Here are some ways for adults to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day holiday around the Reno / Tahoe region. There is a lot of green beer and drinking, with several related events happening as well. Those who enjoy the Irish pub scene will find a wide selection of establishments from which to choose.
There are St. Patrick's Day events and activities with more of a family emphasis as well. Check out my "St. Patrick's Day Events and Activities in Reno and Sparks" article for more information.
Reno / Tahoe Irish Pubs
Judging from how many there are, hoisting a few at Reno / Tahoe Irish pubs has got to be a popular activity. Come St. Patrick's Day, these establishments roll out their finest green beer, Irish ale, and food fit for the Emerald Isle.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Ceol Irish Pub
Ceol Irish Pub throws one of Reno's best St. Patrick's Day parties. In 2014, it's Lucky No. 7, the anniversary of Ceol's first St. Patrick's Day party. There will be food from the Brothers BBQ food truck and plenty of Irish beverages. Music and Irish merriment will continue into the night with music by The Blarney Band on the indoor stage and The Clarke Brothers on the outdoor stage. Ceol Irish Pub opens at 3 p.m. daily and is located at 538 S. Virginia Street in Reno. The information phone number is (775) 329-5558.
Rapscallion St. Patrick's Day Party
The annual Rapscallion St. Patrick's Day party features live music, green beer, and Irish food specials. The green beer starts flowing at 10 a.m. and a brunch will be available until 3 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Outside music starts at 6:30 p.m. The Rapscallion Seafood House and Bar is at 1555 S. Wells Avenue and Vesta Street in Reno. For more information, call (775) 323-1211.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Filthy McNasty's Irish Bar
The St. Patrick's Day party at Filthy McNasty's Irish Bar starts at 12 noon on March 17, 2014. The party will be outside, featuring live music, food vendors, green beer, Irish car bombs, and other drink specials. Filthy McNasty's is located at 1718 Holcomb Avenue in Reno. For more information, call (775) 622-3208.
Reno Leprechaun Crawl
"Paint the town Green" at the Reno Leprechaun Crawl on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The Leprechaun Crawl officially starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes until whenever. Start bars are the Waterfall and Silver Legacy. For $5, you get a commemorative cup, map to over 22 participating bars in downtown Reno, and $3 drink specials and $3 beer specials. You are also entered in a contest to win $500 at the Red Carpet photo booth. Pre-sale cups are available at Junkee Clothing Exchange. This is an adult drinking event, but it's not a free-for-all. Be sure to read up on the rules for participating and have fun. The Leprechaun Crawl is just one of many special and regular Reno beer and pub crawls held throughout the year.
The Sons & Daughters of Erin Present the 45th Annual St. Patrick's Dinner and Show
The Sons and Daughters of Erin will be presenting this St. Patrick's Day Dinner & Show at the Siena Hotel Spa Casino, 1 Lake Street in Reno. The 2014 event will honor the Irish Person of the Year and the Irish in Nevada's history. The party is on Saturday, March 8, 2014, and begins at 4:30 p.m. with Irish whiskey tasting. There will be a raffle starting at 5 p.m., with dinner and program at 6 p.m. Entertainment will by Whiskey Before Breakfast, Sierra Silver Strings, the Truckee River Dance Company, and the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band. For reservations and information, call (775) 378-0931.
Riverwalk Wine Walk
In March, the Riverwalk Wine Walk in downtown Reno will be on Saturday, March 15, which just happens to be on St. Patrick's Day weekend. The Wine Walk is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and includes participation by many businesses in the Riverwalk District. To do the walk, take your $20 to any participating merchant for a wine glass and ID bracelet (this involves drinking, so you've got to be at least 21). Please, no strollers or pets. For more information, call (775) 825-WALK (9255).
St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl on Wells Avenue
The biggest concentration of Irish pubs in any Reno neighborhood is located along Wells Avenue. Some of these include Corrigan's, Ryan's Saloon, Wonder Bar, Lucke's Saloon, The Broken Spoke, and Rapscallion. Filthy McNasty's Irish Bar is just off the south end of Wells. To encourage bar hopping behavior, shamrocks have been painted on the sidewalks to guide revelers from one bar to the next (Last time I looked, though, they were pretty faded). Ryan's anchors the north end of the crawl and Rapscallion is on the south end.
St. Patrick's Day at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
St. Patrick's Day at the Atlantis will feature special Irish dishes and drinks at several of its restaurants - Manhattan Deli, Purple Parrot, and Toucan Charlie's Buffet & Grille. Enjoy your favorite Irish beers and specialty Irish cocktails. The Atlantis is located at 3800 S. Virginia Street in Reno.
St. Patrick’s Day at JA Nugget
Everyone gets lucky on St. Patrick’s Day at JA Nugget in Sparks. Enjoy Irish food and drink specials, free live music and free play giveaways. Enjoy Irish drink specials in all the bars and an Irish dinner in Rosie's Cafe, the Oyster Bar, or the Rotisserie Buffet. The Nugget is located at 1100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks.
Free St. Patrick's Day Safe RIDE Program
Make it a safe St. Patrick's Day and ride the bus if your celebrating involves enjoying green beer, ale, and Irish whiskey. RTC RIDE, RTC RAPID, and RTC CONNECT will be offering free rides on March 17, on routes throughout the Truckee Meadows starting at 4 p.m. Sierra SPIRIT, the downtown Reno bus system, will also be free to ride. RTC is sponsoring this freebie, along with the Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, Magic 95.5, Wild 102.9, K-Bull 98.1, KOLO 8, KOH 780AM, Drive Safe Nevada, Reno News & Review, and Ceol Irish Pub. The RTC website has the Safe Ride Program schedule for St. Patrick's Day, March 17.
St. Patrick's Day Festivities in Nearby Areas
Virginia City St. Patrick's Day Parade and Annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry
Virginia City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 12 noon on Saturday, March 15, 2014, featuring the Minden Irish Dancers, Giant Leprachaun's of Fresno, and other green attractions. In conjunction with the parade, participants in the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry will be serving up this delicacy (Yes, they are either beef or sheep testicles, or some of both. I'm not sure.) cooked in a variety of ways. I've never tried it, but I've heard that if you like clams, mussels, or real oysters, you'll like these. Over 20 cooks will be trying to win the tasting contest. The Fry will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on C Street in downtown Virginia City. Besides the parade, there will be lots of fun St. Patrick's Day activities for kids, families, and adults, including authentic live Irish music, a beer garden, numerous vendors, and the annual Leprechaun Bar Crawl. For more information, visit the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry web page or call (775) 847-7500.