Green beer causes people to do outlandish things. At least that's what we're counting on as St. Patrick's Day approaches. Here are enough highlights to make sure your hangover lasts until Easter.
The 31st Annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade is billed by as the Mardi Gras of Dallas. Thousands gather along a 2-mile stretch of Greenville Avenue for floats, crazy costumes and general debauchery. The fun begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine. If you have never experienced the shenanigans, you must. But beware that parking is VERY limited. The best option is to ride DART. A list of stations is available at www.dart.org. The Granada Theater will have live music all day, first with free live reggae early, followed by Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights playing in the afternoon show ($3.50) and Soul Hat in the evening ($17).
St. Patrick's Day
Fat Daddy's: No cover, $2 wells and domestics until 11 p.m., $2 green beer, $3 Irish whiskey, $3 lucky leprechaun shots. Fifth and Taylor streets, Fort Worth; 817-870-2111.
Finn MacCool's Pub: This cozy neighborhood bar south of downtown is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and its St. Patty's Day Block Party will feature live music and outdoor service. This could be your first and last stop Wednesday night. 1700 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth; 817-923-2121.
Paddy Red's Irish Pub: This fun Irish pub located below street level in downtown Fort Worth has a full bar, including 130 beers, green beer and Irish whiskey, as well as Golden Tee and a 100-inch projection TV. 903 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth; 817-332-4747.
Poag Mahone's Irish Pub: This is one of the places that will be hoppin' on St. Patrick's Day, as it offers more than 50 types of beers along with pool, darts and Golden Tee. It's also steps from 7th Haven, the Pour House and Lola's Saloon Sixth, so you won't have to stagger, er, walk far for a bit of a pub crawl. 700 Carroll St., Fort Worth; 817-529-9141.
Conlon's Pub: This Irish pub features dartboards, pool tables and a dance floor that should get some action as the green beer flows. 2528 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth; 817-698-9777.
Baker St. Pub & Grill: Located west of downtown Fort Worth in the Village at Camp Bowie shopping center, Baker St. has good food and will have green beer and live music featuring Zach Edwards. 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-377-9772.
Fred's Texas Cafe: Right in the heart of the thriving West 7th neighborhood with the best burgers in the Metroplex, according to your very own DFW.com, Fred's will have live music by Kyle Redd. And because the holiday falls on a Wednesday, it's Gourmet Pizza Night. 915 Currie St., Fort Worth; 817-332-0083.
J. Gilligan's Bar & Grill: The 31st annual St. Patrick's Day Block Party & Street Dance will feature green beer, Irish whiskey and the bar's world famous Irish Nachos. Live entertainment includes Larry Heath & Hill City Band, Stingrays, Clear Fork and Morning People. Gates open at 4 p.m.; $6 cover begins at 6 p.m. 400 E. Abram St., Arlington; 817-274-8561.
BlackFinn American Saloon: Arlington Highlands is full of bars and restaurants, and you can find BlackFinn tucked back near Pluckers and Bone Daddy's. The restaurant's weeklong celebration includes a special Irish menu, and Guinness and Smithwick's specials in a 20-ounce glass. The celebration includes a ceremonial tapping of the first green keg Friday and SIN Patrick's Day on Tuesday for service-industry people who have to work Wednesday. 4001 Bagpiper Way, Arlington; 817-468-3332.
Duke's Original Roadhouse: St. Patrick's Day Giant Tent Party with no cover, live music, Irish nachos and green beer. 2250 Airport Freeway, Bedford; 817-354-1002.