Offering everything from pub parties to festivals and bar crawls, Miami delivers a St. Patrick's Day that's worth the hangover. The celebration options seem endless. Looking for green beer? Here! Broke yet thirsty? There's something for you too.
From Little Haiti to South Miami, these are the ten best places to get weird in green this March 17.
1. Paddy's Pub Day at Churchill's Pub.
Photo by Monica McGivern
Tucked away in Little Haiti lies Miami's best rock club
, where the 305's sweatiest punks will rage this St. Pat's Day. Bring the gang to Paddy's Pub Day at Churchill's Pub for an It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
marathon, $3 Paddys, $5 Jameson, games, dance and costume contests, cash prizes, and other drunken diversions. At 6 p.m., the music begins with a lineup including Rachael Rage & the Magic City Madmen, Dyslexic Postcards, Off Orbit, the Gazms, and others. 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Admission is free.
2. The 39th-Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
Kick off your St. Patrick's Day festivities this weekend.
The precursor to any party on St. Pat's Day should always begin with a giant slide, a bounce house, and a rock-climbing wall. Sorry, parents, you'll have to find time to drink your cheap green beer next weekend. Venture to Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park with the family and experience the authentic St. Patrick’s Day Festival the Saturday before the holiday with live music, Irish food, traditional Irish dancers, a bar, vendors, and kid-friendly activities. If you're looking for an all-out Irish bash, look no further. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; emeraldsocietysfl.com. Admission is free.
3. John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant’s 28th-Annual Celtic Celebration.
This authentic Irish spot has been throwing the ultimate St. Paddy's Day party since 1989. Is it really March 17 in Miami if you aren't spending it at this neighborhood haunt with a ton of the town's drunkest revelers? The pub will host its 28th-annual Celtic Celebration with kid-friendly activities, Irish dancers, fiddlers, live music by the Paddy Kelleghan Band, a bagpiper, and a DJ. Before you guzzle that Guinness, exclaim sláinte
when toasting the person next to you. Don't worry, they'll know what it means. Noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-445-3777; johnmartins.com. Admission is free.
4. St. Pat's Wynwood Block Party.
The craic is in Wynwood.
Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg
Where's the craic
, you ask? It's going down in Wynwood at the self-proclaimed "biggest free block party in Miami," presented by Jameson and offering a pop-up green beer garden, food trucks, and arts and crafts. This year, the third-annual celebration invites revelers to participate in a scavenger hunt around Wynwood for a chance to win unlimited drinks. To play, scan the pavement along NW Second Avenue from NW 23rd to 27th Streets, find one of the hidden golden clovers, snap a selfie with it, post it on social media with the tag @StPatsWynwood, and take the golden clover back to the Swarm offices located at 2308 NW Fifth Ave. If you're not feeling the luck of the Irish, spring for a party pack
($19 to $40) that includes beer and green swag. Noon Saturday, March 17, at Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami. Admission is free.
5. St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Fado Irish Pub.
Head to Brickell.
Courtesy of Fado Irish Pub
Fado is taking its famous
St. Patrick's Day block party back to the streets of Mary Brickell Village to once again shut the whole damn place down. The annual outdoor Brickell bacchanal will offer fully stocked outdoor bars, DJs, dance floors, and hangovers that will last till Monday. Heed the pub's warning to "get mentally prepared to lose your iPhone... again." There's nothing like a pot of crying drunk people at the end of the rainbow. 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Fado Irish Pub, 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-924-0972; fadoirishpub.com. Admission is free before noon; tickets cost $25 via freshtix.com.