Even though there were a lot of St. Patrick's Day events this past weekend, there will still be plenty of places to chow down on corned beef and chug a Guinness pint tomorrow night. Here's a roundup of just some of the local Irish celebrations:
James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant (616 S. President St., 410-727-5107): Tomorrow night there will be live music all day and performances by an Irish dancer. The restaurant will be serving lunch beginning at 11 a.m. Dinner seatings will be at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. and reservations are strongly recommended.
Ryan’s Daughter (600 E. Belvedere Ave., 410-464-1000): The bar will be opening one hour early (10 a.m.) on St. Patrick’s Day for those early birds who just can’t wait another hour to have what we hope is only their first Guinness of the day. Like, James Joyce, Ryan’s Daughter will offer a heated tent with a limited bar for revelers who want to drink outdoors without actually having to, you know, be outside. The heated tent opens at 3 p.m. and will stay open until close. Inside, there will be live Irish music from a handful of rotating bands and extra taps of Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Harp set up to accommodate the crowds.
Mick O’Shea’s (328 N. Charles St., 410-539-7504): The Mt. Vernon bar will feature two Celtic-themed performers. From 12-4 p.m. Nua will play traditional Irish music. At 6 p.m. Move Like Seamus will take over, playing until close. The day after St. Patrick’s Day, Mick O’Shea’s will be closed for repairs. We’re unsure if there’s a correlation.
Dougherty’s Pub (223 W. Chase St., 410-752-4059): This cozy little Irish dive always seems friendly and welcoming to us. Dougherty’s will offer giveaways throughout the day (T-shirts, beads, key chains, bottle openers), beer specials, and specials of (what else?) corned beef and cabbage, as well as lamb stew.
Cat’s Eye Pub (1730 Thames St., 410-276-9866): Like always, Cat's Eye will feature live music tomorrow, but this time all day and all night, starting at 2 p.m. Originally from Ireland, the members of Dogs Among The Bushes add a rock flare to traditional Celtic music. The bar will be offering $4 Killians throughout the day, as well as $3 Miller Lite and Bud Light drafts and $2.50 Natty Boh.
The Life of Reilly Irish Pub & Restaurant (2031 E Fairmount Ave., 410-327-6425): This lively Irish pub in the unlikely Butcher's Hill neighborhood is doing it up right tomorrow. They're serving $5 car bombs, 25 percent off Irish whiskeys, and charging $9.99 for for each of their Irish entrees (Guinness stew, Sheppard's pie, and fish 'n chips) plus a 16-ounce Guinness. All day, they will also be raffling off two limited edition Guinness pint glasses for only $1 a ticket. And as Irish luck would have it, their March Madness specials start this week, making every third drink free.
J. Patrick’s Irish Pub (1371 Andre St., 410-244-8613): We talked to a bartender at this friendly Locust Point establishment and he described it as a "regular St. Patrick's Day program, which means that kids start pouring in the door around 10 a.m." Of course, J. Patrick's will be doing corned beef, potato, and cabbage platters, as well as Irish drink specials. Live music is set to start around early evening and go long into the night.
An Poitin Stil (2323 York Road, Timonium, 410-560-7900): The Still opens at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning and 100.7 The Bay will be broadcasting live all day from the bar. The first 200 people will receive a commemorative mug and drink prices increase as time goes on (and patrons get lit): from 11 a.m.-noon, pints are $2; from noon-1 p.m., pints are $3; from 1-2 p.m., they're $4; and until close, the pints are $5 each.
For the more hardcore celebrators, there is the 1st Annual Saint Paddy's Day Pub Crawl. Starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow a shuttle bus will make stops every 15 minutes to Lucy's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Mick O'Shea's, Tir Na Nog Bar & Grill, James Joyce, and Slainte Irish Pub.
[Image: courtesy of thelifeofreilly.com]