Top o’ the morning to you, faith and Begorrah, erin go bragh and any other Irish cliché you can think of is sure to be part of the vernacular tomorrow as the world celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Known as the biggest drinking holiday of the year, surpassing New Year’s Eve and Oktoberfest, this holiday always brings out the leprechaun in all of us.
Pull on your favorite green outfit, swear to stay away from green beer (its just not natural!), and set out for one of dozens of St. Paddy’s celebrations throughout the area. Here’s a list to help you find some of the best parties and happenings:
Brewer’s Pizza in Orange Pak opens at noon and is offering a number of Irish and Irish-style brews (try the Pinglehead Red) and traditional Irish stew to go with the brews.
Engine 15 at the beach will be serving a selection of Irish-style brews as well tomorrow. Get there early and expect a lively crowd of revelers dressed in green to greet you.
European Street at the beach is throwing a St. Paddy’s party featuring Irish folk band Meridian. Be one of the first 100 people to arrive and receive free 20oz Killian’s Irish Beer dimpled mug. Fill your mug with $2 Killian’s and be in the running for schwag all day! The other E-street locations will feature the same beer specials and giveaways as well.
The Jacksonville Landing is offering a whole slate of events all weekend to celebrate the wearing o’ the green. On Friday night the Courtyard hosts the Hooter’s Green Bikini contest and live music from The Ride. Saturday, plan on a day of Irish music and dancing, green beer, and a green fireworks display to end the day.
Fionn MacCool’s at The Landing opens at 8:00 AM Saturday for a traditional Irish breakfast and great beer specials the rest of the day. You can be sure that there will be plenty of Irish music and fun to go with the huge selection of tap beers to be found at this great pub, too.
Green Room at Jax Beach opens at noon on Saturday and has their own version of an Irish Red – Irish Red Tide – on tap and ready to quench thirsty partiers at the beach,
Bold City Brewery will be tapping its Irish Red Ale at 1:00 PM to get the party rolling. The party doesn’t end there, though. There will also be a flip cup tournament, Irish stew from their on-site caterer, and a performance by The North Florida Emerald Society Pipes & Drums at 6:30.
Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach is throwing the granddaddy of all St. Paddy’s parties with stages both inside and outside the popular pub. I suggest you get there early and wear your party shoes.
O’Brother’s Irish Pub in Riverside is hosting a street party in conjunction with Folio Magazine that will feature an outdoor food court, five bars, live music, and loads of shenanigans. The party starts at 2:00 PM and goes all night!
The Tilted Kilt will be also be putting on a street party in Tinseltown featuring live music, plenty of beer, and the best looking, kilt wearing servers anywhere in the city.
Intuition Ale Works, puts The Red Man Irish red on tap at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Riverside brewery will also feature on-site St. Paddy’s Day T-shirt production.
With a list like this, you should have no difficulty finding an event to attend. Just be sure to wear your green and drink responsibly.