Tacoma is gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, one of the biggest party days of the year, and here are five hot spots for celebrating the big day.
Doyle’s Public House (208 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma): “Since it falls on a Monday, we’re prepared to celebrate Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well,” bar manager Jesse Turcotte said. Towards that end, a big party tent has been erected in the parking lot between Doyle’s and neighboring King’s Books. Expect the venue to be standing room only for a weekend of music, ale, corned beef, cabbage and soccer.
Saturday’s theme is “Working Man’s St. Patrick Day,” a pre-funk for the working stiffs that can’t take Monday off (or Tuesday morning, for that matter.) The Major League Soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC will be shown in the big tent at 1:30 p.m., followed by an appearance by Pierce County Firefighters Pipes & Drums at 7.
Later, inside, the musical lineup will feature local bluegrass band, the Rusty Cleavers, playing tunes from its new, self-titled debut album at 8 p.m. and the Ethan Tucker Band at 9:30.
Sunday will feature a big English Premier League soccer breakfast, with Manchester United versus Liverpool and Tottenham versus Arsenal being broadcast starting at 6:30 a.m.
“Regardless of the day of the week, on St. Patrick’s Day we stay true to form and we fill up,” Turcotte said. The bar will open at 6 a.m. on Monday, and organizers expect 3,000 to 4,000 to circulate through the building throughout the course of the day.
The musical lineup will include Tacoma singer-songwriter and “The Voice” contestant Stephanie Anne Johnson at 3 p.m., Science at 4:30 p.m., The Staxx Brothers at 6:15 p.m., Pierce County Firefighters Pipes & Drums at 8 p.m. and the Missionary Position headlining at 9 p.m.
It’s free to get in until 3 p.m. after which there will be a $10 cover charge. For further details, call (253) 272-7468 or visit http://www.doylespublichouse.com.
Twisted Kilt Irish Pub (109 S. Meridian, Puyallup): TK Pub will host the biggest party in Puyallup, featuring tents, three bars, live music, DJs and giveaways all weekend long. Friday’s musical lineup includes Whiskey Syndicate, Ben Union and DJ Triple Nine. Up Saturday are Groove Colony, Grinder and a Flogging Molly cover band; and, on the big day it’s Johnny Cash tribute band Folsom Prism and Just Dirt.
Cover is $5 each day, but a $20 VIP bracelet gets you in all weekend, plus 10 percent off your tab through year’s end; (253) 604-4791 or visit http://www.tkirishpub.com.
The Great Leprechaun Hunt: Tacoma Mob Riders is a group of local beer and cycling enthusiasts that embarks pedal-powered pub crawls every month that are open to anyone who has a bike and is 21 or older.
This month’s St. Patrick’s Day-themed “booze cruise” will launch at 7 p.m. on March 15 at the Acme Tavern, 1310 Tacoma Ave. S., in Tacoma, and then depart for destinations unknown. Sure, founders Kris and Ranell Nystrom keep the evening’s stops under wraps, but we’re betting they’ll include a St. Paddy’s Day hot spot or two from this list. And, along the way, cruisers should keep their eyes peeled since there will be prizes for anyone who spots the leprechauns hidden along the route.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or look for Tacoma Mob Riders on Facebook for further details.
St. Paddy’s Day Run: Tacoma City Marathon Association’s annual event will kick off at 8 a.m. on March 15, will have its annual St. Paddy’s Day Run with 10K, 5K and 1K races going from downtown to the scenic Ruston Way waterfront. View courses online at Registration by March 14, and view route maps at http://www.stpaddyruntacoma.com.
Caladh Nua at the Rialto Theatre (901 Broadway, Tacoma): This Celtic quintet – pronounced Coll-ah Noo-Ah – will make it’s Tacoma debut on March 16, playing music steeped in the traditions of the southeastern counties of Ireland.
The music starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $19 to $49; (253) 591-5894 or http://www.broadwaycenter.org.