It’s officially the luckiest (and greenest!) time of the year. St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, March 17, and Detroiters are ready to go all out for the holiday.
Prepare to don all the green gear you can find and shamrock your way downtown. Here are the hottest spots in Detroit to spend St. Paddy’s Day weekend.
Pubs and Bar Crawls
Bars all around Detroit are going to be celebrating this weekend and with so many options, it can be tricky to know where to go. Here are some highlights you may want to check out.
St. Patrick’s Weekend at McShane’s
March 15, 16 and 17 – McShane’s Irish Pub & Whiskey Bar, 1460 Michigan Ave.
If you’re looking for a classic St. Patrick’s Day pub experience with Irish tunes and green beer, spend your weekend at McShane’s. Live Irish music and DJ’s will entertain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – the Bold O’Donohughs play Friday, Banjolectric is Saturday and DJ Chris performs Sunday.
The pub will have $3 green beer pints and a special Irish menu featuring corned beef and cabbage.
The celebrations will go from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. each day. McShane’s will also be hosting a special Irish brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Check out the Facebook event for more info.
St. Patrick’s Weekend at Old Shillelagh
March 16 at 12 p.m. and March 17 at 7 a.m. – Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe St.
The iconic Irish pub will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long. They’re calling their Saturday celebration “St. Practice Day,” which will include live entertainment from their house DJ, TJ Monte. On Sunday the celebration starts early and will go until 2 a.m., with live performances from Stone Clover from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Ghost City Searchlight from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cover is $10 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday.
Additionally, the bar will have live entertainment and a special Irish lunch available along with their regular menu starting at noon on Friday, March 15.
Check out their website for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
March 16 at 2 p.m. – kickoff party starts at The Greek, 535 Monroe Ave.
Why hit one bar when you can hit them all? This bar crawl, hosted by Bar Crawl Live, will stop at some of the city’s best bars and includes a kickoff party, halftime party and after party. Stops include Level Two Rooftop, Exodos Rooftop, Pappy’s Bar, Club Bleu, Deluxe and Ready Player One. Tickets for this event get you into the venues with no cover charge, up to 40% off drinks and up to 25% off food.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours ahead of time – tickets with access to the halftime party are already sold out.
Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
St. Patty’s Day Blacklight Blackout Bingo
March 17 at 7 p.m. – Deluxx Fluxx, 1274 Library St.
Deluxx Fluxx is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day blacklight bingo event on Sunday. Head over between 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. to participate and win some prizes.
This event is 21+ only and has no cover charge. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Festivals and Other Celebrations
Not interested in the bar scene? No worries. There are still plenty of options for you to get your Irish jig on.
St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun Day and Party
March 16 at 1 p.m. – Beacon Park, 1903 Grand River Ave.
If you’re looking to have some fun with your kiddos, this event is a great option that isn’t restricted to those who are of drinking age. Head over to Beacon Park for live music, dancing, lawn games and more. Family Fun Day lasts until 5 p.m., at which point the adult party starts and goes on until 10 p.m.
The daytime event will include Irish dancing, make-and-take activities, inflatables and games. Then, in the evening, the park’s heated tent will be transformed into a pub for the adults.
Admission to this event is free, with food and drink available for purchase. The bar will feature beer and cocktails provided by Lumen. Food trucks, including Little Brother Burgers, D Motown Deli and EJ’s Gourmet Street Eats will be there to provide Irish-inspired dishes.
For more information, check out visitdetroit.com.
The Detroit Irish Fest
March 17 at 9 a.m. – Greektown Festival Grounds, 700 Randolph St.
This event will include both outdoor party areas and heated tents with DJs and live entertainment, a beer tent, a full bar, games and more. It’s set to run from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.
General admission tickets are $10 and include basic event entry, while VIP tickets are $20 and include re-entry credentials and access to additional restrooms.
On-site parking is available, but will likely fill up fast. There are several parking garages within parking distance. The event’s website recommends arriving early and carpooling if possible, as parking downtown will be hard to come by due to the holiday.
For more information, visit DetroitIrishFest.com.