Of all the holidays that Missoula celebrates, St. Patrick's Day may be one of the oddest. Think about it: we're celebrating the patron saint of Ireland who we really don’t know all that much about. And stranger still, we honor this mysterious Saint Patrick by wearing green and consuming vast quantities of beer. And somewhere along the line, someone decided that people not wearing green should receive swift punishment in the form of pinches?

We've compiled (with the help of our friends at www.missoulaevents.net) the 5 best places to celebrate St. Patrick's Weekend in the Missoula. It is by no means a complete list -- virtually every bar in town throws some semblance of a party around March 17. So here's what we've come up with! and by all means, plug any event that hasn't been covered in the comment section below.

  • St. Paddy's Day 2013

    Sean Kelly's

    This is a no brainer. Expect half of the town to be here at some point or another. The truest of Irish Bars in Missoula. This will be one of the destinations amongst most green adorned locals.



    Cover: TBA


    Photo courtesy of Flickr/Jono
  • St. Paddy's Day Party at Draught Works


    St. Patty's Day party at Draught Works Brewery. Music events include Aran Buzzas from 11-1, then the infamous Celtic Dragons at 3, followed by Irish dancers at 4, and ending with the Hasslers from 5-7.

    Sunday, March 17th Draught Works Brewery, 915 Toole Ave


    Photo courtesy of Flickr/Paddy123
  • Zootown Hip Hop Alliance 3


    Spare House Entertainment, Royale Entertainment, Rezerected Records, Heavy Measures Productions, Wapakiya Records, Felony Records, Boy Burns Bridge and C4 Entertainment presents the 3rd Annual Missoula Hip-Hop Alliance party combining MC's and DJ's representing all angles of our great music scene!

    Saturday, March 16th At The Palace, 147 W. Broadway

    Photo courtesy of Flickr/red198
  • Dead Winter Carpenters at The Top Hat


    Americana roots rock along with a five piece band from Lake Tahoe in the newly renovated Top Hat bar downtown. Sure to bring out the eclectic in all of us, as well as the locals curious to see the new facelift at this legendary venue.

    Saturday, March 16th at the Top Hat, 134 W. Front

    Photo courtesy of Flickr/Freelancer3
  • ABSOLUTELY w/Kris Moon and Monty Carlo


    Kris Moon and Monty Carlo rock Missoula's best dance music weekly with Absolutely.

    Everything from hip hop & r&b to underground electronic guarantees something for everybody!

    No cover.

    2 for 1 Absolute drinks until 11pm!

    Saturday, March 16th at The Badlander, 208 Ryman

    Photo courtesy of Flickr/Jono13