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Celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day

Bailey's Irish Cream Cupcakes at Corner Cafe

Bailey's Irish Cream Cupcakes at Corner Cafe

Who looks forward to Mondays? Well, next week we have an excuse to have a “sip” of green beer here, an Irish car bomb there because its St. Paddy’s Day! The 17th is not just a big party, but an Irish religious and cultural celebration that has been going on for more than 1,000 years.

Now some of us have to be productive Monday, but luck o’ the Irish has events going on at pubs and restaurants all weekend long. Regardless of whether you are 100 percent Irish or .01 percent, St. Patrick’s Day calls for a little celebration. We know we didn’t get them all, but here are a few picks.

Corner Café and Buckhead Bread Company
3070 Piedmont Road, Atlanta
Take home Irish soda bread, St. Paddy’s Day cut out cookies, Bailey’s Irish cream cupcakes and more. You can pre-order or try your luck when you walk in as items are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer

This foundation is using the holiday to fundraise money to benefit childhood cancer  research. Go “all in” and shave your head, or simply donate to the fund.

March 14 At Fado Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta
Starts at 2:15 p.m.
They are hoping to hit a total of $6 million donations to the foundation, and Friday is the final chance with their head shaving. Plus you can watch performances by King O’ Sullivan Irish dance school and Atlanta Junior Ceili band.

March 15 At Meehan’s Irish Pub in Sandy Springs
227 Sandy Springs Place, Sandy Springs
Starts at noon
The head shaving is hosted by Falcons running back Josh Vaughan. Then the Sham Rock and Roll party kicks off with beer, drink specials and barbecue. At 5 p.m. live music begins with Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project. Tickets are $20 the day of the event.

Saturday March 15

Meehan’s Irish Pub Atlantic Station
232 19th Street NW Suite 7165, Atlanta
The third annual ShamRock the Station has fun for the whole family with food and drink specials. Bands are performing at “Central Park” and inside the restaurant.

Big Tex Decatur
308 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
Starts at noon
Avoid all the green beer and Irish festivities and feast on finger-licking barbecue and corona. Live music at 1 p.m. includes Codey Bearden Band, Bluefields, High Strung String band and more. No cover charge all day or night.

Olde Blind Dog Pub
Brookhaven- 705 Town Boulevard, Atlanta
Milton- 12650 Crabapple Road, Milton
The party starts at 11 a.m. so kick back Irish car bombs, $5 drink specials and live music. There is a $10 cover after 1 p.m. On Monday, they do it over again where both locations open at 9 a.m. with no cover all day.

Sunday March 16

Graft Restaurant
516 Grayson Parkway, Grayson
Starts at 3 p.m.
A low-key and comfort gathering, this is the place to go out this weekend without feeling like you have to “go out.” Chef/owner Ashley Clemence whips up Irish hors d’oeuvres and her husband mixes special themed cocktails.

Monday March 17

photo credit: Fado Irish Pub

photo credit: Fado Irish Pub

Fado Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta
Doors open at 7 a.m. Outside events start at noon
Take a lunch break to see the traditional bag pipers and Irish dancers. Live music will be rocking from 2 to 9:30 p.m. $20 cover at the door.

Bantam + Biddy
Ansley Mall- 1544 Piedmont Road, Atlanta
1050 Crescent Avenue, Atlanta
$3 Guinness and Jameson Irish whiskey pours all day.

The Marlay House
426 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur
Starts at 4 p.m.
The Irish owners are celebrating with traditional festivities, food and drinks. Irish music like Tim Cape, Jan Smith & Scott Russell plus Moira Nelligan & The Dixie Gigs perform live throughout the day and night.

903 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
A healthy alternative to Irish cuisine, they are doing a “paleo pop-up” with guest chef Charles and Julie Mayfield that includes gluten-free beer, and high protein shepherd’s pie and corned beef.

Southern Art
3315 Peachtree Road, Atlanta
Complimentary bangers and mash from 5 to 7 p.m. and a signature cocktail “Paddy’s Cure” featuring Jameson, St. Germain, lemon juice and blue curacao.

Murphy’s Restaurant, Bakery and Wine Shop
997 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta
Chef Ian Winslade features a special Irish menu including smoked haddock and onion soup, Irish soda bread, corned beef, smoked salmon and Irish whiskey bread pudding. A fancy feast for a filling evening.

All Weekend Events: from March 15- 17

Fado Irish Pub
273 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta
Saturday: Come in before noon to avoid cover and check out European sports. The big parade day and outdoor block party starts with live music at 1 p.m. 21+ only after 2 p.m. Food and drink specials go into the evening.
Sunday: From noon to 3 p.m. a guest bartender charity event is hosted by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Team in Training. If you are a fan of Budweiser, at 2 p.m. a special viewing of the Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Team will be available for all ages to see.

10th & Piedmont
991 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta
G’s Midtown
219 10th Street, Atlanta
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern
1551 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta
All weekend get $3 green beer or $6 Irish car bombs. Pair it with their Irish specials like traditional corned beef and cabbage or beef brisket.

Ri Ra Irish Pub
1080 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta
Live music and no green beer, because they say authentic Irish pub’s don’t desecrate a pint like that. On Saturday and Monday inside and outdoor live entertainment starts at 1 p.m. with multiple Irish dancer groups and bands. On Sunday at 6 p.m. come for the traditional Irish music session.

Harp Irish Pub
1425 Market Boulevard, Roswell
Traditional Irish beers and specials all day. And you can bring the kids until 5 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge.

Limerick Junction
822 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta
The party starts at noon Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday with Irish beers like Harp Lager and Smithwick’s, and live music with bands such as Galen Crader and Sean Thomason. On Monday the outdoor festival starts behind the pub at 3 p.m.

By Alexa Lampasona for the Food & More blog

8 comments Add your comment

Finn McCool

March 14th, 2014
11:32 am

banger and mash!! Woot


March 14th, 2014
1:17 pm

Finn…..Sheperds Pie & soda bread!! Woot. Bangers & Mash might be just a wee bit orange for me! Not everybody’s favorite during ‘The Troubles’, you know.

Ned Ludd

March 14th, 2014
2:42 pm

Grandma O’Leary please forgive me but El Azteca on Peachtree really put on a heckuva St. Patty’s day party.


March 14th, 2014
2:48 pm

Ned, do you wear a green sombrero?

Ned Ludd

March 14th, 2014
3:06 pm

Certainly, if it is what you wear to dance to the O’Mariachi Band and drink an O’Margarita”

berry steve

March 14th, 2014
3:37 pm

Salt (Syracuse) potatoes & Cornel Chicken.


March 16th, 2014
2:07 pm

If you can’t find anywhere to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, why don’t you party at home like we did? Please watch our student created video:


March 16th, 2014
3:13 pm

I guess it’s an O’sombrero then… Pass the O’chips and O’salsa.