St. Patrick’s Day is often the rowdiest day of the year, as many lovers of Irish culture want to pay homage to all things Irish. And though you may not be an official Irish Pub that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with all the lads and lasses that come into your bar on March 17. If you haven’t already planned an event, check out some of these great St. Patrick’s Day promos for great ideas -- and get going!
Old Chicago, with franchises in Colorado, launched its St. Pat’s Mini Tour on Feb. 23, kicking off its St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Running until March 17, the Mini Tour features eight specialty beers including Guinness Irish Stout, Killian’s Irish Red Lager, Smithwick’s Irish Ale and Harp Lager. Any Old Chicago member that completes the St. Pat’s Mini Tour will receive the Mini Tour T-shirt. Sign up at Old Chicago locations today! www.oldchicago.com.
Rams Head Restaurants, with four locations in Maryland, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a tent party and music starting at 2 p.m. on March 17, as well as offering 50 cent Guinness drafts from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and specials including $3 green beer, $5 Jameson drinks and $5 car bombs. A St. Patrick’s Day-themed menu will be available, as well as St. Patrick’s Day decorations, giveaways and live music. www.ramsheadtavern.com.
AGAINN in Washington, D.C., is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the “Luck of the Irish” all day happy hour, Irish music and traditional Irish fare. Happy hour specials include Harp Irish Lager, Guinness, Smithwick’s and Kilkenny, shots of Irish whiskey from $5 and food including Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Sheppard’s Pie and more. O’Kane Mutiny will perform from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Don’t forget to wear green! www.whiskgroup.com.
Another D.C.Irish staple, Fadó Irish Pub and Restaurant is throwing a weeklong St. Patrick’s Day party starting on Thursday March 10 and lasting until March 17 for a “Week of Savage Craic,” which translates to mean fun, entertainment and excitement. Expect live music from 40 Thieves and Lloyd Dobler Effect, plus a St. Patrick’s Day Pub Quiz and more. Find out what’s going on throughout the week here.
Tigin Irish Pub in Stamford, Conn., is also taking a whole week to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day starting on Saturday March 12 with Parade Day, a Guinness Pour Pint Contest on March 16, culminating with a Kegs and Eggs Breakfast on March 17, that leads into live music and a tent party later in the evening. www.tiginirishpub.com.
Koi and Chens Chinese and Sushi in Evanston, Ill., and Chicago, respectively are throwing a couple St. Patrick’s Day events. On March 15, Chens is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Green Martini Class. For $20, guests can learn how to mix martinis and make hors d’oeuvres perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day event. While on St. Patrick’s Day, Koi and Chens will offer $3 Sapporo Drafts, $3 Sake Bombs and half price Martinis. www.koievanston.com.