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Best Places to Celebrate St. Patty's Day

Saint Patrick's Day is here and Patch is here to help you decide where to celebrate.

Irish or not, Saint Patrick’s Day is a day we can find a little Irish in us all, throw on an Irish wool sweater, drink beer and sport bright green shamrock paraphernalia. Whether you’ve already begun the festivities this past weekend at the Stamford St. Patty’s Day parade, or plan to skip out early this Thursday to grab a pint at your local pub, Patch Picks is here to inform you of some of the great choices Stamford has to offer this March 17.

Stamford’s most well known Irish pub doesn’t disappoint this St. Patrick's Day starting bright and early with their Pints and Pancakes Breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by early lunch services at 10 a.m. The pub will also feature live music and Irish dancers in a party tent from 3-11 p.m. In the spirit of this great holiday, the menu is also enhanced to feature some favorite Irish fare, including the beloved Corn Beef sandwich.

Everyone loves a good giveaway and this Thursday Tiernan’s on Main Street will feature all day giveaways as well as Irish dancers, food and music. As the evening goes on, Tiernan’s will also feature local favorite “The Short Bus,” a multi-award winning cover band starting at 9 p.m.

A typical Thursday at Monster B’s is filled with the sound of patrons singing at the top of their lungs as they join in on the bar’s Thirsty Thursday Karaoke night. This week will be no different, except this week’s festivities will also include drink specials, bag pipers and, green beer. What St. Patrick’s Day party would be complete without it?

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Local hot spots Black Bear and Hula Hanks are cross-promoting their St. Patty’s Day events offering drink specials, giveaways and live music. Not able to make it out on Thursday? They’ll continue the festivities for those responsible folks taking it easy on the mid-week partying with continued celebrations on Saturday March 19.

Looking for a shift form the typical Irish bar scene? Sundance Café and Wine Bar on Broad Street is a great alternative, and will be featuring their very own Irish singer and guitar player Ed Gomez from 7-10 p.m. That very same night their brand new art exhibition will be unveiled featuring Albanian painter Sotiraq Kuqali. 

Emily Hammond March 17, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Clearly whoever wrote this article does not know Stamford AT ALL if they forgot to include Casey's Tavern. As a Patch writer and a Stamford resident ... disappointed, it's the most authentic Irish establishment in town.
Michael Dinan (Editor) March 17, 2011 at 11:51 PM
Emily: Thank you for the substance of your comment. This space is where readers can share their own "Patch Picks" and expand on stories, features and columns. I'm also a big fan of the Costigans' great little spot on Woodside — I remember when it was Green's and for my money, Casey's has the best outdoor patio in Stamford. This well-written and informative column isn't what disappoints me. If you were at Casey's and have photos or videos to upload/add to this piece, please do so. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Callie Williams March 18, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Hi Emily Thanks for your feedback. Although I may not know all the nooks and crannies of Stamford, I've been to Casey's Tavern many times and agree that it's a great choice for celebrating St. Patty's; however our goal with this piece is not to list all the great places to celebrate but rather to show a variety of places and events around town to reach readers with different tastes. I also agree with Mike's point that it's supposed to be more interactive - allowing readers and other Patch contributors to mention places they enjoy and share stories about how they spent their time. Thanks for reading and I hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day.
Kelly McGuire March 18, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Wanted to comment on the article...Patch Picks is here to inform you of some of the great choices Stamford has to offer this March 17...Emily, please note this means some of the choices, not all of them. While I also agree - and happen to love - Casey's (especially in the spring & summer!), I understand why Callie did not specifically just list all Irish pubs in the Stamford area - as it would defeat the purpose of writing an informative, unbiased article. As you mentioned you're a fellow writer (just as both myself & Callie are), I'm sure you understand how imperative it is as a journalist to give your readers a diverse variety of locations when discussing event options. I look forward to reading your articles once they are live on Patch!
Comment March 18, 2011 at 08:57 PM
In defense of what the first commenter said, to talk about celebrating St Patrick’s day (in the drinking sense) in Stamford and to omit Casey’s just seems odd. As the one true Irish pub in town, it seems like a no-brainer. All of the other places listed, with the exception of Monster B’s, are within spitting distance of each other. Casey’s is off the main drag and therefore more likely to not be crawling with drunkards spiking their drinks green for someone who is looking for a different crowd. I’ve noticed in reading through a couple of “Patch Picks” articles that the author talks about showing a “variety of places” but then sticks to the establishments on the main street (for the most part). Is this a regular feature that will be written by multiple writers so that we can get a more diverse view of places to go in Stamford that aren’t on, or just off of, Bedford Street?

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