For his first St. Patrick’s Day party a decade ago, Shamrock Lounge owner Dave Stough cooked four corned beef roasts.
This Sunday — St. Patrick’s Day — he’ll prepare 80.
And who knows if that’ll be enough.
“This is completely out of hand,” Stough said. “It’s just turned into a real happening.”
And not just at the Shamrock.
At bars across Wichita, the holiday has become a party to rival or surpass New Year’s Eve and Halloween.
This year, because St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday, some establishments are spreading the revelry over two days. Here’s a look at what’s happening at some area watering holes:• The Artichoke, 811 N. Broadway, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday. An outdoor tent will be set up for live Irish and acoustic music, dancing and contests. $10 for adults, $15 for couples, kids 16 and under free.
• Brickyard, 129 N. Rock Island. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Music by Raging Sea, Get Bad, Highland Bagpipes and Lawless starting at 2 p.m.
• Emerson Biggins (west location), 2330 N. Maize Road. Irish food and drink specials, music by bagpipers Saturday and Sunday.
• Heroes, 117 N. Mosley. Corned beef and cabbage Friday through Sunday, bagpipers at 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. The bar also will have $3 green beer and Guinness specials all weekend.
• Jon’s Ale House, 917 E. Douglas. Drink specials, corned beef and cabbage and music by bagpipers Saturday and Sunday.
• Larry Bud’s Sports Bar, 2120 N. Woodlawn, Suite 300, and 6200 W. 21st St.: In addition to kegs of green beer, Larry Bud’s will serve corned beef and cabbage Sunday with appearances by bagpipers scheduled for 3 and 7 p.m. at the east-side restaurant. The west side also will have corned beef and cabbage, plus bagpipers at 5 p.m.
• Port of Wichita, 1548 S. Webb. Live music starts at 1 p.m. Sunday featuring Uche, Nick McEwen, Pullman Standard, The Banned and The Substitutes. Irish drink specials and corned beef and cabbage available. $4 cover.
• Pumphouse, 825 E. Second St.: The bar’s second annual Kegs and Eggs starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, offered until 11 a.m.. It’s $5. The bar also will serve green beer all day and will feature the band Whisky Militia at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the Pumphouse will serve corned beef and cabbage from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• S hamrock Lounge, 1724 W. Douglas: Saturday activities include a 9 a.m. Irish breakfast, Irish and beef stew for lunch, bagpipers at 4 and 8 p.m. and green beer and other drink specials through the day. On Sunday, the bar will open at 11 a.m. with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, which will be served again at 6 p.m. Plus, there will be bagpipers throughout the day (noon, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.), the Knockasheega Celtic Band at 1 p.m. and a 10:30 p.m. performance by The Sluggos. See the Shamrock’s Facebook page for a complete schedule.
Contributing: Denise Neil of The Eagle