All holidays are great, simply because they offer the few times of year it's socially acceptable to get sloshed in public with some sort of theme garb on. And on St. Paddy's Day, things get very serious with required inebriation and expected spit-swapping upon finding other drunk folks wearing shirts like: "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" and "I'm Not Irish But Kiss Me Anyway."
So, whether you are trying to get a keg's worth of green beer to yourself, smooch a leprechaun, a Bono-alike, or simply gnaw on some corned beef and cabbage, we compiled a list of the ten best parties in Broward and Palm Beach counties this weekend. Happy St. Party's, er, St. Paddy's Day everyone!
1. Murphy's Law Block Party: A Saint Patrick's Day Celebration
11 a.m., Saturday, March 15 to 17, at Murphy's Law, 5703 Seminole Way, Hollywood.
Entrance is free. Call 954-791-4782, or visit themurphyslaw.com.
U2 tours in April, but you want to get your Irish band fix on St. Paddy's because what's more Irish than Bono? Enter U2 by UV, a tribute band guaranteed to give you your "Sunday Bloody Sunday" fix. It doesn't hurt that the lead singer looks like Bono's long lost twin either.
Also, accompanying this rockin cover band are the step dancers of Drake School of Irish Dance and Havoc 305 Band with DJ Malone and bagpipers. The party starts Saturday and continues through to Monday, the holiday proper.
2. The Pub
Monday, March 17, at The Pub, 237 SW 145th Terr., Pembroke Pines. Call 954-430-4230 or visit pembrokegardens.com/the-pub/.
Celebrate in total Irish fashion at the Pub in Pembroke Gardens where there are the drinking is cheap and the celebrations are plenty! Start off with $2 jello shots and $3 green beer. If you feel up to it (and you better, wussy), Irish Singers & Jameson Shots are $5 and Paddy Shots are $4. Guess it's safe to say you won't have to blow your entire paycheck at this place, huh?
3. O'Shea's Irish Pub
10 am, Monday, March 17, 531, Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Visit Facebook.
The streets will be closed for this festivity, so you know it'll be a good one. Clematis will provide activities to get you silly with drink along with other less drunken attractions. Also, there's a kid zone for you to dump your little brother and sister off at. Hell, maybe you'll want to get in the bounce house, too.
4. Delray's St. Patrick's Day International Fire Fighters Parade
11 a.m., Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15 at 140 NE 1st St., Delray Beach. Visit Facebook.
This event has been going on for 47 years, so clearly they must be doing something right! Delray hosts a St. Paddy's Day parade for all the brave men and women fighting fires for our safety. So what better way to express your gratitude for smoking up the kitchen that one time with your burnt popcorn than to show up in full green regalia?
5. The Black Rose Irish Pub's Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration
7 a.m., Friday to Monday, March 14 to 17, at the Black Rose Irish Pub, 234 South Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. Visit Facebook.
The Black Rose promises not two, not three, but four days of Irish festivities. Friday, there's music by Marc Claus on the patio and video DJ Stephen Galluzi will be present to make ya jig. And to beat the band: There's half off of all beer, liquor, and wine. Saturday features the same specials with a broadcasting of the UFC fight and Sunday has a happy hour as well. Monday, the big day, plan for live music, genuine Irish food, ice luges, Irish dancers and more. The party starts at 7 in the morn' with an Irish breakfast of "kegs and eggs."
6. St. Patrick's Day Block Party
Noon, Saturday, March 15, at World of Beer, 4437 Lyons Rd., Suite E-101, Coconut Creek. Visit Facebook.
If any event is out there to give you a massive hangover, this is the one. Spanning over twelve hours long, World of Beer's block party features live music by the Jack Licata Duo, Audio Heist, Social Fly, and DJ Xcentric. Appropriately named beers such as the Lucky Charm, Taste the Rainbow, the Shamrock, and Kiss Me I'm Irish will be provided as well as give-aways and raffles to benefit those in the police force.
7. The Field
11 a.m., Monday, March 17, the Field Irish Pub & Eatery, 3281 Griffin Rd. $10 admission. Visit Facebook.
Though this party happens on the actual Saint Patrick's Day, which is a Monday, you may want to call in sick for this one. The fun starts early at 11 in the morning, but hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere. Right? Celtic Dreams Bagpipers, a South Florida clogger, Drake School Irish Dancers, and face painters are just some of the main attractions at the Field.
8. The Dubliner
11 a.m., Monday, March 17, at the Dubliner, 210 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. Visit Facebook.
Stuff your face with Irish favorites like Banger's & Mash and Sherpherd's Pie, and wash the chow down with Guinness and Jameson. Jason Cardinal & the Living Daylights, traditional bagpipers, and Irish dancers will provide the musical entertainment. You'll feel like you're in Ireland. Sláinte!
9. Corned Jokes and Cabbage at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre
9:30 p.m., Friday, March 14 and 11 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 Southeast Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Admission starts at $20. Visit eventbrite.com.
Based on the title of this, we assume it's only for the sickest of puppies and the top dogs amongst them. Be prepared to get your laugh on, but don't eat too much corned beef and cabbage beforehand. A full tummy plus uproarious laughter = huge stomach ache. Take it from us.
10. St Patrick's Weekend Celebration at Irishmen
7:30 p.m., Friday, March 14 until Monday, March 17, at the Irishmen, 1745 NW Second Ave., Boca Raton. Visit Facebook.
With a bar named "The Irishmen," you just have to put this at the top of your St. Paddy's Day bucket list. This Boca bar clearly knows what's up in leprechaun land with four straight days of partying. Not to mention, Monday has free brunch buffet to nurse that nasty hangover from the previous three nights and get you prepped for Monday's festivities.
11. Night Bulge, Jesse Denaro, and Animal Flag at O'Brians
7:00 p.m., at O'Brians Pub, 51 SE 51st Ave., Boca Raton. Visit Facebook.
Who would've thunk it? There is a pub in Boca that musically has something for literally everyone. According to the wonders of the interweb, Night Bulge promises cover songs for your dad, Jesse Denaro will rock out the indie way for you, and Animal Flag has Folk music... for sad people.