Where To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In Kansas City
With tens of thousands of attendees every year, Kansas City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the typical go-to for residents looking to celebrate the holiday – but it’s by no means the only show in town. With Irish-inspired food, drink and environment, a number of city fixtures, including pubs, bars and restaurants, can provide the perfect atmosphere to fete the holiday, as well as celebrate Irish heritage every other day of the year.
Brady’s Public House
It feels so worn in and classic that it’s hard to even imagine that the Irish-owned and operated Brady’s Public House was formerly home to the long-standing dive bar Mike’s Tavern. Brady’s menu, created by owner Shaun Brady, includes an excellent cottage pie, mouthwatering Irish sausage rolls, and of course, corned beef and also feels like the results of decades of effort. Brady’s plans to run food and drink specials while showing Irish rugby matches this St. Patrick’s Day.
Brady’s Public House, 5424 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.437.9400, bradyskc.com
Browne’s Irish Marketplace
Opened in 1887, Browne’s claims to be the oldest Irish business in North America. The charming shop is open year-round, selling Irish home goods, jewelry and food, which are stacked floor to ceiling on lovingly worn, hand-hewn wooden shelves. Each Saturday in the month leading up to and including St. Patrick’s Day, Browne’s offers a traditional breakfast in its deli. St. Pat’s Day events include that breakfast beginning at 7:30am; drinks including Irish coffee, cider and beer; lunch specials including Reubens and corned beef; traditional Irish music, bagpipes, Irish dancing and more.
Browne’s Irish Marketplace, 3300 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.561.0030, brownesirishmarket.com
Conroy’s Public House
The current incarnation of Conroy’s in Overland Park, like Brady’s Public House in Midtown, is the result of the efforts of partners and Irishmen Ray Dunlea and Shaun Brady. In recent months, Brady has been updating and upgrading the menu of comfort food classics to more closely resemble that of their more upscale (though still completely accessible) Midtown venture. The 95th Street Overland Park location is also family-friendly, so for those looking for a more mellow way to celebrate St. Pat’s, this is your spot.
Conroy’s Public House, 5285 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kansas, 913.648.2244, conroysop.com
In the heart of the Power and Light District and opening out onto the KC Live block, The Dubliner is positioned to be a destination for partiers this weekend. Day-long Irish food and drink specials – including $5 Jamesons – plus a lineup of DJs will keep the large downtown pub busy and buzzing.
The Dubliner, 170 E. 14th St., Power and Light District, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.268.4700
Kelly’s Westport Inn
At the corner of Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue and built in 1850, the building that houses Kelly’s Westport Inn is purportedly one of the city’s oldest. It is also one of KC’s busiest, few-frills sports bars. Yet on St. Patrick’s Day and near the Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day parade terminus, it becomes the heart of the city’s holiday celebrations. It is also decidedly not kid-friendly, which may or may not hold appeal.
Kelly’s Westport Inn, 500 Westport Road, Westport, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.561.5800, kellyswestportinn.com
O’Dowd’s has long been one of KC’s most popular Irish pubs, yet a recent renovation breathed new life into the Plaza establishment, including a remodel of its interior, an enviable rooftop patio and a very successful makeover of the menu. This Sunday, O’Dowd’s is closing the street around its location and is hosting dancers, live music and DJs, and will be serving up Irish specials (like this Shepherd’s Pie), in addition to its very good regular lineup of Irish classics.
O’Dowd’s Gastrobar, 4742 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Missouri, 816.561.2700, odowdskc.com
About 35 minutes north of KC, O’Malley’s Pub is one of the Midwest’s true drinking gems. The bar was built inside of Weston Brewing Co.’s 176-year-old underground lagering cellar, and the combination of the cellar’s massive arched stone walls, dim lighting, dark wood tables and balconies and the vintage Guinness advertisements lining the walls work to make O’Malley’s environment cozy and unique. Live traditional music on weekends completes the experience. Weston does St. Patrick’s Day up big with a city-wide festival and parade, and O’Malley’s is at the center of it all.
O’Malley’s Pub, 560 Welt St., Weston, Missouri, 816.640.5235, westonirish.com