2012 St. Patrick’s Day in Des Moines

Whether you’re checking out the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade or you’re hitting up many of the Irish celebrations around town – Des Moines will be clad in green this weekend celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

A few of Des Moines’ St. Patrick’s Day festivities include traditional Irish fare, and it’s probably a good idea to keep some potatoes and cabbage on hand if you’re planning on kicking off the celebration bright and early Saturday morning.

A few bars serving up Irish grub on St. Patty’s Day include:

Sully’s Irish Pub: 110 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines

When you’ve been doing something for 35 years…you must be pretty good at it. Sully’s will kick off their 35th annual tent party to celebrate St. Patty’s Day at 6:00 a.m. with green eggs and ham for only $1.02, and HyVee will start up their grills later in the day (at noon). Star 102.5 will broadcast live and there’s no cover charge!

Mickey’s on Court: 206 3rd Street, Des Moines

Breakfast on the patio starts at 6:00 a.m. at Mickey’s on Court and continues with a block party and live music. There’s no cover before noon, but they are expecting thousands of people so you’ll want to get there early or have a back up plan ready.

Cabaret West Glen: 560 South Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines

Gobble some corned beef and cabbage while enjoying a free keg of green beer at Cab West, while it lasts of course…The keg will be tapped at noon and once they’ve run out of the free beer, there will be a handful of other Irish-themed drink specials, like $5 Irish car bombs.

Flanagan’s Restaurant & Lounge: 2120 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

You’re the real deal when you kick off St. Patrick’s Day a day early, and that’s exactly Flanagan’s style. The heated tent opens at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16 featuring drink specials, corned beef and cabbage, Irish-fried red potatoes and barbecue pork sandwiches from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Starting at 6:00 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Flanagan’s will serve up green eggs, ham, roasted red potatoes and toast for only $5 until 11:00 a.m. (That is by far the best bang for your buck that I’ve seen when it comes to St. Patty’s Day morning meal deals!) After the breakfast shift they’ll switch to serving corned beef, cabbage, and Irish-fried red potatoes or barbecue pork sandwiches and potatoes for only $6 until 9:00 p.m.

Murphy’s Bar and Grill: 2675 100th St., Urbandale

Starting at 9:00 a.m. Murphy’s will host their “Monster St. Patrick’s Day Party” and dish up corned beef and cabbage, shepherds pie and Irish stew alongside the traditional Irish drinks and green beer.

Bourbon Street Bar and Grill: 500 Army Post Road, Des Moines

Bourbon Street will open their doors at 11:00 a.m. They’ll offer up free Irish stew starting at 2:00 p.m. and of course the green beer will be flowing!

Mickey’s Irish Pub: 50 S.E. Laurel St., Waukee

Breakfast kicks off at 7:00 a.m. at Mickey’s in Waukee and the bagpipes will play at 1:30 p.m. Later in the afternoon you can munch on corned beef and cabbage and enjoy drink specials.

Gas Lamp: 1501 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

The Gas Lamp will kick off their inaugural “Saint Pabst Day” party at 9:00 a.m. with a street party and multiple bands. While the Gas Lamp isn’t serving up Irish food, they will have Fatty’s Italian Beef and Vienna Beef Chicago Dogs. But that’s not the best part, for only $20 you’ll get all the beer you can drink.

Other Irish Bars around Des Moines include (but I’m sure they’re not limited to):

What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s Day tradition in Des Moines?

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4 comments

  1. ted

    So breakfast at flannigans…walk in…no irish music…doodle bops playing on the big screen…jameson place card on table says “official drink of st patty’s day…jameson n ginger”. First the bartender does not know how to make the drink…second, once explained, they don’t have ginger ale…really. Then I used the restroom that hasn’t been cleaned in a couple days, AND they ran out of green beer at 9:36…and it is not busy. Then i ordered a budlight lime…nothin…had to go across the border and get a corona. WTH…next year SULLY’S. Maybe flannigans should reserve early starts for st paddys day to the professionals…or at least those with event planning skills.


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      Emily Beckmann

      It sounds like they need to step it up and live up to what they publicize. Thanks for letting me know! Hopefully your St. Patrick’s Day has gotten better.

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