joint is celebrating the Emerald Isle by bringing in the Scottish Princess Merida (details, details). During the 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. dinner seatings, kiddos will be entertained by Celtic songs, archery lessons and a wee bit o' dancing; parents will be entertained by drink specials and corned-beef-and-cabbage pizza. The pizzeria's Facebook page also promises that a "real life" leprechaun will be on hand, though we're even less sure about the suitability of the mythological figure making an appearance than we are about a Scotswoman showing up to celebrate St. Patrick; those little guys are nasty. But if you're willing to brave the cultural incongruity, email [email protected] for a reservation.


click to enlarge To get to Fadó's party, don't go to this infamous downtown address; it closed nearly two years ago. - WESTWORD
To get to Fadó's party, don't go to this infamous downtown address; it closed nearly two years ago.
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Revel Social

2229 Blake Street
303-498-0862
Status: Amateur

While the late Fadó Irish Pub hasn't disgorged inebriated and very, very loud revelers onto the streets of LoDo at 2 a.m. for a couple of years now, its spirit lives on this March, as the now-shuttered establishment still lends its name to the (take a deep breath now) Fadó Irish Pub St. Patrick's Day Block Party. These days, the folks behind Revel Social and Mile High Spirits are running the party, which will be held outside, rain or shine or snow, on Saturday, March 16 (at 10 a.m.), and Sunday, March 17 (at noon). Jameson and green beer will fuel partiers, so expect green puke to also make an appearance (watch your step). Tickets are available for $64 per pair (includes a full day of bands and DJs plus two drinks) on the Altitude Tickets website, and details about the music lineup are up on Fadó's semi-functional website.

Corned beef tacos? Don't overthink it, just accept it. - CHANNING BRODERICK
Corned beef tacos? Don't overthink it, just accept it.
Channing Broderick

Tamayo

1440 Larimer Street
720-946-1433
Status: Pro

If it's not clear by now, Denver's St. Patrick's Day celebrations skew toward the boozy and inauthentic. In this spirit, we're throwing our hands heavenward, embracing the cognitive and cultural dissonance, and recommending Tamayo's Irish-inspired Mexican brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. At this Larimer Square mainstay, corned beef doesn't even pretend to be Irish; it's served as a taco, with cabbage, potatoes and serranos also piled atop the tortilla. The pepino margarita (made with cucumber purée and served with a green salt rim) stands in for green beer. As any Denverite knows, brunch reservations are always a no-brainer; make yours on Tamayo's website.
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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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