It’s so easy being green in the city of Tampa. Get your corned beef and cabbage, puts on your best green gear and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in one of the best cities for the holiday. Don’t believe us? Just ask WalletHub, which ranked Tampa as the 5th best city to celebrate the holiday in the country.
How did they arrive at that ranking? The website compared 200 of America’s largest cities across 17 key metrics. They judged city’s based on Irish pubs per capita, the lowest prices on 3-star hotels and even weather forecasts for St. Patrick’s Day. All of those reasons are great, but we think these specific events are what truly make Tampa stand out.
15435 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
We’d be remiss if we didn’t include Tampa O’Brien’s St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza. Tampa O’Brien’s has been throwing the best St. Patrick’s Day bashes for more than a quarter of a century. Doors open at 11AM, with a $10 cover after 2PM. There will be live entertainment all day including live bands inside and outside and Irish Stepdancers from the Scariff Academy of Dance at 3PM and 7PM. There will be bagpipes, Irish fare, and green beer.
Four Green Fields
205 W Platt Street, Tampa and 702 N Ashley Drive, Tampa
With two great pubs, Four Green Fields is doubling down on the celebration. There will be live music all weekend. Friday and Saturday from 9PM until late. On Sunday, doors open at 9AM. Lunch starts at 10AM with all your favorite Irish dishes. Then the live music and give-aways start at 11AM featuring Brayzen Heads cranking out the best Irish tunes all day long.
Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Day Parade
7th Avenue, Ybor City
After the River O’ Green festival downtown, hop on the Streetcar and head to Ybor City for the annual Rough Rider’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade begins at 7:00 PM and venues lining the parade will be participating in the festivities.
107 S Franklin St, Tampa
Everyone’s favorite downtown pub is prepping some of the best traditional corned beef & cabbage with parsley potatoes on Saturday and Sunday. On top of that, Hattricks will be throwing out some deals on the drinks. Make sure to get their $5 Slain Irish Whiskey or a tall glass of Guinness. Stop by to get your Guinness swag during the weekend as well.
River of Green on Saturday
Join us for the 8th Annual Mayor’s River O’Green Fest on Saturday, March 16, 2019–where the Hillsborough River will go green starting at 11AM! The event, centered around the Hillsborough River, will transform the water into a bright shade of green for the occasion.
The day’s events start with the River O’Green Gallop, Tampa YMCA’s 2-mile fun run/walk along the Tampa Riverwalk. The river will turn green at 11AM and continue the day with live music, great food, cold drinks, a Leprechaun costume contest, and the 3rd Annual River O’Green Scavenger Hunt (Adult Edition).
405 S Howard Avenue, Tampa
MacDinton’s always rolls out St Patrick’s Weekend and this year is no different. Starting Friday, make sure to grab some traditional Irish food and drinks. On Saturday, stop by the St. Patrick’s Day Free Event with Ally Brooke, former member of Fifth Harmony, performing live at sunset. The festivities continue on Sunday with Irish dancers and bagpipers. Don’t miss MacDinton’s this St. Paddy’s Day.
Let us know if you try out any of these places and what you thought in the comments!
Have fun this St. Patrick’s Day, but please drink responsibly. And remember, on behalf of everyone, it’s St. Paddy’s Day, not St. Patty’s Day.