Kiss us, we’re Irish
St. Patrick’s Day, formerly a regional religious celebration to honor the patron protector of Ireland who converted pagan Irishmen to good practicing Catholics, is now a completely secular excuse to drink beer and pinch people who aren’t wearing green. (The classic roundabout to getting minorly assaulted is to claim you have green underwear but then you run the risk of them calling your bluff.)
If you don’t have any plans with your clan, here are a few festivities mereting your best “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” tee.
Rumors: Downtown’s fun club will have its normally scheduled drag shows. Watch them while enjoying green beer all weekend. 650 Orleans Street, 409-299-9988
Luke’s Icehouse-Mid County: Irish-inspired drink specials all weekend. Special performances by Joe Mendozza and the Shuffle Kings on Friday; and Rob Copeland and the Outsiders on Saturday. 1039 Nederland Ave., Nederland; 409-729-2665
Luke’s Icehouse: The midtown pub gets the party going early with live music beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Drink and food specials all day. 2325 Calder Ave., 409-347-8139
Seafarers’ Center of Beaumont’s St. Patrick’s Fundraiser: The nonprofit, nondemonational Seafarers’ Center ministers to the many sailers coming through the Port of Beaumont. Its fundraiser will be held 6-11 p.m. Saturday at O’Hearn’s Pub at Clifton Steamboat Complex, 8727 Highway 124. There will be live entertainment by The Bogarts, food, drink, a silent auction and games. Tickets start at $40. Call 409-832-3293.
The Embers Club: This Mid-County club is celebrating St. Patrick’s Eve 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday with special performances by local bands We Are Wombat and Orbitr. Cover is $5. 3519 N. Twin City Highway, Nederland; 409-722-2121
Dylan’s Bar: Twisted Throttle and DJ Spot will provide the entertainment for the pre-St. Patrick’s party 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. The bar will be serving $3 domestic beers till 11 p.m. Cover is $8-$10. 8601 9th Ave., Port Arthur; 409-722-1600
Brick and Barley: Another early St. Patrick’s celebration. This one is 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and includes a performance by the local Deep Creek Band. Cover is $5. 2614 Lutcher Drive, Orange; 409-330-4345
Madison’s: This club will celebrate St. Patrick’s Eve 9:30-midnight Saturday. The entertainment will be dueling pianos with The Eighty-Eights. Cover is $5. 4020 Dowlen Road, 409-924-9777
McKenzie’s Pub: Finally an event on St. Patrick’s Day. Get your fill of corned beef and cabbage 2-9 p.m. Sunday at this Irish pub known for its busy dance floor. Chad Richards will provide entertainment. No cover. 229 Dowlen Road, 409)-924-9777
Brentwood Country Club: This clubhouse will be humming 4-9 p.m. Sunday for a St. Patrick’s party that includes a “Taste of Ireland” buffet, green beer and entertainment Jamie Talbert and Band of Demons. 4201 S. Major Drive, 409-840-9440.
LogOn Cafe: The music venue will get its Irish on 7-11 p.m. Sunday. It’s an 18-and-older show featuring Krista and Jeff Courts and the Lone Star Bagpipe Band. There will corned beef and cabbage, Irish whiskeys and Guinness on tap.Cover is $5. 3805 Calder Ave., 409-833-6950