Wee Bit of St. Paddy’s for Corvallis

WomanLeprechaunHatHC1503_X_300_C_YSt. Patrick’s Day began as a religious feast day in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, but today celebration is mostly by way of binge drinking, dancing, themed foods, music, parades, and all the green things.

Corvallis has a few events and drink specials going on to celebrate being Irish, and being Irish at heart, but the following is not a comprehensive list. In fact, it was surprisingly difficult to get information from all the bars in town, as if there was some secret handshake required or something. This reporter even visited several spots, you know, for the paper, and there aren’t too many specials happening in town. There’s beer, but not all of it will be green. Here are some ideas for your St. Paddy’s shenanigans.

Unsurprisingly, Cloud & Kelly’s, Corvallis’ only Irish pub, is doing a lot for the holiday. They are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day pre-party from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. It’s an outdoor block party with music, food, and beer, and it’s family-friendly. The event features performances by the Corvallis Celtic Arts Irish Dancers.

Throughout the week, Cloud & Kelly’s features a full lineup of Irish-themed food specials, green beer, and more. Tuesday, March 17 is the day for the good stuff, though. Starting at 4 p.m., there will be music ranging from a multi-instrumental Celtic band to Irish dancers, and DJs Volatile and Cloudydee will play all your favorites until closing. It’s going to be a big deal. You’re not going to want to miss it.

SNUGbar is offering $3 pint specials, as well as $3 Irish specialty drinks. SNUGbar is known for its classy atmosphere and high-quality booze, and these holiday discounts are amazing.

While not utilizing their newly renovated stage space, Bombs Away will feature Irish food specials like corned beef hash, and will have several drink specials. Harp and Guinness will be on tap for black and tans, with local Irish red ales also on tap. Yum!

Whether it’s a green beer or whiskey, Corvallis has plenty going on this Tuesday, March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day. Nothing like getting drunk on a Tuesday, and celebrating a religious holiday in the name of Ireland, amirite?

By Rachel Sandstrom