St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and this isn’t just any holiday for us here in Boston. It’s basically the one we’ve all been waiting for – seeing as it’s just in our nature to crave a day we can chug beers, party from breakfast well beyond dinner and likely end up causing a ruckus in the streets. Since that’s usually not acceptable on any old Sunday Funday, now’s your chance to let loose and maybe do some sort of jig in the meantime.
From parties to live music, and of course plenty of green beer, it’s all going down between today and Monday in Boston. By next Tuesday, you’ll be all shamrocked out, so until then, let’s party the best way Boston knows how.
Have a safe and happy St. Paddy’s Day!
Wednesday, March 12
South Boston Irish Whiskey Import Party – So this may not be an *official* St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but it is a party celebrating Irish Whiskey in South Boston, sooo I think you get the connection. GrandTen Distillery is hosting a party to introduce its newest booze, South Boston Irish Whiskey imported straight from the motherland. Enjoy the first tasting of the whiskey by way of specialty cocktails tonight at The Lincoln Tavern from 7 to 10 p.m.
Thursday, March 13
Dropkick Murphys Lansdowne Invasion – The quintessential Irish-Boston rock band is holding it down at House of Blues from March 13 to 16 for four shows at 7 p.m. each night, plus one matinee show at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Get your tickets fast, they’re selling out.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Julep – Wear green and enjoy good drinks and live music on Thursday night at Julep Bar to really kick off your St. Paddy’s weekend right. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $10.
Friday, March 14
BostInno Go Bragh – If you want to hang out with the cool kids (us), head to BostInno’s own St. Paddy’s Day Happy Hour party, hosted from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ned Devine’s. Tickets ($15) are available below, and the first round is on us.
11th Annual Ireland Trip Giveaway Party – The next best thing to celebrating St. Paddy’s in Boston is actually going to Ireland, and the Briar Group wants to help you do just that. Head to the Green Briar in Brighton for a festive party and thanks to the Briar Group, Guinness and 2 Gingers, you could win a trip for two.
St. Patrick’s Day BarCrawl – Kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the first of three BarCrawl pub crawls in Boston. Friday’s starts at Mija Cantina at 5 p.m., Saturday’s starts at noon at the Hard Rock Cafe, and Monday’s starts at 5 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe. Ticket prices vary.
Saint Paddy’s Boston Pub Crawl – Get a four day pass for $25 and get access to four straight days of pub crawls, starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and ending at 11 p.m. on Monday. Registration will meet at The Times Irish Pub.
Where’s Me Gold St. Patrick’s Day Show at Hard Rock Cafe – Starting at 8:30 p.m., the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston will be showcasing a series of entertainers for this year’s St. Paddy’s Day party. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Saturday, March 15
Green Eggs & Hammered: St. Paddy’s Day Bar Crawl – Hosted by S3 Boston, embark on an all day pub crawl through Boston starting at Back Bay Social Club at noon. Tickets are $20 and include swag, drink specials and more.
St. Paddy’s Bash at Howl at the Moon – Howl at the Moon in the Financial District is hosting their annual St. Paddy’s Day party this Saturday. Doors open at noon with free admission for the first 100 guests, with Irish jams on the dueling pianos lasting from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will also be festive drink specials, including $3.50 Green Bud Light bottles, $20 Get Lucky 86-oz buckets and Leprechaun Bombs.
Black Rose Band – Get the weekend going with this Irish band, who will be performing on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Ned Devine’s. The band will be returning to Ned Devine’s Monday at 1 p.m.
Yoke Shire – If you find yourself at the Waterfront instead of in Faneuil Hall this Saturday, check out MJ O’Connors, where they’ll be hosting Irish band Yoke Shire at 9 p.m. on Saturday, as well as at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Sunday, March 16
4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Patriots Place – This fun for the whole family festival will include live music, drink specials, foods and crafts for the kids all day on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The big one. You know the deal. The parade starts at 1 p.m. and travels through South Boston, to the cheers and jeers from the raucous onlooking crowd. Stay tuned for more of what you need to know about this year’s parade.
Martin Macatee – If you’ve still got it in you after the parade, or are looking for a way to avoid the Southie crowd, head to MJ O’Connors in Park Plaza for some traditional Irish music at 6 p.m. Macatee will be returning to MJ’s on Monday at 4:30 p.m. as well.
Monday, March 17
Irish Step Dancers – You have multiple chances to catch live performances of Ireland’s native form of dance by the students at the Dunleavy Shaffer School of Irish Dance. They’ll be taking a mini-tour of the Briar Group pubs, heading to the Green Briar at 1:30 p.m., The Harp at 3 p.m., Ned Devine’s and MJ O’Connors Park Plaza at 4:30 p.m., and then to MJ O’Connors Waterfront at 6 p.m.
Fiddlers Green – Whether you’ve got the day off or are just heading out to play hooky in honor of St. Paddy’s, MJ O’Connors on the waterfront has two festive events happening to check out. First, the Irish band Fiddlers Green will be performing at 3 p.m.
Lake Shore Drive – For more Irish music on St. Paddy’s Day, head to the Green Briar for Lake Shore Drive, who will be returning Monday at 2 p.m. from their set during the Irish Trip Giveaway Party.
Erin Go Beehive – Starting at 5 p.m., head to The Beehive in South Boston for a traditional Irish party, hosted in part by the Boston Irish Tourism Association and featuring festive live music, drinks and food specials.
Ireland Forever at the Beat Hotel – Over in Harvard Square, get your share of holiday music, food and drinks at the Beat Hotel, which will be hosting its first St. Patrick’s Day celebration, with music from Matt and Shannon Heaton starting at 10 p.m.