St. Patrick’s Day festivities may be smaller and scaled back this year, but traditional food and drink are plentiful at various locations in the Albuquerque area. Celtic dance and song will be part of some celebrations in person and online. Here a few ways to commemorate the holiday. Sláinte!
BOXING BEAR BREWING CO.
In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, the brewery is releasing its Red Knuckle Irish Red Ale in cans and on tap. It is available for pickup and pint pours at all Boxing Bear taprooms. Cans will be available for purchase throughout March. The brewery also will be tapping a limited amount of its Nitro Irish Red Ale for pint pours on March 17 at all three locations: Boxing Bear Brewing Co., 10200 Corrales Road NW; West Downtown Taproom, 1710 Central Ave and Bridges on Tramway Taproom, 12501 Candelaria NE. For hours of operation and information, visit boxingbearbrewing.com.
O’NIELL’S PUB NOB HILL AND HEIGHTS
The pub started celebrating St. Patty’s Day early by offering its corned beef and cabbage every day beginning on March 1. It is also shaking things up with some fun drink specials and festive beers. You will not find green beer here only some traditional Irish selections that would make any leprechaun’s day. Nonbeer drinkers can opt for an Irish Margarita, Kiss Me I’m Irish Cocktail, a Dublin Mule or an Irish Coffee served hot or cold. Brightburn Academy of Irish Dance will be kicking up its heels at O’Niell’s Nob Hill, 4310 Central SE, and O’Niell’s Heights, 3301 Juan Tabo NE. The dancers will perform at 12:30 p.m. at the Heights location and at 6:30 p.m. at the Nob Hill location on Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14. They also will dance at 6:30 p.m. at the Heights location and at 8 p.m. at the Nob Hill location on March 17. New Mexico Fire and Police Pipes and Drums will keep the festivities going when they perform at 5:30 p.m. at the Heights location and 7 p.m. at the Nob Hill location on March 13 and 14 as well as at 5:30 p.m. at both locations on March 16. The group will play at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Heights location and at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Nob Hill location on March 17. For more information on O’Niell’s, visit oniells.com.
QUARTER CELTIC BREWPUB
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a special Celtic menu and only Celtic fare on March 17 at Quarter Celtic Brewpub, 1100 San Mateo NE and Quarter Celtic Taproom, 1930 Juan Tabo NE. Dig into corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, stout stew, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, or a Reuben sandwich. Wash it all down with Off the Cuff Baltic porter, Kill or be Kilt Scotch ale or the ever-popular MacLomas Dry Irish Stout, which won a bronze medal at the 2020 Brussels Beer Challenge. More information on Quarter Celtic can be found at quartercelticbrewpub.com.
TAYLOR GARRETT SPIRITS
The local spirits company will feature a Rye-rish Apple Cake Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day. The specialty cocktail features 2 ounces of Taylor Garrett Rye, three-fourths ounce of apple pie simple syrup, three-fourths ounce of lemon juice, one egg white and a dash of mole bitters. The ingredients are combined in a shaker and dry-shaken; ice is then added and it is wet-shaken; the concoction is then strained over a martini glass and garnished with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick. The cocktail will be available at Vara Winery + Distillery, 315 Alameda NE, where Taylor Garrett products are also sold. Guests also pick up a bottle of the rye whiskey to make cocktails at home. For more information on Taylor Garrett Spirits, visit taylorgarrettspirits.com.
TWO FOOLS TAVERN
The Irish pub and eatery, at 3211 Central NE, will be doing its exclusive St. Patrick’s Day menu with traditional favorites including fish and chips, cottage pie, Guinness Beef Boxty, corned beef and cabbage, Irish lamb stew and bacon and cabbage. The bacon and cabbage offering is an Irish traditional dinner of pork loin and cabbage. Corned beef is the American version. Guinness will be slow-poured in a pint glass for patrons who enjoy the dark Irish dry stout. Two Fools Tavern will have one-hour block reservations on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, to accommodate as many people as safely as possible. This is the first time the tavern has taken reservations but is doing so to avoid large crowds waiting in line. Dining tables will be spaced 6 feet apart, and guests must wear masks anytime they are not seated at their table. Reservations can be made by calling 265-7447. Please refrain from calling between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Visit 2foolstavern.com for more information.
TURTLE MOUNTAIN BREWING CO.
One of Rio Rancho’s favorite spots for eats and drinks will offer its tried and true Irish specialties, including Shine’s famous house-ale-brined corned beef and cabbage, and lamb shepherd’s pie on March 17. Stout Irish stew will be the featured soup of the week. Snakedriver Irish Dry Stout will debut on St. Patrick’s Day. The special St. Patty’s Day food items usually sell out, but the Snakedriver Irish Dry Stout will be available until the 10-barrel supply runs out. Visit turtlemountainbrewing.com for more information on the brewery, at 905 36th Place SE, Rio Rancho.
IRISH-AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEW MEXICO
Based in Albuquerque, the society will be taking to Zoom to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 14. The virtual party will open with an ode to one of the most noble Irish staples – the potato. Virtual entertainment will include Miranda Rensberger on harp, Jug of Punch with Irish songs and tunes, special performances by Brightburn Academy of Irish Dance and the Duke City Ceili Band. The Scottish Highland Pipes by Suzanne “Aden” Kemp and Irish Uilleann Pipes by Dirk Mewes will meld old and new Irish-American Society St. Pat’s party traditions. St. Patrick’s trivia, stories and Irish blessings will take place throughout the virtual event. The party concludes with a sing-along of “The Parting Glass.” The society will accept donations to help fund the entertainers. This event is free and open to the public. Non-IAS members can receive the Zoom link by emailing Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the society is available at irishamericansociety-nm.com.
SOCORRO SESSIONS SOCIAL DISTANCE CELTIC FEST
The drive-in concert will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, in the Macey Center parking lot on the New Mexico Tech campus, 909 Olive Lane, Socorro. Attendees must RSVP by emailing email@example.com. The concert will open with The Irish Setters. They will perform traditional Irish songs. Celtic Fringe will follow. Members of the band have a connection to New Mexico Tech as either students, professors or staff. The live music show put on by the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series also will be available to view on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. More information and links to the social platforms are available at nmt.edu/pas.