BEST SOUTH FLORIDA BARS FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2019
We come for the Irish-blooded vibe and the once-a-year corned beef cabbage ($16) at this seaside tavern, the last remaining Briny location after its Fort Lauderdale riverfront pub shut down last August. To drink here is to be surrounded as much by chummy local drinkers as old-Florida décor (thick ropes, life preservers, photos of people holding thick ropes and life preservers). Want half-off Irish Car Bombs? Find a restaurant chain: the Briny is defiantly old-school.
Choosing McSorley’s as your St. Patrick’s Day base means cheap drink specials, but you’ll also be competing with swarms of green beer-starved spring breakers. Check McSorley’s Facebook page and website for food and drink specials.
This chain gastropub, which also has locations in Lighthouse Point and Sunrise, is throwing a St. Patty’s brunch with nine items, including corned beef hash ($13.99) and Irish breakfast (bacon, bangers, eggs, soda bread; $14.99). During the holiday, bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys cost $15, Jameson shots are $5 and Irish coffee is $7.
The Field Irish Pub and Eatery
As much a pub as it is a restaurant, with live music holding court on the patio, The Field feels like a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, with weathered art, dusty vintage books and an ancient fireplace in the dining room. The Field is throwing an 11 a.m.-close St. Patrick’s Day bash (cover: $10), featuring live music on two stages (Celtic Bridge, Drake School Irish Dancers), face painting and drink specials.
This downtown Hollywood staple will, of course, partake in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, looping around Young Circle with floats, bagpipers and drums corps from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Then, after drinkers get over their green-beer hangovers, Mickey Byrnes will turn the craic up to 11 on St. Patrick’s Day, when the bar dishes more live music and Irish dancers under the tent outside.
All three South Florida locations of former Miami Dolphin Kim Bokamper’s namesake eatery will offer beer bucket and draft specials during the holiday, along with half-off drinks during its late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to close. Bonus: Buy a Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey and a Guinness for $9.99, fill out an entry form at the bar, and you’ll be entered into a six-night Dublin vacation for two. The contest runs through March 31. Another bonus: The NYPD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums band will perform 7-8 p.m. March 9 at the Bokamper’s Fort Lauderdale location.
As with Mickey Byrnes in Hollywood, the Royal Pig sits in the middle of a St. Patrick’s Day parade route, making it an ideal home base for the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 16. There will be live patio music 9 a.m.-noon March 16 and an Irish brunch menu (worth noting: $14 bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and bellinis). Patio reservations cost $10.
Bahir Mar’s recently upgraded Waves rooftop pool bar will host an appropriately naughty (and free) Irish bacchanal from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17, with live music, obligatory green beer, discounted Irish car bombs and a St. Pat’s menu, which includes fish and chips and beer-braised brats.
The downtown Clematis Street drag will host not one, but two simultaneous block parties at O’Sheas and Roxy’s, but let’s be honest: O’Sheas always wins. Their weekend street festival runs March 15-17 and will feature live bagpipers and music from Aranmore School of Irish Dance, drink specials, street vendors and a menu of shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and corned beef and cabbage.
A pub named after James Joyce’s magical protagonist in “Finnegans Wake” almost demands a certain level of Irish authenticity, but Tim Finnegans does Delray Beach one better: It’s also a hub for two kinds of football. (Sorry, Patriots fans, they love the Jets.) The bar’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities run March 15-17, concluding with a 9 a.m.-close March 17 bash with Irish dance, live music, an Irish breakfast and $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas.
If the kids must accompany your St. Patrick’s debauchery, seek out the Dubliner’s noon-to-close block party in Mizner Park, featuring two music stages of family-friendly revelry from Poor Life Decisions, Accents, Walt Rooney, South Florida Cloggers, Fiesta Bob Band and Black Thorne Pipe Band. There also will be face painting from magician Karl Coppertop and a traditional Irish buffet.
Starting at 11 a.m. March 17, the brewery will serve $3.25 pints of its Black Metallic Irish Stout, Mathews Irish Red Ale and Mathews Scottish Ale, along with live music from Summer Gill and Spred the Dub. The first 100 visitors receive a free souvenir glass with their first pint purchase, and all craft-beer pints are $5.25.
Nothing quite screams St. Patrick’s Day like a Miami rooftop bar, and the posh one atop this downtown Miami nightclub will offer $3 Jameson shots (also available in the club) and a $3 beer special from 10 p.m. to midnight. Rooftop sounds will come from DJ Mister Gray.
1344 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305-672-7747
Another Irish pub with a James Joycean moniker, laid-back Finnegan’s Way somehow manages to defy the fist-pumping South Beach vibe around it. Go people-watching and take in Finnegan’s 2-6 p.m. party, with live bagpipers, $6 Guinness, $10 Irish car bombs and $15 food specials.
Take your Irish-loving pet to this pop-up foot and event space along the Miami River, kicking off its festival at 4 p.m. with live music from Kid Nemesis and drink specials (buy one Jameson shot, get one Guinness Blonde free). There will also be fishes from OG Ceviche and Seafood Shack, Mojo Donuts and King of Racks BBQ.