St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just a one-day thing in Omaha. Festivities are drawn out for at least a weekend. While I’ve become more of the morning parade shenanigans kind of gal than a bar hopper these days, I love the way this city celebrates. Read on for details on where to eat, drink, and play when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
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UPDATED: This post was first published in 2021 and has been updated with current 2022 events, including a list of live musical performances by Omaha Drum & Pipes around Omaha on March 17!
Irish bars and restaurants in Omaha
Year-round, it feels like St. Patrick’s Day at some bars in Omaha. Below is a list of Omaha’s top Irish bars and Irish restaurants. I highlighted my favorite for food and drink. Most places serve food or have a full menu, but I’ve marked which ones are for drinks only.
Brazen Head Irish Pub – One of my favorites, it’s been around since 1998 at 319 N. 78th St. The bar itself was imported from Ireland, and there are some really charming touches throughout the place. There’s usually live music all day long on St. Patrick’s Day.
The food is on spot, too. If you need a hearty meal, try a traditional Irish boxty. It’ll keep you fueled for the day.
Annie’s Irish Pub, 1101 Davenport St. (bar only)
Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill, 4322 Leavenworth St.
Barry O’s, 420 S. 10th St. (bar only)
Clancy’s Pub Pizza & Grill, 2905 S. 168th St.
Cunningham’s Pub & Grill, 10904 W. Dodge Road
The Dubliner Bar, 1205 Harney St. (bar only)
Maloney’s Irish Pub, 1830 N. 72nd St.
Paddy McGown’s Pub and Grill, 4503 Center St.
Sean O’Casey’s, 2523 S. 140th Ave.
Two Fine Irishmen, 18101 R Plaza
Staying home this year? I hear you. This is likely my choice for 2022, as well. Find some good Irish whiskey or beer at the locally-owned store Wine, Beer & Spirits at 3435 Oak View Drive.
2022 St. Patrick’s Day events in Omaha
Omaha loves St. Patrick’s Day, usually starting the celebrations the Saturday before the holiday, except for The Hooley, which is the first weekend in March.
The Hooley – The Omaha chapter of Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians holds the family-friendly Hooley party each year (cancelled for 2021) on the first Sunday of March. There’s dinner and live music.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians typically holds the city’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. In 2022, it will be held on March 12 starting at 10 a.m. on 15th and Harney streets in downtown Omaha. It’s free and very family friendly.
Shamrock Shuffle – This festive Irish 5k race on March 12, 2022, winds through historic downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa, with the finish line is located at the Historic 100 Block. Definitely dress in fun outfits. The race begins & ends with an outdoor beer garden, live music, and local eats.
St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza with John Morrison – Rave On Productions with Ryan McGuigan present this show of song and stories on March 17-19 at Rave On Productions, 8708 Countryside Village Plaza. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each.
Omaha Pipes and Drums will play a various venues on March 17. Here’s their schedule:
- 11 a.m. – 2 Fine Irishmen (18100 R Plaza), Sean O’Casey’s (2523 S. 140th Ave.), Barry O’s (420 S. 10th St.)
- Noon – Barrett’s Castle (43rd and Leavenworth streets)
- 1 p.m. – Maloney’s Tavern (1830 N. 72nd St.), Paddy McGown’s (45th and Center)
- 3 p.m. – Holiday Lounge (7846 Dodge St.)
- 3:30 p.m. – Clancy’s (168th and Center)
- 4 p.m. – Burke’s Pub (6117 Maple St.), Barry O’s (420 S. 10th St.)
- 5 p.m. – Office West (119th and Pacific), Quart House (107 Pearl St., Council Bluffs)
- 5:30 p.m. – Barleycorn (43rd and Leavenworth)
- 6 p.m. – Cohen & Kelly’s (13075 Center), Maloney’s Tavern (1830 N. 72nd St.)
- 6:30 p.m. – Sean O’Casey’s (2523 S. 140th Ave.), Blackstone Social Club (3910 Farnam)
- 8 p.m. – Choo Choo’s (14240 U St.)
Blarney Stone 5k – This annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day race was one I used to do with friends. It’s a lot of fun! The race on March 19, 2022 starts and returns to the River City Star down along the Missouri River just north of downtown Omaha. All All food, drink (including adult beverages), and swag are included in the price.
Omaha doesn’t hold a monopoly on St. Patrick’s Day festivities. In fact, some towns in Nebraska outshine Omaha with their Irish festivities.
O’Neill – Considered the Irish Capital of Nebraska, the town of O’Neill, Neb., tends to go big with festivities. The town doubles in size when they celebrate each March. They have their own Blarney Stone, as well as the world’s largest shamrock.
It’s been on my to-visit list for years, since it’s one of the most well-known festivals in all of Nebraska!
Palmyra – Glacial Till Vineyard & Winery, 344 S. Second Road, Palmyra, Neb., will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 12 from 4 to 9 p.m. with food specials from The Gilded Swine starting at 5 p.m. and live music by Tom & Wes from 6 to 9 p.m. FREE
Greeley – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated early in Greeley, Neb. The town has the Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day Festival every September and it’s so popular, the population nearly quadruples for the day.
I’ve been with my family and it’s a lot of fun!