Originally Published: March 13, 2015 1:28 a.m.
It's the middle of March and Saint Patrick's Day will soon be Riverdancing down the glen. As always, the day is on March 17, which rests on a Tuesday this year. That means it's time to break out the green beer and celebrate everything Irish.
And once again, the bars of downtown Prescott are participating in the annual Miller Lite St. Pat's Day Downtown Pub Crawl. Now in its 10th year, the crawl is loaded with fun, prizes, beer and free cab rides.
Participants crawl along Whiskey Row from 4 to 11 p.m., after 3:30 signups at Murphy's Restaurant, 201 N. Cortez St. However, Murphy's General Manager Wendy Price said every bar does pre-registration.
"It starts at Murphy's and you go from bar to bar to bar," Price said. "Or if people do pre-registration, they can start wherever they want."
Crawlers don't need to drink to be able to participate, but they do have to be at least 21 years old.
How the crawl works is simple, too. Participants pick up a pub card wherever they register and take it to all participating pubs to find the Miller Lite representative to put the pub's name on the card. And the representatives may just have a goody or two.
Participating pubs include Murphy's, The Office (128 N. Cortez St.), Lyzzard's Lounge (120 N. Cortez St.), El Charro (120 N. Montezuma St.), The Point (114 N. Montezuma St.), Drunken Lass (218 W. Gurley St.), Gurley St. Grill (230 W. Gurley St.), Matt's Saloon (112 S. Montezuma St.), Hooligan's (112 S. Montezuma St.), The Jersey Lilly (116 S. Montezuma St.), Whiskey Row Pub (144 S. Montezuma St.), Bird Cage Saloon (160 S. Montezuma St.) and Brick & Bones (214 S. Montezuma St.).
Once all pubs are marked, take the card to Matt's Saloon no later than 10 p.m. to qualify for special prizes, including the still-unknown grand prize.
And participants who don't drink are also welcome to crawl. All of the pubs have non-alcoholic beverages, and sodas are free for designated drivers - who also are eligible for a drawing open only to them. In addition, designated drivers are also eligible for the main drawing.
But it's not just the bars taking part in the pub crawl that are getting in on all the emerald action.
Celtic Crossings Irish Pub has a full day of music, with pipers in the morning, Irish Stepdancers in the afternoon and the Cool Waters Band in the evening. But patrons of Celtic Crossings don't even have to wait until Tuesday as Karl Jones, also known as Dublin Soul, will perform Irish songs at a pre-party on Saturday.
But it won't help to go to the pub at the last minute as Maggie Lamper of Celtic Crossings said the pub is taking reservations for the first time this year.
"We're doing it in hopes to alleviate the long wait," Lamper said.
Celtic Crossings is at 1951 E. Highway 69 and can be reached at 928-443-8454.
There's also Pudge & Astis Sports Grill, on Sixth Street in Prescott, hosting its annual Shoot the Blarney Steel Dart Tournament, beginning Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.
The longest-running steel dart tournament in the state of Arizona, this year is its 30th anniversary. There are brackets for men and women's singles and doubles, and it costs only $10 to enter.
Nena Murphy, an avid dart player at Pudge, said the tournament provides the fun and camaraderie that other sports lose.
"You want to win, but it's more about the fun and people you only get to see once a year," Murphy said.
And while there may not be a grand prize for the tournament, Murphy said the Blarney Mug is given to the person voted to have shot well and showed great sportsmanship. She called it the "ultimate prize" and "what everybody shoots for."
But, remember, in all the fun of Saint Patrick's Day, and the dart tournament, drink responsibly and don't drive under the influence.
For more information on the Pub Crawl, pick up a flier at a participating pub.
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