Of all the holidays that grace the yearly calendar, none is celebrated with more gusto than St. Patrick’s Day.
Maybe it’s the Irish comfort food, such as a hearty bowl of ham and cabbage, Irish lamb stew, or shepherd’s pie.
Maybe it’s the contagious Irish music that tends to get people up and dancing around the room.
Or just maybe it’s a wee bit of Guinness stout or Tullamore Dew that does the trick.
Whatever turns you on about St. Patrick’s Day — you can find it all — food, music, and drink at many local pubs and restaurants, all weekend long.
Celebrate, even if you don’t have a drop of Irish history in your family tree.
Atlantic City Bottle Company, 648 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-6400. Glenmorangie tasting 6 p.m. Thursday, March 13. On Friday and Saturday, The Iron Room will offer Guinness specials and Irish food specials like corned beef sliders.
Fitzpatrick’s Deli and Steakhouse, 650 New Road, Somers Point, 609-653-8155. Specials run from Thursday, March 13, to Monday, March 17, open Monday night for St. Patrick’s Dinner. Lunch specials: choice of corned beef and cabbage or Irish shepherd’s pie ($12.95). Dinner: 3-courses including Irish potato soup, corned beef & cabbage and Irish soda bread ($18.95). Reservations suggested.
Latz’s by the Bay, 801 Bay Ave., Somers Point, 609-788-8838. St.Patrick’s Irish themed tea served Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in March. Latz’s tea salad with bacon, beet and baby spinach with blue cheese. Soup: Tea soup of the day. Scones: home made with clotted cream and curd. Savories: cucumber sandwiches with watercress cream cheese, petite crab cake, Irish cheddar cheese quiche, chicken salad, filet crostini. Desserts: mint mousse brownie, 4-leaf clover cookies, Irish potato, kiwi and orange crème brulee, Latz’s traditional lemon pie. Full afternoon tea ($25); with soup and salad ($29); and scones with choice of petite dessert or savories ($20). 38 different teas available.
Gregory’s Restaurant and Bar, 900 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-6665. St. Patrick’s Weekend. Menu available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: corned beef & cabbage and soup ($9.29); Irish beef stew with dark bread ($8.99); grilled Reuben and potato soup ($9.29); fish & chips with small salad ($9.29). Homemade potato leek soup ($2.99/cup, $3.99/bowl). Dinner from 4 p.m.: corned beef & cabbage ($11.99); Irish stew ($10.99); shepherd’s pie ($10.99); grilled reuben ($10); fish & chips ($10).
Atlantic City Bar & Grill, Pacific and South Carolina Aves., Atlantic City, 609-703-9963. Drink specials: Jameson, Tullamore Dew, Irish Car bombs and 16-ounce Guinness ($4). Door prizes for best Irish attire. Irish music all day. Irish food specials.
Dubliner Pub & Grill, 325 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, 609-652-2210. St. Patrick’s Weekend: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, March 14, the band Dog Hair. Saturday, March 15, Irish music with Tom Brett 6 to 10 p.m. Free Irish buffet breakfast on Monday, March 17, with a live radio broadcast. Live music all day from 2 p.m. The Baloney Brothers 2 to 6 p.m. and Murphy’s Law 7 to 10 p.m. Housemade desserts: custard-style whiskey bread pudding, Jameson chocolate cake and Baileys Irish cream cheese cake ($4.99 each).
Harry’s Oyster Bar, Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, 609-431-0092. St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party, Saturday, March 15, will have a full bar on the boardwalk with live music provided by the Danny Eyer Band 1 to 5 p.m. The Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipes and Drums will perform after the parade. Parade Day specials include corned beef sliders ($6) and Guinness-battered fish & chips ($8). Drink specials: Bud Light drafts ($3); Blue Point toasted lager ($4); Smithwicks ($5); Guinness ($5); half & half ($5); picklebacks ($6). Official Harry’s St. Patty’s Day shirts ($15).
Hemingway’s Restaurant & Lounge, 1045 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-5611. St. Patrick’s weekend, Friday, March 14, to Monday, March 17. Drink and dinner specials. Happy hour 4 to 7 p.m. DJ Friday and Saturday night. Breakfast buffet served Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Knife & Fork Inn, 3600 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-344-1133. On Saturday, March 15, the St. Patrick’s Day parade route ends in front of the restaurant. Bar opens 1 p.m. Corned beef sliders ($6); Kobe sliders with Guinness cheddar ($8). Guinness on tap ($6); Smithwicks ($5.50).
Dock’s Oyster House, 2405 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-345-0092. 5 p.m. to close Monday, March 17. Corned beef & cabbage ($22); lobster shepherd’s pie ($27); filet of beef Guinness ($32); Galway salmon ($25). Guinness on tap ($6). Irish music at the piano bar.
