St. Patrick’s Day in Scottsdale & Phoenix
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Do you know what makes St. Patrick’s Day such a great holiday? It isn’t because it’s the holiday with the lamest built-in pickup line, “Wow… green really makes your eyes pop.” It’s because it’s the holiday with the least amount of pressure! On Halloween, you have to get a costume and find a party. Thanksgiving and Christmas, you have to balance family time. New Year’s Eve, you have to find someone to kiss at midnight. Valentine’s Day? Let’s not even go there. March 17, all you have to worry about is finding the best bar to spend St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a task made simple this year, thanks to ScottsdaleRestaurants.com. We’ve selected some great places both in Scottsdale and other areas in the Valley. All four selections will be offering traditional Irish dishes and drink specials.
364 days a year, “KO’s” is a sports pub and restaurant that’s Irish only by name. Come St. Patrick’s Day, this North Scottsdale favorite becomes the ideal place to find your lucky charm. They have live music scheduled at 1 p.m. and a DJ that starts at 6:30 p.m. Due to the small village that descends on KO’s in search of a pot o’ gold (last pun, I promise), they have a limited food menu for the day. They are staying open until 1 a.m.
The self-proclaimed “only authentic Irish pub” in Scottsdale, Skeptical Chymist is throwing an epic four-day party that starts Tuesday. It culminates on St. Patrick’s Day with a block party starting at 8 a.m. with a traditional Irish breakfast. They have live music all day, promotions and giveaways. If you’re adverse to paying cover charges, make sure to show up before 2 p.m. After that, there’s a $10 cover fee.
For the 15th year in a row, the Irish-owned-and-operated Rosie McCaffrey’s is hosting a giant St. Patrick’s Day party. The party starts at 6 a.m. with a live radio broadcast and breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. One of the benefits of having a giant parking lot is the ability to hold the festivities inside and outside. Music starts at 11 a.m. and goes deep into the night. There is a $10 cover beginning at noon. Rosie McCaffrey’s is located on Camelback Rd. in Phoenix.
A 15-minute drive north on Scottsdale Road will bring you to Mountain View Pub. Located above Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek, they had their grand opening in January. The Irish pub is celebrating their first St. Patrick’s Day by throwing a weekend-long party, beginning at 6 a.m. Friday. They will have bagpipes, other entertainment, and tastings from different liquor companies. They also have live music scheduled throughout the weekend. On the menu, the recently debuted fish and chips and pub burgers are standouts. As the name suggests, they have some of the best views around.
Now that you have insight into some great places for St. Patrick’s Day, where will you go? Choose wisely – you don’t want to end up being green with envy. Sorry, had to get one last pun in. Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
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