St. Patrick's Day Guide: Pub Crawls, Parties, Green Food

Though St. Patrick's Day is not a legal holiday in the United States, it might as well be. After all, everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's Day, and there are few professions that allow for drinking a beer and working at the same time.

Luckily, the holiday, celebrated March 17 in honor of Saint Patrick, the most recognized patron saint of Ireland, falls on a Sunday this year, which means there are a host of celebrations all weekend.

Whether you like green pancakes, corned-beef tacos, or boatloads of Guinness, break out the green and celebrate!


Saint Paddy's Day Pub Crawl

If you can't decide which pub you'd like to celebrate in, why not join this pub crawl? is hosting crawls all weekend. Start at Five Bar & Lounge or Rokbar and enjoy drink specials at every bar you visit. Tickets are $20 per person, but Voice Daily Deals is offering half-priced tickets for a limited time only.

Saint Patrick's Day Brickellfest
Celebrate Saint Paddy's day at this giant block party in Brickell. On Sunday, March 17, from noon to 11 p.m., enjoy live music, green beer, whiskey shots, leprachauns (yes!), and food from El Vato, Ms. Cheezious, and Slow Food Truck. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $45 for VIP. Click here to purchase in advance. 1001 S. Miami Ave., Miami

The Bar
The Bar is celebrating Saint Patrick's Day all weekend with drink specials, giveaways, and a guest DJ. Live music Saturday, March 16, by Retro Sky.

Brickell Irish Pub & Segafredo

On Saturday, March 16, from noon to midnight, celebrate the wearing

of the green with a street party blowout. Live music, food specials,

and lots of green beer. No cover.

Specials include $5 picklebacks, Bushmill's, and Bailey's.

Duffy's Sports Grill

The restaurant is hosting its annual St. Patrick's Day bash Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17. Specials include twofers on

green beer, corned beef and cabbage or a Reuben burger (your choice,  $11.95 each), and giveaways. Plus, you can keep your souvenir "Shake

Your Shamrocks" cup!

Essensia Lounge at the Palms Hotel & Spa
Celebrate with half-priced beer from noon to midnight Sunday, March 17.


at Blue Moon Hotel
Before you slug a bunch of green beer, you'll need a good base. We suggest these green velvet

pancakes with chocolate chips and mascarpone crème anglaise ($12), served Sunday, March 17, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fritz and Franz Bierhaus
Making the case that everyone is Irish

on St. Patrick's Day, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus is having a three-day celebration with live music, beer, and Irish food. Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight; Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.

Gulfstream Park
On Sunday, March 17, at 6 p.m., Gulfstream turns

green for its free Party at the Park. Live music, food and drink specials, and giveaways for everyone.

John Martin's

Irish Pub & Restaurant
The original and biggest St. Patrick's Day celebration in Miami is hosting a weekend-long celebration. On Friday, March 15, enjoy a street party featuring a U2 tribute band, Irish specialties such as fish 'n' chips, corned-beef sandwiches, and Irish beverages. Free and open to the public.

On Saturday, March 16, enjoy a prix fixe St. Patrick's Eve dinner with live Irish entertainment by Paddy Kelleghan, beginning at 6 p.m. ($30 per person).

On Sunday, March 17, John Martin's will host a breakfast buffet featuring a live bagpipe performance and live entertainment all day. The buffet will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with St. Patrick's Day specials continuing throughout the day. The price is $24.50 per person.

Reservations are required for Saturday's dinner and Sunday brunch. Call 305-445-3777.

The Shops at Mary Brickell Village
The multi-use complex is

throwing a block party Saturday, March 16, from 6 p.m. midnight and

Sunday, March 17, from noon to midnight. Expect restaurants such as Brother

Jimmy's BBQ, Burger & Beer Joint, and Fado Irish Pub to participate

with drink specials, music, and giveaways.

Mercadito Midtown
Mercadito's chef Patricio

Sandoval is celebrating St. Patrick's Day his way with house-made crispy corned-beef tacos with braised cabbage-potato slaw,

cured onions, and horseradish-habanero aioli. The special tacos cost $15.50 for an order of four and will be available this weekend only -- Friday, March 15,

through Sunday, March 17.

The Playrwight

Irish Pub
Before hitting the beach, stop by the Playwright, which starts partying Sunday at 10 a.m. Celebrate with green beer, Irish

cuisine, plenty of Guinness, and giveaways.

World of Beer Dadeland

No green beer, but specials on all Irish brews, according to WOB.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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