Bocca Coal Fired Bistro, 7805 Ventnor Ave., Margate, 609-823-3663. St. Patrick’s Weekend. Corned beef kale stew ($7); Dublin mussels chowder ($12); shepard’s pizza pie ($13); Irish nachos ($8); Molly Pops ($9). Irish stout cheese cake ($7). Drinks: Irish Appletini ($9.50); Irish Cosmo ($9.50); Shamrock Shaker ($9.50). Magners pear ($4); Magners cider ($3). Secret Agent will play Irish music Saturday after the parade. Monday, March 17, The Flynns play Irish music from 5 p.m. Drinks: Bocca jello shots ($2); domestic draughts ($2); Manger’s cider ($3); Magner’s Pear ($4).
Maynards Café, 9306 Amherst Ave., Margate, 609-822-8423. Irish menu available through Monday, March 17. Irish nachos ($6); Irish reuben ($7); hearty Guinness beef stew ($7.50); homemade shepard’s pie ($7.50). Drink specials Saturday to Monday: Magners apple cider ($4); Tullamore Irish whiskey shots and drinks ($4); Guinness drafts ($5). Maynard’s float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade features DJ Sparkles. Live music after the parade Saturday, March 15, by Clancy’s Pistol at 5 p.m. and Rielly Brothers 10 p.m. On Monday, March 17, serving corned beef, cabbage, red bliss potato platters all day and night ($3). Live music on St. Patrick’s Day by Shamus at 5 p.m. and Rielly Brothers at 9 p.m.
Shore Diner, 6710 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township, 609-641-3669. St. Patrick’s Day specials: Corned beef and cabbage ($14.95); Irish lamb stew ($15.95); Guinness marinated rib eye ($19.95). Entrees include soup or salad, fresh bread, unlimited coffee, tea or iced tea. Pint of Killians Irish red beer and dessert of the day. Chance to win a $50 Shore Diner gift certificate 6 p.m. Breakfast specials begin 7 a.m.
Toga Bar at Caesars, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-4411. Guinness ($5) and Jameson ($4).
12 Bar/ Spirit Bar/ Crossroads, Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-343-4000. Guinness ($5) and Jameson ($4).
Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-340-7647. Monday, March 17, drink specials: Shamrocker ($8.25); Lucky LandShark ($7.50); Irish Boat drink ($9.25); Off to see the Leprechaun ($8.25).
Lobby Bar, Mountain Bar, Bally’s, 1900 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, 609-340-2000. Guinness ($5) and Jameson ($4).
Tap Room Bar & Grill, Atlantic City Country Club, 1 Leo Fraser Drive, Northfield, 609-236-4411. Guinness ($5) and Jameson ($4)
Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant, 800 Shore Road, Somers Point, 609-927-3663. St. Patty’s celebration Friday, March 14, to Monday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to closing. Irish stew, glazed ham & corned beef, banger sausage platters and hoagies, Irish nachos, and Patty’s famous soda bread. Giveaways.
Robert’s Steakhouse, Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia, Atlantic City, 1-855-500-ROBERTS. St. Patrick’s drink specials through Monday, March 17. Beer: Anderson Valley, Barney Flats oatmeal stout beer. Cocktails: Robert’s frisky whiskey; Kiss me, I’m an Irish blonde; the Four Leaf Clover, the Blarney Stone. During Luxury cocktail hour 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays, complimentary gourmet bar bites. Beth Tinnon appears in the lounge 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, and Doug Jennings 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15.
Scores, Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia, Atlantic City, 855-500-SCORES. St. Patrick’s specials from Saturday, March 15, to Saturday, March 22 (closed March 16 and 17). Discounted drinks include the Irish Curse; the Lucky Clover; The Irish Coffee Martini; Guinness pints ($6); Jameson bottles special.
Ducktown Tavern and Liquors, 2400 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, 609-449-1212. After the boardwalk parade, the block party runs until 11 p.m. Food includes hot dogs ($3), burgers ($5). And chicken sandwiches ($5). Drink specials: Bud Light drafts ($3); Guinness or Murphy’s stouts ($4); car bombs, ($5); Fireball or Jameson’s shots ($4). Entertainment by a DJ and multiple appearances by the SandPipers.
Harbor Pines Golf Club, 500 St. Andrews Drive, Egg Harbor Township, 609-927-0006 ext. 23, contact Sharon Ireland. Pub Crawl Saturday, March 15. Registration at 3 p.m. Buses leave between 3 and 4 p.m. Buffet at Harbor Pines with DJ and karaoke to follow. Stops include Caroline’s, Clancy’s, Charlie’s and more. Drink specials at each stop. T-shirts for crawlers and prizes. Space is limited. $30 per person. Jitney availability for trip home. Sunday, March 16, Shamrock Scramble. Registration and Irish breakfast at 10 a.m. Shotgun start (two-player scramble format) at 11 a.m. Irish buffet lunch begins at 3:30 p.m. featuring corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie. Drink specials and prizes. $45 Harbor Pines members. $50 associate members. $60 nonmembers. $20 for Irish buffet only. Contact golf shop at 609-927-0006, ext. 10.
