The Best Spots to find Irish Whiskey on St. Patrick’s Day

Break out your stash of green clothing, shamrock-decorated socks, and green feather boas. St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday, March 17) is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your celebration. If Guinness and green beer don’t sound so appealing, don’t worry. Many businesses will pour a different Irish staple. The Irish call whiskey “Uisce Beatha” (pronounced Ish-Kah Ba-Ha) which translates to “water of life.” In celebration of St. Paddy’s, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots around town to get your annual dose of life water.


For an authentic Irish experience, there’s really no better place to go on St. Patrick’s Day than Uisce (pronounced Ish-Kah). Named after the Gaelic word for water, this downtown spot offers the largest selection of Irish whiskey in downtown Bellingham. Choose from more than 20 different kinds of the Ireland staple, or, if that’s not your bag, grab a Guinness or a glass of Scotch from their extensive list. Uisce is spacious and comfortable, and gives off a classy, clean vibe. They’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s (and 13th year in business) with live music performances. For a $5 cover, cozy up around their fireplace or find a place at the lengthy bar and settle down for a night of Irish celebration.

1319 Commercial St., Bellingham


With Shamrock in the name, you know this pub is bound to be a good holiday spot. Glynn’s (pronounced “glinns”) is an Irish pub on Guide Meridian in Bellingham that maintains the holiday spirit all year round with permanent St. Paddy’s decorations and Guinness on tap. Along with their selection of Irish whiskey, they serve casual grub,
cocktails, beer, and wine. If you hang out here, you might end up taking the karaoke stage or spending your night at the 50-cent pool tables.

5309 Guide Meridian, Bellingham


The White Horse Pub on Orcas Island is so ready for St. Patrick’s Day, they’ve had a year-long website countdown. So when the clock hits zero, stop in and imbibe the pub’s selection of Irish whiskey and take in a gorgeous view of Puget Sound, which some claim is the best on the island. On St. Paddy’s, enjoy shepard’s pie or bangers and mash, and entertainment from Crow Valley String Band.

246 Main St., Eastsound
360.376.7827 |


Anacortes’ Brown Lantern will be serving up whiskey from their stash of Irish classics, along with corned beef and cabbage from 2 p.m. till close. The ale house will also be having a preliminary celebration on St. Paddy’s eve with live music from a local band.

412 Commercial Ave., Anacortes
360.293.2544 |


Although The Archer Ale House is an English-style pub, your St. Patrick’s celebration will be welcome here. The business is located in Bellingham’s Fairhaven district, and gives off super cozy vibes. Located below street level, patrons find themselves in a classiclooking pub. For St. Paddy’s, they’ll have corned beef and cabbage on their menu, and, of course, a long list of whiskeys from Ireland.

1212 10th St., Bellingham
360.647.7002 |

Other great whiskey spots:


902 902 Commercial St., Anacortes


1200 Harris Ave., Bellingham
360.733.6136 |
1017 N. State St., Bellingham

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"In celebration of St. Paddy’s, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots around town to get your annual dose of life water."