St. Patrick's Day might be Thursday, March 17th, but everyone knows the real St. Patrick's Day parties are happening this Saturday. Here is your guide to the best St. Patrick's Day parties here in the Quad Cities.

This list is in no particular order, and if we missed a great party please tell us about it in the comments below.

Being an area ranked #3 when it comes to St. Paddy's day celebrating, there are ample opportunities to drink green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage and celebrate your Irish (even if you aren't) heritage.

Most people's partying starts long before the parade begins. Many businesses have decided to open early because of this. See the below parade route to be able to plan your stops accordingly.

St Patrick Society Parade Route

Steve's Old Time Tap

The first stop on your St. Patrick's Day adventure should be Steve's.  If you've never been to Steve's, you're missing out.  A small bar that makes you feel like family.  So, while you're finishing putting on your green facepaint, stop by Steve's for a beer and enjoy the parade.

"Shamrockin' Paddy O'Pardy" at Kavanaugh's Hilltop

Kavanaugh's Hilltop goes all out and is a definite must if you're on the Illinois side of the river. Bar opens at 8 am and the gates to the outdoor party opening at 11 when Greg and Rich taking the stage. The Barley House Band takes over at 1 pm. They've been with playing this event every year since it's inauguration in 2013. You're not going to want to miss the Mayer School of Irish Dance when they take the stage at 2:45. And then Funktastic 5 taking the stage at 3:45. Food from Rolling Smoke is providing food alongside Mama Kav's Corned Beef and Cabbage. Oom Nom Nom Nom.

The Starting Line

If you're on the Iowa side, The Startling Line is a must stop before the parade.  Opening at 8 am, The Startling Line isn't messing around when it comes to getting in the Irish Spirit! Specials Include:  $3.00 Aluminum bottles, $4.00 Guinness cans, $4.00 Jameson, and $5.00 Irish Car Bombs. Pat's Acoustic Disco will take the stage from 1pm - 4pm.

Anyone drinking $3.00 Bud Light aluminums from 8 AM-10:30 AM will get their names put in for a drawing to win tickets to see Dave Matthews Band at the iWireless Center on June 28th.  Winner will be chosen at 10:30 AM.
The Startling Line will also be serving corned beef sandwiches with chips for $7.99 and $9.00 Corned beef and potatoes.

Dam View "Dam St. Patrick's Party"

Looking for a Dam good time on Saturday?  Look no further than the Dam View Inn.  Drink specials include:  $2.00 Green drafts, $2.00 Irish flag jello shots, $3.00 Jameson, $3.00 Menthol, $3.00 16 oz Tall Cans, $4.00 16 oz Guinness Cans, $5.00 Irish car bombs.

Alan Sweet takes the stage from 1:00-4:00 followed by The East Village Ruffians from 5:00-8:00 and Zach Harris Band will finish out the party from 9:00-Midnight.

Mac's Tavern

Mac's Tavern is a staple for watching the St Patrick's Day Parade. They will be open at 8am, and are serving up corned beef and cabbage, bloody mary's, bangers and mash, Jameson, shepherd's pie, Guinness and Irish stew....Yummy

The Office Bar & Lounge

If you're going to be at Mac's you should probably swing by The Office for their 3rd annual street party. DJ Donnie will be outside, and DJ Leo Inside will keep the party going 11am-2am...

The Circle Tap

If you're creating a bucket list of places to be on St Patrick's Day The Circle Tap should definitely be in your top five. Doors open at 9:30 am! $6.00 domestic pitchers, open to close! Live music from Cody Road from 3-7! Don't forget to try their legendary corn beef and cabbage dinners! While you're there find Mama Deb and give her a big Irish kiss on the cheek.


RIBCO wants in on the action too. Party kicks off at 11 am. Buy the beer, keep the glass Guinness Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale Nitro. Traditional Irish music from Don’t Be Brothers 5:00-8:00 PM and Have Your Cake taking the stage at 9:00 PM. 

Leisure Lanes

It's their 2nd Annual Pot o' Gold Party. Live music outside in a heated tent. Smokin Butt BBQ will be cooking up some pulled pork sandwiches alongside some delicious corned beef sandwiches. Lynn Allen is playing at 5:30 and North of 40 playing from 8:30-midnight. Also Chuck Murphy will be playing inside from 9:30-12:30. That's right, two shows at the same time. How awesome is that? Heck while you're there you can even roll a game, unless you're Walter Sobchak because you don't roll freaking on Shabbos!

Harrington's Pub

Another one of our favorite spots to celebrate St. Patty's day is at Harrington's Pub in Bettendorf.  The party starts bright at early at 8 AM and continues all day and night.

They will have live music from 2:30-9:30 including:  Greg and Rich Acoustic Duo, the Chris and Wes Show, and the Quad Cities first dueling guitars--Booze Cruz.  Drink specials all day including $4 Jameson, $5 Guinness, $5 Car Bombs, and $3 16 oz almuminums. Complimentary corned beef and cabbage available while it lasts.  If you're out and about, you must stop by Harrington's Pub on Saturday.

On the Illinois side?  A new Harrington's Pub has just opened in Port Byron.  No matter what side of the river, HP has you covered for St. Patrick's Day.

Kelly's Irish Pub

Unless you've been living under a rock, there is no way you haven't heard about the party at Kelly's Irish Pub.  Kelly's Irish Pub puts on Iowa Largest St. Patrick's Day Weekend Festival.  Kelly's can be a place to stop by for a bit on Saturday, or a one stop shop.  They have something for everyone.  In fact, their party actually starts on Friday.  They have two huge heated tents, over 150 kegs of green beer, over 1 TON of corned beef, 15,000 of your closest friends, Irish dancers, magicians, and SKYDIVING LEPRECHAUNS!  How much better does that get?
Live music includes:  Bad HairJackson Butler, Chuck Murphy, QC Rock Academy Bands, Wicked Liz and the Bellyswirls, North of 40, Vice Squad, Divebomb, and finishing out the night with Dirt Road Rockers.


Caddy's might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick's Day, however, they have tons of specials sure to get you feeling Irish in a hurry.
Drink Specials Include:  $2.00 green beer, $3.00 Menthol, $3.00 Jameson, $4.00 16oz Guiness can, $5.00 Irish car bombs.
Food Specials:  $7.99 corned beef dog, corned beef nachos 7.99, corned beef sandwich with chips 7.99, Corned beef cabbage and potatoes 9.99.

Public House

This will be Public House's first St. Patrick's Day. Judging by the "Irish Bloody Mary" with corned beef slider cocktail they are advertising, they will surely soon become a staple when it comes to St. Patty's Day party spots.

Bent River

If you haven't checked out Bent River's new Rock Island location, now is a great time to go. We held a Car Calendar party there in January and it was awesome. Caitlin was serving up some delicious beers for us, and the atmosphere in the Tasting Room was "beautiful."

Their main bar will be open early at 9 AM before the parade and the Tasting Room & Bar will open at noon. Live Irish music by Kelly O'Cullom will begin at 1 PM. While in the Tasting Room be sure to "sample" the $3.00 Jameson, $4.00 Nitro Oatmeal Stout Pints, and $5.00 Oaked Irish Stout Pints (JAMESON STOUT!!)  GET BENT!!!

If you still have energy to keep this party going next week, Doc's Inn is having their St. Patrick's Day party on Saturday, March 19th.