Great Minneapolis Pubs to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

by on December 24th, 2010
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Whether you’re an Irish lad or lass celebrating your heritage or just looking for celebrations that include drinking, this event-filled holiday is full of options. To get a real Irish experience, look no further than the Irish pubs in our very own Minneapolis.

A word of warning, don’t ask for green beer! As I learned from Josh Petzel, general manager of The Local, and David Lavery, music and entertainment manager at Kieran’s, green beer is something Irish refer to as “shamrockery,” or things Americans do that you wouldn’t find in Ireland.

The Local 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.904.1000;

Chaos is sure to ensue when the pub opens at 8 a.m. for the Ireland Club championships featuring hurling and Gaelic football. Breakfast is served until 10:30 a.m. giving you enough energy to last for the Ireland vs. England rugby match at noon. Munch on fish and chips ($11.99) or available one-day-only corned beef and cabbage ($11.95), as you quench your thirst with Irish beers and a house brand of Irish whiskey ($5.50-7). With its snug space and cozy booths, The Local isn’t set up for bands, but does have a separate dining area from the main pub making it a wee more kid-friendly than others nearby. No cover charge, reservations not accepted. Josh Petzel, general manager, says they will do their best to accommodate all guests. His advice: “arrive early and stay late.” Parking available on the street and nearby ramps.

Kieran’s 601 First Avenue North, Minneapolis; 612.339.4499;

If you’re looking for non-stop fun and live Irish tunes, look no further than Kieran’s Irish Pub. Doors open around 9 a.m. for a post Finnegan’s 5K run celebration. A limited food menu will be served throughout the day, but Lavery says Kieran’s corned beef and cabbage reminds him of his homeland. A price has yet to be set, but expect the traditional dish as well as Fish and Chips to be $5-10. To wash down your food sip on a Big or Skinny Ginger made with Kieran’s owner Kieran Folliard’s own brand: 2 Gingers Whiskey. If whiskey isn’t your thing Irish beer will be available, $6 for a pint. After 2 p.m. there is a $10 cover charge, allowing access to entertainment inside Kieran’s and in makeshift tents, including Erin Rogue, Sweet Colleens, and an Irish marching band. Reservations won’t be accepted, but Lavery says Kieran’s will do their best to accommodate groups. Parking available on the street and nearby ramps.

David Lavery (Kieran’s) 612.339.4499
Josh Petzel (The Local) 612.904.1000

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