The simple pleasure of a cold Natty Boh is undeniable. However, it is important to mix things up every now and again for the sake of keeping an open mind and exposing yourself to new things. In a pinch, you could grab something that looks exciting at The Wine Source, or maybe try something seasonal from Brewer’s. But how is one supposed to truly learn about good beer versus bad beer, quality craft versus generic, watery, low-calorie beer-like substances? You need both exposure, and someone to lead you down the path to Beer Enlightenment.
St. Patrick’s Day, that holiday when it’s cool to connect those freckles and reddish roots back to The Emerald Isle, is Saturday, March 17. For many of us, though, this unofficial U.S. holiday is mostly about connecting with friends (and strangers) over an all-day celebration of Irish culture.
Lucky for us, there are several local Irish pubs and restaurants where we can do just that — starting at 6am. Here’s an overview of some St. Patty’s Day good-for-the-gob (and ears) hours and specials:
Blarney Stone (Fells Point):
Opens at 9am. No live music, but impressive jukebox selections.
Claddagh Pub (Canton Square):
It’s their 17th Annual “Meet in the Street” with band Mr. Greengenes headlining. They expand their space with heated tents, but if this weather continues they might need air conditioning this year.
Mick O’Shea’s (Mt. Vernon):
Kegs-n-Eggs starts at 10am accompanied by an early bird special on 16oz Guinness pints – $2 from 10am to 11, $3 from 11 to noon, and $4 from noon to 1pm. Enjoy the rugby match between Ireland and England at 1pm and live music from The Spalpeens at 4pm.