Whether you’re Irish — or just wish you were — this promises to be a St. Patrick’s Day for the books. For the first time in years, St. Patrick’s Day itself falls on a weekend, which means there will be giant, we’re-all-off-tomorrow, Gaelic get-togethers of epic proportions to celebrate all things Irish this weekend. Whether you want to dip, dine, dance or … ahem … drink, we’ve got you covered. Here are seven ways to wear your green this weekend.
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1. Delight in a drama. Get your green on and head to a show. At Golden Nugget, check out Chart House for The Leprechaun Murders 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15. On Saturday, March 17, Golden Nugget’s Rush Lounge will feature Steve Moore & M.I.A., while at Haven, Chris Devine will host a late night St. Paddy’s Party with drink and bottle specials from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Want laughs instead of mystery? Head to Irish Comedy Night at Leatherhead Pub in Egg Harbor City on Friday. But be sure to go back for a St. Patty’s Day Party with a DJ and bagpipers on Saturday. To round out the weekend, head to Gregory’s in Somers Point to discuss James Joyce’s “The Dead” with the Somers Point Unique Experiences Club on Sunday. Gregory’s is also home to a three day St. Pat’s celebration, Friday through Sunday, with an Irish menu that includes fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and shepherd’s pie. To watch some athletic excitement unfold before your eyes, head to Atlantic City at 10 a.m. Saturday for the 40th Annual St. Pat’s Boardwalk 10 Miler and 5K Run, which starts at LandShark Bar and Grill, where you can watch participants run for two good causes — the Donny Fund and the South Jersey Field of Dreams.
2. Whiskey. Enough said. There will be plenty of places to get a shot of Jameson this weekend, but if whiskey’s your priority, head to Old Homestead at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for a MaCallan whiskey dinner 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $149 per person. Or shoot over to Renault Winery for a whiskey dinner and tasting that includes Slane Irish Whiskey, Redemption Bourbon, Few Bourbon and Michters Kentucky Straight Rye at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $75.49 plus tax.
3. ShamRock ‘n’ Roll. If you’re looking to party this St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than Borgata’s first St. Gypsy Bash. The Gypsy Bar will take over Borgata’s Event Center for a full throttle St. Patrick’s Day Party including music from My Hero Zero, Kristen & The Noise, Flip Like Wilson, Burnt Sienna and Red Hot Chili Pipers, plus games, photo booths, leprechauns and more. A $20 ticket includes a souvenir T-shirt and glow bracelet while supplies last. Also at Borgata, Jason Smith opens up a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Premier Nightclub before Cash Cash take over for the main act. But that’s not all. If you want to dance, head to The Pool After Dark in Harrah’s, where Machine Gun Kelly will host this epic Saturday; to Wonder Bar in A.C. for a night with Modern Mojo; to Christi’s Bar in Egg Harbor Township for music with Duck & Cover; to White Horse Winery in Hammonton for music by 4:44 with upbeat covers and Irish Shanties from 2 to 5 p.m.; to Maynard’s in Margate for a St. Paddy’s Day Party with Steve Reilly at 3 p.m., followed by Lanai Sessions at 8 p.m., along with $4 corned beef and cabbage, $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, and $6 Bud and Bud Light pitchers; to Clancy’s By the Bay in Somers Point for DJ Nick Teti, Irish food and drink specials all day and Nae Breeks Bagpipers; to JD’s Pub & Grille in Smithville for an “Everybody’s Irish Celebration” with Mott’s Creek Pickers at 3 p.m., Daryl Freda at 8 p.m. and Irish food specials all day and night; to Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern in Smithville for music by TNT, as well as traditional Irish fare; to Brick House Pub in Mays Landing for music with Seven Stone, and food and drink specials; or to Watering Hole Café in Mays Landing for a pre-Paddy’s Day party on Friday with five original local bands, followed by Paul Tozz on St. Patrick’s Day; to Lefty’s Tavern in Barnegat, which will turn into “O’Lefty’s” for the occasion, with music from Ted Hammock and Smile Mafia, as well as food and drink specials; to the Tuckahoe Inn in Marmora for music with Vicki Austin & Mr. D, as well as St. Pat’s specials and a bagpiper performance; to the Boiler Room in Cape May’s Congress Hall for music with The John Byrne Band; to Fins in Cape May for an all day party with Guinness specials and music from Wildwood’s Irish Pipe Brigade, 3rd Period French and St. Patty’s giveaways; to Buckalew’s Restaurant and Tavern in Beach Haven for music by Clan Buibhne (Sweeney) Band, the Connelly Family Bag Pipers and the