Top 10 Best Irish Pubs in Houston for St. Patrick’s Day Week!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re looking for a hole-in-the-wall Irish dive or an elegant Irish bistro and pub, you found the right article. We polled our readers, scoured reviews, drank some beer, and created this fine list of The Best Irish Pubs & Restaurants in Northwest Houston. There are a few honorable mentions closer to downtown too, but most of these you can patronize without driving more than 20 minutes. We’ve marked them by community too so you can find one close to your neck of the woods:

10. Ashford Pub | West Houston

Reviewers are saying, “Great beer selection!” This west Houston bar and eatery features 32 beers on draft, including Guinness Irish Draught, and around twenty in the bottle. Karaoke starts at 10PM on Saturdays.

9. Irish Pub Kenneally’s | River Oaks

Open since the 80’s, Kenneally’s 34th annual “Under the Tent” St Patrick’s Day party takes place Saturday, March 17th. They’ll be open for lunch, serving stew, Guinness bread, and sandwiches. During the late afternoon they’ll serve their renowned pizza. Attendees will enjoy live music, step dancers, and bag pipers. Kenneally’s serves well over a dozen beers on draught including several Irish beers; Smithwicks, Harp, and Guinness. They’re one of the few They also pour a broad selection of Irish whiskeys.

8. Griff’s Irish Pub | Montrose

Nicknamed “Houston’s Oldest Sports Bar,” Griff’s has been pouring drinks since the 60’s. Their St. Patrick’s Day Party (on Friday, March 17) is so popular, attendees are encouraged to pre-order tickets. Bands booked include Zydeco Dots, Murder of the Stout, The Velostacks, Thunderado, Jerry Jones Irish Sax Band,  Tom Ryan, Jeremiah Joseph, and The Tomes.

7. McElroy’s Irish Pub | Montrose & Rice

Their profile pic on Facebook is a frothy glass of Guinness, so you know it’s legit. Reviewers say, “This bar is a true hidden gem. Excellent bar staff, plenty of selection, a great shaded patio, and a fun jukebox,” and “old school Irish pub.” They’ve got a sister pub in the Rice area called Shay McElroys Irish Pub. On St. Patrick’s Day from 11AM to 2AM they’ll be serving green beer, featuring live music, and there’s no cover!

6. The Gorgeous Gael | Rice Village

On Friday, The Gorgeous Gael will be serving an “Irish Breakfast” from 8AM to 3PM. With over 10,000 square feet of patio, the real party starts at 8PM with BBQ, live bands, Guinness and Jemeson, food trucks and DJs.

5. Baker St. Pub & Grill | Multiple Locations

OK, OK, so not strictly Irish, but they’ve got St. Patrick’s Day events going on and they’re one of our favorite family friendly pubs. We usually visit the Cypress location, but they’re also in KatySugar Land, The Woodlands, and Willowbrook. All the pubs are hosting live music, pouring green beer, and taking no cover. Check the website for bands and other location specific info..

4. McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Near 59 & Kirby

If you’ve never heard of McGonigels, you must be new to Houston. According to Visit Houston, “Looking for something more family-friendly and traditional? For the past 26 years, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Pub has offered authentic Celtic music, dance, food and fun. The celebration takes place from 11am to 9pm. The pub will be serving Fish and Chips, Beef Guinness, Shepherd’s Pie and Corned Beef and Cabbage all day. There is seating in both areas on a first come – first served basis.”

3. The Harp | Montrose-ish

On Friday, March 17th, doors open at noon! Live music starts at 4:30 and includes The Zydeco Dots, Irish Dancers, Bagpipers, and the amazing Lisa Novak Band at 8PM.

2. Mo’s Irish Pub | Cypress & Northwest Houston

On Friday and Saturday Mo’s will feature live music and Irish dancers at both their locations; Cypress and Vintage. “Crave-able scratch cooking is an essential competitive advantage that stands as one of the pillars at the foundation of Mo’s Irish Pub.” Reviewers say, “the food is outstanding” and “an awesome beer variety, a ton on tap, with unbeatable Happy Hour deals.”

1. The Gooses Acre | The Woodlands

If you want a Saint Patrick’s Day experience that is elegant and old-world-ish, The Gooses Acre is your destination. Overlooking The Woodlands Waterway, they have a gorgeous dark wood bar and restaurant area that is both romantic and charming. They host an annual benefit even for St. Baldrick’s, an organization that supports children suffering from cancer. On Friday, their doors open an 8AM with a $14.95 breakfast buffet until 10:30. Their full menu will be served from 11:00 AM until 1:00 AM. Green beer will be flowing and live music will be playing on two different stages from 11:00 AM until 2 in the wee hours. Please be aware though, it’s 21+ with a $5 cover after 2PM, so leave your little leprechauns with a sitter. Irish Dancers and bag-pipers will be performing all day long.

Need more ideas?  Check out Visit Houston’s list of Saint Patrick’s Day Events in Houston.

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