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Ten Best Places to Start Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Denver This Weekend

St. Patrick's Day is still a week away, but this weekend Denver will be going green — and for once we're not talking about weed. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held downtown starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, which means you can expect to see plenty of green beer, corned beef, Irish whiskey and amateur drinkers around the Mile High City. Here are our picks for the ten best places to drink and dine in the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, presented in alphabetical order.

Clancy's Irish Pub
March 12, 17 and 18
7000 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge
Clancy's has been celebrating St. Patrick's Day since 1973, and will go green starting on Saturday, March 12, with plenty of Irish fun. But the fun gets really big on St. Patrick's Day, when Clancy's will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and feature Wild Mountain Music with members of the Indulgers. Find out more at

Fadó Irish Pub
March 11, 12 and 17 
1735 19th Street
Every year Fadó puts on one of the largest St. Paddy's Day parties in Denver, and this year is no exception. The festivities kick off on Friday, March 11, with a St. Baldrick's head-shaving event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Learn more about how you can help St. Baldrick's fight children's cancer here. ) On Saturday, March 12, the main event will have the pub rocking and the drinks flowing as revelers enjoy ten hours of bands, DJs, Irish dancers, food trucks and more; be sure to pace yourself.  As usual, the bar will have tents set up in the plaza across from Coors Field so that party-goers can celebrate in a little fresh air. Doors open at 6 a.m., but the block party doesn't get under way until 10 a.m; tickets are $20 and can be bought at the door or in advance here. Of course, Fadó will also be celebrating on March 17, the real St. Paddy's Day. Check out the full lineup of events, get tickets and learn more at

Hard Rock Cafe  
March-April 10 
500 16th Street 
The Hard Rock Cafe has teamed up with Guinness for a seasonal burger-and-beer pairing that will be available through April 10. The Guinness & Jameson Bacon Cheeseburger, paired with a Guinness draught, is a half-pound certified Angus beef patty topped with Jameson-bacon jam, garlic aioli and Guinness cheese sauce. For a limited time, the cafe is also featuring a new Jameson Irish Mule cocktail. For more information, contact the restaurant at 303-623-3191.


March 12-17
1001 Santa Fe Drive

Fuel up before the rest of your St. Patrick's Day festivities at Interstate. From Saturday, March 12, through Thursday, March 17, it's offering a corned beef and cabbage entree for $16, as well as Jamos for $4, Guiness cans for $4 and car bombs for $5.
Irish Snug
March 11, 12, 13 and 17
1201 East Colfax Avenue
The Irish Snug has Colfax covered all weekend long, and on St. Patrick's Day as well, with a full schedule of events. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, and running through Sunday afternoon, the Snug will hold its annual Capitol Hill Hooley, an event packed full with Irish dancers, live musical performances, a magic show and even balloon twisting for the kids. On St. Paddy's Day, the festivities will start at 1:30 p.m. For the full schedule of events, visit    

Keep reading for five more places to start celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend.
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