Don your green, ready your pint glass and put on your drinking face! It’s St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia, and we’ve got more than our share of Irish pubs, bars and crawls that are primed to celebrate the holiday. Whether you’re looking for laid-back kegs and eggs or the all-out debauchery of the Erin Express, our list of the finest Irish establishments and St. Pat’s specials has what you’re looking for. –Chelsea Karnash
Erin Go Birds
537 N. 3rd St.
Mar. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
2120 Fairmount Ave.
Mar. 11, 9:30 – 11 p.m.
On Friday, the Eagles and Miller Lite are celebrating St. Patrick’s with an early pub crawl. The Eagles cheerleaders will be at both Finnigan’s and Urban Saloon to welcome crawlers, sign autographs and perform for the crowd. There will also be contests and games, and the Miller Lite Girls will be doling out drink specials…just don’t forget to wear your Eagles green!
The Erin Express
March 12, 12 – 5:30 p.m.; FREE
It wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s Day in the City of Brotherly Love without this ingenious combination of drinking and the yellow school bus. Think of the latter as your designated driver, allowing you to accomplish as much of the former in as many of the sixteen bars as you please. And, since the ten buses run in a continuous loop all day, you can hop on and off at your leisure. Click here for more info, but be warned: stay far, far away if you’re not looking to brave the crowds…or the drunk college kids.
2013 Walnut St.
The Bards will be hosting an all-day party, from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re wearing green between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., you’ll be rewarded with $5 Guinness pints. Kegs and eggs will be served at 8 a.m.
247 S. 17th St.
200 South St.
Okay, so it’s definitely not an Irish pub, but on March 13 (4 p.m.) and 17 (7 p.m.), Bridget Foy’s will be celebrating like one with live music from Irish Band The Connemara Codfish Company. The drink special is the $9 Jameson Manhattan.
39th and Sansom St.
18th and Sansom St.
1500 Locust St.
Fado is scheduled to host a “week of savage craic,” or most closely translated simply as “fun.” Here’s the schedule:
3/11, 4 – 9 p.m.: St. Baldrick’s Day Fundraiser for kids with cancer. Brave souls will shave their heads in honor of the brave souls fighting childhood cancer. There will also be raffles and a silent auction.
3/12, all day: “St. Practice Day” with the Erin Express. An all-day party with live music by The Interns and The Approach. DJ Press Play goes on around 10 p.m.
3/13, all day: Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
3/15: Guinness Perfect Pint contest.
3/16: Paddy’s Pub Quiz
3/17, all day: St. Patrick’s Day means free pancakes with a pint at 8 a.m. Live music, Irish dancers and bagpipers will play all day. $10 general admission.
1214 Sansom St.
Fergie’s is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day theme party. Obviously.
3rd & Spring Garden St.
Finnigan’s will celebrate the holiday on the 12th, 13th and 17th with live music from The Hooligans, Sean Fleming, Birmingham 6 and Split Decision.
113 Fayette Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428
On the 12th and the 17th, the Boathouse is offering up $5 Guinness, Smithwick and Harp drafts (including any drinks that contain them).
1123 Chestnut St.
2007 Walnut St.
Both Irish Pubs will kick-off St. Pat’s Day with a live broadcast from WMMR’s Pierre Robert and The Big Talker 1210’s Michael Smerconish. There will also be all-day food and drink specials.
4417 Main St.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Kildare’s is charging a $20 cover for a free t-shirt, a VIP pass and free breakfast and a pint.
1 Citizens Bank Way
From 5 – 8 p.m. on the 17th, McFadden’s is throwing a Ballpark Phever Party with DJ Eddie Tully. In addition to a special menu featuring fish ‘n chips, shepherd’s pie and corn-beef and cabbage, drink specials include $4 Guinness drafts and $5 Irish Shots and Bombs.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Perhaps the most celebrated Irish pub in all of Philadelphia, McGillin’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day right with an all-day party…and green beer!
1116 Walnut St.
3000 Market St.
Sláinte’s having a party, featuring live Irish music and food and drink specials. There are also month-long specials running, so check their website for more info.
Tír Na Nóg
Philadelphia at the Phoenix
1600 Arch St.
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* Denotes a bar participating in the Erin Express on Saturday, 3/12
Reported by Stasia DeMarco, KYW Newsradio