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Irish or Not, Here It Comes

Hot on the heels of Mardi Gras comes yet another weekend of planned partying, this one in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. As the holiday falls on a Monday this year, the Irish-themed festivities run from Friday through Monday on both Pensacola Beach and the mainland. The big blowouts are mainly on St. Paddy’s Day proper—including the largest St. Paddy’s day pub crawl on the beach to date and multiple parties at Irish pubs in Pensacola—but the weekend also holds fun for those unable to bail on work on Monday. Below is a breakdown of events to hopefully help guide you to the best party (or set of parties) for your schedule.

Go Irish on the Island…

St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl
Monday, March 17

Want to drink like it’s your job on St. Patrick’s Day? It’s totally possible to do just that if you participate in this pub crawl, which begins at 10 a.m. and makes 17 stops over 8 and a half hours. The crawl ends at Sandshaker Lounge and Package, which will host the official Post-Pub Crawl Party, featuring live music by Hippie Radio beginning at 6 p.m.

An official St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl t-shirt will be available for purchase at each of the 17 stops and proceeds will benefit Covenant Hospice. Also, this year’s lineup is the largest in the event’s history if you need extra justification for calling in sick.

10 a.m.  Sidelines Sports Bar and Restaurant
10:30 a.m.  Hampton Inn*
11 a.m.  Hilton Pensacola Beach*
11:30 a.m.  Holiday Inn Resort*
12 p.m.  Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub
12:30 p.m.  Paradise Bar & Grill
1 p.m.  Red Fish Blue Fish
1:30 p.m.  Crabs
2 p.m.  The Dock
2:30 p.m.  Flounder’s Chowder House
3 p.m.  Capt’n Fun Beach Club
3:30 p.m.  Hemingway’s Island Grill
4 p.m.  Surf Burger
4:30 p.m.  Shaggy’s
5 p.m.  Bamboo Willie’s Beachside Bar
6 p.m.  Sabine Sandbar
6:30 p.m. Sandshaker Lounge & Package
* Hampton Inn, Hilton Pensacola Beach and Holiday Inn Resort are cash only

“Go Irish on the Island” Family-Friendly Scavenger Hunt
Friday, March 14—Sunday, March 16

While much of the festivities on the beach are for the 21 and over demographic, little ones (and adults, too) have an opportunity to get in on the fun via the beach’s scavenger hunt. Families, individuals and groups are welcome to pick up a list of clues at the Pensacola Beach Visitors Information Center from Friday, March 14 at 3 p.m. through Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.  Participants follow clues to different beach locations, taking pictures at each stop. The scavenger hunt drawing will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Visitors Information Center with prizes including a weekend getaway at the Hilton Garden Inn on Pensacola Beach.

735 Pensacola Beach Blvd.
932-1500
pensacolabeachchamber.com

Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub
Friday, March 14—Monday, March 17

Paddy’s is one place you’re guaranteed to hear an Irish accent in Pensacola rear-round, at least when co-owner Seamus Hunt is on premise. Prior to their massive St. Patrick’s Day fete, they are hosting a weekend full of live music, drink specials and games. Friday night brings the “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” Guinness party, with Guinness give aways and $4 pints of Guinness and $5 Irish Carbombs all night. Whiskey Down takes the stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday is dedicated to celebrating whiskey at Paddy’s with the “Aye, They’re Givin’ It Away” Irish whiskey night, featuring a “Paddy” Irish whiskey promo with free samples (while they last) and $3 Tullamore Dew. Ultra Violet provides the live music on Paddy’s outside stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Paddy’s “Leprechaun Sunday Funday” features $3 Paddy Punch. Lectric Mullet plays on the outside stage from 3 to 7 p.m., while karaoke is on inside from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.   In honor of his performance at the Pensacola Bay Center, the Paddy’s Pot O’ Gold will be a $50 bar tab for the best Elton John look-alike on the scene.

On St. Patrick’s Day, if you feel less like crawling, and more like parking it in one spot, then Paddy’s is probably the place for you. They have a full schedule of live music and St. Patrick’s Day traditions, including Mass to kick off the day’s events and a nod to Tim Finnegan. The Paddy’s party also promises appearances by St. Patrick himself all day long along with corned beef and cabbage, should you get hungry before closing time.

9:30 a.m. Mass with Monsignor Luke Hunt
10:30 a.m. A Drunker Shade of Green (outside stage)
11:00 a.m. Tom Burman and Duel Christian (inside stage)
12 p.m. Pub Crawl arrives
12:30 p.m. An Broc Irish Dancers (outside stage)
1 p.m. Dennis Parkin and Friends (outside stage)
2 p.m. A Drunker Shade of Green (outside stage)
4 p.m. Dennis Parkin and Friends (outside stage)
5 p.m. Re-enactment of Tim Finnegans Wake with Duel Christian and Tom Burman
5:30-9:30 p.m. A Drunker Shade of Green joined by An Broc Irish dancers
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Mainstream (inside stage)

49 Via de Luna Drive
916-9808
paddyolearysirishpub.com

Paradise Bar and Grill
Friday, March 14—Monday, March 17

If you’re unable to make it to Monday’s pub crawl, it’s totally possible to craft your own over the weekend by wandering from bar to bar as most of the usual live music venues have one or more bands booked each day, and Paradise is no exception. The Last Straw performs at 6 p.m. on Friday, while The Gills have the rest of the weekend locked down, playing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday and 6 p.m. on Monday.

