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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style

photo courtesy of National Library of Ireland/ Wikimedia commons
Though the well-loved and much-lamented Dog & Duck Pub isn't open to host their traditional St. Patrick's Day festivities this spring, there are still plenty of places around town eager to help you get your Irish on.

B. D. Riley's Irish Pub
204 E. Sixth, 512/494-1335
www.bdrileys.com
With an Irish beer line-up that includes Guinness, Harp, Kilkenny, and Smithwick's – in addition to very respectable fish and chips – this Sixth Street mainstay is a fine place to party. They always offer free music from 10am till around midnight.

Eleven Plates & Wine
3801 N. Capitol of Texas Hwy. C-200, 512/328-0110
www.elevenplates.com
The chef here prepares a special Irish menu for both lunch and dinner service.

Emerald Restaurant
13614 Hwy 17 West, 512/963-4272
www.theemeraldrestaurant.com
The Kinsella family runs this little Irish oasis on the edge of the Hill Country. In addition to the regular continental fine dining menu, they'll offer corned beef and cabbage accented with Paul's famous Irish mustard. Enjoy Guinness or Bunratty Meade while bagpiper and harpist Michael Morris provides the entertainment.

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
10010 Capital of Texas Hwy North, 512/467-6969
5701 W. Slaughter Ln., 512/301-6969
www.nxnwbrew.com
Both locations will welcome guests with Kevin Roark's hand-crafted Irish stout and Red Zepplin Irish Red Ale plus chef George Powell's Irish stew and soda bread starting at 5pm The north location will also feature live music from the Silver Thistle Pipes & Drums and folk music from Jeremy Steding and Liver Dance between 5-10pm.

Fadó Irish Pub
214 W. Fourth, 512/457-0172
www.fadoirishpub.com/austin
This 19-year-old party is so big it regularly shuts down a block in the Warehouse District with stages, bars, beer gardens, food stations, and plenty of fun. It's an all day- all night affair that starts with Kegs & Eggs at 6am for the most determined revelers, includes a live radio broadcast on 101X-FM with Jason and Deb at 11am, and the street festival with a full schedule of live music that starts at 1pm and runs until…

Shepherd's Pie (photo by Fado/ Facebook)

The Ginger Man
301 Lavaca, 512/473-8801
www.thegingerman.com/austin
With a straight up stellar beer selection and as-yet-undisclosed musical entertainment, this joint opens at noon on St. Paddy's Day to make folks welcome.

Opal Divine's
3601 S. Congress, 512/707-0237
3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., 512/369-3709
12709 N. Mopac, 512/369-3709
www.opaldivines.com
Three locations means three times the fun at Opal's this time of year. Start with Irish breakfast at Davenport, lunch at Penn Field, and finish up with dinner at the Marina. Celebrate with live music programming and Austin's finest selection of Irish whiskies at all three outlets.

Pluckers Wing Bar
Multiple locations
www.pluckers.com
The first 250 guests who are either Pluckers Club members or who follow Pluckers on social media and purchase a 34oz Bud Light will receive a special edition 20th anniversary Pluckers beer mug. We're told Pluckers outlets in Round Rock and San Marcos will host “Pluck Me – I'm Irish” parties with live music starting at 4:30pm.

St. Patrick's Day Festival 2015
Shoal Crossing Event Center
8649 Mopac, 512/372.3918
www.stpatricksdayaustin.com
Festival organizers always make sure this event has some family-friendly components as well as presentations about Irish culture and pride. There will be food, music, and Irish dancing – plus an appearance by Adrian Farrell, Ireland's new consul general to Texas. Tickets for adults are $12 online/$15 at the door and $3/$5 for kids under 13. 3-9pm.

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