Saint Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and while Tucson isn’t the celebration hot-spot that other cities like Boston, Chicago, or Savannah are, that doesn’t mean locals don’t like to get out and enjoy the day.
That has, for the last year, been a problem. As the Covid-19 pandemic has put a halt on most activities, any kind of group gathering has been either completely shut down or greatly altered. However, things are slowly inching back to a sense of normalcy, with some activities beginning to return to their pre-pandemic state.
Saint Patrick’s Day, in many ways, can be seen as the beginning of the end regarding holidays affected by the pandemic, or the kick-off to things starting to return to normal. That is because Hotel Congress is planning a very special “Civilized” Saint Patrick’s Day celebration on its plaza.
In previous years, the St. Paddy’s Day celebration could get pretty wild out at Hotel Congress. That will not exactly be the case, but the fact that the classic Tucson establishment has anything planned at all is a sign of things to come.
“We are not idiots,” a release from Hotel Congress began. The release went on to say it knew the regular celebration would not be appropriate, especially with vaccines starting to roll out and a light at the end of the tunnel. However, as the release continued, “maybe - just maybe - we do a little more than a ‘tip o’ the hat’ to St. Patrick’s Day.”
So what does this all mean, and what can you expect if you’ve been itching to get out and do something for the traditional green beer drinking day? For starters, the Cup Cafe inside the hotel will serve up corned beef and cabbage, plus Guinness beef stew and even some Irish cream cupcakes. So if you don’t feel like heating up your home with the slow cooker, head down to the hotel and enjoy some of their own.
Then, at 5 PM the party will kick off on the hotel plaza. Additional food trucks will offer other food options, both traditional Irish and others (this includes pretzels with beer-cheese dip). Plus, around you can order yourself a variety of Irish drinks, such as Irish whiskey lights, shots of Jameson (if you don’t feel like experimenting with the other brands of Irish whiskey), Irish coffee, and, of course, pints of Guinness. If you’re not able to stay and would like to grab a drink to go there will be Guinness to go sold at the Congress Bottle Shop.
There will be live music throughout the evening, plus a toast to the Irish at 10 PM. So, if you’ve been wanting to get out and just enjoy yourself for a bit, this will be the time to do so.
Hotel Congress will be enforcing social distancing requirements though. The event will have a limited seating capacity, so you won’t be able to pack yourself in as you might have in years past. Masks will be required to enter (although when seated at a table and enjoying your beverage you will, obviously, be allowed to remove it). Additionally, there will be no dancing.
The official event runs from 5 PM until 10 PM and does come with a $5 cover. If you do plan on coming out and spending the afternoon (and evening) at Hotel Congress it is recommended that you show up early. This is a first-come-first-serve event, and with limited space, it may be a longer wait to get in (depending on how long guests decide to stay).
Whatever you decide to do, it is another step in the right direction of life returning to normal here in Tucson and at Hotel Congress.