When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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. Patrick’s Day. Here’s where: At the Save-a-Limb SmashJohnMartin’s 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.
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Greg Baker