7 Spots for St. Patrick's Day Dining in Metro Phoenix -- Plus Green Velvet Cupcakes
CaterBid.com Meat and potatoes kind of guys (and gals) are in luck this Sunday.
This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, which means you'd better prepare for one hell of a hangover on Monday morning. Get some extra work out of the way this Friday so you can make the best of one of these seven St. Patty's celebrations in the Valley. And if you'd rather drink at home (where you won't need a designated driver), we have a few suggestions for places to snag a green-tinted treat or two.
Get drunk for a good cause at Renegade Tap & Kitchen on Saturday, March 16. The St. Patrick's festivities -- including bagpipe performances and kilted bartenders -- will take place a day early (perfect for you 9 to 5ers), and a portion of the evening's proceeds will benefit the families of fallen firefighters from Surprise, Chandler, and Mesa. From 6 to 10 p.m., the kitchen will be serving traditional corned beef, cabbage, and shepherd's pie, among other Irish specialties, and the bar will be pulling hearty pints of Ireland's best ales. Patrons are encouraged to toss extra donations into the firemen's boots on the bar, which will replace the usual tip jar. To reserve your place at the party, call 480-614-9400.
There will be a St. Paddy's Day Sommelier Showdown at Cowboy Ciao on Sunday. The five-course dinner kicks off at 6:30 p.m., and each course will have not one but two wine pairings. Owner Peter Kasperski will go head-to-head against Quench Fine Wines' brand ambassador/Leprechaun Ryan Patrick McLaughlin. Dinner will be composed of re-imagined Irish favorites, and the full menu will be a delicious surprise. The five-course dinner with 10 wine pairings is only $60 per person. Call 480-946-3111 to reserve your spot.
Half-Irish, half-Mexican? Believe it or not, there's a St. Paddy's party in town just for you! The traditional Irish holiday gets a unique cultural infusion at Sandbar Mexican Grill. All three locations will be offering "Hola, Green-Go" specials like corned beef and cabbage tacos ($10), green Shamrock-aritas ($5), green beer ($3), and Green-schläger shots ($5). The all-day celebration will include live music provided by local bands and DJs.