A guide to getting lit on St. Patrick's Day (wear comfy shoes)


This Friday is not just Friday, it’s also one of those holidays where it’s kinda sorta socially acceptable to be drunk in public. There will be green beer and $5 shots, twentysomethings puking in the streets, and businesses will be packed even more than usual.

Pretty much every bar in town will be celebrating this Friday, but we thought we would pull together a few highlights, all organized by neighborhood so you can avoid cars and bar hop at your own pace on foot.

Plan ahead if you do plan to get around using a vehicle. The buses will be full, and from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Metro Transit will be free. There’s also Lyft, but we have no idea whether there will be a spike in “holiday” or “high traffic” rates.

The following is our list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, all neatly organized by area. You, however, will most likely not be neat by the end of the night. Take care, and plan responsibly for your irresponsibility.

(Pssst! Are you a bar planning something? Feel free to leave a comment in the post, or email us at [email protected] and we’ll add you to our online calendar.)



Downtown St. Paul/Lowertown:

St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Paul
Parade starts at Wacouta and Fifth Street and moves westbound along Fith to Washington Street. More info at March 17, 12 p.m. Free.

St Patrick’s Day Holland Oats Karaoke with Bill the Thrill
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 p.m. Free. 21+. Sixth & Wabasha, St. Paul; 612-285-3112.


University/Snelling/Grand areas:

O’Gara’s St. Patrick’s Day
If you’re looking for Irish bars in St. Paul, O’Gara’s is a good place to start, as it will be hosting its “World’s Shortest Parade” (it’s basically a lap around on the bar) at 3:30 p.m., and there will be free music throughout the day as well inside and outside in the tent. Free. 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. O’Gara’s, 164 N. Snelling Ave., St. Paul; 651-644-3333.

St. Patrick's Day at The Dubliner Pub
Music runs all day, with sets from Todd Menton, Charlie Heymann, Tiller Black, and the Irish Brigade. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Ave. W., St. Paul; 651-646-5551;

Emmett’s Public House
Featuring 20 oz Guinness for $8, irish beers on tap, and 53 Irish whiskeys. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 695 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 651-225-8248,

World's Most Dangerous Polka Band
Booze, polka, and putt-putt. This one is a little bit out of the way, so plan transportation carefully. 7-10 p.m. Free. Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 4, St. Paul; 651-925-2261;



St. Pat’s Day Party
Featuring live music and special menu items, like Guinness cupcakes. Half Time Rec, 1013 Front Ave., St. Paul; 651-488-8245.



Downtown Minneapolis:

Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade
Parade starts at Sixth Street South and Marquette Avenue, and concludes at Marquette and 11th Street. For more info, visit March 17, 7:30 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Peepshow
Burlesque and cabaret peep show featuring an array of dancers and hosted by Butch Charming. March 17, 6:30 p.m. $10-$15. The Pourhouse, 10 S. 5th St., Minneapolis; 612-843-2555;

Yep, St. Pat’s Day at a British pub. It’s a thing here in Minneapolis. Things kick off in the morning with March Madness basketball. The parade is a walkable distance from here, too. There will also be a corned beef special throughout the day. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment, 1110 Nicollet Mall, 612-332-3908.

The Local
Yup, they’ll be selling beer here. The parade will be cruising by around the corner as well. 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-904-1000.

Kieran’s Irish Pub
There will be live music and other fun throughout the day. $5. 85 Sixth St. N., Minneapolis; 612-339-4499.

West Bank:

Dillinger Four: St. Patrick's Day Massacre
With the Slow Death, Victory, 83 Wolfpack, and the Liverspots. March 17, 8 p.m. $13-$15. Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-7399.

Uptown/south Minneapolis:

Special Beer Release
Each year, the Herkimer releases a special beer for the holiday. They’ll have an Irish Red Ale on Friday. Jameson and Powers will be on special, and there will be Irish eats on the menu. Herkimer Pub & Brewery, 2922 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-821-0101;

Special deals at Muddy Waters
$5 whiskey shots sounds pretty good, right? Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery, 2933 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-872-2232;

The Dregs’ Annual St. Patrick's Day Concert
March 17, 9:30 p.m. $10-$12. Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-825-3737;

St. Paddy's
Get a reuben and a pint for $10, or go with green Miller Lite and Finnegan's Irish Ale for $3 each. The Lyndale Tap House, 2937 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-825-6150.


Northeast Minneapolis:

Party Monster Friday St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans
Featuring DJ Dirty O'Duke, lip syncing, and 2-for-1s from 10-11:30 p.m. March 17, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $5; free if in costume. Ground Zero Nightclub, 15 4th St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-378-5115.

Black Hearts Burlesque
Weekly cabaret hosted by Victoria DeVille, starring Elektra Cute. They also have 3-4-1 drink specials on Friday. 8:30-10 p.m. $5. Lush Food Bar, 990 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-208-0358;



Tumblin' Dice
St. Patrick's Day party featuring Rolling Stones tribute band. March 17, 9 p.m. Free. Schooner Tavern, 2901 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-729-4365;

Saint Patrick’s Day
Featuring Stringdingers. 10 p.m. Free. 331 Club, 331 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-1746.