Devrin Academy of Irish Step Dancers; to Nardi’s Tavern in Beach Haven for music by Joe Faronea, the Dave Christopher Band and Triple Rail Turn; to Calloway’s in West Creek for music with The Bag Piper at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Shorty Long at noon and Mushmouth at 8 p.m. with a full menu of traditional Irish fare and drink specials; to Bojo’s Ale House in Millville for St. Patrick’s Day with The Fix; to the Mad Batter in Cape May with Irish happy hour with Barry O’Tischler; to the Ocean Drive in Sea Isle for an Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party with a free Irish buffet, free St. Pat’s T-shirt (while supplies last) and music with Secret Service; to La Costa in Sea Isle City for music with The Insiders; to Tuckerton Beach Grille in Tuckerton for St. Pat’s with The Jimmy Brogan Four with special guest Ty Mares as well as Irish food and drink specials; to Cabanas in Cape May for music with DJ Drumatic and St. Paddy’s specials all day including $6 Jameson Irish Whiskey, $4 Guinness Pounders, Irish stew and pastrami reubens; to Yesterday’s in Marmora for music with Leslie DeRose and a special Clovertini made with Captain Morgan Malibu Rum, Midor and sour mix ($11); to Lobster Loft in Sea Isle City for music with Thirsty Wilson as well as food and drink specials; to Dogtooth Bar & Grill in Wildwood for music with the Do Rights Band as well as $5 Guinness drafts, $5 Jameson shots, and $8 Irish Mules; to Goodnight Irene’s in Wildwood for a pre-St. Pat’s party on Friday with music by Third Period French; to Mulligan’s in Wildwood for music with Chris Huff and different Irish fare specials; to The Deck at Holly Beach for music with Kennedy drive Band; to Bolero Resort for music with The Chatterband; to Owen’s Pub in North Wildwood for music with DJ Mikey D, as well as a menu that includes fish and chips, reuben egg rolls, corned beef on rye and ham and cabbage; to Casey’s on Third in Wildwood for a no-cover show for Sindi Raymond’s Band; to The Surfing Pig in North Wildwood for music with Johnny’s Cousin Steve, draft and Tito specials, and Irish themed entrees like a smoked brisket shepherd’s pie; and to Inlet on Olde in North Wildwood for all day entertainment starting at noon with The Zone, DJ Denny Oh, 11:11 Band, DJ Corey Curtin and DJ Mollo.
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4. Mini leprechaun crawl. To kill a few birds with one stone, go to Tropicana on Saturday and do a property-wide bar crawl for all-things Irish, from RiRa’s multi-day St. Pat’s events (see page 20); to Irish fare at A Dam Good Deli, The Palm (Irish coffee) and Broadway Burger Bar; to Shamrocks and Shenanigans at Boogie Nights, with a Green Boogie Bowl made with Stoli Vodka, Midori, pineapple juice and sour mix; to Anthem for the Luckiest Party in A.C. with $6 green tea shots and $5 Irish whiskey cocktails and shots until midnight; to Kiss Kiss Nightclub for dancing with DJ Muve; to Firewaters Saloon and A Dam Good Sports Bar for $5 Guinness; to Hooter’s for $9 Irish coffee; to Cuba Libre for a green mojito; to Planet Rose for karaoke and $7 Jameson shots and Bud Lights; and to Casa Taco & Tequila Bar for $5 Guinness, $6 Hell Cat Maggie Whiskey and $7 green tea shots. Or head to Resorts for your crawl, grab a complimentary green lei at the promotions booth while supplies last, listen for the bagpipers strolling throughout the hotel and casino floor, and stop at Breadsticks for a $16.99 special Irish menu; Bar One for drink specials all day including $3 Guinness Bottles, $5 Mint Peppermint Paddy shots, $6 Jameson Car Bombs, and DJ entertainment from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; to Margaritaville and Landshark for a “Lucky Landshark” (Landshark Lager topped off with Margaritaville Island Lime Tequila), “Off to See the Leprechaun Marg O’Rita” (Melon Liqueur, Margaritaville Gold Tequila and house margarita blend), or the “Island Shamrock” (Margaritaville’s Last Mango Tequila, Blue Curacao, orange juice and a splash of house margarita blend). Over at Bally’s, head to the Wild Wild West and go wild with an open bar and live DJ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., live music by The Rockets from 2 to 6 p.m., free mechanical bull rides and swag bags for $39; and to Harry’s Oyster Bar for drink specials all day long including $4 Bud Light, $5 Blue Point, Smithwicks, Guinness or Half & Half, $6 Picklebacks (shot of Jameson and shot of pickle juice) and a menu featuring traditional Irish fare. If you want a more ambitious crawl (i.e. leaving a property), head to Little Water Distillery, Tuckahoe Brewery or Garden State Beer Co., where free jitneys will be on a non-stop loop from 4 to 8 p.m. With free parking available at each location, no wristband required, food trucks, music, beer, handcrafted cocktails, tastings and tours, it sounds like a leprechaun’s dream.
