Since the early 17th century, Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is celebrated on March 17 with feasts and parades to honor the patron saint of Ireland. The celebration is so huge and generally accepted, that in the Emerald Isles, the church lifts Lent restrictions on food and alcohol, allowing everyone to enjoy a gigantic celebration.
Saint Patrick's Day is an official holiday in Ireland, and it's an unofficial one everywhere else -- especially in cities with large Irish populations like Boston and New York City. Here in Miami there aren't mega parades in the street, but there are still quite a few places where you can wear green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and celebrate. And you should. Because no matter where you're from, everyone's Irish on Saint Patrick's Day.
Batch is hosting a three-day celebration, so you can start the "wearing of the green" on Saturday. Chow down on a pork shepherd's pie ($10) and drink baby Guinness jello shots ($5 on Saturday-Sunday; $3 on Monday); Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey shots ($6); Magners ($6); Guinness, Harp, or Smithwicks beer ($6); car bombs ($8) and a signature "Angry Irishman" cocktail created with Tito's "Fireball" and Magners cider ($8).
Brother Jimmy's St. Paddy's day offerings include green beer, Irish whiskey, and ice sludges in the courtyard. Sunday and Monday, enjoy a special cocktail, the Taste of Gold, made with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, peach schnapps, ginger ale, and orange juice ($7).
Fado's celebrations take up two days of partying. On Sunday, March 16, celebrate St. Practice Day from 2 to 11 p.m. The party spills out into Mary Brickell Village, with a beer garden and live music. Free admission and your first cocktail is only $2 if you RSVP to eventbrite.com. You must be one of the first 300 people to RSVP, so hurry.
On St. Patrick's Day, enjoy the festivities from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live music and several bars and beer gardens.
The biggest and best celebration is at John Martin's in Coral Gables. Now in its 23rd year, the pub and restaurant will celebrate with two days of festivities.
On Sunday, March 16, enjoy a special Irish Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with music by Paddy Kelleghan. Then, partake in the Taste of Ireland menu from 2 to 11 p.m. There's also an open mic contest at 8 p.m. with cash prizes. Reservations for the Sunday brunch are recommended. Call 305-445-3777 to hold your seat.
On Monday, March 17, celebrate all day starting at noon with a Luck of the Irish lunch (complete with bagpiper). From 3 to 9 p.m. Fire in the Kitchen will play live Irish music. The Taste of Ireland menu is available until 11 p.m. and a DJ spins from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the water with a cabbage and corned beef special ($19.95 includes your meal and a Guinness tall boy). $5 pickle backs all day long.
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Start your partying early when the Playwright opens for St. Paddy's Day at 5 a.m. Scarf down traditional Irish food like shepherd's pie and bangers & mash and drink green beer ($7.50 for an Irish pint). A classic rock band will cover U2's hits, starting at 9 p.m.