St. Patrick’s Day

 

You don’t need to road trip to Seattle for a festive St. Patrick’s Day (although it’s certainly a beautiful drive!). Yakima is home to a number of quaint celebrations, including the annual La Salle High School’s St. Patrick’s Day Gala. Tickets are available to the public for $75 and includes a traditional Irish dinner with catering by Rich Sisters.

As a fundraiser, the gala offers entertainment by Beltaine-Celtic Fusion and includes a live auction and raffle with over $10,000 in prizes. Good Vibrations plays a range of hits for dancing into the wee hours. In the morning, you can kick off the festivities with the complementary Annual Shamrock Cup 6k Run and Walk at 9 a.m. for just a $20 entry fee.

Celtic Dining

Yakima might be known for wineries and Northwestern cuisine, but there are also some British-leaning venues in town. McGuire’s Irish Restaurant and Pub is a favorite, where you’ll find genuine Irish dishes, a darts room, the best fries in Yakima, and of course green beer for the holiday weekend.

The best bars for celebrating include Bill’s Place which features a shamrock on the awning year-round. Bert’s Pub was the first bar in the country to open after Prohibition, and the Scottish legacy can still be felt in the interiors (although initially Grant’s Pub, it turned into Bert’s Pub when ownership changed hands). Where will St. Paddy’s Day find you?

Craving a slice of sizzling pie while traveling in Yakima? There are some great pizzerias in town, many of which will deliver right to your Yakima hotel! Russillo’s Pizza and Gelato offers New York style pies and a generous wine/cocktail menu. Try their Neopolitan, Pollo Blanco, Taco Pizza or their vegetarian options. The pork masala sandwiches are to die for too!

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Tony’s Big Cheese Pizza is locally owned and operated, known for the Pura Carne all meat pizza and the Puros Vegetales all-veg choice. Add on chicken wings, Italian cheese bread or extra homemade sauces. All dough is made fresh daily, and the cheese is top notch.

Grab a Slice

MOD Pizza is a Northwest chain that’s the pizza equivalent of Chipotle! Build your own personal-sized pizza on site and watch it being constructed and then baked in the wood pizza oven. The toppings are all locally sourced and you can come up with some quite unique combinations.

Westside Pizza features Garlic Chicken pies, Chicken Caesar pizza, Tropical Heat and a great all-veg option. Their desserts are what really set them apart, with the PB&J sticks, butter cinnamon stix, and dessert stix with apple, cherry or raspberry options.

 

Far from the British Isles, travelers are surprised to find a smorgasbord of Irish pubs in the heart of Wine Country. Near your Yakima hotel, which is famous for the spacious rooms and easy freeway access, a delectable pint or two is just a few miles away. Kick off your Irish-themed trip with a trip to McGuire’s Irish Restaurant where the brews and fare are authentic. Here, you’ll be able to indulge in your British favorites, but that’s just the beginning!

Check out Michael’s All Star Pub and Eatery, a favorite haunt for locals where the dishes can’t be beat. Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar blends the best of Ireland with Americana fare to create a pairing that’s out of this world. At Mickey’s Pub, you’ll feel right at home with plenty of Irish décor, menu items, and of course numerous options on tap.

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Feeling Lucky?

Creekside West Bar and Grill is another fusion hotspot where your favorite Irish pints go perfectly with an eclectic menu from the Great Northwest. Barnstormers Pub and Eatery is just around the corner, and a favorite place for a night cap. From Willy D’s to Yakima Craft Brewing Company, it’s easy to “get lucky” in Yakima when you know where to go.

Many come to Yakima for family reunions, sporting events, or to take care of business. The longer you stay, the less you pay—and the more fun you’ll have at the local Irish pubs.

St. Patrick's DaySt. Patrick’s weekend is here and we have a variety of activities to help you celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Friday through Monday, RF McDougall’s will have specials on Irish- inspired food and drinks, including soda bread and green beer, along with live music. Enjoy the Knutzen Brothes, a dueling piano act with Tim Swanson, Desert Thistle Band with Irish bagpipes and music throughout the weekend. And an even better reason to stop in this Irish joint, McDougall’s is partnering with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the month of March to raise money for people living with muscular dystrophy. What’s not to love about these Irishmen!

Silver Lake Winery is a fun stop with Leapin leprechaun wine spritzer along with corned beef and cabbage stew.

If you feel like getting all dolled up in your green, check out the La Salle’s 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Gala on Saturday. Starting with social hour and drinks at 5:30 pm followed by a traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Don’t think the fun ends there. Dancing, Irish entertainment, a live auction and $10,000 raffle cap off the night. Get your tickets here.

Where ever you go, be sure to wear your green!