After two years of question marks and complications, St. Patrick's Day is back. Last weekend, the parade marched through Downtown Milwaukee once again, turning the city green – and now the thirstiest day of the year is ready to start pouring out good vibes and green beer. To help make the most of the special day – and maybe help you find some lucky o' the Irish – here's a guide to a number of the many, many bars, pubs and beyond with St. Patrick's Day specials. Sláinte!
N88W16495 Main St., (262) 250-1095
For those looking for festivities out in Menomonee Falls, look no further than AJ O'Brady's, an Irish staple that'll cook up one of the area's "largest green celebrations." They'll start early at 6 a.m., then have an Irish toast at 9 a.m., followed by a full day of bagpipers, DJs, Irish food and drink, and live music from the Love Monkeys at 4:30 p.m. And if you can't make it out on Thursday night, they'll do a bonus party on Saturday night with The Toys hitting the stage at 6 p.m.
The Brass Tap
7808 W. Layton Ave., (414) 301-4054
This Greenfield beer bar will really get into the greenest day of the year as it'll open early at 10 a.m. with a menu of Irish food specials and, of course, classic Irish brews such as Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks's, Conway's and more. And for less classic Irish brews, they'll also have a keg of green beer as well. Get there early too because the first 40 people get a special St. Patrick's Day shirt to commemorate the special day.
2417 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 332-2440
Champion's will mark a champion spot for your St. Patrick's Day festivities, opening at 9 a.m. and serving up Irish stew at 11 a.m., pipes and drums at 3:30 p.m., live music, giveaways and March Madness on their television screens.
3143 S. Clement Ave., (414) 210-4347
Get ready for a Bay View bar crawl for St. Patrick's Day! This fresh face in the Bay View bar scene will team up with Straight Shots, The Newport and Creed's Foggy Dew to shuttle festive friends for free to and fro each of these fun neighborhood taps, serving up drink specials, menu items, raffle prizes and good times.
1234 N. Astor St., (414) 272-5273
It's pretty much always St. Patrick's Day at this Brew City Irish icon – but for the special day, County Clare will open at 8 a.m. with a special Irish food menu, a blessing of the shamrock at 10:30 a.m. and live music throughout the day from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Creed's Foggy Dew
3672 S. Kansas Ave., (414) 837-3757
This new St. Francis favorite will open early for the festive day at 9 a.m., offering a number of Irish specials including curated Irish whiskey flights, Irish coffee, pints of Guinness and more. Plus, the bar will feature a free shuttle hustling between Foggy Dew, Clementine's, Straight Shots and The Newport for maximum neighborhood bar bliss.
1111 N. Water St., (414) 810-1436
This Water Street watering hole will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by opening up at 2 p.m. and offering happy hour all day long. Plus, the first 100 customers with a $15 bar purchase will receive a nifty new Elwood's St. Patty's Day t-shirt.
5300 S. 76th St. Unit 1450A, (414) 423-1365
143 W. St Paul Ave., (414) 423-1365
Both Explorium locales will be worth exploring on St. Patty's Day with Irish food and drink specials throughout the day starting at 11 a.m., a bourbon raffle at 7 p.m. and a pub crawl bouncing back and forth between the two Explorium locations in the afternoon.
425 E. Wells St., (414) 278-8586
Why celebrate just on St. Patrick's Day when you can celebrate for over a week? That's what's been happening at Flannery's, where they've been ringing in the special day since March 12 and will continue to do so until March 20 with a full menu of Irish food favorites – such as Irish stew, corned beef and more – and festive drinks including green beer, Guinness specials, something called a Fuzzy Leprechaun and plenty more.
Good City Brewing
2108 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 539-4343
The East Side location of Good City will go green for St. Patrick's Day, featuring a special holiday-themed trivia game starting at 7 p.m. – complete with the best dressed winning a $50 gift card.
113 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 289-0700
In addition to its usual lineup of traditional Irish food favorites and tasty brews, The Harp will team up with Trinity across the street to create an Irish intersection – aka an incredible tent party featuring live performances from Irish dancers, Brecken Miles, The Scrubbers, Dan Harvey and many more throughout the day.
The Hounds and Tap
W175N5645 Technology Dr., (262) 293-6100
Why not celebrate St. Patty's Day with your pupper? With the NCAA tournament on all of its TV screens, Great Lakes Conway's Irish ale on tap and corned beef and cabbage courtesy of Smooth Boar BBQ from 5-8 p.m., The Hounds & Tap should be a winning St. Patrick's destination for everyone – two-legged or four-legged.
House of Guinness
354 W. Main St., (262) 408-2710
When you're named after the world's most iconic Irish beer, yeah, you're gonna go out for St. Patrick's Day. And indeed, this Waukesha bar will open at 8 a.m. with live music from Hearthfire at noon and The Brothers Morgan at 6 p.m. And if you need more, the outdoor tent, including its drink and shot specials, will open at 9 a.m.
Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
If you really want the luck of the Irish, try Leff's Lucky Town for St. Patty's as the Tosa bar will start serving at 6 a.m. and party all day with live music from Phil Norby at noon, Joe Wray at 9 p.m., a chance at Bucks tickets for the first 100 people, a Jameson tasting from 5-6 p.m. and more.
14460 W. College Ave., (414) 427-3838
Matty's always puts in an effort for St. Patrick's Day, but this year's celebratiton is special for the suburban bar. In addition to a full lineup of music all day long inside and out, green beer, Irish food specials and 102/1 broadcasting live from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. with free Halsey and Summerfest tickets to hand out, Matty's will also cut the ribbon on its brand new outdoor amphitheater space – a great addition to its already spectacular patio.
