Ready to wear something green, drink something green, and claim you’re Irish in some way, shape or form again?
As we get ready for St. Patrick’s Day, here is a look at our top picks on where to spend your day with some Irish beer and fare.
Fadó Irish Pub and Restaurant
(900 South Miami Avenue in Miami’s Mary Brickell Village)
The new hot spot in Brickell is about to roll out the barrels, pump up the pipe and amplify the pub culture in South Florida for a week-long itinerary of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
The highlight of its week-long celebration of “Savage Craic” (pronounced crack but a common Irish term used to describe fun) will be Thursday’s outdoor festival in Mary Brickell Village with a mix of music, food and entertainment.
In addition to serving a menu of Irish food including corned beef and cabbage, traditional Irish boxty and fish n’ chips, Fadó also offers a variety of Irish beers like Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks, along with Bailey’s Irish Cream, proper Irish coffees and a wide selection of Irish whiskeys.
Here’s this week’s schedule:
Wednesday, March 16
Irish Session for “Session On,” 8-10 p.m.
“Session On” is a popular phrase in Ireland used amongst friends to describe that eager anticipation before a big day out at the pub. This free event will offer a traditional Irish ‘jam session’ with some of the finest Irish musicians in Southern Florida to build up the anticipation before the big day.
Thursday, March 17
Outdoor St. Patrick’s Day Festival, 8 a.m. – close
The pub will open its doors at 8 a.m. for “Pints and Pancakes” to help patrons start their day with a hearty breakfast and plenty of Vitamin G (Guinness). The outdoor party inside Mary Brickell Village starts at 2 p.m. with DJ ‘Savage Craic” followed by bagpipers, Irish Dancers from the Drake School for Irish Dance, the Picklebacks (80’s / 90’s favorites) and headliners USA U2 – the National U2 Tribute Band straight from Los Angeles. The event is a free concert in the plaza of Mary Brickell Village. Guests will also enjoy access to multiple outdoor beer gardens throughout the plaza. And Fadó will be giving away a chance to win a trip for two to Dublin, Ireland to take a VIP tour through the Guinness Brewery at St James Gate (round-trip airfare and accommodations included).
John Martin’s Restaurant & Irish Pub
(253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables)
This Coral Gables staple host the biggest St. Patty’s Day party with ongoing live music beginning at 5 p.m., and the famous street party (free and open to the public) featuring 3 live bands, consecutively, along Salzedo and Aragon Avenue.
You can always start your day early inside JohnMartin’s for their Irish and American fare, with a full menu for lunch and a special menu for dinner including shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash.
The musical schedule begins with the Irish band, Paddy Kelleghan and the Rolling C’s at 5 p.m., followed by the very popular Hard Liquor Band at 7 p.m. UV – The U2 Tribute Show, will take the stage at 9 p.m. playing the hits and classics arguably Ireland’s number one musical export.
The restaurant will feature a traditional St. Patrick’s Day menu with smoked salmon, Gaelic steak, Irish stuffed chicken, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, Irish potato soup, bread and butter pudding, and homemade Bailey’s ice cream for dessert. At the street celebration, crowds can enjoy fish and chips, chicken tenders, corn beef sandwiches, hotdogs, and Irish beverages.
(840 1st Street, Miami Beach)
The oldest Irish bar on South Beach – at least we like to think so – is more of a neighborhood pub with authentic Irish bartenders (see Mickey behind the bar). And as is customary, they start their day early (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) with plenty of shots of Bushmill and Bailey’s ($2) or Guinness ($3) with a solid Irish breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs, beans and toast or Irish toast topped with Bushmill’s honey and maple syrup. For the rest of the day there will be a special menu of bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie. Expect a packed bar and a fun atmosphere.
The Playwright Irish Pub
(1265 Washington Ave., Miami Beach)
(1248 Washington Ave., Miami Beach)
We’re calling it the “Irish War on Washington”, but the corner of 13th and Washington Ave. on South Beach becomes a battle royale each St. Patrick’s Day for a pair of Irish pubs across the street from each other. The Playwright Irish Pub and Waxy O’Connor’s. Expect plenty of drink specials, live music and Irish beer.
Waxy O’Connor’s on the River
(690 SW 1st Court, Miami)
One of the first Irish pubs in Brickell will be open from 10 a.m. – 3 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day with a mix of live music and DJs performing throughout the day. There will be an outside barbecue for $5 a plate available with hot dogs and hamburgers for lunch, along with the pub’s traditional Irish menu. There will be plenty of Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Magners on tap, and several stations where you can get your Irish Car Bomb on (Guinness with a shot of Bailey’s and Jameson). Also expect prizes and giveaways throughout the day, including shirts, glasses and bar tabs.
Brickell Irish Pub
(1451 South Miami Ave, Miami)
For the second straight year, the Brickell Irish Pub will host a block party. There will be six live bands, DJ’s, and plenty of green beer and drink and food specials. And yes, the waiters will be wearing kilts (wait – isn’t that a Scottish thing?).
The Yard House
(320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables – Village of Merrick Park)
(601 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach – Village at Gulfstream Park)
So maybe a big festival or cramped Irish bar isn’t your thing on St. Patty’s Day, but you still want to have a good time. Then try your luck at the Yard House, as the restaurant celebrates on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17.
The restaurant will offer a special menu created by Executive Chef Carlito Jocson that includes Corned Beef Brisket braised in Irish beer with boiled red potatoes and cabbage an ample-sized Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness-stewed beef sirloin and roasted garlic mashed potatoes encased in a puff pastry; and a Grilled Corned Beef Sandwich with melted Swiss cheese and roasted garlic aioli served on toasted French bread and accompanied by hearty stack of French fries.
Coors Light, Yard House Hefeweizen and Yard House Honey Blonde will be tinged green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Ireland is also represented with plenty of Murphy’s Irish Stout, Guinness Stout, Smithwick’s, and Harp Lager. (Beer is served by the pint, goblet or half-yard.)
Prefer cocktails: the creative list includes Get Lucky Lemon Drop, made with Ketel One Citroen, Midori Melon, Monin Ginger Syrup, Fresh Lemon, and rimmed with Suganhr; Lucy Leprechaun featuring Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, Midori Melon, Monin Gingery Syrup and Fresh Lemon; Pot Of Gold with a splash of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, St. Germain Elderflower, Mido
ri Melon and Fresh Pineapple; and Celtic Mojito featuring a blend of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, Midori Melon, DeKuyper Apple Pucker, Monin Mojito Mix, Fresh Lime and Mint.
And expect to hear over the sound system tracks from such Irish bands as U2, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, the Cranberries, The Pogues, Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy, Hothouse Flowers, The Undertones, and others.