5. Get your green on. They say that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. And it’s true ... but some places are a little more Irish than others. If an authentic Irish pub — you know, the ones where they serve Irish fare all year long — is up your alley, look no further than these fine places. Head to McCullough’s Pub in Egg Harbor Township for a menu that includes things like potato leek soup, corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew. While you’re there, check out an Emerald Green McCullough’s Lucky Shake, made with Irish whiskey, coffee liqueur, Crème de Menthe and vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream. Head to McGettigan’s 19th Hole in Galloway for two party bands as well as Irish specials all day; to St. George’s Pub in Brigantine for two bagpiper appearances — both No Leaf Clover and Nae Breeks Bagpipers will be stopping in — as well as food and drink specials; to RiRa in Tropicana to watch Ireland take on England in the Six Nations Rugby Championship at 10:45, followed by performances by Irish dancers, music from Galway Guild, and a menu complete with traditional Irish fare as well as Guinness mixology beer cocktails. RiRa will also be home to Galway Guild Irish Music on Friday night, as well as an Irish Acoustic Session on Sunday. And you can’t miss St. Patrick’s Day at The Irish Pub in Atlantic City, where St. Patrick’s Day is the second biggest party of the year, followed only by their epic and unrivaled post-St. Pat’s Day event, Bag Day, on Sunday. For authentic Irish music literally flown in from Ireland, head to Lighthouse Tavern in Waretown for a Finnegan’s Wake Party with the band Tara from Ireland and the Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes & Drums on Thursday; the Willie Lynch Band on Friday; a St. Paddy’s Day Party with Tara and the Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes & Drums on Saturday, and an Irish session with Tara before they fly back home to Ireland on Sunday. More Irish bars include O’Donnell’s Pour House in Sea Isle with an all-day special menu and DJ Steve & Co on Saturday; Shamrock Beef & Ale in Wildwood with music from Billy Jack and food and drink specials that include $3.50 Guinness pints, $7 Irish coffee, $7 Irish platters and $4 Svedka Vodka drinks; Cattle ‘n Clover in Wildwood with music from the Flip n’ Mickey’s, a DJ and bagpiper; The Angelsea Pub in North Wildwood with a special Irish menu and music from Patsy Bradley at 1 p.m. and Jamie and the Quietmen at 8 p.m.; Keenan’s Irish Pub in North Wildwood for an all-day party with DJ Green Sparkles, as well as ham and cabbage and $3 shamrock shots; Kavanaugh’s Irish Pub & Grill in Malaga for a party with a ton of Irish food and drink specials and a DJ; Delaney’s Irish Pub & Grill in Cape May for music with Buzzkill, $3 green beer and traditional Irish fare; Doyle’s Pour House in Barnegat and Tuckerton for its traditional Irish menu and bagpiper performances; and Caffrey’s Tavern in Forked River for music with Temporary Grace and an Irish menu.