21 Via de Luna Drive
916-5087 or paradisebar-grill.com

Sandshaker Lounge & Package
Friday, March 14—Monday, March 17

Trunk Monkey will perform at The Shaker’s Friday and Saturday “Irish Party” and “Pot O’Gold Party” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.  The Red Field plays the St. Paddy’s “Warm Up Party” from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday, The Sandshaker hosts a “Go Irish” costume contest at 7 p.m. during the Post-Pub Crawl Party.

731 Pensacola Beach Blvd.
932-2211 or sandshaker.com

Bamboo Willie’s Beachside Bar
Friday, March 14—Monday, March 17

If you’d like to do your St. Paddy’s Day rounds with a daiquiri in hand, Bamboo Willie’s has you covered. On Friday night at 9 p.m., Dusty Sanderson kicks off a weekend of live music. On Saturday, Bamboos hosts the “Battle for the Beach” Strongman Competition at 8 a.m., followed by performances by the Brian Short Duo at 3 p.m. and Dusty Sanderson at 9 p.m. Sunday sees Aveneda 16 take the stage at 3 p.m. Monday, Continuum plays at noon, followed by the “All Green Bikini Contest” at 5 p.m. and Mario Mena Band at 7 p.m.

400 Quietwater Beach Road
916-9888 or bamboowillies.com

…and on the Mainland

“Party Like You’re Irish” at Seville Quarter
Friday, March 14—Monday, March 17

Seville is getting in on the Irish-theme and St. Patrick’s Day fun in a big way. There will be specials on green beer and Irish ales all weekend, and anyone wearing a kilt or leprechaun outfit will receive complimentary admission all weekend. On Sunday, a special Irish-themed brunch offers all you can drink “Bloody Mollys” and champagne. St. Patrick’s Day will feature an audience-judged “Irish Jig” and “Sexiest Redhead” contests among the general all-out revelry planned.

130 E. Government St.
434-6211 or sevillequarter.com

The Magnolia
Saturday, Feb. 15
The Magnolia, one of East Pensacola Heights’ friendly, neighborhood establishments, is opening its door at 2 p.m. on Saturday with Irish fare and drink specials until closing. As part of the festivities, the launch party for Shindig Photo Booths will take place, and all guests are welcome to climb in the booth for some free, St. Paddy’s Day pictures.
2907 E. Cervantes St.
912-6196 or magnoliapensacola.com

Play
Saturday, Mar. 15—Monday, Mar. 17
Play is inviting everyone, “Jack & Jim & Johnny & Jameson” included, to stop by during their weekend of specials dedicated to St. Patrick’s Day. The festivities will be fueled thanks to $3 bottles, $4.50 Irish Car Bombs, $4.50 Guinness and $2 Pancake shots as well as a customized, St. Paddy’s-themed wheel which guests can spin for specials and free swag.  They’ll also have  interactive old-school bar games like Twister, Simon Says, giant Jenga and arm wrestling for you to get your “play” on with.
16 S. Palafox
466-3080 or iplaypensacola.com

O’Riley’s Irish Pub Downtown
Monday, March 17

The downtown location of O’Riley’s is celebrating its first St. Patrick’s Day in business with a block party featuring live music, food and green draft. The party starts at 5 p.m., with four bars outside serving up  $3 16-ounce bottles of Bud Light, $4.50 Irish Car Bombs, and $4.50 16 ounce Guinness.

321 S. Palafox
912-4001 or orileyspub.com

O’Riley’s Irish Pub Creighton Road
Monday, March 17

O’Riley’s original location will also host its own St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans with 25 cent green beer, $3.50 Irish Car Bombs, $3 Guiness, Jello wrestling at midnight, beer pong, and fish and chips on hand.

3728 Creighton Road
474-0522

McGuire’s Irish Pub
Every day of the year, but especially Monday, March 17

It kind of goes without saying that there’s going to be a party at McGuire’s on St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, this Pensacola landmark kicks off its St. Paddy’s observation one week early with its annual 5K Prediction Run. Post-5K through the following weekend is dedicated to celebrating and imbibing, however. So grab your dollar bills, and head over to brave the crowd for an Irish Wake or McGuire’s microbrew.

600 E. Gregory St.
433-6789 or mcguiresirishpub.com

“Girls’ Night Out—Irish Influence”
For those who would like to learn a little something while getting their after-work St. Patrick’s Day Party going, Pensacola Cooks’ monthly “Girls’ Night Out” Cooking Class is an option. Running from 6:30—8:30 p.m., Chef Daniel Watts of The Wine Bar on Palafox teaches a class focused on the Irish influence in American cuisine. A glass of wine paired with the menu is served with the meal. The “Irish-American inspired menu” includes Mini Corned Beef Reuben Cups with an Irish Cheese Sampler, Humble Shepherd’s Pie with Traditional Colcannon Topping, and Blarney Stone Butterscotch Bars. Registration is $48 per student.

16 S. Palafox
456-0743 or pensacolacooks.com