Finding a Pot of Gold in Tucson

Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day? March 17 is right around the corner. The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival, now in its 30th year, will wind through downtown Tucson on Friday, March 17th at 11am to get the fun started. The festivities will include a children’s game area, food and merchandise vendors. Be sure to wear plenty of green.  Many of the  local businesses in downtown and the rest of Tucson will be teeming with Gaelic pride.  Here are five local ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tucson.

In the Downtown area, make Hotel Congress your St. Patrick’s Day HQ. Hotel Congress will be hosting a free show by the Bastard Sons of Patrick at 7PM.  Stick around and join in for the St. Patrick’s Day Great Guinness Toast at 10pm.  Hang out on the plaza to enjoy Corned Beef Sliders with  violet mustard, pretzel buns, house made pickles or some Irish Fish Stew with root vegetables and Guinness broth.  Stop inside to the Cup Cafe for House pickled corned beef and cabbage made with AZ raised brisket, boiled cabbage, potatoes, carrots, violet mustard sauce, Shepherd’s pie with  Minced lamb, root vegetables, stout broth, whipped potatoes, Irish cheddar or Root Vegetable ale pie with Hearty vegetables, Stout broth, puff pastry, red cabbage and frisee salad, stout vinaigrette. Check out the details here.

You can also toast the Irish with the St. Patrick’s Day Flight Event from Pueblo Vida Brewing.  Celebrate with an Irish flight of four stouts including Breakfast Stout, Breakfast Stout with Coconut, Breakfast Stout with Chocolate & Mint and Breakfast Stout with Jameson Soaked Oak Spirals.  Good craic is guaranteed for all.

Head over to 1912 Brewing Company for their St Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Cook Off. When you join 1912 on  St Patrick’s day you get to help be the judge of their employee corned beef and cabbage cook off from 5pm - 6pm. Stick around afterwards and enjoy a pint (or three) while listening to some live music.

The Arizona Beer House is pairing with Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games for a very special St. Patrick's Day celebration.  Enjoy live Celtic music from Scatter the Dust and the Tucson & District Pipe Band.  The event is family friendly with performances by the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance, a jumping castle and Green Jellybean Entertainment balloon twisting.  Food will be available for sale from American Flying Buffalo and Gigi's Fusion Food Truck.

Out north, celebrate St. Patrick's Day Specials at Noble Hops.  They will be kicking off the day with food specials starting at 11am. The holiday menu includes House corned beef hash with potatoes, shallots, garlic; topped with two eggs and texas toast and white and green chocolate cake with a Jameson glaze. Their bartenders will be dyeing the craft beers green and mixing up drink specials throughout the evening. At 6pm catch bagpipe performances by the Northwest Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

The luck of the Irish is all around you when you choose local!