Every several years St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, as it is does in 2012, and there is little doubt that toasts will be flippin’ and pints tippin’ around Kirkland on March 17.
The day will kick off with the first-ever , starting at 8 a.m. Then the party will move over to the , starting at 10 a.m. this year, an hour early. Around the corner downtown, is offering special green tee-shirts, green beer and corned beef all day.
Nearby, is always packed on St. Pat's and this year is offering Guiness lamb stew, soda bread and corned beef. Just south on Lake Steet, Hectors sister ship, , is also expected to be packed with green.
Down Lake Washington Boulevard, at Carillon Point will feature green beer and Chef Matthew Steffen’s 7-Day Brined Corned Beef Brisket. The up in the Totem lake area has been decked out in shamrocks for more than a week.
Then starting at 8 p.m., the is puling out all the green stops for a St. Patrick’s Day Party featuring electric six-string violin virtuoso Geoffrey Castle. Guinness and Jamesons will be served in the in the lobby! No doubt other bars and restaurants around town will be struttin’ the green as well.
So Patch wants to know -- What is the best spot in Kirkland to celebrate that one day each year when there’s a wee bit ’of the Irish in us all?
So please vote for your favorite in our third Readers' Choice the poll below -- which does not include all the spots to celebrate St. Pat’s in town -- and please click on the links above or our Patch Places link here to find your favorite. Then leave a comment or a review. If you don't see your top spot, let us know in the comments box below or email the editor, Greg.Johnston@Patch.com. We can add it to our poll.
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To get you in the spirit, we leave you with one of our favorite Irish toasts:
May you have all the happiness
and luck that life can hold—
And at the end of all your rainbows
may you find a pot of gold.
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