Get yout Irish up!
25 suggestions for St. Patrick’s Day fun
Published: March 14, 2012
O'Mara's 2555 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-399-6750; omaras.net: This brewpub calls itself "Michigan's best-kept Irish dining secret." Their shepherd's pie and Irish stew are menu staples. On St. Patrick's Day O'Mara's will open at 8 a.m., serving items from its breakfast menu until 11 p.m. In the afternoon, catch four live shows for a cover charge of $5 for Madigan's Attic (playing two sets), and Ron Coden, and a $10 cover for Blackthorn. O'Maras has also opted for a pre-Pat's party on Friday, which will include sets by Ron Coden and Blackthorn.
O'Tooles 4000 Cass Elizabeth Rd., Waterford; 248-683-3494; otoolesbars.com: O'Tooles will open at 8 a.m. and accommodate live entertainment all day long, with Jerry Sprague, Michael Lush and Marlero Adams playing sets during the daytime, and DJ Brad spinning Irish tunes after dark. From 8 to 10 a.m. you'll get a free breakfast with purchase of a beverage, and a $5 cover goes into effect around noon. O'Tooles closes at 2 a.m., but if you're ready for more on Sunday, stop by for a morning after party with a Bloody Mary bar available.
Palette Dining Studio inside MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third St., Detroit; 313-393-7777; mgmgranddetroit.com: They don't use the B-word to describe Palette Dining Studio, but it's buffet-style eating — ratcheted up several notches, because everything is done to excess in casino-land. But for St. Patrick's Day, you can expect a special menu, including hearty colcannon, servings of shepherd's pie, fish and chips, cabbage and noodles, Irish lamb stew, shortbread cookies and corned beef. In fact, the eatery is bringing in 600 pounds of whole rounds of corned beef just for the big day. For all this excess, it's only $22 for lunch and $28 for dinner.
Rosie O'Grady's 279 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; with locations in Chesterfield and Clinton Twp.; 248-591-9163; 4rosieogradys.com; Rosie's will have a limited Irish menu, featuring corned beef and cabbage and corned beef sandwiches, specially for the St. Patrick's Day celebration ($5 cover). If you haven't seen their huge new space on Nine Mile Road yet, you will be amazed when you do. Doors open at 7 a.m.
Sheehan's on the Green 39450 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth; 734-420-0646: This is Sheehan's 35th 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. Don't worry about the weather because Sheehan's will have a heated, covered outdoor patio in case you need to take shelter. They'll even provide a free cab ride home when the party comes to an end at 2 a.m.
Sean O'Callaghan's 821 Penniman Ave., Plymouth; 734-459-6666; seanocallaghanspub.com: Sean O'Callaghan's St. Patrick's Day festivities will feature live music from The Strangers and The Sean Riley Band from 11 a.m. to midnight. Doors open at 7 a.m. on St. Patty's Day. On Sunday, March 18, O'Callaghan's will open at 9 a.m. for the annual Plymouth Shamrock Run.
Special thanks to editorial interns Rachelle Damico, Sharon Jacobs and Jackie Rollin for their assistance compiling this column.
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