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Saint Patrick’s Day is the perfect reason — or excuse — to hoist a pint of green beer and sing “Danny Boy” with 50 new friends. When the emerald holiday comes around, don your greenest outfit and venture into an Irish-themed bar for your obligatory Guinness.

Make sure you have a designated driver if you plan on stumbling out, or plan on ordering an Uber, Lyft, or plain ‘ole taxi. And if you’re really in a pinch, here’s a list of services that’ll take you home in your own car, some even for free (although donations are usually suggested/expected). The Austin Police Department doesn’t play around on holidays that revolve around drinking.

So long as you’re staying safe, there’s nothing wrong with having a good time at one of Austin’s great Irish pubs.

B.D. Riley’s

Photo courtesy Basile.

Photo courtesy Basile.

If you’re Saint Patrick’s Day revelry takes you to Sixth Street, B.D. Riley’s is where you’ll want to go. It is located in the heart of Sixth Street just east of the Driskill Hotel and across the street from Buffalo Billiards.

The pub is housed in the bottom floor of a beautiful historic building. The structure was built in 1875 by a cabinet maker and undertaker named Joseph Hannig who was the husband of Alamo survivor Susannah Dickinson. The stonework on the pub’s western wall is original to the building.

For sports fans, B.D. Riley’s hosts watch parties for college and professional football. It hosts watch parties for college football’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish (for obvious reasons) and the NFL’s New England Patriots (who play near Boston which has a large Irish-American population).

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