It remains difficult to separate the grandest of Irish holidays from excessive use of alcohol. So we say the hell with it. Drink up for St. Patricks Day. Heres where: At the Save-a-Limb SmashJohnMartins Restaurant & Irish Pub (253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-445-3777, www.johnmartins.com), get lucky at a kick-off party today at 4:00 p.m., and a weekend street fair that begins at 5:00 p.m. today and at noon on Saturday. Enjoy live Irish, rock, and Irish rock music, thanks to UV, a U2 cover band. Over on South Beach, The Playwright (1265 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-0667, www.niteimage.com/clubs/Playwright) starts partying at 7:00 a.m. (yes, a.m.) and goes full throttle for 24 hours. The street will be blocked off and, a Playwrighter assures, the beer trucks will arrive at dawn. Cheers!
Fri., March 16, 7:30 p.m.