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Find St. Patty’s Day Fun in Bellingham
Teresa Schmidt

When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Bellingham and Whatcom County know how to do it right! It’s true, there is no place like Bellingham for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s an annual affair that keeps us coming back for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.  From a serious trail run featuring goofy green outfits to a green-themed grand parade, anyone searching for the luck o’ the Irish—and lots of fun—will find it.

Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day, Craft Beer, Whatcom County, Parade

Whether you’re of Irish heritage or just pretending to be, a welcoming pub serving Irish ales and corned beef and cabbage, with Celtic music, dancers and bagpipers can almost transport you to the Emerald Isle. As the luck of the Irish would have it, visitors and residents to our fair city have more than one such magical place from which to choose.

Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro

Since the brewery opened in 1995, St. Patrick’s Day has been BIG at Boundary Bay. Owner Ed Bennett and General Manager Janet Lightner pull out all the stops to make sure Bellinghamsters get all the Irish they need this time of year.

Janet is the force behind the Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She started with a dream and now she’s getting ready for the annual super-successful parade. We might have rain, we might have sun, but without Janet, we wouldn’t have a parade, so say “thanks” next time you see her!

Boundary Bay, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

Janet Lightner and Ed Bennett

At 12:00, the parade begins at the corner of Ohio St. and Cornwall Ave., continues up Cornwall, and ends around the corner from Boundary on Maple Street.

Boundary Bay, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

Boundary Bay’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Float

Boundary’s celebration begins at noon, too. The beer garden will be full of green-clad fun-seekers, bagpipers, drummers, Irish dancers and musicians. Maggie’s Fury plays until 1:00, followed by the Paddywhackers and Puirt na Geal. At 6:00, the party goes indoors for traditional Irish music and dancing. The Devilly Brothers play in the tap room from 8:30 – 11:00. Everything is free (except for the BBQ and beer, of course!). You can get your fill of Dry Irish Stout, Irish Red and the rest of the Boundary Bay Brewery lineup.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the doors open at 10:30. Entertainment and traditional Irish fare will be available all day. Boundary Bay Brewery’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is not to be missed, and won’t be forgotten! This year the will even have their Irish Style Red to celebrate the occasion.

Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham, WA

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen will be featuring a special St. Patrick’s Day menu, with corned beef and cabbage, plus Irish stout stew.

Entertainment starts on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. with Puirt na Gael. Doors open Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and live music begins at 4:00 with James X 2.  All weekend, Chuckanut will be pouring pints of Stout and Green Kolsch, along with their regular offerings.

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St., Bellingham, WA 360-752-3377

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub

Glynn O’Neill doesn’t wait until March 17th to deck the halls in shamrocks and leprechauns. They are permanent fixtures in this establishment, just a few minutes north of Bellingham located on the Guide Meridian, at the northwest corner of Smith Road. Finding the driveway can be tricky. It’s just past the building on the left. Look for the huge parking lot where the taco truck hangs out.

Glynn's Shamrock Pub, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

Follow the sign to Glynn’s Shamrock Pub

Once inside, it’s clear that Glynn’s qualifies as a dive bar under our previously determined criteria: it’s open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; they have pull tabs; the restrooms are questionable and of course, there’s liquor. Glynn’s also features paneled walls, tons of Irish- and beer-themed paraphernalia hanging from the ceilings, and both Guinness and Harp on tap.

Glynn's Shamrock Pub, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

Glynn O’Neill

Behind the bar since 1976, Glynn has seen it all, including some pretty raucous St. Patty’s Day celebrations over the years. Music, dancers, and bagpipers were once Glynn’s annual standbys, but the economy has taken a toll on his little bar, so he’s had to scale things back a bit.

Glynn's Shamrock Pub, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

Glynn will be pouring Guinness and Harp, and yes—green beer. There’s even karaoke on so if you’re anxious to flex your pipes on a rendition of “Danny Boy,” Glynn’s is your place for St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub, 5309 Guide Meridian, Bellingham 360-398-1702

Uisce Irish Pub

Uisce is Bellingham’s very own authentic Irish pub. Located in the heart of downtown Bellingham, Uisce (pronounced ish-kah) has been owned and operated by Molly McGarry and Dave Rooney since 2006. Dave is from Dublin, and Molly grew up in San Francisco. Their adventures took them to New York, Virginia, and Seattle, but they returned to Bellingham to pursue their quest for Irish pub perfection.

Uisce Irish Pub,, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

Uisce on Commercial St.

Uisce is a classy, yet comfortable place, where you can cozy up to the fire or play a game of darts. The beautiful wrap-around bar seats dozens of happy customers, served by bartenders in white shirts and black ties. The Irish whiskey and scotch selection are second to none (Glenfiddich 15 year? Yes, please!), and of course, Guinness and Smithwick flow from the taps, along with several other international, regional and local brews. And at Uisce, you can be sure they know how to pour a proper pint.

Uisce Irish Pub, Bellingham, St. Patrick's Day

The Bar at Uisce Irish Pub

After the parade, everyone is invited to Uisce to enjoy live music with Paedar MacMahon, the Whiskey Lickers and the Bellingham Pipers. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Uisce Irish Pub, 1319 Commercial St., Bellingham WA

Additional places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Around the County

Kulshan Brewing Co. – both locations

2238 James St. mBellingham, WA 98225
(all ages in the tap room)

K2 – 1538 Kentucky St. Bellingham, WA 98225
(21+ only in the tap room)

Green Frog

*This year Polecat will be playing two shows for St. Patty’s Day!

1015 N. State. St. Bellingham WA 98225

Aslan Brewing Co. 

1330 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

McKay’s Taphouse

1118 E. Maple Street (Off Samish Way) Bellingham, WA

Hop N Headz 

3207 Northwest Ave Bellingham, WA 98225

Wander Brewing

1807 Dean Ave. Bellingham, WA.

Elizabeth Station

1400 W. Holly St. Bellingham, WA.

Semiahmoo Resort

9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy., Blaine, WA.

St. Patrick himself!

Here is St. Patrick himself!

Get out your green gear, put on a funny hat, come downtown for the parade, and then revel in the music and festivities at your favorite place to get your Irish on!

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About the Author:

Teresa Schmidt, a copywriter who owns and operates Sprout Creative, comes from a long line of brewers, bootleggers and saloonkeepers. She moved to Bellingham 13 years ago to write, hike, ski and paddle—but it was the beer that really sold her. She also loves wine. And cocktails. And good food. To work it all off, she runs around in the woods at every opportunity.

2 Comments »

  1. Thanks Teresa! filled my heart!

    Comment by Janet Lightner — March 12, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

  2. Thanks Teresa for spreading the news!

    Comment by Janet Lightner — March 12, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

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