There are some great Phoenix-area pubs, bars, and restaurants that have more than just green beer on St. Patrick's Day, so dress up in your best Irish attire and head to one of these special celebrations.
St. Patrick's Day is on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and the days around the holiday are bound to be filled with Irish food and beer, Celtic music, and family-friendly activities. In the Phoenix region, you'll find huge parties in outdoor tents, pub crawls, and small neighborhood places to go for a Guinness and a plate of corned beef and cabbage.
On March 17, 2020, Padre Murphy's in Glendale is the place to be for a famous tent party featuring live music and Irish fare. Doors open and the green drinks and corned beef and cabbage start flowing at 10 a.m.; there will also be leprechauns, clowns, and face painters to entertain the kids. At 11:30 a.m. the music starts with a full lineup of live entertainment including Irish dancers, bagpipers, and DJs.
There is a $10 cover charge starting at 2 p.m. Note that after 5 p.m. the gathering is for those ages 21 and up only.
Miracle Mile—a family business that is open daily in Central Phoenix—is popular on St. Patrick's Day, so plan ahead for a festive meal. Enjoy corned beef, Irish potatoes, a quarter cabbage head, and rye bread and butter from March 16–22, 2020.
If you prefer to eat elsewhere, the restaurant will also cater and package items to go.
McFadden's in the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale hosts a few festive St. Patrick's Day events for 2020, starting with a 1-kilometer (.62 mile) kilt run from 6–8 p.m. on March 13.
Then from 9 a.m. on March 17 until 2 a.m. the next day, McFadden's will have a party, including all-you-can-eat fish and chips, plus tacos and deals on green beer and margaritas. The bash includes live entertainment, games, and contests.
The restaurant Chompie's—with locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, and Glendale—offers an annual St. Patrick’s Day special, served from 11 a.m. to close on March 17, 2020. Try an all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage dinner with broiled red potatoes and fresh-baked Irish soda bread for $23.99 per person (dine-in only).
A single-serve option with corned beef and Lovey’s Leprechaun Dessert is also available for $19.99 per person (for both dine-in and take-out). Check out the bakery too, which will sell bread, bagels, cookies, cakes, and other items.
If you'd like to have fun sipping on drinks at several venues, join the annual Scottsdale pub crawl starting at 2 p.m. on March 14, 2020, taking place through 2 a.m. the next day. After purchasing tickets online, check in between 2 and 6 p.m. at the Three Wisemen bar on E. Shoeman Lane to enjoy drink specials in Old Town. Guests will receive a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl kit with drink coupons and a map to complimentary welcome shots at some bars.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, a sports bar in Phoenix and Tempe that pays homage to the old public houses of the U.S., England, Scotland, and Ireland, gears up each year for its Irish Hooley menu. Authentic Irish food will be offered all of March 2020. The venue will be featuring St. Patrick's Day favorites like green beer, Guinness, and corned beef and cabbage. Check with the restaurant for details.
On March 17, 2020, Casino Arizona in Scottsdale has a range of fun options to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day, all offering special Irish-influenced meals in addition to regular menus. Confirm details with the restaurant of your choice before heading out. While you're there, ask about festive holiday drinks throughout the casino, like the Leprechaun Mimosa and Guinness Stout Beer.
- CAZ Sports Bar will serve a holiday meal from 4 to 10 p.m. for $13.50. Guests of the bar can also enjoy playing trivia games for $1,000 and other prizes at 7 p.m. on the 2020 holiday.
- Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge offers a special $36 prix fixe menu from 5 to 10 p.m.
- Eagles Buffet will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., costing $12.95 for adults and $7.00 for children ages 5–12. From 4:30 to 10 p.m., dinner will be served at $18.95 for adults and $8.95 for children ages 5–12.
- Willows Restaurant will have a breakfast special served from 6–11 a.m. for $7.95, followed by a dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $13.95.
- Salt River Café is offering a holiday meal for $8.95 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Scottsdale's Talking Stick Resort offers special meals and drinks for St. Patrick's Day on March 17, 2020. It is a good idea to contact the individual venues for details.
- The ARENA Poker Room, Arizona’s largest space for poker, will feature its own $18 menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the luckiest day of the year for the Irish.
- The Blue Coyote Café will have a three-course menu for $23.95 starting at 11 a.m.
- Wandering Horse Buffet will serve special Irish lunch and dinner meals for the holiday—with regular hours and prices.
- Black Fig Bistro is preparing its usual menu and also a holiday meal from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for $10.25.
The St. Paddy's Weekend Kickoff at Rosie McCaffrey's Irish Restaurant & Pub in Phoenix starts on March 13, 2020, with live music by The Spirited Lads at 8 p.m.
On March 17, 2020, there will be an outdoor party with live music. Open Beta will be opening the show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kilted Spirit goes on from 3 to 7 p.m., and Cockswain will be the final act from 8 p.m. to midnight. Look for Irish food, a beer truck, and more. Beginning at noon, a $10 cover will be charged, benefiting Upward Foundation.
Starting at 8 a.m. on March 17, 2020, at the award-winning Rúla Búla Irish Pub & Restaurant in Tempe, travelers and locals can listen to live music and bagpipers, as well as enjoy deals on Guinness beer and Irish whiskeys Tullamore Dew and Jameson throughout the day.
The historic pub—built in Ireland and shipped to the U.S.—is easy to arrive at as it's located across the street from the Mill Avenue light rail station.