There are so many things to do on St. Patrick’s Day. Wear green. Don’t wear green and get pinched all day. Draw amateur sketches of leprechauns. Buy a “Kiss me I’m Irish!” shirt from the mall, even though you’re not Irish. The list goes on.
Or, you could attend any one of these events and have an amazing time- regardless of whether or not you remembered to throw on something green. Go on, embrace your heritage, or lack of it and join Pensacola in making the Irish proud.
Go Irish on the Island
From Friday, March 11 through Thursday, March 17, Pensacola Beach will be celebrating the luck of the Irish. Check out food and drink specials, live entertainment, giveaways, bikini contests, crawfish boils, and more at various beach bars and restaurants. Participating bars and restaurants include Paddy O’Leary’s Irish Pub, Paradise Bar & Grill, Crabs We Got ‘Em, Bamboo Willies and Sandshaker, among others. The week culminates with the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl.
For a detailed schedule of events of the week-long celebration, and information on when and where to get your St. Patty’s Day drink on, visit pensacolabeachchamber.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
130 E. Government St.
Grab some lunch at Seville and enjoy a lunch of Irish stew and Corned Beef and Cabbage. Come back at 4 and enjoy nickel green beer until 5. Take advantage of the many drink specials being offered on Irish beers and ales, and of course, Whiskey.
Go to the End O’ The Alley Bar for an Irish Jig contest, and the Sexiest Redhead contest- both will be judged by the audience.
Dinner and a Movie Special at Sluggo’s
Sluggo’s Vegetarian Restaurant
101 S. Jefferson St.
Sluggo’s will be serving a traditional Irish meal, vegetarian style. The dishes included in the meal will be revealed in the next week via facebook. Drink specials will also accompany the meal. The film Zeitgeist will be shown at 7 p.m. and will be followed by two guest speakers, who will be discussing the film.
$2 Pint of Green PBR at Hopjacks
Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen and Taproom
10 Palafox Pl.
Swing by Hopjacks before or after your St. Patrick’s Day festivities and grab yourself a $2 pint of green PBR. All martinis will be half off after 7 p.m. as well as the traditional Thursday night $3 Sweetwater Brewery taps.
McGuire’s 34th Annual 5k St. Patrick’s Day Run and After Party
McGuire’s Irish Pub
600 E. Gregory St.
Although every day is basically St. Patrick’s Day at McGuire’s, the 17th of March does bring something bring something extra. The 5k run. Participate in this legendary run or be a spectator of the madness. The McGuire’s 5k is one of the largest 5k runs in the United States, bringing about 10,000 runners each year. The race starts and ends at McGuire’s and you must be registered to participate in the run. The post run party will feature Irish coffee, Irish Wakes, Michelob Ultra and soft drinks. Have a dinner or a drink and listen to traditional Irish folk songs as you’re surrounded by thousands of hanging dollar bills and all the nostalgia of Ireland itself.
Irish Sweet Treats Around Town
Oh Snap! Cupcakes
707 A East Cervantes St.
Oh Snap! Will be featuring a special Pistaccio cupcake for St. Patrick’s Day, as well as a variety of green sugar cookies and cakes. Cakes can also be custom made for any St. Patrick’s Day event.
2014 N. 12th Ave
Jay’s Bakery will offer their signature shamrock iced cookies, Irish soda bread, as well as a few other surprise green treats.
Jackson’s Presents a Special Irish Meal
Jackson’s Steak House
600 S. Barracks St.
If you’re looking for a classy way to spend St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than Jackson’s. Chef Irv Miller will be preparing a new twist on a traditional Irish dinner. At 5:30 p.m. Miller will begin serving potato soup, with a smoky cheddar cheese and Guinness flare. The main course will include a grass-fed spring lamb, served with fresh mint marmalade, parsley new potatoes, grilled asparagus, and traditional Irish soda bread. Their full dinner menu will also be available.
Go For the Green at the Elbow Room
The Elbow Room
2213 W. Cervantes St.
The Elbow Room is known for it’s unique atmosphere, which involves a variety of strange décor, an amazing jukebox that plays only 45s, piles of board games and a ton of red light bulbs. There are no white lights inside the Elbow Room. Every last one of them is red. On St. Patrick’s Day, they switch them around and every single light is green. The jukebox and the board games stay the same. Bask in the green lights and enjoy $1 green Schlitz all night.