St. Patrick's Day

It’s hard to believe at one time, Kelly’s was closed during this highly celebrated holiday for fear of overcrowding. Today, people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds pack into the bar with one goal - a shamrockin’ good time which, for most, includes perhaps a few too many pints.

Iowa State Headquarters

In the early 1980s, a group of devoted Iowa State fans were in Kelly’s the night before the Big Eight basketball tournament. They had such a great time, they decided to send out flyers to fellow Cyclones the following year announcing Kelly’s as the place to kick off the tournament. The tradition has carried on and grown with every passing year.


In the spirit of giving that our founder Randal Kelly instilled in his family and friends, we have three major annual fundraisers: The Shillelagh Golf Tournament, our Christmas Party and St. Patrick’s Day. The main beneficiaries of these efforts are The Aidan Project and The Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City.  

In appreciation for how much this city has blessed us as a business and as citizens in 2017, our staff began volunteering their time and talents to various causes that are dear to us as well as our guests. If you would like more information on our fundraising efforts, or have an idea on how we can help an organization or cause, please email