Celebrating St. Paddy's Day this weekend? The luck o' the Irish is with you: most of the area's Irish pubs will do a little something to celebrate on Saturday—from Irish menus and drink specials to Irish dancers and rock bands.
Plus, the Main Line Erin Express will be working its way up and down the Main Line to transport revelers to seven different drinking destinations. The bus will stop at Brownies, The Grog, Erin's Pub, Maloney's, McShea's, McCloskey's and John Henry's, with buses running every 30 minutes. There's no charge for riding; Brownies has an updated bus schedule for Saturday on its event page.
Check out what's going on at a few of the local pubs, below. And if you'd rather avoid the partiers this weekend, scroll down to see a few suggestions for other activities to hit.
Have fun, and be safe!
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
John Henry's Pub of Ardmore: Live Irish music from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, featuring Misty Isle. Enjoy ham and cabbage, potato soup, and all your regular favorites. Brent Christopher will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event features a "family-friendly atmosphere," the pub says, and the day includes face painting and a coloring contest for kids.
Jack McShea's: The pub will feature a full Irish menu all day, along with Irish dancers, Irish music and singing.
Brownies 23 East: Brownies 23 East is celebrating St. Paddy's Day all day, with doors opening at noon on Saturday. The kitchen will be open all day serving Irish fare, and during the day will feature performances from Irish dancers, U2 tribute band Haggis O'Malley, and later in the evening, Irish band Blackthorn.
McCloskey's: Start off the day with a Luck O' The Irish breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. The menu includes leek omelette with Irish cheddar cheese, corned beef omelette, and some delicious—if perhaps not quite so traditional—delights, like Bailey's Irish Cream pancakes. Later in the day, enjoy Guinness, Shepherd's Pie and corned beef sandwiches at "the oldest Irish pub on the Main Line," McCloskey's Facebook reads.
McShea's: Friday features a "St. Patty's Rockin' Eve" with music by Powerhouse. Saturday, the pub is open all day with an all-day Irish menu and drink specials, including $5 Guinness and $4 Jamesons.
Music and Film
Not so into the party scene? Here's a few other ideas for places to head this weekend.
- When/Where: 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at Lower Merion High School's auditorium
- What: Enjoy the music of not one, but 10 high school jazz bands from throughout the Delaware Valley. Guest artists will also include jazz bands from the Lower Merion middle schools and the LMHS a cappella group, Ace Harmony.
- Cost: Free
- When/Where: 11:30 p.m. Friday at Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
- Why Go: Dogtooth is the next in BMFI's new "late night" film series. In Dogtooth, "overprotective parenting goes awry in this darkly funny family drama that was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Academy Awards."
- Cost: $7
- When/Where: 8 p.m. Saturday at Main Line Reform Temple
- Why Go: Enjoy an evening of "electric music," featuring hits by the Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and original songs by Rabbi Ethan Franzel and Cantor Jordan Franzel.
- Cost: $30 adults, $20 students and seniors
- When/Where: 8 p.m. Saturday at MilkBoy Coffee in Ardmore
- Why Go: Settle in, sip some decaf, and listen to soul- and reggae-inspired folk rock artist Orion Freeman at MilkBoy on Saturday night. The evening also features performances from Paige Allbritton and The Quixote Project.
- Cost: $10