There's more to St. Patrick's Day than getting drunk on green beer — though no judgments if you're into that. Plenty of South Florida restaurants are celebrating this most Irish of days by putting their own flair into preparing traditional Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and Guinness chocolate cake. And don't forget the blood sausage.
To indulge in these meals, prepare by listening to Dropkick Murphys and U2 on repeat while donning the greenest of green to get into the spirit. Here are some restaurants serving up more than just potatoes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day in both Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Pre-St. Patrick's Day Garden Party
Bistro 1001 West Palm Beach (1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a full day early. On Wednesday, March 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., guests can indulge in an Irish-themed menu of food and drinks by executive chef Christian Quiñones. There will also be live entertainment. Tickets cost $60. Visit bistro1001.com
Kelly Brothers Irish Pub
Kelly Brothers Irish Pub (3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale) is starting its celebration at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17. There will be music and traditional Irish food. The upstairs lounge will also be accessible to guests all day. Visit kellybrothersirishpub.com
The Pub in Pembroke Gardens
The Pub (237 SW 145 Terrace, Hollywood) will offer a set menu of Irish-themed food on St. Patrick’s Day. This includes Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage. Drinks such as Jell-O shots and green beer are discounted starting at $2. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. Visit pembrokegardens.com/the-pub
The Irishmen (1745 NW Second Ave., Boca Raton) is taking a rather different route with a free breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. The breakfast is a full Irish buffet, and live music will also be present. Visit irishmenpub.com
Stout Bar and Grill
Stout Bar and Grill’s (3419 N. Andrews Ave., Oakland Park) doors are swinging open at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day for an Irish breakfast. Irish music will play all day along with appearances from bagpipers. Also featured is the annual Jameson shot luge. Visit stoutbarandgrill.com
McSorley's Beach Pub
McSorley's Beach Pub (837 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) will open its doors at 10 a.m. and feature Irish food catered by Stout Bar & Grill. Irish music and a Jameson shot luge will also be featured. Call 954-565-4446.
American Social (721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) will have happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. This includes half off all drinks as well as $5 green beer, $6 Jameson, and more. A DJ will also be featured. Visit americansocialbar.com/las-olas
Tilted Kilt (219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) will offer $5 Guinness, Blondes, IPAs and $7 Irish Car Bombs for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration. These specials are all day and night. Live performances by the Black Pearl Pipes and Drums and raffle giveaways will be featured. Visit tiltedkilt.com
Himmarshee Public House
Himmarshee Public House (201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) will have a St. Patrick's Day-themed brunch starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 13. This includes a DJ, robot suit performers, and themed party favors. There will also be green-themed two-for-one happy hours Monday, March 14, till Friday, March 18. Visit PublicHouseFTL.com
The Field (3281 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale) starts its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at 11 a.m. Aside from a select, specialty menu, musicians from Ireland will perform on two stages along with bagpipers. Visit thefieldfl.com
Natalya Jones is a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her on Twitter.