March is finally here. And you know what that means: The day when everyone—regardless of their actual heritage—pretends to enjoy bagpipe music, thinks they can dance a jig and talk in a convincing Irish accent, and drinks more beer than when they were a freshman in college is upon us. St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, and if you’re the type of lad or lass who has been thirsting for green beer since last March, we’re here to help you plan out a full day of Irish-inspired shenanigans.
Pubs ‘n’ Grub
Blarney Pub & Grill
Green beer only comes around once a year and Blarney’s has it. Live music starts at 6 p.m. at this Dinkytown favorite.
412 14th Ave SE, Mpls.
The Halftime Rec
Made famous by the film Grumpy Old Men, the Half Time Rec boasts the oldest live-Irish music tradition in the Upper Midwest. Expect a day full of the best, jiggiest, most talented Irish bands.
1013 Front Ave., St. Paul
Jake O’Connor’s Public House
Don’t miss The Wild Colonial Bhoys, a powerhouse in the Twin Cities’ Irish music scene. They’ll be playing all your favorite Irish tunes from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
200 Water St., Excelsior
Kieran’s Irish Pub
In addition to a perfectly poured pint, Kieran’s will be offering live music all day on St. Patrick’s Day and karaoke from 7 p.m. until midnight.
601 1st Ave. N., Mpls.
Kip’s Irish Pub
If you’re serious about your Celtic roots, then you belong at Kip’s Irish Pub this St. Patrick’s Day. The party starts at 6 a.m. sharp with KDWB’s Dave Ryan, who will be broadcasting live until 10 a.m. Be sure to save room for the $5 breakfast buffet (free to the first 101 people) in addition to your favorite pints. Not a morning person? No worries: the party won’t stop until 2 a.m. the next morning. Cheers!
Good things come to those who plan ahead: early arrivals at The Liffey will receive reduced-price pints of Guinness (from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
and the best of the pub’s free Paddy’s Day hat selection. Irish stew will also be on special all day and live music starts at 4 p.m.
175 W. 7th St., St. Paul
O’ Donovan’s Irish Pub
You don’t have to wait until dusk to begin celebrating the fact that you’re 1/16 Irish. Head to O’ Donovan’s for an all-day tent party featuring the Twin Cities’ best bands and bagpipers.
700 1st Ave. N., Mpls
(Did we miss your favorite Irish pub? Add it as a comment below!)
Begun as a make-shift pub crawl 42 years ago, Minneapolis’s St. Patrick’s Day parade includes happy-hour specials at the various Nicollet Mall pubs, plenty of floats, and lots of post-parade partying. Be sure to plan ahead for transportation: MetroTransit will offer free bus rides starting from 6 p.m. until their last scheduled route, but many fill up fast. The parade route starts at 13th Street and goes down Nicollet Mall to 5th Street.
St. Paul may as well be called St. Patrick on March 17: For the past 45 years, a parade of bagpipers, heritage groups, families, business officials, and performers take over the streets of downtown and Lowertown St. Paul beginning at noon in a celebration of Irish pride. Claim your spot early (the parade starts at Fourth Street and heads west, ending at Rice Park) and don’t forget to bring something warm to drink (or at least a drink that will make you feel warm).