St. Patrick’s Day is a popular holiday in the Seattle area, as the city is home to several Irish pubs and restaurants that always celebrate with live bands playing classic and modern Irish music. These haunts also serve up authentic Irish dishes and drinks. If you’re looking for a few good spots to spend the St. Patrick’s holiday, check out this list of Seattle bars that hold lively Irish festivals, celebrations and bashes every year.

Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub
1916 Post Alley
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-1916

Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub is a well-known bar in the Seattle area and has received its fair share of notoriety over the years for its resident ghosts and its annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Festival. Kells is located in the Post Alley area, which sits just above the world famous Pike Place Market. In addition to offering live Irish music every night, Kells St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes a traditional Irish breakfast of potato cakes, bacon, tomatoes, Irish sausage, eggs, fresh Irish soda bread and tea or coffee. Be sure to stop into Kells on St. Patrick’s Day and be a part of the biggest Irish festival held in the Pacific Northwest.

Cellars Grill and Lounge
2132 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-8757

Cedars Grill and Lounge in Belltown is gearing up for its official St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl. Cellars is offering a one-day pass for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., or a 3-day bar crawl pass that is good from Friday, March 14 to Monday, March 17 and gives bar crawl patrons admission to a total of three major St. Patrick’s Day parties happening in the local area. Bar crawls are a great way to spend a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day because you don’t have to pay a cover charge to all the bars you’ll be frequenting. Plus, you’ll get the best drink specials at every venue you visit. Please note that admission to the participating bar crawl bars is based on capacity.

The Celtic Swell Irish Pub
2722 Alki Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-7935

Situated along Seattle’s beautiful Alki Beach, The Celtic Swell is another Irish pub that prides itself on being 100 percent Irish-owned, operated and built. The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, the Celtic Swell holds its multi-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which includes a popular menu of genuine Irish family recipes, such as a traditional Irish breakfast, Irish stew, pasties, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, Irish coffee and much more. It’s not uncommon to hear bagpipes and drums being played for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at The Celtic Swell, and kids are welcome to the pub until 10 p.m.

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T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
21 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 282-1910

T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is located just a block away from the Seattle Center on the lower part of Queen Anne Hill. The pub sits at the starting point of Seattle’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash and helps celebrate the Irish holiday by serving a number of authentic foods including Irish breakfasts, cream bread pudding, soda bread, Irish cream pie, fish and chips and meat potpies. Be sure to try one or more of its Irish coffee or 20 hearty beers on tap while you enjoy live Irish-themed music for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Fado Irish Pub
801 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 264-2700

Fado Irish Pub in downtown Seattle has an annual St. Patrick’s Day bash that begins the weekend before the holiday and keeps going until closing time on St. Patrick’s Day. Fado stays true to its Irish heritage and always has dishes inspired by Irish classics including the traditional Irish brunch with delicious mimosas, shepherd’s pie, pot pies, pumpkin spice wings, fish and chips, bread pudding and chocolate brownies with Guinness ice cream. And don’t forget the authentic, tasty Irish coffee. While dining and drinking, you can also enjoy several local bands that will be playing live Irish music.

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