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5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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We know you’ll be sloshing multiple pints of green beer around this Thursday, because we will too. But in case you want to add a little something extra to your night of Irish revelry, then read on for five unique ways to get your partying on in the Valley. But first, go green and pour yourself a pint of Irish beer—you can never start too early.

1. Win a trip to Ireland

You may not be in Ireland this week, but you could be soon! McFadden’s Glendale is giving party-goers the chance to win a trip for two to the Emerald Isle. Show up and purchase a $10 ‘passport’ that will be your possible ticket to the land of luck while also enjoying brunch buffet (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), live music, Irish drinking games and a ton of green beer and drink specials all night long.

More Info: mcfaddensglendale.com/stpatricksday2016

2. Mix it up the Irish way

Can’t decide between a night of liquor or beer? You won’t have to. If you’re looking for a festive cocktail that includes the best of the Irish spirits, visit any Culinary Dropout to gulp down the “Smashed Irishman,” a delicious mix of Jameson whiskey, Guinness reduction and mint. And if you fall in love with it like we know you will, the recipe is below for future drinking.

Ingredients:

  • .75 oz. honey syrup
  • .5 oz. Guinness reduction (see below)
  • .75 oz. lemon juice
  • 1.5 oz. Jameson whiskey
  • 5  sprigs of mint (for garnish)

DirectionsAdd all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake and double strain into buckets glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

Guinness reduction: Bring 24 oz of Guinness in a pan to a simmer over medium heat and let simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.

More Info: culinarydropout.com

3. Head south of the border 

In addition to serving up green tacos and green beer all day, El Hefe Scottsdale will be hosting its green taco eating contest. All you have to do is inhale 15 tacos in 15 minutes to win $300 in cash and prizes. Whether you plan on feasting or watching, it promises to be a night of over-indulgence. Only 20 will be allowed to participate. $10 to enter. Call 612.236.8413 to enter.

More Info: elhefe.com

4. Get your river dance on

No, this music festival is not filled with bag pipes and skirts. Head to Rawhide for the Pot of Gold Music Festival, an awesome two days of music from some of the biggest names in the industry today. The festival takes place Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19 and will include artists like Ty Dolla Sign, Dirty Heads, Rae Sremmurd, Atmosphere, Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid, 311 and more. Future will headline on Thursday and Big Sean will headline and close out the festival on Saturday night.

More Info: potofgoldaz.com

5. Drink, drink, drink

Keep it traditional and post up at The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen in Tempe for half-pint glasses of Guinness Draught and $8 Irish Car Bomb specials with Baileys Irish Cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bushmills Irish Whiskey. To soak up the liquor enjoy one of their beer braised brats.

More Info: thelodgetempe.com

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