A great spot to celebrate St. Pat’s Day

Column by John Akal
Posted 3/6/19

Well, it’s March and that means we can all start guessing about the weather again. As I’m writing this it’s about 2 degrees outside with eight inches of snow on the ground, but later in the …

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A great spot to celebrate St. Pat’s Day

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Well, it’s March and that means we can all start guessing about the weather again. As I’m writing this it’s about 2 degrees outside with eight inches of snow on the ground, but later in the week, it’s going to be in the 50’s outside. One thing you can be sure about is that around the middle of the month, everything is going to be turning green. Not the grass or the trees or the flower beds, I’m talking about Irish green as St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. Yes sir, March 17 is falling on a Sunday this year so that means an entire weekend of partying is scheduled all over the metro area.

Just so you know, the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver is scheduled for Saturday, March 16. It steps off at 9:30 a.m. and lasts for several hours. It sort of circles around Lodo and Coors Field this year so you might want to go to www.denverstpatricksdayparade.com and take a look at the map they have there and all the info if you are interested in checking that out. It’s one of the largest parades in the country. Downtown Denver will be swarmed with people and special things going on associated with that event. It’s always kind of crazy.

But, take it from this half Irish member of the Sullivan family, if you want to have one of the best St. Patrick’s Day experiences of your life you don’t have to go very far or even venture out of the west side of town because the place to be for the entire weekend is right next door to Golden on West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge.

I’m talking about Clancy’s Irish Pub. It was established back in 1973 and has been a haven for the Irish at heart for decades. They serve all the Irish brews and spirits as well as the traditional Irish food everyone expects at a place like this plus other pub fare to suit anyone’s pallet. They have always had some kind of shindig going on to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland but it took on a life of it’s own and upped it’s game a few years ago. That’s when their original location, in a little strip mall, was sold out from under them and they moved up the street to their new digs. It’s now located in a restored old, and very large house just east of Wadsworth Boulevard at 7000 W. 38th Avenue. The new place has several floors, four bars, two patios and it’s own parking lot. They have great food, live music and are open late every night.

So, having been to the old place numerous times over the years, I decided to check it out on Saint Patrick’s day at the new location a couple of years ago. All I can say is that it was amazing. The place was packed as expected, but they have every kind of Irish entertainment going on all day and evening, both inside and out. I’m taking about Irish bands, singers, troops of step dancers, full blown pipe and drum bands arriving by bus and it was like some kind of three ring circus over there. One thing would finish in one place and another would start across the room or out on the patio.

Well this year they have decided to run the party over there for the entire weekend. It starts at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 and runs from noon to closing on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 &17. They’ll have two stages going and five bars open to serve everyone. The list of entertainment is a virtual “who’s who” of local Irish performers and includes Angus Mohr, Big Paddy, Michael Collins Pipe and Drum Band, Celtic Steps, Queen City Pipe Band, Quick Draw, The Delta Sonics, Gang of Devils, Windover Tide, Jim Jamm Jimmy, Juice O’ the Barley, The Constant Tourist, The Commoners, Teledonna, Cup a Joe, Rosen the Bow, Mulligan Stew, The Wicked Sheehoques, Paul Glover and friends, Gobs O’ Phun, Lougheed, Avourneen and the Wick School of Irish Dance.

Admission is usually free, but this year they are asking for a $1 cover that they are donating to their Executive Chef John Connolly who recently suffered a traumatic brain injury. They won’t be taking any reservations all weekend so it’s first come, first served.

For the complete schedule go to www.iloveclancys.com. Now go find that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt or button in your closet and get ready to party all weekend! Sláinte!

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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