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Portland St Patrick's Day Events

Portland St Patrick's Day Events  Ahhhh lads and lassies, St. Paddy's is upon us and we want to help you paint the town green!  In our annual PDX St Patrick's Day events and ideas list, you'll learn about the history of this fine holiday, the best place to get your drink on, where you might find some good Irish fare and where the events are!

Portland St Patrick's Day Events - Just a little history

St Patrick's Day or Lá Fhéile Pádraig is a holiday that falls on the 17th of March. It is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), one of the most popular patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purely Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century.

The original color associated with Saint Patrick was blue but over the years the color green has taken its place as the Irish identified green with many of St Patrick's teachings. He was known to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Pagan Irish. As such, the wearing of the green and the display of shamrocks have become associated with this holiday to present day.

While originally a secular holiday celebrated by Irish Catholic, St Patrick's Day is now celebrated in huge numbers across the world. St Paddy's is one of the busiest days of the years for bars and restaurants and is said to be one of the highest alcohol consumption days of the year.


Portland St Patrick's Day Events - Best Irish Bars and Pubs in Portland

Honestly, we're all a little Irish on St Paddy's day, right? And since the Irish love the drink, we love the drink!  And since we're in Portland, lovingly dubbed BEERVANA by her locals, you've got more than the luck of the Irish, my friend...You've got the most microbreweries in the whole dang world right in your backyard!  But since you already know that, or should, here are the Irish pubs you just can't miss.


Downtown Portland Pubs & Bars

Kells Irish Pub - Famous for their yearly St Patricks festival and mambo beerfest at 112 Southwest 2nd Avenue Portland, OR 97204 (503) 227-4057

Paddy's Pub - a local's fave at 65 SW Yamhill Portland, OR 97204 (503) 224-5626

Thirsty Lion Bagpipers, dancers and tons of live music! 71 SW 2nd Ave

Life of Riley Bound to be packed at 300 NW 10th Ave.

In Portland's urban neighborhoods

County Cork Public House - NE Portland at 1329 NE Fremont Street, Portland, Oregon, 503-284-4805

Horse Brass - Not exactly Irish but prepare yourself for one helluva celebration at 4534 SE Belmont St Portland, OR 97215 ~ (503) 232-2202

Rose & Thistle Lovingly dubbed the RAT and not because they've got mice. They are Scottish but love to be Irish…2314 NE Broadway

Moon and Sixpence British Pub Annual events include live music and beer tent outside. 2014 NE 42nd Ave

Alberta Street Pub Small and local -- what's not to love about this place? 1036 NE Alberta Street

Kinda out there

O'Brien's Irish Pub - 11555 SW Durham Rd. Tigard Oregon, (503) 639-6861

Biddy McGraw's - Outer NE Portland at 6000 NE Glisan St

Dublin Pub Four dozen beers on tap and more college kids than you can handle…Live music, too! 6821 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy

Shamrock Bar & Grill  Karaoke all night long! 4919 SE 82nd Ave

McFadden's and Shamrock Bar & Grill 107 NW Couch Street & 4919 SE 82nd Avenue


A Locals Tip- The Best Corned Beef and Cabbage

If you want to prepare a feast to celebrate St Patrick's Day, we highly suggest picking up a corned beef (and cabbage) from local Portland meat market and grocer, Sheridan's. They prepare what most definitely is Portland's finest corned beef - all you have to do is cook it and bask in the glow of the compliments you'll receive.

Sheridan Fruit - 409 S.E. MLK Jr. Blvd - Portland, OR 97214



Portland St Patrick's Day Events - Paint the Town Green!

* Shamrock Run - The annual charity run that takes you through gorgeous downtown Portland. Choose from the 3.5K Fitness Walk, the 5K or the 15K run. Sunday, March 13 Waterfront Park in downtown PDX. Register or learn more.

* 2011 Maher's Pub Patrick's Day Festival - March 16-20th Located in Lake Oswego, Oregon

We will be adding Portland St Patrick's Day Events 2012 here as they become available. Bookmark or RSS this page and check back frequently!

Portand Shamrock Run 2012

Oregon Symphony Portland St. Patrick's Day Celebration

71st Annual St. Patricks Day Festival - All Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon

Portland St. Patricks Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub

St. Patrick's Day at McMenamins Restaurants, Pubs, and Hotels

Kell's Annual St. Patricks Irish Festival

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