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Twenty Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Denver

March 17 is the day we celebrate Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, by painting ourselves green, drinking lots of emerald-colored beer and getting involved in all kinds of general debauchery — because what better way to remember a saint? The festivities kicked off this past weekend with the annual St. Patrick's Day parade taking over downtown Denver on Saturday, but the fun is far from over. Events continue through the week, peak on St. Paddy's on Thursday, and then a few even spill over into the weekend. Here are 21 places to celebrate St. Patrick's, in alphabetical order.

The Abbey Tavern 
5151 East Colfax Avenue
The Abbey Tavern will be celebrating on St. Patrick's Day with live music, pipers, Irish dancers and traditional Irish fare. The pub will open at 11 a.m. for lunch with a special Irish menu and will have giveaways throughout the day; the Colorado Youth Pipe Band Community will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by Irish dancing at 7. For more information, contact the tavern at 303-321-5151.  

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street

The Boulder Theater will host a free St. Patrick's Day party on Thursday, March 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. The party will feature drink specials from Boulder Beer and Jameson, a $10 Irish-meal option and live music from Pro Leisure, the Al Capones and others. The music starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit
The Exchange Tavern 
11940 Bradburn Boulevard, Westminster 
The Exchange Tavern in will hold its tenth annual St Patrick’s Day celebration as part of its ten-year anniversary celebration. There will be a limited holiday menu available all week through Friday, March 18, which includes corned beef and cabbage, bangers and colcannon, Irish stew, and fish and chips. Drink specials include $3 well drinks and Bud Light drafts, $5 Irish Car Bombs, and $5.50 Guinness and Irish Banshees. On St. Patrick's Day, there will also be live music for a $5 cover after 2 p.m. For more information, call the tavern at 303-469-0404. 

Fadó Irish Pub
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. 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.  There will be live music, dancing, Irish food, plenty of drinks and more. Doors open at 6 a.m. on March 17, but the block party doesn't get under way until 10 a.m; tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door or in advance here. Check out the full lineup of events, get tickets and learn more at

The Fainting Goat 
846 Broadway
The Fainting Goat will open at 11 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day, and offer guests special pricing on corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and Jameson. The bar will also have live music. Admission is free, call 303-945-2323 for more information.  

Hard Rock Cafe    
500 16th Street 
The Hard Rock Cafe has teamed up with Guinness for a seasonal burger-and-beer pairing 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.

Irish Rover
54 South Broadway
The Irish Rover opens at 11 a.m. for St. Paddy's Day, and will offer revelers traditional Irish pub food, pipers and step dancers. The live music and dancing goes down from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information. contact the Rover at 303-282-4643. 

Irish Snug

1201 East Colfax Avenue
The Irish Snug started partying this past weekend, and will be back in form on St. Paddy's Day, when the festivities start at 1:30 p.m. For the full schedule of events, visit

[email protected]'s
500 16th Street
On March 17, [email protected]'s will have live music from McHot Lunch Band starting at 8:30 p.m. The bar will also offer  $5 Jameson, $5 Irish Eyes and $4 Boulder Shake Pints. For more information, contact Jack's at 303-433-1000.  

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LoDo's Bar and Grill
1946 Market Street
Kegs and Eggs is a St. Patrick's Day staple in Denver. The eleventh annual event will take over LoDo's starting at 7 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day, with musical guests Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, St Motel and Amzy. The event is free but fills up fast, so get there early. For more information click here
Maggie Smith's Irish Pub 
6631 South Peoria Street, Centennial

From 1:30 to 10 p.m. on March 17, Maggie Smith's will have live Irish music and dancing, including several performances by the Connolly Academy of Irish Dance. For more information, call the pub at 303-999-2010.  

2100 16th Street
McLoughlin's will host Irish entertainment on St. Patrick's Day, with plenty of Guinness on hand. Check out the full lineup of entertainment at  

Mercury Cafe  
2199 California Street
On march 17, the Mercury Cafe will host Go Green for St. Patrick's Day and Stay Green for Your Planet, bringing traditional yet modern Irish fare – all-organic corned beef and cabbage – to the table, and non-traditional entertainment, featuring poet and Native American flutist Valerie Szarek, singer Laurie Dameron and magician/mentalist Erica Sodos, to the stage, from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. Admission to the show is a donation of $5 to $15; food, should you decide to dine, is extra. Learn more at

1429 Market Street
Nallen's will be celebrating from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on St. Paddy's, with corned beef sandwiches, an outdoor tent, step dancers, bagpipers, drinks and more. Get all the details by calling the pub at 303-572-0667.    

5364 Greenwood Village Plaza, Greenwood Village

Slattery's will have a tent set up for St. Paddy's, and will fill it with entertainment — live music, step dancing and bagpipers — from noon to 11 p.m. Find out more at

Stir Cooking School
3215 Zuni Street
Stir will host the Luck of the Irish cooking class at 6:30 p.m. on March 17, when students will learn how to cook a handful of Irish favorites, including homemade Irish soda bread with aged Irish cheddar, beer cheese soup, Guinness cake and more. The class is $75 per person; register and learn more here

The Tavern Downtown
1949 Market Street
Get lucky at The Tavern Downtown on St. Patrick's Day, with $4 car bombs, $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts, DJs, giveaways and more. For more information, contact the Tavern at 303-299-0100, or visit 

Thirsty Lion
1605 Wynkoop Street
The Thirsty Lion is serving up a menu of Irish food and drinks through March 19, including a lamb burger, potato cakes, reuben pizza, bread pudding and more. And starting on St. Patrick's Day and running through Saturday, March 19, the gastropub will host a St. Paddy's Day Weekend Festival that will highlight its handcrafted Irish menu, Irish cocktails and specialty beer flights. Get all the details at    

2015 Market Street
The ViewHouse in the Ballpark neighborhood will be celebrating the restaurant and bar's four-year anniversary as well as St. Paddy's with a day full of live Irish music, Irish dancers, DJs, giveaways, Irish food and drink specials and more. Check out for all the details. 

Yard House
1555 Court Place

In honor of theholiday, all Yard House locations will be serving up special food and cocktail menus through March 20. Diners can dig into items like corned beef brisket braised in beer with boiled red potatoes and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and a grilled corned beef sandwich. Drinks include a Dublin mule, Celtic mojito, emerald isle and the obligatory green beer. For more information, visit 

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