Celebrate the luck of the Irish at these festive food spots around ASU

Try traditional Irish fare and festive treats at these eateries celebrating St. Patrick's Day

Along with wearing green and participating in parades to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, students have many choices around ASU campuses to honor the holiday with Irish foods, green treats and various beverages. 

Whether you prefer local eateries or nationwide fast food chains, be sure to visit one of these establishments for a tasty bite or refreshing pint as the world celebrates all things Irish on March 17.

1. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Head over to Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill in Tempe for seasonal specials offering Irish grub. 

Traditional items like corned beef macaroni and cheese, Scotch eggs, Irish shepherd’s pie, bacon cheddar potato cakes and whiskey Bing cherry bread pudding are all on the menu in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

The holiday menu is available now until March 17.

2. Padre Murphy's

Padre Murphy’s 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day party is cooking up traditional Irish fare, including green drinks, Bailey's bread pudding and homemade corned beef and cabbage. 

The popular celebration will take place on Sunday, March 17 at its location near ASU's West campus. The event will include face painters, clowns, bagpipers, dancers and other live performances.

Peggy Boyle, one of the owners of Padre Murphy's, said that the party is held under a 16,000-square-foot tent with entertainment and activities available for people of all ages.

Boyle said their St. Patrick's Day celebration has drawn crowds of 5,000 to 7,000 people.

3. Pedal Haus Brewery

Head to downtown Tempe this Sunday and check out Pedal Haus Brewery to join their St. Patrick’s Day drink and food specials.

For active individuals seeking a cold drink, grab your bike and be sure to check out the third annual St. Pedal’s Day Pub Crawl, hosted by the brewery and Chain Gang Pub Crawl, which will begin and end at Pedal Haus Brewery. Registration for the pub crawl begins at 11 a.m. at the brewery. 

Those who do not drink are welcome to join the event as well and can participate in eating and raffles, where a New Belgium Brewing bicycle is up for grabs. A percentage of the purchases from the pub crawl goes directly toward hiking trail kiosks, markers, tools and meals for volunteers on trail days.

4. Rúla Búla Irish Pub

Taste some authentic Irish cuisine at Rúla Búla Irish Pub in Tempe with lamb stew, potato skins, shepherd's pie  and a Guinness brownie.

This is the pub's 19th year hosting its popular St. Patrick's Day event, which includes a special food menu, beverages, bagpipers and other live performances, along with drink promotions throughout the day.

"We have all the Irish beers on tap," Rúla Búla founder Steven Goumas said. "We make our own Irish cream from scratch, using real cream instead of Bailey's Irish cream." 

Over the course of the weekend, Goumas expects the pub will go through 200 pounds of corned beef for the celebration. 

He said he also anticipates to sell around 300 Irish Car Bombs, an alcoholic drink that is not advertised on its menu.

5. Casey Moore's

If you're craving seafood, get your green on and head over to Casey Moore's Oyster House in downtown Tempe this Sunday. The menu includes fresh oysters, fish and chips, po'boy sandwiches and grilled salmon.

This Irish pub is not exclusive to seafood, though, and also offers potato skins, grilled cheese sandwiches, pesto pasta and a wide selection of alcoholic beverages.

Events will take place all weekend for the celebration, including drink specials like $4 tapped green Coors Lights.

Honorable mentions

Can't make it to an Irish pub this weekend? There are plenty of St. Patrick's Day specials taking place over the weekend, including green donuts from Krispy Kreme and Dunkin', and creamy mint milkshakes from Arby's, Portillo's, Dairy Queen, Culver's and McDonald's.

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