St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17 and ya best know that Connecticut is representin’ the best of the Irish. In particular, we feel especially excited this year because we’ll be traveling to Ireland this year. Yes! There will be plenty o’ pints, Irish breakfasts, boxty, and fried stuff. We can’t promise that we’ll be trying blood sausage or blood pudding, but we will probably eat almost everything that’s placed in front of us. But, we see it as kind of prep work to get some great Irish experiences, food, and culture here before we leave. Already, last week, we saw The Mighty Ploughboys and The Tartan Terrors perform at Ridgefield Playhouse. Yeah, awesome…so, we wanted to give you a little bit o’ Ireland with this post. We’ll be updating this here and there with fun food related events that revolve around St. Patrick’s Day. If you have any suggestions for us, let us know!
1) Check out the Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 3/15 from the warm comforts of Barnum Publick House! The fun begins at 11, so get settled because the parade will start at noon. There are food and drink specials all day with no cover charge.
2) Get some Kegs & Eggs at Fire Engine Pizza Company on St. Patrick’s Day! $10 gets you beer and breakfast from 8-11 am. You can also check out their corned beef reuben or bangers & mash pizza all day, too.
4) Yes, we realize it’s not Connecticut, but the lure of good beer is so hard to resist. You’ll want to check out Bollock’s Fest ’13 at Captain Lawrence Brewery on 3/17 at noon. Burke’s Revenge will be playing live music such as Dropkick Murphys and Village Dog will be there pushing out corned beef dogs, shepherd’s pie, and lots more. The clincher is that Brewmaster extraordinare Scott Vaccaro will be premiering three Irish “inspired” ales. Tickets are $21.69 per person and can be bought here.
5) The Milford St. Patrick’s Day Parade is 3/9 at 1 pm and steps off at Daniel S. Wasson Field on West Main Main Street. From there, the parade goes past City Hall Duck Pond, River Street, right onto North Broad Street, then finishes at Gazebo on the Green. There will be floats, Gaelic pipe bands, the Bridgeport Bluefish will be on hand, Park City Pride will be playing, and there will be the Milford Trees parading tree. Parading tree? Yeah, gotta check that one out.
6) When you’re ready for more fun, hit up Stonebridge Restaurant and check out the Highland Rovers!
7) “Find your inner leprechaun,” says South End. Irish beer and Irish dinner specials all night on 3/17!
8) Have a long night out the night before and need to take things easy? Check out SoNo Marketplace on 3/17 from 1:30-3:30 for a St. Patrick’s Day Kegs & Eggs brunch. The restaurants inside will have different Irish inspired brunch items and there will be drink specials at Up the Creek Bar, too. Enjoy all of this with live music, too, from 1:30-3:30! The shops and restaurants open up around 9, but brunch is all about coming in around, well, brunch time.
9) St. Patrick’s Day? More like St. Patrick’s Season, as O’Neils Irish Pub & Restaurant says. They have tons of events leading up to St. Patrick’s Day and, of course, lots of fun on the day itself. There will be outdoor tents set up and 95.9 The Fox will be there broadcasting live. In addition, check out their Traditional Guinness Brunch Buffet for only $15. Irish Ballad and Bob Morrill will be performing during the brunch. Later at lunch time (you can stay there from the morning, you know?) you can have the Irish Lunch Buffet for $15 that will feature fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef and cabbage. Cray & Dempsey will be performing from 11-3, Irish dancers from Lenihan School and Greenwich Pipes and Drums will perform at 2, The Highland Rovers will play from 3-7, and Jeff Tuohy Band will play starting at 8:30. If you’re still hungry after breakfast and lunch, make sure to check out the dinner buffet that goes until 7:30, also $15. Get an extra good deal when you buy a breakfast/lunch or lunch/dinner combo for just $25. Just note, there’s a $10 cover charge starting at 2 pm.
10) You’ll be disgraced if you don’t hit up the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 3/9, starting at noon. Check out the map below to see the route. They encourage you to head on over to the Hiberian Hall on Grove Street for the after parade party. Nice!
11) So, there’s the parade at eye level and then there’s the parade at Station Eats level. If you don’t know already, they have a prime viewing spot up on their beer garden. But, there’s an even more convincing reason to check out Station Eats during the parade: from 11:30 am to 2:30, for only $15 per person, you’ll get ALL. YOU. CAN. DRINK. HALF. FULL. BREWERY. BEER. Combined with their killer dogs, burgers, shakes, and sandwiches, that just sounds like a wicked pissah of a time. Plus, they’ll validate your parking at Landmark Square.
12) Because the parade has a new route, it’ll be passing by Tiernan’s! Best believe you’ll want to come down for a nice Irish food menu with live music all day. Yes, there will be Irish dancers and bagpipers…plus, lots of drink specials and even some giveaways!
13) You could also check out Murphy’s Townhouse after the parade at 1. There will be a corned beef and cabbage buffet along with drink/shot specials. Plus, The Tipperary Knights will be playing.
14) You could also hit up Fiddler’s Green after the parade for Irish dancers, bagpipes, and Valance. For St. Patrick’s Day, check out their open menu and their “famous” corned beef and cabbage. Hmm, we’ll have to try that. There will also be Irish dancers, bagpipes, and drums!
15) Wanna win a trip to Ireland? Enter in Tigin’s contest then check out their St. Patrick’s Day celebration! The doors open at 10 am (get started early) then their party tent opens at noon. There’s a $10 cover charge from noon-midnight, but there are also Irish dancers and live music. We’re talking Last Hoorah at 1, Bliss at 5, and Cray and Dempsey at 9.
16) Have Irish breakfast all day on the day before and the day of St. Patrick’s Day at Coalhouse Pizza. White & Black Pudding, Eggs, Rashers, Bangers, Beans, Potatoes, Tomato & Toast! While you’re there and eating away, check out their awesome beer selection.
17) Colony Grill isn’t just about hot oil. On St. Paddy’s Day they will be featuring a corned beef and cabbage pizza. There will be live music and even door prizes, too.
18) Garden Catering is offering up some great freshly cut, lean corned beef boiled with Guinness that’s served with Idaho potatoes, sliced carrots, cabbage, and homemade Irish soda bread for just $10.95 per person on 3/15. Even better? Proceeds go to help sending kids with muscular dystrophy to Camp Promise!
19) St. Paddy’s Day party on 3/15 starting at 8:30 pm at The Dressing Room! Live music from The House Dressing Band, Pyramid Pipes, and Shriners Drum Band. Plus, there will be drink and food specials all night.