St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, but the festivities begin this weekend at a few bars and restaurants in Pierce County.
Many offer live music and other traditional Irish dishes. Of course, Guinness also plays a major role. Incline Cider House in the Brewery Blocks, for example, will serve snakebites all weekend long. Popular in the UK, Snakebites combines cider and a lager – in this case Guinness – in the same glass, with the heavier beer floated on top.
Narrows Brewing also tapped a small keg of a new Irish yeast-based red ale ahead of the weekend, and the Original House of Donuts teamed up with the Ram Restaurant and Brewery to make a cream cake donut. Irish, available at both Tacoma and Lakewood Locations.
Are you looking for live music? Spar will have bands playing Irish rock ‘n’ roll and traditional Irish music on Saturdays from 8pm to 11pm; Airport Tavern will add tacos from The Church Cantina to the mix ($ 5 blanket).
Unfortunately, some larger events have altered their plans due to the ban on large gatherings, but at the TK Irish Pub in Puyallup, the show continues.
For traditional Irish food and festivities, read on for where to go this weekend through March 17.
SOUTHERN TACOMA EAGLES
The Fraternal Order of Eagles # 2933 is having a St. Patrick’s Day party on Friday with live music from the Littlefield 22 Band. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., dive into a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $ 12. This event is open to the public.
South Tacoma Eagles # 2933
IRISH TK PUB
Now in its ninth year, the TK Irish Pub is hosting its annual outdoor St. Patrick’s Day party Friday and Saturday, then again on March 17th. Live music will begin at 7 p.m. this weekend, with two sets on Tuesday. “This is our usual setup with tents, bars and food in the back with service provided by our lovely staff,” the restaurant wrote on Facebook.
Enjoy classic dishes like Guinness Irish Stew with Beef, Lamb, Potatoes & Vegetables ($ 10 cup, bowl $ 15); Shepherd’s Pie bursting with ground lamb and Guinness-simmered vegetables ($ 10 to $ 15); and corned beef – home braised – with cabbage and a mix of potatoes ($ 15). The pub’s standard menu also includes plenty of sandwiches, like an Irish corned beef or St. Patrick’s Day pork dip, a bunch of applewood smoked pork in a ‘twisted whiskey’ sauce with a house coleslaw ( both at $ 13).
Irish Pub TK
- 109 S. Meridian, Puyallup, 253-604-4791, tkirishpub.com
- Details: March 13-14, music at 7 p.m. March 17, music at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
PUBLIC HOUSE OF DOYLE
St. Helen’s Pub also usually hosts an outdoor party, but this year it will stay indoors. It means no cover, but you can still buy a doyle t-shirt for $ 20 or a sweatshirt for $ 40 to jump in the front line on Saturday and Tuesday.
On March 14, the doors open at 6 a.m. – yes, so early! – for the rendering of the “Workingman”. A corned beef hash breakfast will be served until 1 p.m., alongside standard menu items like Doyle’s Cristo with habanero blueberry jelly and cookies and gravy (all $ 11) . Stay on the Guinness theme with Irish clams, a pound of steams simmered in dark beer with roasted peppers, onions and garlic ($ 13), or try the corned beef with balsamic bacon jam ($ 16).
On St. Patrick’s Day, opt for the “Everyman’s” version, where the doors open at the same time but breakfast is only available until 11:00 am.
Doyle’s public house
- 208 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma, 253-272-7468, doylespublichouse.com
- Details: March 14, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. March 17, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Only on March 17, Oddfellas will be serving a special plate of Mama Jane’s Corned Beef and Bacon Fried Cabbage ($ 14.99). The bar, with plenty of whiskey and Guinness on tap, will hold its happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Oddfellas – Tacoma
Pints of Guinness will be $ 4 at this Parkland pub, and if dyed green beer is your thing, you’ll find it here, too. There will also be a photo booth and raffles.
- 11118 Pacific Ave. S., Tacoma, 253-536-6742
- Details: March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
IRISH PUB O’MALLEY
The Sixth Avenue pub will have live music from 7 p.m. Saturday for its Pre-St. Paddy Party Punk Bash with Offtrack, The Bitter Ex-Lovers and the Super Sonic Battle Squad. In terms of traditional hoses, look no further than the Puget Sound Fire Department.
Corned beef and hash are also on the menu here, alongside bangers and mash, Guinness and Merlot-simmered ground beef shepherd’s pie (all $ 10.25). A plate of corned beef and cabbage, also cooked in Guinness, costs $ 14.25.
O’Malley’s Irish Pub
- 2403 6th avenue, Tacoma, 253-627-9403, facebook.com/allthewhisky
- Details: March 14, open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., music at 7 p.m., no repeat
The show will continue – with folk music and green beer – at Vashon Brewing. “It’s supposed to be a low-key event,” he wrote on Facebook.
Board the ferry to sample tasty Irish stews and pies, described as empanadas with cheese and potatoes or beef, potatoes and cabbage. To drink, try wearing it smoked with cherry or wearing it Black Moon with notes of chocolate and coffee.
- 17205 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon Island, 206-408-7542, vashonbrewing.com
- Details: March 14, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This story was originally published March 13, 2020 5:00 a.m.