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, don't miss Seattle's St. Patrick's Day Parade, and there's also an Irish festival and often a run or two in the lineup too.
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 at James Street and ends at Westlake Park (on 4th Avenue at Pine), and usually starts around 12:30 p.m. Get there early to get a good spot.
For 2019, this event is March 16.
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.
For 2019, this event is March 17.
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 food. The Irish Festival is a fun and family-friendly way to enjoy St. Patrick's Day and add a bit of cultural learning into the mix. Expect visual arts, performances, a marketplace, genealogy workshops and more.
For 2019, this event is March 16 and 17.
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.
For 2019, the 10th annual event is March 16.
Seattle Irish Pubs
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.
- Conor Byrne Pub: Live music 5 to 7 nights a week, and happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 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. 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle
- The Celtic Swell: 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. 2722 Alki Avenue Southwest, Seattle
- Fado Irish Pub: 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. 801 1st Avenue, Seattle
- Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub: 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 with live music and more. 1916 Post Alley, Seattle
- Owl 'n Thistle Irish Pub & Restaurant: 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 check the events schedule to see if there's any live music coming up. 808 Post Alley, Seattle
- T.S. McHugh’s: T.S. McHugh’s is just a block from Seattle Center and stocks over 20 beers on tap and plenty of Irish fare. 21 Mercer Street, Seattle
- Paddy Coyne’s: 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 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to midnight each day. 2801 Alaskan Way #103, Seattle and 700 Bellevue Way NE Suite 100, Bellevue
Tacoma, Redmond, Kirkland Irish Pubs
- Doyle's Public House: 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. 208 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma
- O'Malley's Irish Pub: 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. 2403 6th Avenue, Tacoma
- Celtic Bayou: Live music three nights a week, tons of bottled and on-tap beers from around the world, and a mix of Irish and Cajun food makes Celtic Bayou a bit unique. 7281 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond
- Wilde Rover: 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. 111 Central Way, Kirkland