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St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl


By Isamu Jordan | Photo by Rajah Bose

St. Patrick’s Day is the only holiday that is widely celebrated more than once per year in Spokane. There’s the St. Patrick’s Day parade day, and then there is the official St. Patrick’s Day. On both occasions bars and restaurants overflow with green beer, Irish whiskey and corned beef, braced for a visit from the Angus Scott Pipe Band. Here’s a roundup of piping-hot spots for Irish spirit on St. Patrick’s days:

O’Doherty’s Irish Grille: If Spokane had a Little Ireland, this would be the heart. This local institution serves only its most popular Irish fare on parade day—its classic Hooligan & Hannigan sandwich, a Reuben made with slow-cooked meat; Irish stew, anchored by pork sausage; and Guinness beer-battered fish and chips. 525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., 509.747.0322.

C.I. Shenanigans: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day March 14-17 with a menu of traditional Irish food with a twist, the steakhouse and brewery also unveils its St. Mick’s Dry Irish Stout. And if you’re still thirsty, there is a variety of special beverages, such as Hot Irish Delight—an Irish Coffee with a boost of coffee liqueur—or the Dublin Apple—a shaken martini of Irish whiskey, apple liqueur and cranberry juice. 332 N. Spokane Falls Ct.; 509.455.6690.

Fast Eddies: For two decades, Fast Eddies has made a tradition of serving a free green breakfast on parade day. Last year there were an estimated 50 people lined up when the doors opened at 8 a.m. Set your alarm. 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.; 509.455.8752.

Red Lion: In addition to corned beef and cabbage and Reubens, sides and barbecue are available starting at 9 a.m. on parade day, in case you hit the snooze button for Fast Eddies. 126 N. Division; 509.835.5466.

The Globe: The corned beef is braised overnight in beer. Waffle-cut fries in the Irish nachos are topped with peppercorn and cheddar cheeses, bacon bits, sour cream and green onions. 204 N. Division; 509.744.0438.

Steelhead: The outdoor beer garden opens at 9 a.m. on parade day and fills up at about 9:02. 218 N. Howard; 509.747.1303.

Satellite Diner: The featured item on the St. Patrick’s celebration menu is a corned beef and cabbage dinner with roasted baby red potatoes and candied carrots, served with a house-made mustard sauce and home-made soda bread. 425 W. Sprague; 509.624.3952.

Cyrus O’Leary’s: Watch out for this hearty corned beef and cabbage dinner. Plus pints of green beer are just $2. Save room for pie. 516 W. Main; 509.624.9000.

The Onion: The ever-popular Reubens and corned beef sandwiches return to the menu specifically for this time of the year. 302 W. Riverside; 509.747.3852.

Judi’s Place: Former recipient of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s Irish Businesswomen of the Year award, Judi Jespersen’s place has free pool, karaoke and cheap cans of PBR. 230 S. Washington; 509.744.9947.

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