Monday, March 14th, 2016
There’s No Place Like Bellingham for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
Teresa Schmidt

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Each year, more and more fun lovers (and beer lovers) in Bellingham turn into leprechauns on March 17. And who can blame them? I grew up celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (half German, half Irish, 100% pre-disposed to drink beer), so I know how fun it is to wear green, eat corned beef and cabbage, listen to Irish music and enjoy a Guinness or local Irish Stout with my friends.

If you want in on this day of silly and serious traditions, you may be wondering what are the best places in Bellingham to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Where can you find the crazy hats and shouts of “Slainte?” Where will the bagpipers, pennywhistlers and high-flying dancers be? Worry not, I have you covered. Read on to discover where to find fun, frivolity and green festivities—and even some green beer, which is a good thing. After all, if I’m not enjoying a smooth, dark, delicious stout, then I’ll happily try a pretty, emerald green Chuckanut Brewery Kolsch.

Uisce

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Downtown Bellingham’s original (and only) authentic Irish pub, Uisce (pronounced ISH-kah) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day. I remember the day they opened like it was yesterday—I suppose time flies when you’re drinking Guinness. Proprietor Molly McGarry will be offering many of the same entertainment options as back in 2006, but with more room for revelry. The pub opens at noon on St. Paddy’s Day, but at around 4:00, the party is heading out into the street, where the Guinness tent will be set up, with bartenders at the ready to pour the perfect pint. Food from Paellaworks and Goat Mountain Pizza will provide ballast for the belly. Get a custom-printed tee or hoodie to celebrate the occasion.

Inside, music will fill the air, with The Devilly Brothers, Paedar MacMahon and Gallowglass performing throughout the day and into the evening. Irish step dancers and Bellingham Firefighters Pipes and Drums will stop by to keep the heartstrings properly tugged. There’s just something about the beat of the drums and bleat of the pipes that gets me every time. I can’t wait!

1319 Commercial St
Bellingham, WA 98225

 

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Boundary Bay Brewery

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Photo by Paul Israel, courtesy of Boundary Bay Brewery.

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without an authentic Irish dish and a pint of Dry Irish Stout at Boundary Bay Brewery. Yes, the place is going to be packed—but in a good way. Long tables promote a communal feel and make it easier to toast your new friends as you watch students from the Penk O’Donnell Irish School of Dance fly across the room. If you haven’t yet seen their gravity-defying routines (and bouncy hair), make plans to stop by Boundary Bay, which opens at 11:00 a.m.

Musical performances by Peadar Macmahon, Margarett Driscoll, Jan Peters, The Porch Lights, and Robert Sarazin Blake & The Paddywhackers will keep your toes tapping. And of course, the Bellingham Firefighters Pipes and Drums will line up in formation and fill the air with the stirring sounds of their instruments. Again with the heartstrings-tugging!

1107 Railroad Ave
Bellingham, WA 98225

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen

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Chuckanut Brewery Green Kolsch

Chuckanut Brewery is getting into the green spirit all month long. On March 11, they tapped the Irish Stout, and then filled the menu with plenty of traditional Irish favorite dishes, made with local farm ingredients. On St. Patrick’s Day, you can order your Kolsch with a green twist, which is exactly how I’ll be doing it. Music starts at 6:30 with Puirt Na Gael. Chuckanut’s celebration will likely be a little quieter than Uisce’s or Boundary Bay’s, but you can count on great food and beer, and a lively celebration.

601 W Holly St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

 

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub

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

Follow the sign to Glynn’s Shamrock Pub

Glynn’s Shamrock Pub is off the beaten path, but worth a trip for St. Patrick’s Day. In past years, they’ve served traditional corned beef and cabbage, along with plenty of Guinness and Harp, and yes—pints of green beer.

5309 Guide Meridian
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-398-1702

Kulshan Brewing Co.

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It’s no big surprise that the Devilly Brothers are busy this time of year! They’re playing the St. Paddy’s Day Show at Kulshan Brewing’s James Street location. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m.. Be sure to take advantage of specials on Kulshan’s Irish Style Red Ale and Dry Irish Stout, available at the original location, as well as K2 on Kentucky St.

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

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

Green Frog

BeerOnce the music is over at Kulshan, walk up State Street to the Green Frog for more live music! A double header show starts at 9:30 with the Porch Lights from Provo and at 11:30, James Higgins and Friends takes the stage to entertain you with traditional Irish folk songs (and some Scottish as well, but by then you probably won’t discern the difference). As always, the Frog has your beverage needs more than covered with one of the best tap selections in town, plus some lovely Irish whiskeys and other assorted liquors. $5.00 cover (totally reasonable!) and open until 2, so you can make the most of St. Paddy’s Day.

1015 N. State. St.
Bellingham WA 98225

 

For more fun ideas see our Beer Page or the full list of Teresa’s articles.

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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.