McKnights Irish Pub and Loft for St. Patricks Day

Guinness, Guinness and more Guinness! Originally created as a holiday to celebrate the patron saints of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has become arguably the greatest drinking holiday of the year in the United States. It’s the one day every year that’s acceptable to drink booze, all day long! I enjoy my beer and for the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day he happened to be in the mountains of Steamboat Springs. With my green clothes and Irish drinking hat on, I went in search of the best place to be on St. Patty’s Day; an Irish pub! I stumbled upon a little gem of a drinking hole called McKnights Irish Pub & Loft. Immediately I knew I was in the right place as the owners seemed to be Irish, there was a nonstop flow of Guinness and the place smelled of Jameson Whiskey. There were even Guinness brownies and floats on the menu, so he knew it was going to be a good night!

Shamrock pour with hurling stick in back!
Shamrock pour with the hurling stick in back!

Put your drinks up!

I was out of breath from running, arriving barely before the kitchen closed at 10pm. I manged to stuff my face with an authentic Irish Shepherd’s Pie before I filled my belly with some more Irish booze. I’m talking about a real Shepherd’s Pie, with lamb, not the beef filled Cottage Pie you find all too often in pubs across the states. While I was enjoying the food, the friendly, green clad bartender was perfectly pouring my Guinness draft complete with a shamrock design in the foam! As if the Irish experience couldn’t get any better the friendly owner, Kerry Shea, suggested taking a shot off a traditional Irish hurling stick. This is pretty much the same thing as a shotski, but with that special Irish flare you crave on this festive day.

If you’re not a fan of Guinness or drinking off sticks, Mcknights Irish Pub and Loft has 10 other beers on tap. There are other Irish beers like Kilkenny and ciders such as Aspall and JK Scrumpy. They also have a plethora of whiskeys and even mead to suit your fancy! I’m a big fan of Guinness, so I continued to consume the delicious creamy stout for quite some time. Eventually I stumbled upstairs to play some billiards and perhaps pull off a dance move or two. With Guinness in my belly and a smile on my face I made my way up to the dance floor, only to find it chalked full of nice looking women. Not usually something you find in an Irish pub, but I later learned that I had waltzed my way straight into the middle of a Bachelorette Party… Thank you St. Patrick!!!

Weekdays and other normal days that aren’t St. Patrick’s Day

Mcknights Irish Pub and Loft is a family restaurant and bar during the rest of the year. It’s got a great atmosphere, great drink variety, and surprisingly authentic food. I highly recommend a visit to Mcknights Irish Pub and Loft any time you feel like a drink or a good meal. I’d bet my hurling stick that it’s the best Irish Pub you will find in Steamboat, especially so close to a ski resort.


If you find yourself staying in one of those hotels at the base of the mountain, it’s about a 10 min walk, or you can take the free Steamboat bus transit right there. Just get off at the Wildhorse Marketplace.