Monday, March 11, 2013

Slainte! A Guide to Nashville's St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Posted By on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Sophisticat says: always be prepared for shenanigans on St. Patricks Day
  • Sophisticat says: always be prepared for shenanigans on St. Patrick's Day
Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. I could tell you tales of revelry from St. Patrick’s Days past that would make my ancestors proud. But I won’t because, first, what’s published on this website may eventually be read by my child, and second, I can’t remember a whole lot. Though I do vaguely recall one St. Patrick’s Day that was over by 7 p.m. due to some value-priced shots. I learned two things that year: one, pace yourself and two, don’t celebrate this greatest of holidays with anyone who may have some influence on your employment status. Unless you’re the boss (see attached graphic).

Anyhoo, it’s time to cleanse the appropriate (and inappropriate) body parts, dust off your stunt liver and finalize plans to drown your shamrock. There’s a lot going on all around the city on both the 16th and 17th.

The Pubs

{PUB}licity out in Bellevue has a special menu planned for the 17th that includes corned beef and cabbage. Look for an Irish Breakfast and specially priced Guinness on tap, as well. Bonus: {PUB}licity is family-friendly.

Out in Donelson, McNamara’s Irish Pub will have live Irish music all day on St. Patrick’s Day starting at 10 a.m. The full Irish breakfast will be available and you can also order from their Irish specialties menu. They’re open until 10 p.m. McNamara’s is also a family-friendly establishment.

In West Nashville, McCabe Pub (another family-friendly venue!) will have their St. Patrick’s celebration on Saturday, the 16th with corned beef and cabbage (with new potatoes) on special as well as Guinness and green Miller Lite on tap. They’ll also have shamrock shooters and their famous coconut cake will be dyed green for the occasion.

Downtown, the place to be is McFadden’s on the 17th. They’re starting off the day with “green eggs and kegs,” a special menu for the rest of the day, and drink specials until 10 p.m. For entertainment, they’re having music all day, Irish cloggers, a “bagpiper,” and — I’m not even kidding — a leprechaun.

Both locations of Dan McGuinness (Demonbreun and Cool Springs) are hosting a two-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Saturday night will feature live Irish music and Sunday will be an all-day party with “kegs and eggs” in the morning and live Irish music all day and night (discounted tickets are available in advance for $10; tickets are $15 at the door).

If festivals are more your thing, there are several to choose from, all taking place on Saturday, March 16.

In Green Hills, The Lucky ‘Stache Bash is happening at The Greenhouse (inside and out). Festivities start at noon and continue until 2 a.m. and include drink specials, live music, food trucks and more. Advance tickets are $10 and VIP tickets are available.

In East Nashville, the St. Patrick’s Festival starts at 10 a.m. in East Park and goes until 6 p.m. There will be food trucks, Irish food, craft beer and live entertainment, including Sean McNamara, Nashville Ceili, and Off the Wagon as well as Nashville Pipes and Drums. Admission to the festival is free, but a portion of proceeds from vendors will benefit the Catholic Charities of Tennessee and Holy Name Catholic Church.

And in Franklin, the Franklin and Williamson County Heritage Foundation is holding the Franklin Main Street Brew Fest from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is open to the public, but to participate in the beer tasting (of more than 50 beers from Lipman Brothers distribution), you must purchase a ticket; $40 in advance, $45 the day of the fest.

And if none of these events appeals to you, celebrate the day the way a real Irishman would: by going to church, ya heathen!

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