For the first time in years, St. Patrick’s Day itself falls on a weekend. Which means there will be giant, we’re-all-off-tomorrow, Gaelic get-togethers to celebrate all things Irish this weekend. Whether you’re Irish — or you just wish you were — we’ve got you covered with six different ways to wear your green.
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1. Delight in a drama. Get your green on and head to a show. At Golden Nugget, check out Chart House for The Leprechaun Murders 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15. On Saturday, March 17, Golden Nugget’s Rush Lounge will feature Steve Moore & M.I.A., while at Haven, Chris Devine will host a late night St. Paddy’s Party with drink and bottle specials from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Want laughs instead of mystery? Head to Irish Comedy Night at Leatherhead Pub in Egg Harbor City on Friday. But be sure to go back for a St. Patty’s Day Party with a DJ and bagpipers on Saturday. To round out the weekend, head to Gregory’s in Somers Point to discuss James Joyce’s “The Dead” with the Somers Point Unique Experiences Club on Sunday. Gregory’s is also home to a three day St. Pat’s celebration, Friday through Sunday, with an Irish menu that includes fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and shepherd’s pie. To watch some athletic excitement unfold before your eyes, head to Atlantic City at 10 a.m. Saturday for the 40th Annual St. Pat’s Boardwalk 10 Miler and 5K Run, which starts at LandShark Bar and Grill, where you can watch participants run for two good causes — the Donny Fund and the South Jersey Field of Dreams.
2. Whiskey. Enough said. There will be plenty of places to get a shot of Jameson this weekend, but if whiskey’s your priority, head to Old Homestead at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa for a McCallan whiskey dinner 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $149 per person. Or shoot over to Renault Winery for a whiskey dinner and tasting that includes Slane Irish Whiskey, Redemption Bourbon, Few Bourbon and Michters Kentucky Straight Rye at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $75.49 plus tax.
3. ShamRock ‘n’ Roll. If you’re looking to party this St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than Borgata’s first St. Gypsy Bash. The Gypsy Bar will take over Borgata’s Event Center for a full throttle St. Patrick’s Day Party including music from My Hero Zero, Kristen & The Noise, Flip Like Wilson, Burnt Sienna and Red Hot Chili Pipers, plus games, photo booths, leprechauns and more. A $20 ticket includes a souvenir T-shirt and glow bracelet while supplies last. Also at Borgata, Jason Smith opens up a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Premier Nightclub before Cash Cash takes over for the main act. But that’s not all. If you want to dance, head to The Pool After Dark in Harrah’s, where Machine Gun Kelly will host this epic Saturday; to Wonder Bar for a night with Modern Mojo; to Christi’s Bar for music with Duck & Cover; to White Horse Winery for music by 4:44 with upbeat covers and Irish Shanties from 2 to 5 p.m.; to Maynard’s for a St. Paddy’s Day Party with Steve Reilly at 3 p.m., followed by Lanai Sessions at 8 p.m., along with $4 corned beef and cabbage, $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, and $6 Bud and Bud Light pitchers; to Clancy’s By the Bay for DJ Nick Teti, Irish food and drink specials all day and Nae Breeks Bagpipers; to JD’s Pub & Grille for an “Everybody’s Irish Celebration” with Mott’s Creek Pickers at 3 p.m., Daryl Freda at 8 p.m. and Irish food specials all day and night; to Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light Tavern for music by TNT, as well as traditional Irish fare; to Brick House Pub for music with Seven Stone, and food and drink specials; or to Watering Hole Café for a pre-Paddy’s Day party on Friday with five original local bands, followed by Paul Tozz on St. Patrick’s Day.