Mickey & Minnie’s, 733 W. White Horse Pike, Cologne Galloway Twp., 609-965-1877. Irish menu served through Sunday, March 16. Entrees: Irish potato cakes ($6); beer battered fish & chips ($10); bangers & mash ($14.50); shepherd’s pie ($14.50); ham & cabbage ($14.50); grilled Reuben ($9); corned beef special ($9); Irish whiskey BBQ tenders ($10). Desserts: Irish cream cheesecake; Irish Whiskey cake; peppermint ice cream pie; Irish cream bash pie. Drink specials: Irish coffee, coffee & Bailey’s Irish Cream; Nutty Irishman; Guinness by the pint.
Rio Station, 3503 Route 9 South, Rio Grande, Middle Township, 609-889-2000. St. Patrick’s specials served Saturday, March 15, to Monday, March 17. Appetizers: Guinness Irish stew (Cup/ $4, bowl/ $5.50); boxty Irish potato pancakes ($4); Irish soda bread ($3). Entrees: Guinness stew ($12); corned beef & cabbage ($17); ham & cabbage with beach plum glaze from Rea’s Farm in West Cape May ($18); Irish combo ham & corned beef ($18). Desserts: chocolate stout brownie with mint chocolate chip ice cream ($5); Irish potatoes (two/$1). Irish cocktails and Guinness on tap.
The Irish Pub, 164 St. James Place, Atlantic City, 609-344-9063. Open 24 hours. Irish food specials and standards on the regular menu, such as corned beef, St. James potatoes, and battered cod and chips. Large selection of Irish beers available.
The Blue Pig Tavern, Congress Hall, 251 Beach Ave., Cape May, 609-884-8421. St. Patrick’s Day specials. Appetizers: Irish onion beer soup; Barnegat Light scallops. Entrees: Traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage; Guinness braised beef short ribs. Dessert: whiskey bread pudding.
Gourmet Italian Cuisine Restaurant, 324 S. Pitney Road, Galloway, 609-748-2400. St. Patrick’s Day appetizer special: mussels vermouth ($7.99). Entrée specials: Irish shepherd’s pie ($16.99); Guinness corned beef and cabbage ($18.99); potatoes with shrimp ($19.99); and creamy potato soup with carrots and leeks served in a bread bowl. Green beer.
Ri Ra Irish Pub, The Quarter at the Trop, Brighton & the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 609-348-8600. March 15 Ri Ra will be the final stop for the ‘Running of the Leprechauns’ at the Trop. Sunday, March 16, second annual Polar Bear Plunge 9 a.m. Participants receive t-shirt, complimentary breakfast sandwich, warm cider and a shot of Jameson. St. Patrick’s Day menu. Starters: Irish potato cakes; sausage rolls, smoked salmon boxty bites; potato leek soup. Pub classics: cottage pie; sausages and mash; ploughman’s pie; all day Irish breakfast; fish & chips; boxty; emigrant’s corned beef; beef & Guinness stew; Irish chop chop salad. Pub grub: chicken bites; burger & chips; pub poutine; publican’s reuben; chips & curry; Guinness BBQ pulled pork. Afters: The Trinity; black & tan brownie sundae; Irish iceberg. Live Irish music all day beginning at noon.
Cattle ’n Clover, 3817 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, 609-522-3800. Irish appetizers include corned beef & cabbage spring rolls and Irish nachos. Entrees include shepherd’s pie ($13.99); fish and chips ($19.99); Irish surf ‘n turf ($19.99); Irish torte ($19.99); corned beef & cabbage ($16.99). Friday, March 14, live music by Monswoon, Case Race, Isin’t It Always and more. Starts 8 p.m. $5 at the door. Saturday, March 15, third Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party and second birthday bash: Kegs ‘n eggs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free egg buffet served with beverage purchase. Supervised activities for children noon to 6 p.m. featuring arts and crafts, face painting and balloon artist. The Flip N Mickey’s perform at 5 p.m. Free chance to win custom Cattle ’n Clover & Zippy’s curser bike. Free photos with commemorative frame at photo booth. Official stop of the Erin Express.
Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 800-345-8767. Saturday, March 15. St. Patty’s pub crawl. Begin with Guinness ($5) and Jameson ($6) specials at Hooters 8 to 9 p.m. and Firewaters 9 to 10 p.m. Official run begins at 10 p.m., led by Hooters Girls and Boogie Nights characters. 10 p.m. at A Dam Good Sports Bar, Sexy Leprechaun contest with $250 Visa gift card prize. After parties hosted by Ri Ra Irish Pub with Heineken and Harp specials ($3) and Boogie Nights where a Running of the Leprechauns wristband gives free admission and specials on Green Tea shots and Boogie Bowls. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 day of event. Portion of the proceeds go to the Ellie Koerner Foundation.