One of the more popular holidays celebrated in America is rooted in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day in the North Texas area has become a tradition, and every Irish Pub will be doing something to honor the holiday. So participate in the Irish fun by listening to some tunes and enjoying some Irish jigs. Here are the best places in the North Texas area to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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Blackfriar Pub
2621 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 953-0599

Price: $5 cover charge
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Uptown Dallas is home to the Blackfriar Pub, a place where you can feel comfortable going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. They are known for its awesome outdoor beer garden, beautiful antique woodwork on the exterior old frame house and most importantly, a great selection of Irish beers and food. Blackfriar will be having Irish music for St. Patty’s, as well as drink and food specials.

The Idle Rich Pub
2614 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 965-9926

Price: $5 cover charge
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 am.

The Idle Rich Pub is located just across the street from Blackfriar and for a small cover charge, you will enjoy Irish music and dancing all day long on this feast of St. Patrick. It makes  finger licking fish and chips and mouthwatering burgers, so all you’ll really need is a cold adult beverage to wash it all down. At The Idle Rich Pub you can expect a day filled with refreshments and plenty of Irish music.

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Dublin Square
6651 Fossil Bluff Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76137

Price: $5 cover charge
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 11 am.  – 2 a.m.

Dublin Square has become one of the most popular Irish pubs in Fort Worth, and it is a great place to spend St. Patrick’s Day. There will be food and drink specials, with the addition of some of the best corned beef and cabbage in town. At 6 p.m. the Square will have bagpipers playing to kick off the festivities in true Irish form. Afterward, there’s a live band outside and a DJ inside to keep you entertained throughout the evening.

J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill
400 East Abram
Arlington, TX 76010

Price: $6 cover charge after 5 p.m.
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

This Arlington establishment that goes full out for St. Patty’s Day. J. Gilligan’s party is such a huge event, that in the evening they block off the entire street for a block party. Their signature dish is Irish Nachos, with the key ingredient switch of potatoes for tortilla chips. If you want to stay outside, you’ll find drinks and food readily available, and the fun doesn’t stop there. Entertaining you through the night will be live bands, Irish music, Irish dancers, and even a bag piper both inside and out. Don’t be late, because the music will be starting in the early evening and you wouldn’t want to miss it.

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Greenville Avenue St. Patty’s Day Parade
Greenville Avenue from Blackwell to Yale
Dallas, TX 75206

Price: Free for parade and outside Irish music
Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

This year’s parade will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, which means it’s likely to be even bigger and better than ever. Tens of thousands will gather on Greenville Avenue to watch the parade and enjoy the Irish music and dancing that will take place outside. Irish pubs on Greenville, such as The Dubliner, will have live bands. Parking is hard to find, so consider a taxi or other means of public transportation. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and is free, although most of the pubs will have a small cover charge for entrance. Partying will continue until 2 a.m., so wear your green and enjoy the fun.

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