St. Patrick’s Day Hot Spots & Events
Are you a Guthrie local looking for recommendations for some of the best ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in 2022? Or have you recently moved to the area? Either way, if you are looking to explore nearby metro areas like Oklahoma City and Tulsa, you’re in luck because we have put together this list of St. Patrick’s Day hot spots and events for you.
Think About Taking a Road Trip to Shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day
Would you like to take a trip back in time to visit this once-bustling town with street names like Dublin, Killarney, Blarney, and Cork? Shamrock, Oklahoma, was home to 10,000 residents in its oil-boom heyday. Yet by the time the 2010 census was underway, the population had dropped to 101. According to travel writer Kathy Weiser of Legends for America, the town still hosts a yearly St. Patrick’s Day parade despite its low population.
Due to financial issues, Shamrock’s governing body decided to disestablish the town in 2010. Now, this nearly abandoned town appears on lists of Oklahoma ghost towns, like those you can find on the Abandoned Oklahoma website. In his article for Abandoned Oklahoma, Michael Schwarz wrote about an abandoned building in Shamrock that was once a Chevrolet auto dealership. Of course, we are interested in this bit of information.
You can also learn more about Shamrock from the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Legends of America websites. Shamrock is about 60 miles East of Guthrie, and you can take either OK-33 E or OK-105 E to get there.
Enjoy Some Pub Food and Beer for St. Patty’s
Two pubs we recommend are Kilkenny’s Irish Pub and McNellie’s. Kilkenny’s is at 1413 E. 15th St. in Tulsa. You can find McNellie’s at 1100 Classen Dr. in Oklahoma City, at 409 E. 1st St. in Downtown Tulsa, and 7031 S. Zurich Ave. in South Tulsa. Whether you choose to visit the Tulsa or Oklahoma City locations, you won’t be disappointed. If you visit one of the Tulsa locations, you’ll be able to visit Kilkenny’s, just a few minutes away.
Kilkenny’s Irish Pub
If you’re not a fan of the ghost town vibe, but you are looking for some good food, visit Kilkenny’s Irish Pub . Rated in 2020 as one of the “Best Irish Pubs in America” by the Daily Meal and as best in Oklahoma by Irish Central, you can’t go wrong with this Okie favorite. The dark wood decor and Irish memorabilia add flair to the friendly and cozy atmosphere that dozens of reviewers rave about online.
Must-try items on the menu:
- Kilkenny’s Traditional Irish Breakfast
- The Effin Fisherman’s Pie (or the Traditional Irish Stew, if you can’t have seafood) on the dinner menu
- The Guinness Chocolate Cake on the dessert menu
The Traditional Irish Breakfast is on the brunch menu, but you can order it all day long.
Kilkenny’s is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can call at 918-582-8282 and join the pub’s mailing list through the website.
McNellie’s is our absolute favorite pub to visit on St. Patrick’s Day. This regional chain originated in Tulsa, and it is a must-visit for all Okies. We love that it’s all about community for this Oklahoma classic, and the folks at McNellie’s take their St. Patty’s celebrations seriously.
In 2020, the pub was ready to celebrate its annual St. Patty’s block party in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, it had to postpone due to the emerging pandemic. “When I started the pub 16 years ago, it was to try and make Tulsa a better place to live – and that continues to be our company mission statement to this day. Often, it means brightening people’s day by giving genuine hospitality, a good beer and quality food. Today, it means making the tough decision to not put anyone at risk,” said founder Elliot Nelson in an announcement on Facebook.
In 2021, the OKC pub hosted “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait,” a socially distanced St. Patrick’s celebration, with live Irish folk music in the afternoon and one-man-band Hosty performing in the evening. This location also held a “Halfway to St. Pat’s Bash” event in September 2021, with live music on the patio. Additionally, we’re excited to know what McNellie’s OKC is planning for St. Patrick’s Day in 2022.
When it comes to McNellie’s menu, you should try the Patty Melt, a fresh flame-grilled patty on rye bread. We recommend you order it served with sweet potato fries and add your favorite beer. We also recommend that you follow McNellie’s Facebook accounts to get the most up-to-date news, like hours of operation, upcoming events, current beer list, and whether reservations are required.
Take This Other Road Trip First for a Good Cause
While technically not happening during St. Patrick’s Day proper, we recommend taking part in Shamrock the ‘Ville, a Bartlesville, Oklahoma, benefit event. Proceeds go to Mary Martha Outreach, a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and crisis aid to those in need in Bartlesville and Northeast Oklahoma. In 2022, the event, which includes a 5K race, 1-mile Fun Run, prizes, and costumes, will take place on Saturday, March 5. You can participate as a runner, a sponsor, or a volunteer. Check out the Shamrock the ‘Ville website or follow the non-profit’s Facebook page for more information.
Bartlesville is about 135 miles away from Guthrie. We recommend you make a weekend trip of it and visit the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve at 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd. while you’re in Bartlesville. You will find a petting zoo, a playground, and 30 species of animals and birds on the grounds. The museum also has a collection of Native American material, Western art and artifacts, and an impressive Colt firearms collection. Admission is $14, but children 12 and under can visit for free. Plan your visit on the website.
So, there you have it. How did you think we did with this list of places to visit to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Oklahoma? Let us know if we missed any of your favorites.