Celebrate St. Patty’s Day in the D!

By: Toni Cunningham | March 12, 2013
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Nothing says “Happy St. Patty’s Day!” quite like a pint of Guinness at 7 a.m., eh? If you’re counting down the days until you can don your green t-shirt and head to the bar before sunrise, consider popping in to one of the following authentic Irish pubs in Metro Detroit:

Sean O’Callaghan’s, 821 Penniman Ave., Plymouth, will open its doors bright and early at 7 a.m., and live music will commence at 11 a.m. As seasoned vets of the St. Patty’s Day bar scene know, you can’t drink all day on an empty stomach, so please eat some food while you’re there. If you want to stick with the day’s theme, order the Corned Beef & Cabbage or Bangers & Mash.

Claddagh Irish Pub, 17800 Haggerty Rd., Livonia, is the place to be if you’re looking for several days’ worth of celebrations. The festivities kick off on Thursday, March 14 with a Grand Irish Banquet Dinner & Beer Tasting event, accompanied by a live band. The fun continues until the ultimate celebration on Sunday, with a series of live bands, bagpipers and Irish dancers.

O’Connor’s Public House, 324 Main St., Rochester, will start the party at 7 a.m., with live Irish music beginning at 8 a.m. O’Connor’s has been named Best Irish Food for over five years by Real Detroit Weekly, so it would be to your advantage to try some Irish Style Corned Beef & Swiss sliders or Guinness Stew.

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The Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe St., Detroit, will hold an Irish Lunch featuring corned beef, fish & chips and more on Friday, March 15, followed by a tent party beginning at noon on Saturday and Sunday. The tent bash will include live entertainment, body and face painting, a Southern Comfort dunk tank (consider me intrigued), beer pong, and more.

Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 W. 9 Mile Rd., is hosting a St. Patty’s Day party jam packed with activities. The doors open at 7 a.m., and there will be an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with bottomless bloody marys and mimosas until 10 a.m. Corned beef and cabbage, a photo booth, cash giveaways and bagpipers will also be on tap.

As previously mentioned, you’re going to want to grab some food at some point during the day. If you want a change of scenery from the bar, head to one of the following restaurants to refuel with some authentic, St. Patty’s Day themed snacks:

  • Bode’s Corned Beef House, 280 N. Main St., Plymouth (self-explanatory)
  • Dick O’Dow’s, 160 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham (Irish classics aplenty)
  • Conor O’Neill’s, 318 S. Main. St., Ann Arbor (try the Guinness and Jameson BBQ Pork Sandwich)
  • Zingerman’s Deli, 422 Detroit St., Ann Arbor (seven corned beef varieties to choose from)
  • Steve’s Deli, 6646 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills (corned beef salads, sandwiches and omelets)
  • Louie’s Ham & Corned Beef, 3570 Riopelle St., Detroit (limitless corned beef options)
  • Bread Basket, 11320 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia (known for having the “biggest and best” corned beef sandwich)
  • Stage Deli, 6873 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield (over a dozen corned beef items)

While I’m all for having a good time in honor of the Irish, please do everyone a favor and call a safe ride home or a sober pal if you’ve consumed the equivalent of your own body weight in green beer. Happy St. Patty’s Day!