Irish Pubs across the state ready to welcome patrons for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
By Nicole Koster
There is plenty of green beer, luck and revelry to go around on St. Patrick’s Day, but here in New Orleans, and around the state of Louisiana, the celebrations are deeply rooted. The Irish have a historical role in the rich cultural fabric of Southeast Louisiana. When the Irish were fighting British rule, many of them left their homeland and found solace off the Mississippi River in New Orleans. The Irish Channel in New Orleans is rightly named after the Irishmen who worked on the Port and would walk to work from their cottages, many built from barges broken down for building materials. The Irish worked to start banks, built English-speaking churches and served in the military. It was the Irish who worked for only $1 a day to build the New Basin Canal. The Irish evolved into businessmen and professionals of all trades. Their contributions to the food, music and New Orleans spirit are visible every day, like through all the pubs who pride their brand on the spirit of the Irish. Find a place below to celebrate the luck of the Irish today!
Enoch's Irish Pub
Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe is the place to be in Northern Louisiana, all year round, for Irish spirit. The Irish pub with Louisiana attitude opened on St. Patrick's Day in 1980. The business is still in the family and has become a premier music venue for musicians around the state.
Happy's Irish Pub
This neighborhood pub in Baton Rouge celebrates St. Patrick's Day all week, and all year long. Their happy hour the week of St. Patrick's Day lets revelers partake with 2-for-1 beers and double well drinks. On the 17th of every month, Happy's celebrates 'St. Practice Day' as a way to honor St. Patrick's Day year round. Among many specials, Patrons enjoy their signature green beer, Happy's Hooligan.
A New Orleans institution, Pat O'Brien's has been in business now for 89 years. The bar, which began as a speakeasy on St. Peter Street, bears a classic Irish name. They have a big St. Patrick's Day celebration each year where patrons enjoy sporting Pat O's Irish green bowling hats. You can enjoy festivities in the courtyard, or inside at the famous Piano Bar with dueling pianos.
There will be a St. Patrick's Day parade from the Downtown Irish Club walking through the Marigny, French Quarter and CBD tonight starting at 7 p.m.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) was established in 1946 to advocate on behalf of the state’s foodservice and hospitality industries.