Green Beer, Corned Beef & Music: St. Patty’s Day Parties in the D

By: Amber Ogden | March 13, 2015
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If you’re looking for an “authentic” St. Patrick’s Day experience in the D, you’ll most likely celebrate with head to toe green apparel, some corned beef and cabbage and green beer—lots of green beer.

You’re in luck, Metro Detroiter, because there are numerous St. Patty’s Day parties happening now through the wee hours of next Tuesday. That gives you five days to celebrate all things Irish! Even if you don’t have an ounce of Irish in you, here’s where you can rejoice like you do:

The Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe St., Detroit, begins its festivities at 11 a.m. this morning with live entertainment by Billy Dixon, along with Irish lunch specials, including corned beef, fish and chips and Reuben sandwiches.

Saturday is officially “St. Practice Day” with live entertainment starting at 1 p.m., and The Old Shillelagh is the place to be before and after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. Enjoy a free shuttle to and from the parade, as well as live entertainment, a DJ and dancing.

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Tuesday, March 17 is the big event, when doors open bright and early at 7 a.m. Black Mist and Stone Clover will provide the live entertainment, and there will be a photo booth so you can document all of the shenanigans you get into that you may or may not want to relive later. And since no one should be driving after said shenanigans, new Uber users can use the code “OLDIRISH” for $25 off their first ride.

DXF’s Drink Detroit: Pre St. Paddy’s Day Edition, hosted by the Detroit Experience Factory, is a great opportunity to check out some of Detroit’s best Irish bars without getting too crazy. The bar tour takes place tonight and will hit St. CeCe’s, McShane’s Irish Whiskey Bar and the UFO Factory. Along the way, participants can enjoy drink specials, fun historical facts and the chance of free food and shots!

The tour begins at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $10 to $15.

St. Patty’s Parade Party Bus is a great time for any of you who are hoping to go to the parade downtown but don’t want to limit your Jameson intake. Party buses are leaving from the Tilted Kilt in Novi and Blackfinn in Royal Oak on Sunday morning and will bring passengers back at the end of the day. For just $35 to $39, you get not only a safe ride home, but complimentary alcoholic drinks on the party bus and more.

Buses begin leaving at 10:30 a.m. and the parade starts at noon!

O’Malley’s, 15231 Farmington Rd., Livonia, will start things off with a bang! This place often features plenty of live music, and St. Patty’s Day is no different. Acts including Shamus Whiskey, Blarney Brothers and John Latini will take the heated tent stage beginning at 9 a.m.

You won’t want to miss out on any of the Jell-O shots, green beer, corned beef or green eggs and ham specials, either. If you need to amp yourself up over the weekend, feel free to attend St. Practice Days on Saturday, March 14 or Sunday, March 15, when you can enjoy $2 pints of green beer and $3 Dirty Leprechauns (Apple Pucker and vodka shots).

Rosie O’Grady’s, with locations in Ferndale, Chesterfield and Southgate, will each host respective St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Tuesday, March 17. The Ferndale and Chesterfield locations will open at 7 a.m., while Southgate will open an hour later at 8 a.m.

The Ferndale location will feature a live broadcast from 93.9 The River from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as live music all day and night inside and out, courtesy of a heated patio. You’ll have a chance to win Irish swag, not to mention drink green beer and enjoy the musical stylings of a bagpiper.

Rosie’s of Southgate and Chesterfield will celebrate in similar fashion, with live music all day and night, giveaways all day, green beer, Jell-O shots and more. Anne Carlini of 101 WRIF will live broadcast from Chesterfield from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Do Hickey’s, 232 Maple St., Wyandotte, is an Irish bar and grill that is celebrating in style on St. Patty’s Day. Get there early, because the party starts right at 7 a.m.! There will be a heated tent where patrons can sit down and enjoy their green beers or 16-oz. cans of Guinness. There will be several beer stations throughout the grounds, so you’ll never be too far away from a fresh brew.

As for the food, corned beef and Irish bangers will keep you from partying too hardy on an empty stomach.

O’Connor’s Public House, 324 S. Main St., Rochester, hosts what is known as the largest party in Oakland County for the past 10 years. Meaning, if you like to party for St. Patty’s, you can’t miss it!

Doors will open at 7 a.m., and green beer starts flowing immediately! If you’re hungry, grab breakfast until 10 a.m., because you’ll need the energy to party with WRIF from noon to 2 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge to get in the doors, and this is a 21 and up only event, but I bet you already knew that, didn’t you?

Live bands will take the stage indoors as well as on the stage inside a tent, and include classic Irish music, modern rock bands, DJs and more.

No matter what St. Patrick’s Day party you decide to attend this weekend or next week in the D, make sure you celebrate responsibly. Either have a designated driver on hand, or call a local safe ride home service. Most importantly, have fun, and happy St. Patty’s Day!