A lot of pre-holiday partying is on tap at these Irish pubs. Then comes Monday. Also, a great list of Irish-inspired beers made here.
As if overcompensating for Bono, Ireland has spread its convivial pubs to nearly every corner of the globe, offering whiskey-soaked reminders that the Emerald Isle is better than that. While these barroom embassies are solid drinking spots year-round, St. Patrick’s Day is their prime time.
With the Christian-rooted boozing holiday and the St. Paul (noon) and Minneapolis (6:30 p.m.) parades falling on a less party-friendly Monday, many Irish pubs are gearing up for a weekend of green-beaded revelry. Beer lines might be shorter at non-shamrock-brandishing bars, but if you can handle the crowds, hit one of these Celtic parties.
Uptown’s Morrissey’s Irish Pub celebrates its first birthday Friday with the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band and the Jolly Groggers (9 p.m.). The Lyn-Lake lads go bigger Saturday with a mini medallion hunt, sending participants through a few neighboring bars and back for a chance at a $500 prize. Morrissey’s is back on the horse Monday with live music starting at 3 p.m.
913 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-465-8555
Early-rising rugby fans can catch the 6 Nations Championship games at Kieran’s Irish Pub starting 7 a.m. Saturday, with live music featuring PaddyWagon and Sweet Colleens from 4 p.m. to close, plus a heated-tent dance party on the patio. Kieran’s toasts its 20th anniversary Monday with 89.3 the Current broadcasting live from the bar (6-10 a.m.) and more music from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Expect bagpipers and a $5 cover both days.
85 N. 6th St., Mpls., 612-339-4499
Perennially popping before-and-after parade spot Patrick McGovern’s goes the hardest on Monday, with the Minnesota Police Pipe Band (1 p.m.) and its sprawling DJ-fueled tent party (2 p.m. music). If daytime debauchery is what you crave, this downtown St. Paul bar has you covered without a cover charge.
225 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-224-5821
Aside from its annual “world’s shortest parade” (3:30-3:35 p.m.), O’Gara’s Bar & Grill offers multiple rooms of music on St. Paddy’s Day proper, featuring Tim Mahoney, the Shaun Mitzel Band, DJ Jonathan Ackerman and more. The 73-year-old bar keeps its parking-lot tent party rolling until 2 a.m.
164 N. Snelling Av., St. Paul, 651-644-3333