If you’re enough lucky to be Irish… You’re lucky enough!
While St Patricks Day is actually on Thursday the 17th, today is the day that you will celebrate your Irish heritage. Even if that “heritage” is only your long history of attending the parade. This is such a fun holiday, with some tasty eats (and equally tasty drinks). Slainte!
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade
First up, the main event! The parade! This event has been going on in Pittsburgh since 1869. It rolls through blizzards, and rain storms. No matter the weather, you can pretty much bank on there being a crowd and having a pretty darn good time too!
The parade route starts at the Greyhound bus station on Liberty Avenue and cruises down Grant Street to The Boulevard of the Allies. It gets rolling at 10 am sharp, so don’t be late! This year the weather looks really nice so get out there and get your Irish on!
But… what about Beaver County fun? There is plenty to do before and after the parade, as well as next Saturday too – to keep this Irish party going! I’ll tell you what Irish, Irish we had a babysitter!!
It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there’s no money!
The Front Door Tavern
Let’s start with green eggs and ham…. and, of course, beer. That’s the way to start your day, amiright?! The party gets going at 7 am at the Front Door Tavern, and doesn’t wrap up until 2 am. DJ O’Joel will be spinnin’ his Irish beats and there will be a guy playing the bag pipes. They are also putting corned beef on everything. You can’t miss this party! They have a terrific selection of beer and Irish whiskey too. If you are there first thing in the morning, there is a good chance you might run into Andy. He told me he is quite the kegs and eggs fan!
The Back Door Tavern
On the other side of the door, The Back Door Tavern has a bar crawl going on! Meeting at the Back Door at noon, they plan on leaving for the first stop at around 1:45. There is also a t-shirt involved, with proceeds going to the New Brighton Library. Come on now, you can’t pass that up! Beer for a cause!? Yes!!! Even if you don’t crawl with the others, The Back Door will be full of fun and you just can never go wrong there.
Kelly’s Riverside Saloon
Another staple of the Irish bar scene is Kelly’s Riverside in Bridgewater. Their annual party is being held today and it is a winner. They have a traditional Irish band playing from 1-5 pm, then a sort-of-Irish DJ playing music until close. Irish food with Guiness, Jameson, and Car Bombs all day. We have been to Kelly’s in years past and it is a blast!
If you can’t make it to today’s party spots, no need to worry your pretty Irish red head about it. Next weekend the Gaelic mayhem will continue at Barney’s in Aliquippa, one of our favorite spots for St. Pat’s. They have good food already on the menu, and have green beer to wash it all down. For the last few years we have been able to make it, we have run into the same guy dressed as a leprechaun each year. Fabulous orange beard and a big green hat. He is a hoot! Although, anyone wearing a fake orange beard and a big green hat probably is a good time.
Bocktown Beer & Grill
Also on the list of stops for next Saturday (actually, from the 16th through the 20th) is Bocktown in Monaca. We all know Bocktown has a great selection of beer and always has some fantastic music on Saturdays. Well, add a delicious Irish feast to that list and the day is complete! Reuben dip, Irish fries, even a Jameson Pasta. Mmmmm, so Irishy and delicious.
No matter how you celebrate, make sure you do it good! This day only comes ‘round once a year. Everyone is Irish! Every single one of us! Let’s all hug it out after a few car bombs and sing a whiskey-fide karaoke version of “Danny Boy!”