6. Raise a glass to Ireland. Or your friends. Or your favorite leprechaun. The logistics don’t matter — all that matters is that you have a drink in your hand and St. Patrick’s Day on your mind. Head to The Rainbow Room in Atlantic City for a St. Patrick’s Day happy hour with major specials, including $3 Guinness, Negra Modelo, Coors Lite and Miller Lite Bottles, $5 wines, and $6 well vodka, gin, rum, tequila and whiskey; to The Claridge in A.C. for $11 beer flights with live acoustic music from Matt Adams; to Sixty Lobby Bar & Lounge at Flagship Resorts in A.C. for a Pre-Paddy Party 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday with complimentary appetizers, festive drink specials and a live bagpipe performance; to Vagabond in Atlantic City for St. Pat’s specials that include Baby Guinness (Patron XO Café and Bailey’s Irish Cream, $5), Patron Green Margarita (the perfect margarita served with green ice cubes, $7), $7 Car Bombs, $5 Jameson shots and $3 Green Bud Light; to Crossroads in Egg Harbor Township for a special menu of Irish fare, $4 Jameson shots, Fireball shots and green apple pie shots with live music by Tony & Mel; to Mott’s Creek Inn in Galloway for music with Tony & Melanie at 2 p.m., as well as $5 Jameson and food and drink specials; to The Anchorage Tavern in Somers Point for a menu with traditional Irish fare, green beer, a DJ and a bagpipe performance; to The Black Cat Bar & Grill for bagpipers and drinks from the oldest bar in Absecon; to Tailgaters in Egg Harbor City for 2 sets by No Leaf Clover, $4 Guinness, Car Bombs, green beer and Irish Breakfast shots, $3 Jameson IPA, and $5 short rib potato skins and Irish short rib nachos; to Ducktown Tavern in A.C. for drink specials including $4 domestics, $5 imported, $6 Guinness and Tullamore Dew and Irish music; to Pitney Pub in Absecon for Irish fare and drink specials; to Paragon Bar & Grille in Mays Landing for whiskey specials, Irish music all day, Irish fare and green Jell-O shots; to The Crab Trap in Somers Point for bagpipers at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and to Charlie’s in Somers Point for an Irish menu and Nae Breeks Bagpipers at 6, 8 and 9:45 p.m.; to Hemingway’s in Cape May for Irish bar snacks and traditional Irish dinners, DJ entertainment and drink specials that include Green Coors Light, select Irish bottle beers, Irish Car Bombs, Irish Green Tea, a Junior Mint Martini and a Lucky ‘Rita; to Levari’s in Tuckahoe on Friday for Flanagan Fridays and $5 Guinness, $5 Slane Irish Whisky, $6 Jameson, $7.25 Slane Car Bombs and $7 Baby Guinness; to the St. Patrick’s Day Beer Dinner at the Cape May Lewes Ferry building, which includes a multi-course Irish dinner paired with a selection of craft beers ($59 per person); to Cape May Brewing Company for eight Irish themed one-offs pouring all weekend, including Toffee Stout, Bourbon Stout, Shamrock (infused with Crème de Menthe extract and vanilla), Irish Potato (aged on toasted coconut and cinnamon chips), Irish Coffee, Barmbrack (infused with sultanas and raisins), S’mores, and Irish Breakfast (infused with Irish Whiskey flavored chips, orange and butterscotch); to Old Causeway for Irish food and drink specials and bagpipers; to Natali Vineyard in Cape May Court House for a St. Pat’s Beef stew paired with five award-winning wines; to Rio Station in Rio Grande for Irish food and drink specials; to The Deauville Inn in Strathmere for Irish fare; to Double Eagle Saloon in Vineland for a party with drink and Irish fare specials; to The Ship n’ Shore in Wildwood for a $4 ham and cabbage platter all day and DJ entertainment; and to The Ugly Mug in Cape May for Irish specials and live entertainment.
7. Freeze your shamrocks off. If St. Paddy’s shenanigans are up your alley, may we suggest taking a dip? Head to Stone Harbor for the 8th Annual Stone Harbor Shhhiver, or to Cape May for the Second Annual St. Paddy’s Day Plunge. In Stone Harbor, the party starts on Friday night at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor for dinner, cash bar, auctions and more. The Shhhiver itself kicks off early on Saturday at Fred’s Tavern for Kegs & Eggs, followed by a parade, led by the Fralinger String Band, down to the beach for the Shhhiver itself. Head back to Fred’s for the post-plunge party, but be sure to stop at Harbor Burger Bar en route for a Lucky Martini or Spiked Shamrock Shake. In Cape May, the festivities begin on Friday night at Carney’s with drinks, dancing, live music and the crowning of the Plunge King and Queen. Saturday morning kicks back up at Carney’s for Kegs and Eggs, followed by a 5K Run and 1 mile family walk at 11 a.m. before the plunge at noon. Post-plunge, head back to Carney’s for live music all day and night. If you’re a landlubber but prefer to be outside, head to the 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Party in Sea Isle City. The event starts and ends at Kix McNutley’s and includes a Jameson warm up, a Best Dressed contest, the parade itself as well as music, food and vendors. The party starts at 1 p.m.