Raise high your green beers, Memphians. Here are a few ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend.
On Thursday, March 14:
Start St. Patrick's Day early with a special dinner at Celtic Crossing. The four-course dinner pairs Irish food with Sam Adams beers. This one's 21 and up.
On Saturday, March 16:
This St. Patrick's Day, you don't have to choose between getting a history lesson and drinking a beer. Elmwood Cemetery is hosting a baked potato and beer lunch on Saturday, March 16, followed by a walking tour of the cemetery.
Head to Beale St. for the 40th annual Memphis St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. It's family friendly, and there will be floats, bands, vintage cars and a goat on a rope. After the parade, stick around for drink specials on Beale. Go ahead and program the cab company number into your phone now: (901) 577-7777.
– Silky O' Sullivan's St. Patrick's Day Party (183 Beale St.)
When your bar claims to make every day like St. Patrick's Day, you'd better go buck wild for the real thing. In this case, Silky O'Sullivan's delivers. After the parade on Beale, head to Silky's for the Raising of the Goat, where a goat is hoisted onto a platform for all to admire. They've also got drink and food specials and the best patio on Beale.
– Kooky Canuck St. Patricks' Day Celebration (97 S. Second St.)
Memphis' favorite (only?) Canadian restaurant is going Irish for the day on Saturday, March 16th. They've got an Irish-inspired meal – Guiness cheese dip, a reuben and Irish bread pudding – for $11 and drink specials, including $5 Car Bombs and 34 oz. glasses of green Bud Light for $3.
– Brass Door Celtic Festival & St. Patrick's Day Celebration (152 Madison Ave.)
Brass Door Tavern is going all-out for St. Patrick's day. They're having a huge, two-day (Saturday and Sunday) outdoor party in the alley next to the bar with nine bands, three bars and more than 30 kegs.
On Sunday, March 17:
– Celtic Crossing St. Patrick's Day Celebration (903 S. Cooper)
Celtic Crossing is being transformed in to a St. Patrick's Day wonderland on Sunday. They'll have an outdoor party tent on the patio, six bands, a DJ and, we've been promised that "bagpipers will be piping and the leprechaun will be on the loose".
– Patrick's St. Patrick's Day Party (4972 Park)
If you're in East Memphis, check out the St. Patrick's Day party at Patrick's. They've got live music, a special food menu and drink specials ($5 stout, $2 green beer, $1 green Jello shots) which start at midnight the night before.
– Flying Saucer St. Patrick's Day Party (130 Peabody Place)
The Flying Saucer's St. Patty's Day party starts early and goes late (and is all-ages before 8 p.m.). They'll have $3 Irish beers and a $7 Irish food menu (corned beef, shepard's pie, etc.) They'll also have prizes, Irish dancers and a blessing of the kegs at 1 p.m.
Know of any other St. Patrick's Day events? Please leave the details in the comments and I'll add them to the list.