St. Patty’s Day celebrations – Slainte! 


Portland, OR – For those who plan to paint the town green, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds you to celebrate responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday, March 17; however, many celebratory events are scheduled to start as early as Friday.


“Green beer, Irish whiskey, and Irish cream liqueur are all popular beverages on the one day of the year when everyone is Irish,” says Merle Lindsey, OLCC Deputy Director. “Whether you choose to celebrate at home or at one of 7,000 bars, restaurants and taverns that sell alcohol across the state, we ask that you plan ahead for a safe night and not rely on the luck of the Irish.”


Tips for St. Patty’s Day Celebrations:

  • Pace yourself – Enjoy water or a snack between beverages, it will help you make it to the pot of gold at the end of the night.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach – A serving of corn beef and cabbage can help your body process the alcohol.
  • Plan ahead for a safe ride home – Save a gold coin or two to pay for a cab or ride public transit
  • Thank your servers and bartenders – They have a responsibility to make sure that customers don’t drink too much.  If they take your drink away or offer to call you a cab – Thank them.  They are doing it because they are responsible and they want everyone to be safe.



Liquor stores across the state will have normal business hours on St. Patrick’s Day.  Visit for store hours, directions, and available products.