Get yout Irish up!
25 suggestions for St. Patrick’s Day fun
Published: March 14, 2012
Duggan's Irish Pub 31501 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-3659; dugganspub.com: The two-story, neon-green-lit pub will feature live music and green beer. Variety is key, and Duggan's offers 26 beers on tap and 37 different bottled beers. The pub will host a live broadcast from 104.3 WOMC from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; $5 cover; open 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
Foran's Irish Pub 612 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-3043; foransirishpub.com: Foran's makes its home in the historic Grand Trunk Railroad Station on Woodward and Congress. In this historic space, they commonly offer special food, drink and entertainment on the big day. Foran's beer selection is all "home-based." Select Irish brews are $5. All beers on tap are from Michigan breweries; along with 30 other bottled Michigan beers. Call after 5 p.m. for details.
Gaelic League and Irish American Club 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-964-8700; gaelicleagueofdetroit.org: Wander in on an off-day and it's no big whoop: a quiet private club with green-tinted sunlight streaming in. The barkeep might even joke self-deprecatingly that it's just a "shot-and-a-beer joint." The bar doesn't look like much, with a small stage at the end, but step up into the carpeted lounge and it begins to resemble an early 20th century club, with rough plaster, dark, old wood split with age, old-fashioned lanterns on the wall, and even a fireplace flanked with bookcases. And that's not to mention the large hall in the rear. Members: free; non-members: $10. And it's a private club, so any shenanigans mean you'll be out on the street. Play nice.
O'Connor's Public House 324 Main St., Rochester; 248-608-2537; oconnorspublichouse.us: Opening at 7 a.m., the entire day will be filled with live entertainment on two stages, one inside and one in the tent out back. O'Connor's will also feature an impressive 5 bar set up and a complimentary limo ride home (first come, first served, you pick up the tip). Arrive before 11 a.m. and enter the drawing for a free Ipad. Spike, Shannon and Fletch from Mojo in the Morning will also be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. DJ X will keep the party going in the tent. O'Connor's will be open until 2 a.m.
Irish Tavern 4703 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Waterford; 248-683-9056: Opening at 9 a.m. the entire day will be filled with Irish music from the Entertainers, as well as a live DJ. Bagpipers will play throughout the day and everybody can enjoy the great corned beef specials. Green beer is a must for a St. Patrick's Day celebration and the Irish Tavern will have plenty at standard prices. The tavern will be open until 2 a.m.
Kennedy's Irish Pub 1055 W. Huron St., Pontiac; 248-681-1050: Opening at 7 a.m., start off your St. Patrick's Day by really getting into the "green" spirit and enjoying a breakfast featuring green eggs and ham. Continue the Irish meal later on by having corned beef and cabbage for dinner. Live music will be performed all day, featuring the Gaels. Try out the Olympic-inspired drinking game by participating in the Green Apple Pucker luge, created for the competitive drinkers.
The Lager House 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668; lagerhousedetroit.com: OK, so years of rockin' and rollin' may have chipped away at the bar's Irish identity, but where else can you chill in the "Jerome P. Cavanagh Social Room" on parade day? Located in the midst of Corktown, it's no surprise that the Lager House is a prime spot for enjoying the parade, and for continuing the celebration on St. Patrick's Day itself. Doors will open at 9 a.m. on St. Patty's Day and the party won't stop till 2 a.m. Enjoy live entertainment at night without a cover charge. Expect the kitchen to turn out some Irish-related dishes.
Malarkey's Irish Sports Bar 14980 Dix-Toledo Rd., Southgate; 734-281-2616; malarkeyspubs.com: To start, enjoy a scrambled eggs and bacon breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Malarkey's giant, signature tent will open at 1 p.m. and features a live performance from 50 Amp Fuse at 7:30 p.m. Inside, 2 Dudes and a Chick will perform. There will also be battling pianos and, later, DJ Dick, as well as bagpipers and live leprechauns to hype up the Irish spirit. Bud, Miller and Jäger girls will be giving away prizes all day long. The Irish menu includes corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, stuffed cabbage and, of course, green beer.
O'Blivion's Corktown Café 1800 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-962-1383; oblivions.net: Occupying a prime spot on the parade route, O'Blivion's Corktown Café is normally one of the best places to catch the parade. On St. Patrick's Day itself, O'Blivion's will have corned beef and cabbage for lunch, Guinness stout on draft and live music from the Barley Boys Jug Band. Hot dogs, domestic beer and earplugs will also be on hand for confirmed Yanks. The bar will be open 9 a.m.-2 a.m. for St. Patricks's Day.
Old Shillelagh 349 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-964-0007; oldshillelagh.com: Come out to join the Shillelagh celebrating St. Patrick's Day. The bar claims to have the hugest St. Pat's party in town. For the past 10 or 15 years, the Shillelagh has celebrated the land of the leprechaun in two heated tents that can hold hundreds of people. Practice your Irish party spirit on Friday at the "St. Practice Day" party, which starts at 11 a.m. with live entertainment. Wear your green on Saturday to the St. Patrick's Day Party, starting at 7 a.m. Tents open at 8 a.m. Giveaways, food and beer will be plentiful. The Shillelagh will have about 15 beers on tap and is featuring the "Irish flag shot," made with Grand Mariner, Baileys and Midori, which resembles the orange, white and green flag. Who knows what will take place amid all the excitement this year; $10 cover charge.
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