Cincinnati was recently named the 16th best city in the nation to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and these parties help prove that distinction.
If you’re looking for somewhere to chug green beer this weekend — aka during “St. Practice Day” — or on March 17 itself, or just start drinking with your breakfast, these events have you covered.
Note: This is not a comprehensive list of every St. Patrick’s Day party or bar serving green beer.
St. Patrick’s Day at Molly Malone’s
Molly Malone’s in Covington is an Irish pub year-round but goes very green for St. Patrick’s Day. They’ll have green beer, Irish dancers, bagpipers and live music from Liam’s Fancy on Saturday, March 12. But they also have a full-on party on March 17 with kegs and eggs, green beer, Irish entertainment on two stages and themed T-shirts for the first 100 guests. That Thursday, they’ll close down Court Street in Covington and put up a tent for all-day entertainment. Bar opens at 10 a.m. March 12; kegs and eggs start 7 a.m. March 17. Free admission on March 12; $10 on March 17. 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, facebook.com/mollymalonescincinnati.
Green Kegs & Hammered at Keystone Bar & Grill
Time for kegs and eggs. Keystone will be plating up brunch specials, like morning mac and cheese, while guests chug pints of green beer. The restaurant will also have “festive shots,” $16 pitchers of mimosas, espresso martinis and bloody marys. Breakfast shenanigans run 10 a.m.-2 p.m., but Keystone says green beer and shots will be available until close. The eatery will also have green beer and basketball all day on March 17. 10 a.m.-midnight March 12. Free admission. 313 Greenup St., Covington, facebook.com/keystonebar.
St. Patrick’s Day at Murphy’s Pub
For those who are truly dedicated to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, head over to Murphy’s Pub when the doors open at 5:30 a.m. Eat all three meals there with free breakfast at 7 a.m., a free coney bar at 11 a.m., Buffalo’s Best Wings served from 5-9 p.m. and at 11 p.m. there will be free pizza. On the drinks side, green beer will be served the whole day, well drinks will be $1.50 from 4-8 p.m. and for the whole month of March, you can enjoy a $6 green Long Island iced tea. 5:30 a.m. March 17. Free admission. 2329 W Clifton Ave., CUF, facebook.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at The Drinkery
The Drinkery is hosting a St. Patrick’s party with $3 green beers, $4 Guinness pints, $4 green tea shots and green Jell-O shots. There will be a DJ to provide the soundtrack to your drinking. 4 p.m. March 17. Free admission. 1150 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at March First (Woodburn Brewing and FigLeaf Brewing)
March First is opening early on St. Patrick’s Day for an upscale take on kegs and eggs… with quiche. The bar will also be serving green beer, Irish Red and grasshoppers. The brewery says Cincy Brew Bus will also be shuttling guests between its sister breweries, Woodburn Brewing and FigLeaf Brewing, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 9 a.m. March 17. Free admission. 7885 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township, facebook.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at Braxton Brewing Co.
Braxton is turning its popular Garage beer green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The party kicks off early with a full Irish breakfast from Parlor on Seventh, beans and all. In addition to green Garage beer, there will also be a “green cocktail” with Jameson, orange juice and blood orange-flavored VIVE seltzer. 9 a.m. March 17. Free admission. 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, facebook.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Dance Party at The Birdcage
The Birdcage is offering DJs and drink specials. Snag discounted themed drinks including green-colored vodka sodas, Irish breakfast shots (with bacon), Irish car bombs and green tea shots (Jameson, peach schnapps, sour and soda). 5:30 p.m. March 17. Free admission. 927 Race St., Downtown, facebook.com.
St. Patrick’s Day on Fountain Square
UPDATE: This even has been postponed due to weather.
Fountain Square will be hosting a daylong party with live music, Irish food, green beer and pints of Guinness. Irish-inspired music kicks off at 10 a.m. with Dulahan, followed by Lost Celts, Bloody Tinth and The Drowsy Lads. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 12. Free admission. 520 Vine St., Downtown, facebook.com.
Luck of the Levee
Newport on the Levee is getting in on the Irish action with this event. Don your favorite green outfit and check out performances from the FinTan Band and Erikson Academy of Irish Dance. There will also be face-painters, stilt walkers and other entertainers. Visit Bridgeview Box Park for themed food and drinks (The Buzz and the Beeline will both have $4 green beers and $4 Jamesons). Newport on the Levee says there will also be photo ops and a Queen City Cotton Candy pop-up. Noon-6 p.m March 12. Free admission. Newport on the Levee, Newport, facebook.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at Jane’s
Jane’s at Findlay Market will be slinging green beer and cocktails. Grant Park will provide live music. The bar will also be raffling off a Rebel Mettle Stubentiger gift basket. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 12. Free admission. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at The Stretch
The Stretch is offering a “shamrockin’ good time” with $5 green beer and DORA drinks (you can wander around The Banks with your beer in a branded cup). Catch the 54th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and then check out DJs and discounted Irish whiskey shots. Noon March 12. Free admission. 191 E. Freedom Way, The Banks, facebook.com.
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*A previous version of this story had The Birdcage’s party as taking place on March 11. It takes place March 17.