Anchored by J. Gilligan's Bar & Grill, Downtown Arlington is the place to spend this St. Patrick's Day! When the green beer flows, you’ll find great destinations to meet your friends, raise a glass, and listen to live music.
You'll be the lucky one if you join J. Gilligan's Bar & Grill for its 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party! On March 17, the excitement's non-stop with live music, deejays, plus their world-famous Irish Nachos.
Growl's line-up surrounds St. Patrick's Day with eclectic goodness, including Free Spirits from the UK, Heavy Daze, Scorpion Child, Rifflord, Realm Drifter and Stockhausen, the Amplified Riot, and much more live, local music.
May the road also rise up to take you to Hooligan's Pub for their annual St. Paddy's Party, which kicks off on Thurs., March 17 and keeps on rolling through Sat., March 19.
You'll also want to take a stroll down Abram St. to J.R. Bentley's English Pub for corned beef and cabbage that's the real deal and other St. Patrick's Day specials and fun!
On the Tip of Your Tongue
We also recommend that you brush up on some witticisms that our pals from across the pond have coined throughout the generations. Impress your shams (friends) with deadly (fantastic) phrases like:
- Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! (pronounced Ban-ock-tee na fay-lah paw-rig ur-iv) Be sure to say this one before midnight. It means “Saint Patrick’s Day blessing upon you!”
- Story horse? Downtown Arlington is the kind of place where you’re sure to bump into friends. “What’s the story, horse?” — abbreviated as “story horse?” — is how you ask a pal what’s new.
- Craic (pronounced crack): Fun times and good conversation
- I’m as weak as a salmon in a sandpit. This means “I’m hungry” (to be followed by an order of Irish Nachos at J. Gilligan’s, of course).
- We’re sucking diesel now. When you’ve found success, not by luck but by your own merit, pat yourself on the back by saying, “I’m sucking diesel.” What a perfect excuse to propose a toast. Such as…
- Sláinte (pronounced sl-oyn-tah): Derived from the Old Irish adjective slán (which means “safe”), sláinte literally means “health,” and is used as a quicker version of, “I drink to your health!”
- May misfortune follow you the rest of your life and never catch up. Another toast, to be followed by a round of green beer. Or if you prefer, sweet tea.
Plan Your Ride
As you’re planning for your St. Patrick's Day night out in Downtown, be sure to also plan responsibly for your ride home. You can easily hail Lyft or Uber or try VIA City-wide Rideshare. VIA Rideshare is an inexpensive, public transit ride-share that serves the entire city of Arlington and the CentrePort TRE station. Just download the app to your phone, sign up, and get a ride. VIA does not operate 24 hours a day, so please visit this website for current hours of service and per-ride cost.
About Downtown Arlington
Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington is where creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what's next. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to a Tier One public research university, prolific visual and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate.
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