It seems that celebrations for St. Patrick's Day start earlier each year. With the holiday being less than two weeks away, it's time to finalize your plans (if you haven't already!) Luckily, there are plenty of options around town to suit whatever type of party you're looking for. Whether it's a week-long festival or a no-frills meal, here is a collection of ideas to get you started:
Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant, 1700 Thames St., 410-563-6600: The Fells Point pub is throwing a massive St. Patty’s Day event with 17 days of non-stop partying. The daily festivities began on Friday and go through Monday the 18th. On March 16, there will be a coundown to St. Patrick's Day, and a Jameson toast at midnight before the pub shuts down at 2 a.m. and re-opens at 6 a.m. Music from The New Brigade starts around 9 p.m.
An Pointin Stil, 2323 York Rd., Timonium, 410-560-7900: The Stil will be seeing green starting at 5 p.m. on March 10 when the first festivities kick off after the parade. On St. Patrick's Day, the pub opens at 9 a.m. with live music from Ed McBride. Beer tubs, hot dogs, corned beef, Irish stews, and more live music (Andy Belt & Friends, Change of Pace, Gaelic Mishap, and The ShamRogues) are in the parking lot tents starting at noon. Drink specials include $5 Jameson all day and $2.17 Guinness pints from 9 to 10 p.m.
Liam Flynn’s Ale House, 22 W. North Ave., 410-244-8447: Liam Flynn’s will begin its celebrations on March 10 with a post-parade party. On Wednesday the 13, there will be an Irish whiskey tasting ($20 per person), and the weekly traditional Irish music session (free) starting at 7:30 p.m. On St. Patrick’s Day, Liam’s will open at 11 a.m. with drink specials including Irish and local craft ales, lagers, Ciders, and one that depends on how you order it: a "Bomb the Old Baily" is $8, a "Car Bomb" is $10, and an "Irish Car Bomb" is $12. Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, Colcannon, peas, and bangers will be free all day.
Mick O'Shea's, 328 N. Charles St., 410-539-7504: Take it easy with Irish breakfast starting at 10 a.m. and traditional Irish food throughout the day. Irish folk band The Spalpeens will perform starting at 4 p.m.
The Life of Reilly, 2031 E. Fairmount Ave., 410-327-6425: A weekend-long celebration starts on Friday, March 15 with bagpiper Duncan Moore kicking off happy hour at 5 p.m. All weekend, the pub will be offering a "Stew and Brew" special: for $10, you get a Guinness stew and a small Guinness or other Irish draft of your choice. Traditional Irish foods including Shepard's pie, fish and chips, and corned beef and cabbage will also be served. The Life of Reilly will open at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day with brunch and entrees.
Victoria Gastro Pub, 8201 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia, 410-750-1880: In addition to its regular menu, the pub will serve Irish beers on tap, and a corned beef and cabbage special for Saturday and Sunday night. On Saturday, live music from the Tommy Gann Duo starts at 9 p.m. and goes until midnight.
Claddagh Pub, 2918 O'Donnell St., 410-522-4220: A wild, two-day party kicks off in Canton on Saturday, March 16 with the Claddagh Pub’s 18th annual Meet in the Street festival. Expect plenty of drink specials, heated outdoor tents, and non-stop live music including performances by the Amish Outlaws, Kristen and the Noise, and Hot Tub Limo.
Dougherty’s Pub, 223 W. Chase St., 410-752-4059: Dougherty’s in Midtown will be partying on two occasions: after the parade and on St. Patrick’s Day. Specials for both days will be Killian’s Irish Red, Irish whiskeys, rail drinks and domestic bottles. Lamb stew, and corned beef and cabbage will be served. There will be giveaways for key chains, t-shirts, and more.
Cat’s Eye Pub, 1730 Thames St., 410-276-9866: Dogs Among the Bushes continue their St. Patrick’s Day tradition of playing at the Fells Point spot. Live music starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t stop until closing time. Natty Boh, Miller Lite, and Bud Lite are $3 on draft all day. Cat’s Eye opens at 11 a.m.
Power Plant Live! 34 Market Place, 410-752-5444: Power Plant is hosting a free two-day blowout. Shamrocks & Shenanigans kicks off on Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m. with Irish food and a free concert featuring Better Than Ezra. On Sunday, the St. Patio’s Day bash starts at 11 a.m. Come prepared to party hard—there will be a green ice luge, tricycle races, ticket giveaways for the Orioles’ opening day, and $3 green Miller Lites all day. Live music includes Charm City Saints, DJ Mebaa, and DJ Vibe Lime.
James Joyce irish Pub and Restaurant, 616 S. President St., 410-727-5107: The Harbor East pub begins a six-day affair on Tuesday, March 12 with an Irish theme for its weekly trivia night. On Wednesday, March 13, there’s an Irish whiskey dinner and on Thursday, March 14, Irish band Barleyjuice plays starting at 10 p.m. The pub’s patios are heated and open from Friday to Sunday, and traditional Irish fare like Shepard’s pie and fish & chips will be served. The usual Guinness, and Harp will be on draft.
Tír Na NÓg, 201 E. Pratt St., 410-483-8968: Live music from The ShamRogues from 2 to 6 p.m. From 8 p.m. until close, the Ernie Fowler Trio takes the stage. Guinness, Jameson and Fireball are $5 all day. There will be giveaways for St. Patrick’s Day beads, t-shirts, and more.
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