Every March 17th, people get together and celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, commonly known as St. Patrick’s Day. All over America, the beer flows green, shamrocks are everywhere, and all people are Irish. This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, so party goers will be out early and often with no worries of being late for work the next day. If you’re not able or willing to drive to Savannah to join 400,000 of your closest friends in dyeing the fountains green, numerous places in Alpharetta have much to offer to tickle your Blarney Stone.
Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub – Crabapple
Certainly one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Alpharetta. They open Saturday at 10:00 AM and close “when the Guinness is gone or 2:00 AM, whichever comes first”. I’m guessing 2:00 AM. They will have live music all day. There is a $5.00 cover charge to get in and tickets will be sold that can be redeemed for food and beverages outside on the patio. Inside, cash and credit cards only are accepted. Food is served from a limited menu consisting of burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips, and corned beef and cabbage. Traffic in the area will be extremely heavy, so come prepared. If the Olde Blind Dog is too crowded, head across the street to…
Erwoods Kitchen and Keg – Crabapple
Erwoods is hosting the “Ain’t Patrick’s Day” party Friday and Saturday. According to their Facebook page, they will have a special menu as well as 24 kegs ready to go.
The Firkin and Crown – The Avenue Forsyth
Food specials all week long along with an all day party on Saturday with an outdoor bar under the big tent. Live music and prize giveaways starting at 6:00 PM. There is no cover charge and plenty of parking.
Crafty Draught – The Avenue Forsyth
The newest addition to the beer scene in south Forsyth is offering a special St. Patrick’s growler to go along with a whole selection of beers pouring on the growler wall. Some of the beers special for this weekend include Smithwick’s (Irish Red Ale), Harp (Irish Lager), McSorley’s (Irish Black Lager), Magners (Irish Cider), and Brooklyn Dry Stout (Dry Irish Stout). They will be closing a little early Saturday at 9:30 PM.
Tilted Kilt – Windward
Don’t forget to wear green all day Saturday for live music from 2:30 PM on in the outdoor tent area. There will also be DJ’s spinning music on the inside. VIP tables are available in advance, so call soon.
Scottsdale Farms – Birmingham Hwy, Milton
For those who want to exercise your green thumb for St. Patrick’s Day, Scottsdale Farms is open on Saturday. WSB radio’s Lawn and Garden Show host Walter Reeves will be on hand at 11:30 AM to answer your gardening questions. After 2:30 PM, free green mint milk shakes will be given away.
Whatever you end up doing this weekend, drink responsibly and either have a designated driver, or call a cab. Do not drink and drive. The police will be out in force, and a DUI is not the way St. Patrick would have wanted your weekend to end. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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