St Patrick’s Day is a holiday just meant for Seattle! The Northwest is an ideal climate for cozy Irish pubs and there are many located in Seattle, Tacoma and cities in between. There’s nothing like warming up with a Guinness. If you want to get out and do something more active than tip back a beer, there’s a parade, an Irish festival and often a run or two in the lineup for St Patrick’s Day.
Annual St. Patrick's Day Events in Seattle and Tacoma
Each St. Patrick's Day (or sometimes on the nearest weekend), Seattle puts on one of its best parades. Bagpipers, pirates, drill teams, Irish dancers, bands and more all march past onlookers. The parade route follows along 4th Avenue between Jefferson and ends near Seattle Center, and usually starts around noon. Get there early to get a good spot!
This run covers about four miles of ground and encourages everyone to participate, whether you want to walk or run. The mood is light with racers often dressing in costumes, so you’ll be running (or watching) leprechauns and Guinness cans jog by. Most runners at the very least wear green to get into the spirit. The run begins and ends at Seattle Center.
Seattle Center hosts Festal festivals throughout the year. Each festival highlights a culture by inviting in crafters and vendors related to the chosen culture, dance and performances, and - maybe most importantly - food!
Most years brings the Irish Festival on or around St. Patrick's Day so keep an eye out.
While Tacoma doesn't have a parade or a large Irish festival, it does have a run open to varying fitness levels. There's a kids' run, 5K, 10K and half marathon, which is part of the Crown of the Sound series.
The course is located in North Tacoma. Put on your finest greenery and join the fun.
Irish Pubs in Seattle and Tacoma
There are many Irish pubs throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area. Most have something special on for St Patrick’s Day, but at the very least, these are great places to get Irish beer and food.
Live music on Saturdays, over 100 bottled and on-tap beers from around the world, and a mix of Irish and Cajun food makes Celtic Bayou a bit unique.
Location: 7281 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond
Live music 5 to 7 nights a week, and happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. every day make Conor Byrne worth a visit. With 14-foot-high ceilings and an eye-catching bar, this pub provides a cool atmosphere.
Location: 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle
Burgers and pub fare accent a menu that also has many Irish favorites, including shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and veggie pasties. Quiz nights and live music are also on tap. A great spot for St Patrick’s Day.
Location: 2722 Alki Avenue Southwest, Seattle
Doyle's cozy interior pairs well with a beer or some tots. On St. Patrick's Day, the bar frequently expands into an outdoor space for one big party.
Location: 208 St Helens Avenue, Tacoma
Karaoke nights, Irish nights ($3.50 Irish beers), and happy hour every day from 3 to 8 p.m. are only part of why Dubliner is worth a visit. Other special nights mean $3.50 wells or bartender’s choice deals.
Location: 3517 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle
Fado has frequent Pub Quiz nights and live music, as well as plenty of soccer and rugby games on the TV--and has special happenings for St. Patrick's Day each year.
Location: 801 1st Avenue, Seattle
Located close to Pike Place Market, Kells is a great stop any day of the year. Kells has a long tradition of St Patrick’s Day fun! Live music starts at noon and goes on all day.
Location: 1916 Post Alley, Seattle
O'Malley's has a dive bar appeal with some pool tables, pub food (there are more American style items on the menu than Irish, but it's pretty tasty either way), and monitors to watch the latest game.
There's live music some nights of the week, too.
Location: 2403 6th Avenue, Tacoma
With a mix of Irish and general pub food, Owl ‘n Thistle aims for comfort all around. Kick back with some Guinness beef stew or enjoy a Jazz Jam on a Tuesday evening.
Location: 808 Post Alley, Seattle
Set in an old-world atmosphere decked out with dim lighting and dark woods, all Paddy Coyne’s locations strive to be traditional Irish pubs. Happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 to midnight each day.
1190 Thomas Street, Seattle
700 Bellevue Way NE Suite 100, Bellevue
T.S. McHugh’s is just a block from Seattle Center and stocks over 20 beers on tap and plenty of Irish fare.
Location: 21 Mercer Street, Seattle
Located in Kirkland with an outdoor deck overlooking Lake Washington, the Wilde Rover has live music many nights of the week. English Premier Football, rugby, Australian Rules, and most local games are all shown on a six-foot screen with full sound.
Location: 111 Central Way, Kirkland