Despite Boulder’s love of the color green, there aren’t many options for St. Patrick’s Day festivities around town. Having been named America’s 15th drunkest city by Forbes, you’d think Boulder would offer more options for a St. Patrick’s Day you’re sure to forget. Luckily, there are more than a couple options for you to show off that 1/8 Irish heritage you’re so proud of the whole year through.
Leave it to Boulder’s resident Irish Pub to get the party started—as early as 8 a.m. Boasting a line-up of Irish dancers and bagpipers all the livelong day, the live music starts at 2 p.m. with Trout Steak Revival. The party goes until they shut it down, but make sure you get there early—this bar is the hottest spot in Boulder for a St. Patrick’s celebration.
Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill
After some setbacks during Super Bowl season, the Lazy Dog is back in business and ready to cater to all your green-beer-soaked needs with drink specials and St. Patrick’s Day events all weekend. The celebration kicks off Friday night with Smack Thompson and continues through Sunday night.
The West End Tavern
Boulder’s West End Tavern is going green for St. Pat’s as well. The WET is offering a whole bar’s worth of Irish favorites, such as seven Irish beers on tap and drink specials for both Bushmill and Jameson. If you’re hungry, they’re also offering some delicious Irish meals like Bangers & Mash, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie. Stop by at 1 or 7 p.m. to check out the Irish Dancers.
Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
If you feel like heading over to Denver, be sure to check out the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday. The parade, a Denver tradition that began in the 1800s, spans over ten blocks and starts at 10 a.m. If you’re looking to stick around after the parade ends, there are plenty of Irish pubs nearby to grab a bite to eat and a drink.
If you’re feeling extra daring, you can always check out an infamous CU mega-party (read: riot) that’s been known to happen on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Erin go bragh!
Contact CU Independent Senior Staff Writer Sarah Elsea at Sarah.email@example.com