4. Mini leprechaun crawl. To kill a few birds with one stone, go to Tropicana on Saturday and do a property-wide bar crawl for all-things Irish, from RiRa’s multi-day St. Pat’s events (see more in No. 5); to Irish fare at A Dam Good Deli, The Palm (Irish coffee) and Broadway Burger Bar; to Shamrocks and Shenanigans at Boogie Nights, with a Green Boogie Bowl made with Stoli Vodka, Midori, pineapple juice and sour; to Anthem for the Luckiest Party in A.C. with $6 green tea shots and $5 Irish whiskey cocktails and shots until midnight; to Kiss Kiss Nightclub for dancing with DJ Muve; to Firewaters Saloon and A Dam Good Sports Bar for $5 Guinness; to Hooter’s for $9 Irish coffee; to Cuba Libre for a green mojito; to Planet Rose for karaoke and $7 Jameson shots and Bud Lights; and to Casa Taco & Tequila Bar for $5 Guinness, $6 Hell Cat Maggie Whiskey and $7 green tea shots. Or head to Resorts for your crawl, grab a complimentary green lei at the promotions booth while supplies last, listen for the bagpipers strolling throughout the hotel and casino floor, and stop at Breadsticks for a $16.99 special Irish menu; Bar One for drink specials all day including $3 Guinness Bottles, $5 Mint Peppermint Paddy shots, $6 Jameson Car Bombs, and DJ entertainment from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; to Margaritaville and Landshark for a “Lucky Landshark” (Landshark Lager topped off with Margaritaville Island Lime Tequila), “Off to See the Leprechaun Marg O’Rita” (Melon Liqueur, Margaritaville Gold Tequila and house margarita blend), or the “Island Shamrock” (Margaritaville’s Last Mango Tequila, Blue Curacao, orange juice and a splash of house margarita blend). Over at Bally’s, head to the Wild Wild West and go wild with an open bar and live DJ from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., live music by The Rockets from 2 to 6 p.m., free mechanical bull rides and swag bags for $39; and to Harry’s Oyster Bar for drink specials all day long including $4 Bud Light, $5 Blue Point, Smithwicks, Guinness or Half & Half, $6 Picklebacks (shot of Jameson and shot of pickle juice) and a menu featuring traditional Irish fare. If you want a more ambitious crawl (i.e. leaving a property), head to Little Water Distillery, Tuckahoe Brewery or Garden State Beer Co., where free jitneys will be on a non-stop loop from 4 to 8 p.m. With free parking available at each location, no wristband required, food trucks, music, beer, handcrafted cocktails, tastings and tours, it sounds like a leprechaun’s dream.
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5. Get your green on. They say that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. And it’s true. But some places are a little more Irish than others. If an authentic Irish pub — you know, the ones where they serve Irish fare all year long — is up your alley, look no further than these fine places. Head to McCullough’s Pub in Egg Harbor Township for a menu that includes things like potato leek soup, corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew. While you’re there, check out an Emerald Green McCullough’s Lucky Shake, made with Irish whiskey, coffee liqueur, Crème de Menthe and vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream. Head to McGettigan’s 19th Hole in Galloway for two party bands as well as Irish specials all day; to St. George’s Pub in Brigantine for two bagpiper appearances — both No Leaf Clover and Nae Breeks Bagpipers will be stopping in — as well as food and drink specials; to RiRa in Tropicana to watch Ireland take on England in the Six Nations Rugby Championship at 10:45, followed by performances by Irish dancers, music from Galway Guild, and a menu complete with traditional Irish fare as well as Guinness mixology beer cocktails. RiRa will also be home to Galway Guild Irish Music on Friday night, as well as an Irish Acoustic Session on Sunday. And you can’t miss St. Patrick’s Day at The Irish Pub in Atlantic City, where St. Patrick’s Day is the second biggest party of the year, followed only by their epic and unrivaled post-St. Pat’s Day event, Bag Day, on Sunday.
6. Raise a glass to Ireland. Or your friends. Or your favorite leprechaun. The logistics don’t matter. All that matters is that you have a drink in your hand and St. Patrick’s Day on your mind. Head to The Rainbow Room in Atlantic City for a St. Patrick’s Day happy hour with major specials, including $3 Guinness, Negra Modelo, Coors Lite and Miller Lite Bottles, $5 wines, and $6 well vodka, gin, rum, tequila and whiskey; to The Claridge in A.C. for $11 beer flights with live acoustic music from Matt Adams; to Sixty Lobby Bar & Lounge at Flagship Resorts in A.C. for a Pre-Paddy Party 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday with complimentary appetizers, festive drink specials and a live bagpipe performance; to Vagabond in Atlantic City for St. Pat’s specials that include Baby Guinness (Patron XO Café and Bailey’s Irish Cream, $5), Patron Green Margarita (the perfect margarita served with green ice cubes, $7), $7 Car Bombs, $5 Jameson shots, and $3 Green Bud Light; to Crossroads in Egg Harbor Township for a special menu of Irish fare, $4 Jameson shots, Fireball shots, and green apple pie shots with live music by Tony & Mel; to Mott’s Creek Inn in Galloway for music with Tony & Melanie at 2 p.m., as well as $5 Jameson and food and drink specials; to The Anchorage Tavern in Somers Point for a menu with traditional Irish fare, green beer, a DJ and a bagpipe performance; to The Black Cat Bar & Grill for bagpipers and drinks from the oldest bar in Absecon; to Tailgaters in Egg Harbor City for 2 sets by No Leaf Clover, $4 Guinness, Car Bombs, green beer and Irish Breakfast shots, $3 Jameson IPA, and $5 short rib potato skins and Irish short rib nachos; to Ducktown Tavern in A.C. for drink specials including $4 domestics, $5 imported, $6 Guinness and Tullamore Dew and Irish music; to Pitney Pub in Absecon for Irish fare and drink specials; to Paragon Bar & Grille in Mays Landing for whiskey specials, Irish music all day, Irish fare, and green Jell-O shots; to The Crab Trap in Somers Point for bagpipers at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and to Charlie’s in Somers Point for an Irish menu and Nae Breeks Bagpipers at 6, 8 and 9:45 p.m.