Irish Americans have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in some fashion since 1737. It’s a somber observance in Ireland, where the faithful partake in rituals like praying to the day’s patron saint;  there are many Irish Americans who do the same. Still, in the United States, it’s more likely you’ll see parades and shamrock-clad revelers drinking green liquids. At Kildare’s in West Chester, we pay homage to St. Patrick and our Irish heritage by serving authentic Irish fare and drink all week long. 

We will also be hosting a range of events leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, from a trad session (that’s real Irish music!) to a 5K run. Our owner, Dane Gray, explains, “On the 12th, we’re hosting a traditional music session. Paraic Keane is the son of Sean Keane, a member of The Chieftains, and he is a just phenomenal fiddle player. Paraic will be bringing a bunch of musicians to join him for trad sessions in and around Philadelphia, and we lucked out to be on his list. It’s going to be really fantastic.” 

Check out our schedule for St. Patrick’s week

Sunday, March 12 

  • Paraic Keane Trad Session 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Beyond the Pale 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
  • Live Band Karaoke with Element K at 10 p.m. (every Sunday) 

Monday, March 13 

Tuesday, March 14 

Thursday, March 16 

  • Chris Huff Irish Set 6 p.m.–9 p.m. 

Friday, March 17—Saint Patrick’s Day (open at 7 a.m.) 

Saturday, March 18 

In case all that isn’t enough, we are also offering our yearly VIP pass for St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Dane explains, “You get a T-shirt, a pint and an Irish breakfast anytime Thursday through Sunday. You also enjoy no cover charge and get to skip any lines. Stop by to purchase your VIP tickets, or grab them online.” 

Dane notes, “It has been great to see people coming to Kildare’s for St. Patrick’s Day in the morning or at lunch; those meals have become a tradition for some people. This year, the day after St. Patrick’s Day will be the 5K run/walk and the final day for Six Nations Rugby Tournament, so it’s going to be a fun, jam-packed weekend! Stop by for an authentic Irish meal and enjoy in the madness.” 

Céad míle fáilte! 

Kildare’s in West Chester is a destination: an authentic Irish pub that has something for everyone. We’re a place to bring the family for weekend brunch; cheer your favorite soccer (or American football) team; enjoy next-level fare at a business lunch, dinner with friends or special event; spend happy hour (questionable dance moves and all); and, of course, imbibe great beer, whiskey and other adult libations. Join us and find out why we’re not your average Irish pub.

— Jay Breslin