Break out your green sweater— St. Paddy’s Day is this Friday, and Philly is going all in. The holiday honors the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, as well as Irish and Irish-American culture in general. Celebrations involve wearing lots of green, covering everything in shamrocks, dancing to traditional Irish music and of course, drinking plenty of beer. Here’s where to find all the good “craic” (Irish word for “fun”) in Philly.
1214 Sansom St.
It doesn’t get much more Irish than Fergie’s Pub. Heck, its owner, Fergus “Fergie” Carey, is from Dublin! Enjoy performances from step dancers and bagpipers throughout the day and get an order of Irish stew on the menu. On Saturday, drop in for a session of traditional music from the Emerald Isle at 4 p.m.
200 South St.
All week until March 17, the popular Philly pub Bridget Foy’s will have food and drink specials for St. Paddy’s Day. Enjoy specialties like Guinness beef stew, corned beef & cabbage, Irish soda bread with scallion butter and so much more. On Friday at 7 p.m., stop by for live music and for the sake of being festive, wear something green.
Nick’s Bar and Grille
16 S. Second St.
Looking to start your drinking early on St. Patrick’s Day? Nick’s Bar and Grille in Old City begins its party at 11 a.m. on Friday and will go all through the night to 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Enjoy $4 bottles of St. Pat’s Miller Lite, $5 shots of John Powers Irish whiskey, Irish coffee and more. Getting hungry? Chow down on corned beef and cabbage with parsley potatoes and a Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake.
Howl at the Moon
258 S. 15th St.
This dueling piano bar in Center City is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day if you’re looking for high energy fun and are a wee bit on the young side, given the crowd. Enjoy green beers, leprechaun bombs, car bombs and 86-ounce Get Lucky buckets. Just be sure to drink water in between drinks, kids.
Tropicana Casino & Resort
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
In the mood to get out of town for St. Paddy’s Day weekend? Head to the Tropicana in Atlantic City for some Irish-themed fun oceanside. Put on your dancing shoes to the beat of The Galway Guild at the Ria Ria Irish Pub. If you just want to chow down and drink, The Palm Restaurant will have a four-course Irish beer dinner paired with various ales, lagers and stouts.
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