By Lauren Cohen
This article has been reproduced with permission from Baltimore Magazine. You can find the original article here.
In Charm City, everything starts to get a little greener once March rolls around. Aside from the natural signs of spring, expect to see a surplus of shamrocks, emerald garb, and even green beer, all in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Though we lost a few beloved Irish pubs this year (RIP Patrick’s of Pratt Street and Liam Flynn’s Ale House), there are still plenty of places to properly raise a glass to the Emerald Isle. So whether you’re planning to partake in a boozy bar crawl, jam to Celtic rock, or pair a pint of Guinness with some classic Shepherd’s Pie, here are our picks for the best local St. Paddy’s celebrations.
St. Paddy’s Week at James Joyce
March 12-17 | 7 a.m.
Post up at this Harbor East pub all week long for events emphasizing live music, pint glass engraving, and a sampling of beers to be featured at Guinness’s new brewery in Relay. On St. Patrick’s Day, the pub will open its doors at 7 a.m. offering $3.17 pints, Irish dancers, bagpipers, and traditional delicacies all day long. James Joyce Irish Pub, 616 President St., 410-727-5017
St. Patrick’s Day at Tark’s
For one night only, this Timonium hangout is transforming into O’ Tark’s Grille, a festive concept that offers drink specials, Emerald Isle-inspired eats, and live performances by Irish music masters Laura Byrne and Dominick Murray. The party will mark the inaugural event inside the restaurant’s new heated and tented outdoor pergola. Tark’s Grill, 2630 W. Joppa Road, Ste. 116, Timonium, 410-583-8275
Saint Pirate’s Day
Known for its tiki cocktails and karaoke nights, this Glen Burnie bar certainly knows how to throw a party. The Island-themed spot is celebrating with a blowout boasting green beer, Guinness pints, Jameson pickle-back shots, corned beef, bangers and mash, and Bailey’s ice cream sundaes. Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille, 1653 Marley Ave., Glen Burnie, 410-787-2050
St. Patrick’s Day Spirit Cruises
Step aboard this festive booze cruise decked out in green decor, which boasts a full bar, buffet menu, and live DJ entertainment. Spirit of Baltimore 561 Light St., Inner Harbor, Times vary, $36-51, 866-312-2469
St. Patrick’s Day Hooley at Tilted Kilt
This White Marsh pub is opening its doors bright and early on St. Paddy’s Day, serving free breakfast paired with $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys. Throughout the day, enjoy ice luge, bomb and shooter specials, and a holiday menu showcasing eats like Scotch eggs and corned beef and cabbage. Tilted Kilt Pub, 8133 Honeygo Blvd, White Marsh, 410-497-0792
St. Patrick’s Day Bash and Inaugural Block Party at Delia Foley’s
This South Baltimore staple is going all out for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, kicking things off with a rager on March 17 highlighting basket giveaways, live music by local rockers Star Crush and Bond and Bentley, and drink specials like $5 Jameson shots and $7 Irish trash cans. The festivities continue with the bar’s first-ever St. Paddy’s block party on March 18 featuring ice luge, food specials, multiple tents, a Guinness beer truck, and live music by Bumpin Uglies and Honey Extractors. Delia Foley’s Pub, 1439 S. Charles St., Times vary, Free-$10, 443-682-9141
St. Patrick’s Beer & Oyster Weekend
The Boathouse Canton is getting into the spirit by offering St. Patrick’s Day specials including $2.50 craft drafts, $4 Guinness pints, and $5 Jameson drinks. To keep the party going, the waterfront spot will host a Maryland Beer & Oyster Festival on March 18 with live music by Eastern Shore-based singer-songwriter Justin Ryan, $1 oysters, and $1 pours from local breweries including Heavy Seas Beer, Jailbreak Brewing, Monument City Brewing, and Waverly Brewing Company. The Boathouse Canton, 2809 Boston St., Times vary, Free, 410-773-9795
Green Kegs & Eggs Rally
March 17-18 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Make your way over to downtown’s nightlife district to enjoy live DJ entertainment, breakfast sandwiches from Luckie’s Tavern, and plenty of green beer at participating bars including PBR and Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden. Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place, $30-60
St. Patty’s Day Banger
March 17 | 7:30 p.m.
Local rockers 3PM, Others May Fall, The Great Heights Band, Underdog Champs, and The Stifled are gathering to play this special St. Paddy’s show at Baltimore Soundstage. Celebrate in style by taking advantage of the venue’s $30 bottomless beer package. Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, $10-15, 410-244-0057
Meet in the Street 2017
March 17-18 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Now in its 22nd year, Claddagh Pub’s weekend-long block party is back with heated tents, local bands, and plenty of Irish car bombs to go around. Swing by O’Donnell Square to catch sets from Liquid A, Kristen and the Noise, Hot Tub Limo, and Starcrush. Claddagh Pub, 2918 O’Donnell St., Free, 410-522-4220
Conductor Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops will be joined by a few special guests for an evening of bagpiping, step dancing, and performances of recognizable Irish titles (think “Danny Boy”), as well as pieces from films like Titanic and Braveheart. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $33-99. 410-783-8000.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans 2017
March 17 | 6 p.m.
Squeeze your way into the crowd at Power Plant Live’s main stage to jam to live covers by Mr. Greengenes with special guests Laura Lea and Tripp Fabulous. Plus, sip green beer from the district’s surrounding bars and have your phones ready for a special green balloon drop. Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place, $15-20
Shamrock & Roll Party
March 17 | 2 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Union Jack’s might technically be a British Pub, but we’re all Irish on March 17. Head to the Columbia mainstay to down drafts, enjoy free Irish breakfast from 9-10 a.m., enter into the scary leprechaun contest, and get down to ’80s covers by The Reagan Years. Union Jack’s, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, $5, 410-720-5225
St. Patrick's Day at The Corner Pantry
March 17 | 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Celebrate the heritage of British-born chef/co-owner Neill Howell—who just so happens to be half Irish—at this family-friendly haunt in Mt. Washington. Delicacies to be featured on the BYOB restaurant's special holiday menu include lamb stew, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage with scallion mash, and Irish whiskey cake with Bailey's caramel sauce. Adults are encouraged to celebrate in style by bringing their own Guinness. The Corner Pantry, 6080 Falls Road, 667-308-2331
St. Patrick’s Day Tea
The Carroll County Farm Museum is bringing back this annual holiday event, which offers a three-course Irish breakfast followed by a guided tour of the farmhouse led by a costumed curator. Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, seatings from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $20, 800-654-4645
Irish Family Day
March 18 | 11 a.m.
The Stil in Timonium will be closing out its weeklong festivities (which encompass Irish trivia, live music, open mic nights, and daily food and and beat-the-clock drink specials) with a soiree for the entire family boasting clowns, crafts, balloon animals, face-painting, and a jam-packed live music lineup. An Poitin Stil, 2323 York Road, Timonium, Free, 410-560-7900
Walking Tour of an Irish Neighborhood
March 25 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Head to Mount Clare Station, the oldest surviving building on the B&O Railroad Museum campus, to learn about its roots as an immigrant Irish workplace. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., Free, 410-347-4747
Traditional Irish Breakfast
March 25 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wrap up St. Paddy’s month by joining the Police Emerald Society of Baltimore at this fundraiser that supports Charm City’s annual parade. Chow down on traditional breakfast fare prepared by local chef Jim Farace while enjoying Irish dance performances and a presentation by the Irish Railroad Workers Museum. FOP Lodge 34, 740 Wampler Road, Middle River, Free-$27