The Ides of March have passed and soon, America will turn into the Emerald Isles as St. Patrick’s Day comes Riverdancing along. As per usual, the day is on March 17, which rests on a Thursday this year. There will be plenty of cheer and green when everyone suddenly becomes Irish.
The bars of Whiskey Row and downtown Prescott are also getting in on the emerald action with the annual Miller Lite Pub Craw, now in its 11th year.
Starting at 3 p.m. today, participants crawl along Whiskey Row, signing up at Murphy’s Restaurant, 201 N. Cortez St., before heading out to participating pubs.
“It’s one of our busiest days of the year from open to close,” Murphy’s Bar Manager Curtis Ritter said. “It’s crazy.”
Usually, about 15 to 20 different bars participate, Ritter said. This year, that includes: The Office Restaurant & Bar, 128 N. Cortez St.; El Charro, 120 N. Montezuma St.; Gurley St. Grill, 230 W. Gurley St.; Matt’s Saloon, 112 S. Montezuma St.; Jersey Lilly Saloon, 116 S. Montezuma St.; and the Bird Cage Saloon, 160 S. Montezuma St.
The crawl works quite simply, too. Participants pick up a pub card when they register at Murphy’s and take it to all the participating pubs to find the Miller Lite representative, who will put the pub’s name on the card. The representative may also have a goodie or two. At around 10 p.m., participants head to Matt’s Saloon to qualify for special prizes.
While participants must be 21 or older to participate, they don’t have to be drinkers to participate.
“You can go to each place and drink non-alcoholic beer or whatever you’d like to do,” Ritter said.
St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to end today, though, as celebrants can stay Irish all weekend long with Pudge & Astis Sports Grill’s 31st annual Blarney Steel Dart Tournament, the longest-running steel dart tournament in the state of Arizona. Happening from Friday to Sunday, March 18-20, the cost to enter is $10 and there are brackets for men and women.
The person voted to have shot well and showed great sportsmanship is given the ultimate prize: the Blarney Mug. Pudge & Astis is located at 721 N. Sixth St.
Remember though, St. Patrick’s Day may be fun, but drink responsibly and don’t drive under the influence. During the Pub Crawl, free cab rides home will be offered from Dial-a-Ride for anyone who lives in Prescott, Prescott Valley or Chino Valley.