St. Patrick’s Day, the Steamboat way
Steamboat Springs — Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, when the inner-Irish is unleashed in bouts of festive green hues, general debauchery, dancing and jigs, music, parades, food and illustrative parables of leprechauns.
Often doused in green beer and marred by whiskey face, Steamboat Springs has its own twist on the holiday, and we’ve compiled a list of things to do and ways to celebrate.
Whether you’re looking for a family friendly event or to shake your shillelagh, here’s a guide to St. Patrick’s Day in Steamboat.
Festivities and Places to Go
McKnight’s Irish Pub
For a full day of shenanigans, head to McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft. Doors open at 8 a.m. as the aroma of traditional Irish breakfast travels through the pub. The first 20 guests through the door will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Throughout the day, there will be traditional food, such as fish n’ chips, corned beef cabbage and shepherd’s pie, along with specialty drinks from black and tans, Guinness, Irish car bombs and Jameson. At 5 p.m., dancers of the local Bennett School of Irish Dance will perform the Irish jig. At 7 p.m., the local band Three Beards and a Fiddle will perform, followed by Dj Leprechaun at 10 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities | 8 a.m. | McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft, 685 Marketplace Plaza
O’Neil’s Tavern and Grill (737 Lincoln Ave.) is another local Irish pub at which revelers can indulge in traditional food, paired with Irish flag shots and Irish car bombs.
Knights of Columbus St. Paddy’s Day dinner
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, served by the Knights of Columbus. Donations accepted.
Knights of Columbus St. Paddy’s Day dinner | 5 p.m. | Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.
Sunset Happy Hour
Watch the sunset at 9,100 feet at the top of the gondola to celebrate this St. Paddy’s Day. Yer State Birds will be featured for a Paddy’s Day Bash with a rock and roll set that will get everyone dancing. Season pass holders can ride the gondola free. For those without a season pass, tickets can be purchased for $12 in the Gondola Bay prior to boarding. Upload for the gondola starts at 5 p.m.
Sunset Happy Hour | 5 p.m. | Steamboat Gondola, 2305 Mount Werner Circle
The Steamboat Ski & Snowboard school will light up the mountain with a festive torchlight parade, including a fireworks display shortly after. The show is free and for all ages.
Torchlight Parade | 7:30 p.m. | Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mount Werner Circle
St. Paddy’s Day Karaoke
Sing your favorite ballads at the Roadhouse. A special Irish menu will be offered, with Guinness and Jameson specials.
St. Paddys Day Karaoke | 8 p.m. | Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129, Clark
DJ Chris Freeze
Local DJ Chris Freeze will be spinning tunes for those who wish to dance the night away in St. Paddy’s Day merriment. There will also be Irish car bomb specials running all night, in addition to raffle giveaways for beer schwag.
DJ Chris Freeze | 9 p.m. | Tap House, 729 Lincoln Ave.
Hailing from Denver, this genre-blending band inspires a good time with its diverse mix of songs and tightly knit grooves. Magic Beans is band that combines Americana, funk, rock and electronica to create music often described as “space funk” and “groove grass.”
Magic Beans | 10 p.m. | Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. | $10 at the door
Antiserum with DraLa
San Francisco-based producer Antiserum has an ever-evolving style that features electrifying sets and has support from acts such as Skrillex, Diplo, Bassnectar, RL Grime and 12th Planet. DraLa is one of Steamboat’s favorite DJs who spins music around town, rousing a dance party to remember. The two will have a special set for St. Paddy’s Day.
Antiserum with DraLa | 10 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.
St. Paddy’s Day Bash
DJ Johnny J will be the night’s featured entertainment to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. Festive costumes are encouraged.
St. Paddy’s Day Bash | 10 p.m. | Sunpies Bistro, 735 Yampa Ave.
A Night In
If a night on the town isn’t what you’re looking for, try a traditional Irish recipe of corned beef and cabbage. A slow cooker is one of the best options. Prepare the carrots, potatoes, onion, beer and corned beef in the morning prior to your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, then leave it to cook for the day. The mouthwatering scents will greet you when you arrive home, just in time for a hearty dinner. Here’s a simple recipe from the Food Network foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/slow-cooker-corned-beef-and-cabbage-recipe.html.
Time for a toast!
Toast for the occasion by using one of these Irish sayings and proverbs on St. Paddy’s Day.
“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going and the insight to know when you have gone too far.” (Found on bbcamerica.com “25 Irish Sayings to Live By”)
Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one. (Found on bbcamerica.com “25 Irish Sayings to Live By”)
“Here’s to me, and here’s to you. And here’s to love and laughter. I’ll be true as long as you. And not one moment after.”
Erin Go Bragh! (Ireland Forever)
“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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