You can’t stop the Irish—or those who want to celebrate like they are. Normally, the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Leprechaun Fun Run down Tejon Street kick off spring celebrations in Colorado Springs. COVID has put a hold on those favorites, but there are still plenty of ways to get your green on and celebrate the luck of the Irish. Here are a few. All are happening on March 17 unless otherwise noted.
5K for St. Patrick’s Day
Lace up your running shoes and put on a mask for the start and finish areas. This is the one part of the annual downtown St. Patrick’s Day festival that is still happening. The downtown course includes a circle of Monument Valley Park. If you prefer even more social distancing, you can register and run the Virtual 5K anytime between March 10-20 on the course of your choice.
CO.A.T.I. and Pikes Peak Lager House
The new downtown Pikes Peak Brewing outpost is throwing a St. Paddy’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 13. Enjoy the release of the Paddy o’ the Peak Dry Irish Stout. Get Kegs and Eggs brunch specials from Luchals and Slow Downz. You’ll also find live music, including pipes and drums by the Pikes Peak Highlanders.
The downtown Irish pub is throwing its St. Patrick’s Day Big Bash, opening at 9 a.m. for live entertainment and plenty of Irish food and drink. You can catch traditional Irish tunes, drinking songs, fiddling, Celtic rock and more from 10 a.m – 10 p.m. Of course, the pub is serving special Irish dishes and live music all month long.
The Black Sheep
What says “Erin go Bragh” more than Celtic punk? Come and watch the free livestream of the Dropkick Murphys live from Boston. The Boston rawkers are playing a fundraiser for their crew. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. The concert stream starts at 5 p.m.
Colorado Mountain Brewery
Get your traditional Ale Braised Corned Beef and Cabbage with Roasted Red Potatoes at both locations. Pair it with CMB’s seasonal Imperial Irish Red Ale. Have we mentioned we love these patios if you want to keep your Celtic celebration outside?
Beasts & Brews
The Northgate taphouse and butcher shop is offering half price drinks, cocktails included, along with half-price appetizers and an Irish-inspired menu. As for beer, you can go way beyond Guinness. Take your pick of 100 taps on the self-serve PourMyBeer wall. Pouring what you want makes it a perfect way to sample and find a new favorite.
Abbys Irish Pub
The north-side pub and Irish whiskey bar is celebrating all month with a full March St. Paddy’s Day menu. Don’t forget the Scotch eggs, boxtys or bangers and mash.
O’Malley’s Steak Pub
Get your corn beef and cabbage at Palmer Lake’s Irish pub. Commemorate it with a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt too.
The Irish-inspired gastropub will transport you the Emerald Isle with fish and chips, corned beef and hash and a Jameson-based Irish Elder craft cocktail.
Falcon’s craft beer central is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day / 6th Anniversary Party with beer olympics, new releases, live music, food trucks and prizes. You know their Kastoff Irish Red won our 2018 Beer Madness, don’t you? This is the perfect time to raise a pint.