Erin go bar-hopping!
A shortlist of Irish pubs for St. Patrick's Day celebrations
Published: March 11, 2011
O'Tooles 4000 Cass Elizabeth Rd., Waterford; 248-683-3494: O'Tooles will open at 7 a.m., and if you order a beer you get access to their breakfast buffet until 10 a.m., featuring scrambled eggs, biscuits, corned beef hash, bacon, fruit and pastries. Expect live entertainment all day long, from Jerry Sprague at 9-11 a.m., Shenanigans to Shilelaghs at noon-6, and Marlboro Adams at 6 p.m.-midnight. There will be bagpipers in and out all day, and O'Tooles' enclosed deck-patio adds to the draw. In addition to drink specials, the post-buffet food will continue, with plenty of corned beef, shepherd's pie, and Guinness-battered fish and chips. They'll start charging a $5 cover "when line form," so arrive early. Closes at 2 a.m. And the fun doesn't stop there: Their "morning after" party will help you recover with $3 Bloody Marys, $3.50 Guinness drafts, $3 McSorley's drafts and more.
Rosie O'Grady's 279 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-591-9163; 30400 23 Mile Rd., Chesterfield; 586-421-1962; 4rosieogradys.com: There's a party up in Ferndale! Starting at 7 a.m., they'll have a free breakfast buffet, some beer specials, including $2.25 for domestic drafts, $3.25 for imported, and no cover charge; that lasts until noon. After noon, expect a $5 cover charge, but don't balk: There's a full schedule of live music, with Jerry Stevenson at 7-9 a.m., the Wall Clocks at 10 a.m.-noon, the Robin Horlind Band at 1-4 p.m., Brandon Calhoon at 5-7 p.m., the Creelers at 8-11 p.m. and DJ Captain 20 will close it out from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. They'll also have two live broadcasts, from 93.9 The River from 7 to 10 a.m., and from WCSX-FM from 2 to 6 p.m. Rosie's will serve a limited Irish menu, featuring corned beef and cabbage, as well as the crowd-pleasing Reubens, hot dogs and hamburgers. If you haven't seen their huge new space on Nine Mile Road yet, you will be amazed when you do.
Sheehan's on the Green 39450 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth; 734-420-0646: This is Sheehan's 34rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Event. By celebrating, they will open their doors at 10 a.m. inviting everybody to partake in the St. Patrick's Day festivity. The menu will include trusty corned beef and cabbage, corned beef sandwiches and Irish stew. Expect live sing-alongs, especially after a few green beers. There will be Irish pipers, and Guinness and Smithwick's on tap. Don't worry about the weather because Sheehan's will have a heated, covered outdoor patio in case you need to take shelter. No cover charge, giveaways all day, and free cab rides.
Sean O'Callaghan's 821 Penniman Ave., Plymouth; 734-459-6666: Sean O'Callaghan's keeps up with the Irish authenticity by featuring live music from a band direct from Ireland. Doors open at 7 a.m. on St. Patty's Day, with 16-ounce draft beers at $5. There will be a $10 cover charge to help pay for the bands that start at noon and play all day.
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