St. Patrick’s Day bar festivities

By Michele Theodore
From the March 14, 2013 edition

Roundup of events around Columbus

Byrne’s Pub

1248 W. Third Ave., Grandview

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year than by spending four days in a tent? Yea, that’s what we thought. Kicking off Friday, the St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party will continue all the way to Monday, so there’s plenty of time to soak in the Irish dancers and assorted bands. To really drive the Irish spirit home, make sure to stop by on Saturday for burritos from the world famous Burrito Buggy from Athens.

Brazenhead

1027 W. Fifth Ave., Dublin

If green beer doesn’t sound like the perfect way to celebrate and you love cookies sold door to door, try an Irish Girl Scout Cookie Shot. The shot packs peppermint schnapps, Irish cream and coffee liqueur together for a combination that tastes like a Thin Mint cookie. If green beer does sound like the perfect way to celebrate, don’t worry. It’ll be there to round out the festivities Saturday and Sunday.

Claddagh Irish Pub

585 S. Front St., Downtown

The festivities begin Thursday with an Irish banquet dinner so patrons can spend a long weekend eating and drinking Irish delicacies such as stew and, well OK, green beer. Irish bagpipers and dancers will be mixed in with the other live entertainment acts in case anybody starts to question what holiday it is.

Fado Irish Pub

4022 Townsfair Way, Easton

Kick festivities off Saturday at the self-proclaimed “biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in Columbus” by watching rugby matches from Ireland, England and Scotland while somebody points out that it’s “almost like football but not really, you know?” Between the live music and green beer, take the opportunity to go bald (or watch other people do it) for St. Baldrick’s annual head-shaving charity event sponsoring childhood cancer research.

Flannagan’s

6835 Caine Rd., Dublin

“Ohio’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party” begins with a 5K run to ward off any guilty feelings from the large amount of alcohol expected to be consumed throughout the day while food trucks will be around later to absorb the large amount of alcohol after guilty feelings disappear. Live music on two stages gives the option of inside and outside entertainment.

Kildare’s

1576 N. High St., Campus

Kildare’s has been counting down for 17 days to St. Patrick’s Day, proving that it’s never too early to yell, “Kiss me, I’m Irish.” There’s no better way to end the countdown than with Irish bagpipers and dancers. Not to mention the first 20 guests will receive a free Bloody Molly – which is just a Bloody Mary with Irish whiskey and a more Irish-sounding name.

Park Street Bar Crawl

Park Street Cantina, Bar Louie, Park Street Saloon, GasWerks, Park Street Patio, The Social, Brothers and Park Street Tavern, Arena District

The bars open Saturday at noon with green beer and shot specials, live music, and leprechauns. Yea, real leprechauns. There will also be a pleasant mix of live music, DJs and bagpipers in case there’s any indecision between club music, local live music or traditional Irish music.

The Pub

1554 Polaris Parkway, Polaris

One weekend a year, the British restaurant admits that maybe the Irish aren’t so bad and embraces St. Patrick’s Day. The celebrations include traditional Irish stereotypes like bagpipers, Guinness green beer and Jameson, and a reminder that St. Patrick was born in Britain.