Once again the pandemic has forced the cancellation of our beloved annual St. Patrick's Parade parade, but fear not. North Texans will still have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Emerald Isle with an authentic Irish meal or a frothy Guinness stout. Grab your favorite Shamrock-covered mask, slip on a green shirt and head out to one of these pubs, restaurants and breweries for an Irish celebration.
2850 N. Harwood St.
Guinness, Irish Whiskey, and Fish and Chips served in a dark wooden-panel bar. Does it get any more Irish than that? Opened in Dec. 2020, Harwood Arms is the latest addition to the European-styled cobblestone alleyway at the north end of the Harwood District. On March 17, the pub will host its first annual St. Paddy's Day Pub Party starting at noon with a day full of cold beer, live music, football (by football they mean soccer) on the telly and other celebratory festivities. The 4,000-square-foot pub with outdoor patio seating provides enough space for party-goers to properly socially distance.
Oak Highlands Brewery
10484 Brockwood Rd.
While not a traditional Irish pub, this Lake Highlands brewery will be transforming its 3,0000-square-foot taproom into a full-blown Blarney good time on Saturday March 13. The Saint Patrick's Day Party starts at noon with a crawfish boil and shrimp boil. Lads and lasses can spend the day playing shuffleboard, cornhole, ping-pong and foosball. At 7 pm the Grammy-award winning party band Brave Combo will take the stage. Sure the majority of the 20 beers on tap are German and American style and the band plays a mix of salsa, polk and zydeco music, but as long as people are having a good time, we don't think St. Patrick would be a stickler on the details.
2847 N Henderson Ave.
With draft beers from England, Ireland, Germany and Belgium and nearly 70 bottled beers from around the world, the beer selection at this British-style pub will satisfy the pickiest of beer drinkers. The menu for Irish Whiskey is not bad either. The Dublin-born pub owner curated a selection of scotch, bourbon and Irish whiskey that will pair perfectly with the traditional Irish fare like corned beef & cabbage, Irish reubens, beef stew, and bread pudding. If Irish food is not your thing, the cheeseburger is quite possibly the best burger in town. Just make sure you order a Guinness to go along with it to up your Irish cred.
2818 Greenville Ave.
This pint-sized pub on Lower Greenville is the oldest Irish bar in Dallas. With its motto 'where bad decisions lead to good times', the Dubliner is usually ground zero for the St. Paddy's Day Parade. While the parade might not bring the crowds to Lower Greenville this year, there is no doubt the tiny pub will be bursting at the seams with green-wearing patrons holding up pint glasses for more beer. The pub owner, a native Dubliner himself, takes great pride in the quality of their draught Guinness, which is said to be the best in town.
The Irishman Pub
18101 Preston Rd.
With close to a gazillion televisions, the Irishman Pub is known as the go-to destination to watch soccer, rugby and other oversea sports matches. While not everything on the menu is traditional Irish grub, (looking at you Mini Mac & Cheese Bacon Donuts), one can find Potato Leek Soup and Shepherd's Pie in between all the American-style bar food.
2621 McKinney Ave.
And finally for those looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day the old fashion way, with loads of green booze, live music and a bit of debauchery, head over to Uptown's Blackfriar Pub. On Saturday, March 13, the historic-house-turned-Irish-pub will host an all-day party complete with green beer, green jello shots, Irish Car Bombs, DJs, and all the Bangers and Mash one can stomach. Arrive early to grab a seat on the deck of the front-yard beer garden, order a frozen Irish Coffee and watch what is sure to be an entertainment afternoon of revelers looking for luck in all the wrong places.