St. Patrick's Day: Freeloader edition


St. Patrick's Day falls on a Thursday this year, meaning celebrants have the opportunity to start the weekend with a hangover.

Though there are tons of events happening around town tomorrow, not all of them are free. The following list includes a brief roundup of parties that won't cost you admission, and may even come with some sweet deals.

Remember to bring money though, these pubs and restaurants will be charging for their green beer and bar snacks, and unless you manage to snag a free MetroTransit ride (buses reach capacity pretty fast on each route) you'll be cabbing it home.

[jump] 45th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, downtown St. Paul

(Rice Park, 109 W. 4th St., St. Paul)

Parade starts at 4th and Sibley Streets, heads west on 4th Street, and ends at Rice Park. For info call 651.256.2155 or visit Noon.

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2011, downtown Minneapolis

(Nicollet Mall, From 13th Street to 5th Street, Minneapolis)

The parade route starts at 13th Street and goes down Nicollet Mall to 5th Street. For more info call 763.234.7111 or visit 6:30 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day

(Kip's Irish Pub, 9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952.367.5070,

KDWB starts this daylong event early with a live broadcast of their show from 6 to 10 a.m. If you're one of the first 101 people to walk through the doors, you'll be treated to a free breakfast (it's $5 afterwards). During the party there will also be music by the Tim Malloys, other food specials, dance performances, and more. WARNING: This event is free until 4 p.m. after that the cover becomes $5.

The Next Parish Over

(Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince St., St. Paul, 651.228.9274,

Featuring stories, poems, drama, music, and food from Ireland celebrating the Irish diaspora. This event is free, but donations are welcome. 6:30 p.m. 

St. Fucking Patty's Day Bash

(Nomad World Pub, 501 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.338.6424,

Featuring the Regenerators, Virgin Whores, Teenage Moods, Kitten Forever, Ogre Smash Death Boom, and more. 9 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day

(Artists' Quarter, 408 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651.292.1359,

Enjoy traditional tunes from Robert Brown. 1 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day

(Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612.332.3908,

Featuring U2 tribute band Rattle & Hum, bagpipers, and more. Get there early for happy hour specials, the crowd rush will hit epic proportions after the parade. 

St. Patty's Bash

(McKracken's Pub, 3120 W. Hwy 13, Burnsville, 952.277.0197,

With jams from My Drunk Uncle and Dirty Word. 4 p.m.

St. Patty's Day Party

(Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612.722.3454,

With Pretty Boy Thorson, the Evening Rig, the Framed, the Annandale Cardinals, Whiskey Jeff. 9 p.m.

For a complete list of St. Patrick's Day happening, visit our online calendar.