A list of fun things to do in and around Seattle to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, including a six-course dinner at Mullready's Irish Pub in Magnolia, and music at Ballard's Tractor Tavern and Conor Byrne Pub.
Like Cinco de Mayo and Fat Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day is often a good excuse to tie one on.
Mind you, not that Guinness isn’t “good for you.” Kicking back a few pints of stout or green beer or, for that matter, taking a tipple from the “Jameson girls” can be just the thing for a fine night out.
But if you’re looking for something a bit more, shall we say, grown-up, you might drop into Mulleady’s Irish Pub Saturday. Of all the goings-on this weekend, this low-key Magnolia restaurant is presenting what might be called an anti-St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
“We don’t serve beer in plastic cups,” says owner/bartender Travis Stanley-Jones.
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Indeed. Instead of the usual rounds of the carbonated stuff (though that will be available, too), Stanley-Jones and his chef, Tim Stewart, have put together a six-course, white-table-cloth gourmet meal that looks pretty stunning on paper.
The menu kicks off with champ croquettes (mashed potato with green onion and Irish cheddar), and works its way through a lamb and mushroom stew, watercress panzanella salad, corned beef — of course — then a palette-cleansing sorrel sorbet and finally a candied-ginger bread pudding.
For forty bucks, you can’t go wrong. Irish music will be provided by a local duo.
If it’s a more extravagant musical evening you’re looking for, you might consider the Paperboys, the musical equivalent of Mulleady’s sophisticated blend of tradition and nouvelle. Ever popular in Seattle, this Vancouver, B.C., eight-piece plays the Tractor Tavern Saturday. Leader Tom Landa and his trusty fiddler Kalissa Hernandez and tin whistler/bassist Geoffrey Kelly serve up a fine blend of traditional Irish jigs and reels, bluegrass, Jamaican ska (featuring Seattle sax man Kareem Kandi in the horn section) and, of all things, Mexican son jarocho. (Landa was born in Mexico.) Since they got together in 1991, the Paperboys have released seven albums, picking up several Juno awards (Canadian Grammys) along the way.
If your taste runs to the more traditional, you’ll probably want to drop by the spot where Seattle’s neo-folk movement got under way — Conor Byrne. There, you can hear the raw and unpretentious duo of Adam Borkoski and Jeremy (The Reverend) Summer, who call themselves the Whisky Swillers. (Among their avowed influences, they list Charlie Poole, the New Lost City Ramblers and IPA). The Swillers are joined by Jug of Punch and the Jamesons for the holiday.
Here’s a detailed list of those events, plus some other diversions coming up this St. Patrick’s Day. Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm:
Tiller’s Folly: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn; $18-$20 (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov/arts).
A Newfoundland Irish St. Patrick’s Day with Piper Stock Hill: 4 p.m. Saturday, Old Pequliar, 1722 N.W. Market St., Seattle; free (206-782-8886).
Irish Festival: An Irish celebration with booths selling Irish and Celtic products, music, singing, dancing, workshops, lectures, cultural displays and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; free (irishclub.org).
The Kennedys, Whiskey Gaels, Author Unknown, Herding Cats: 3 p.m. Saturday, Wilde Rover, 111 Central Way, Kirkland; $10 (425-822-8940 or wririshrestaurant.com).
Whisky Swillers (9 p.m.-midnight), Jug of Punch (3-5 p.m.), the Jamesons (10 a.m.-2 p.m.): Saturday, Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $10 cover starting at 2 p.m. (206-784-3640 or conorbyrnepub.com/).
Paddython 2012: A daylong celebration beginning at 5:15 a.m. Saturday with Rugby and Sounders FC on TV, Irish Dancers (2 p.m.) and live music by True Romans, Junior on the Prowl and Kennedy Brothers (4 p.m.). Fado Irish Pub, 801 First Ave., Seattle; $10-$15, free before 4 p.m. (206-264-2700 or www.fadoirishpub.com/seattle).
The Blarney Bhoys, Smokin Shamrock, Mairtin O hUigin, Servants of the Rich, Stout Pounders: Noon Saturday, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, 1916 Post Alley, Seattle; $20 admission includes festival T-shirt (206-728-1916 or www.kellsirish.com/seattle/index.php).
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Music by Bowlby Brothers, Irish Dancers and food and drink specials. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Celtic Swell, 2722 Alki Ave., Seattle; $10 (206-932-7935 or www.celticswell.com/StPatricks).
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Live music, Irish dancers and food and drink specials. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, C.S. Finnegan’s, 2601 First Ave., Seattle; $20 (www.csfinnegans.com/).
St. Patrick’s Day Dining: Irish duo performs music while a six-course menu of Irish tradition and culinary ingenuity will be served by owner and bartender Travis Stanley-Jones. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by emailing email@example.com or by calling 206-283-8843. No minors allowed at this dining event. 4 p.m. Saturday, Mulleady’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 3055 21st Ave. W., Seattle; $40 (206-283-8843 or www.mulleadyspub.com).
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Music by the Owl N’ Thistle Band, Haggis Brothers and New Forge. Noon-2 a.m. Saturday, Owl ‘N Thistle Irish Pub & Restaurant, 808 Post Alley, Seattle; $10 (206-621-7777 or www.owlnthistle.com/).
KMRIA (Pogue’s Tribute), Less Than Equals: 9:30 p.m. Friday, High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., Seattle; $8-$10 (206-632-0212 or www.highdiveseattle.com).
The Paperboys, Renegade Stringband: 5 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Saturday, The Tractor, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $20 (206-789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com).
The Nelda Swigget Trio: Irish jig. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., Seattle; free (206-622-6400 or www.hotelsorrento.com).
Compiled by Jeff Albertson. To submit listings, go to seattletimes.com/submitlistings.