Corned beef might be the best food idea aside from bacon. Its deliciousness and its utility make me wonder why we mostly just eat it once a year. No matter. It’s time again for wearing green, dancing jigs and indulging in the goodness of beef preserved by brine, plus potatoes and cabbage. If you’re in Missoula on Saturday night, we recommend diving headfirst into the Irish buffet at Sean Kelly’s, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Not literally diving—we're just saying you should get there early, before everyone else who has a salt tooth for workman’s fare blows in the door.
By the time you’ve slurped up the meaty juices, chances are you’ll be stuffed and ready to take in the St. Patty’s Day Parade downtown, which likely starts at noon and where kelly green felt and shiny displays of lucky clovers will blind you into a daze. Afterward, it's either nap time or beer o’clock. You choose, but by now I shouldn’t have to tell you not to drink and drive.
Here’s a sober-yet-fun event for a cause: The All-City, All-Ages Sober St. Patrick's Day Dance takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Downtown Dance Collective, where The Funky Armadillos play a mix of classic rock, blues and funk and your $15 door fee goes to Partnership Health Clinic for breast and cervical cancer screenings.
If you are a connoisseur of the frothy Guinness or maybe a little Baileys, there is a plethora of places to go sip and listen to music. Live rock and roll kicks off at the VFW at 9 p.m. There, you’ll hear punk, western, dirty blues and man-noise, and you can get MORE corned beef and cabbage! For a little blue-collar, bluegrass flavor, you can trod down to Monk’s to hear The Workers.
Because you’ve seen Leprechaun in the Hood, you know it’s Irish to get funky, so it wouldn’t be weird to head over to The Top Hat for Reverend Slanky and the Josh Farmer Band. Equally party-friendly: The Central Bar, where you can quench your hip-hop thirst with Traff the Wiz, DJ Mike Sev, Ruthless Data, Enkrypted and Tonsofun.
Actually, I have a confession to make: I secretly love Jell-O shots. Back in the olden days, a group of us threw a Jell-O shot party where we had several kinds to choose from. Naming them is the best part: Grandma’s Goiter, anyone? Scabies Babies? The Jolly Cork’s gets what I’m talking about. DJ Serendipity plays while you dance and drink Leprechaun Jell-O shots and Irish Trash Can Test Tubes. Gross or good? You decide.
Not in Missoula? There’s plenty to do in the Bitterroot and Flathead regions, including Montana Celtic band Tra le Gael in Whitefish—check our calendar listings for all the details.
Our favorite? If you’re close to Lolo Hot Springs, you shouldn’t miss stopping in to see Voodoo Horseshoes for a soak and St. Patty’s day party at 9 p.m. Why? Because Voodoo Horseshoes are magical and psychedelic and they play a song about a platypus. Plus, there will be a bonfire. I don’t know what that has to do with Ireland, but it’s the spirit of it that counts.