What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by visiting Little Rock’s favorite Irish pub?
Dugan’s Pub, on the corner of 3rd and Rock streets in the River Market, is a cozy Celtic haunt that serves up traditional Irish fare like corned beef, bangers and mash, and fish and chips. And if you’re looking to be put in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, this is the place.
Have a seat at one of the barstools that line the L-shaped bar or pull up a chair to any one of the pub’s tables and have a dark pint of Guinness to celebrate. There’s no way you’ll leave hungry. The corned beef is slowly simmered to perfection, and can be served with cabbage or with shredded potatoes and sautéed onions. The fish and chips – fresh filets of cod and fresh cut fries – can hit the spot, too.
Finish lunch or dinner off with some bread pudding, made fresh daily with house-made soda bread and topped with a bourbon glaze too good for those under 21 years of age.
Dugan’s Pub is also the place to be on Saturday, March 16, when the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes its way through Little Rock, culminating with the block party outside the pub.
The parade, sponsored by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas, launches at 1 p.m., from West 6th and Main streets in North Little Rock, making its way down through the Argenta Arts District into Little Rock via the Main Street Bridge. The parade turns east on President Clinton Avenue, south on Sherman Street and west on 3rd Street, ending at Cumberland.
While waiting for the parade at Dugan’s Pub, you’ll also have the opportunity to witness the McCafferty and O’Donnovan Schools of Irish Dance perform. Several bands will also play throughout the afternoon, indoors and outdoors.