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
Come to McBob's for a full day of St. Patty's festivities, including live music from Three Pints Gone at 9 a.m., Blackthorn Folly at noon, Liam Ford Band at 4 p.m. and Thirst Degree at 7:30 p.m. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. – complete with free breakfast until 10 a.m.
1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888
This Irish bar on Water Street is going all out for St. Patty's Day with doors opening bright and early at 6 a.m. plus a pot of golden giveaways throughout the day – from Jameson for a year to cold hard cash. And if you don't win one of the day's many giveaways, well, there's always beer and whiskey.
Milwaukee Brat House
4022 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 539-5826
They may be named after a German specialty, but Milwaukee Brat House will be feeling Irish on Thursday – especially at its Shorewood location, hosting a pub crawl with Draft & Vessel, Camp Bar and Hubbard Park complete with Irish stew, giveaways, music, corned beef and specials on green beer, Guinness pints and Jameson shots. The Downtown location will also be in a festive mood, opening up at 10 a.m. and featuring a number of Irish drink specials.
912 Milwaukee Ave., (414) 902-0148
Moran's St. Patty's celebrations started over a week ago, but of course the holiday itself is when the bar goes all out, opening at 7 a.m. and featuring performances throughout the day – including bagpipes, Kinsella Irish Dance Academy and more. And best of all, a percent of the proceeds will go toward supporting Ukrainian refugees in Ireland.
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0721
Of course this Irish pub on the Downtown main drag is going all out for St. Patrick's Day – starting at 10 a.m. with kegs and eggs as well as free "Irish Drinking Team" shirts for the first 100 people through the door. The Downtown hot spot will also have green beer, shepherd's pie, Irish dancers and live music from Joe Wray and Smart Mouth. And if that's not enough, Mo's Tosa location will feature St. Patrick's Day shenanigans as well.
401 W. Canal St., (414) 287-2778
Rev up your St. Patty's plans with a stop at Motor, Harley-Davidson's in-house bar and restaurant. Of course, Motor's celebration will come with a motorcycle theme, headlined by an indoor bike night and live music throughout the festivities.
8933 S. 27th St., (414) 304-0300
Make your way to Mulligans for this special day, with the doors opening at 6 a.m., Irish specials like full Irish breakfasts and corned beef hash served up all day, shot specials, and a heated beer tent rocking throughout the festivities with acts including Ian Gould at 11 a.m., Bushwood at 2 p.m., Clove at 6 p.m. and bagpipers.
137 E. Wells St., (414) 249-4090
Extra! Extra! Read all about it: The Newsroom Pub has St. Patrick's Day specials. In addition to $5 drink specials – green Miller Lite on tap, Guinness bottles, Jameson shots and mixers – the Newsroom Pub (as well as its super-secret next-door neighbor that you didn't hear about here) will offer Irish nachos, Reuben rolls, corned beef hash tacos and more. That's news we can all use.
O'Connors Perfect Pint
8423 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 395-7468
O'Connors Perfect Pint will host a pretty perfect St. Patty's party, featuring free breakfast (while supplies last), live music from Thirst Degree and Windy Kilts, Irish food, a party tent, giveaways, bagpipes and much more.
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
With a name like O'Lydia's, it has to be Irish – and it has to be serving up something special for St. Patrick's Day. And indeed, this beloved bar and restaurant will offer a full Irish menu for the special day, featuring corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and of course their famous Reuben rolls. Green garb recommended!
2339 N. Murray Ave., (414) 223-3496
Will Paddy's Pub party on St. Patty's per chance? Pretty positive! Indeed, the Irish pub will open early at 10 a.m. serving up food from Miss Katie's Diner and hitting the stage with Sigmund Snopek and Atlantic Wave throughout the day plus other shenanigans throughout the holiday.
Red Lion Pub
1850 N Water St., (414) 431-9009
Kick it over to this popular soccer bar for St. Patty's Day festivities. Cracking open at 10:30 a.m., all sorts of drink specials will be on the docket – includingg $3 green Miller Lites, $3 green tea shots, $5 Irish bombs and $6 Absolut and Jameson doubles – plus an Irish-themed food menu to help soak it all up.
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
It ain't easy being green – but it's a whole lot easier at Steny's, where they're opening at 10:30 a.m. with a plethora of St. Patty's Day drink specials and a menu full of Irish favorites including cottage pie, Reuben rolls, Guinness beef stew, Reuben pizza, pot o' gold wings and more. Plus, as one of the city's best sports bars, you know they'll have all the March Madness games on.
Three Lions Pub
4515 N Oakland Ave., (414) 763-6992
Three cheers for Three Lions Pub and their St. Patrick's Day plans, including an Irish-inspired food menu and live music from Lost in a Name starting at 6:30 p.m.
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 446-4285
What's better than one Irish pub? THREE Irish pubs, which will all be rocking for St. Patty's Day starting at 6 a.m. with Irish dancers, live music (headlined by Dan Harvey at 7 p.m.), that classic green beer and food specials. And if you need somehow more than three Irish pubs, they'll be making a tented Irish intersection with The Harp across the way complete with even more live music and specials.
615 E. Brady St., (414) 585-0880
The video game bar will trade joysticks for St. Patrick's with a special scavenger hunt beginning at 7 p.m., with a whole lot of gaming tokens at the end of the rainbow.
5036 S. Packard Ave., (414) 998-0665
This Cudahy all-ages music venue will stick with its all-are-welcome vibe with a special St. Patty's taco pop-up party at 6 p.m., with Maya Ophelia's serving up an impressive line-up of vegan tacos throughout the night. It may not be traditional, but it's certainly going to be tasty – and totally fun.
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