2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown Cleveland
As one of the only cities in the country that celebrates St. Patrick's Day on its actual date, Cleveland hosts its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 starting at 1:04pm. The parade begins at East 18th Street and heads west on Superior Avenue. The parade, which is Ohio's oldest, is comprised of approximately 10,000 participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators.
A.J. Rocco's, a bar and coffee shop located in downtown Cleveland's Gateway District, will be hosting the 9th Annual St. Baldrick's Day event. Each year on St. Patrick's Day, more than 100 men and women head to A.J. Rocco's to shave their heads in support of children's cancer research. Along the way, they've raised more than $1.2 million. The bar opens early and the green beer is flowing. Shave your head or just come by to watch.
AMP 150 Bar and Restaurant
Hop with the Leprechauns over to the award-winning restaurant AMP150, located on the west side of Cleveland in the Airport Marriott. With half-off Irish beer and whiskey, you can't get any luckier than that.
The historic Old Arcade, located between Superior and Euclid Avenues downtown, is the place to be every St. Patrick's Day. As a prime location to view the parade and a great place to meet up with friends, the venue offers Irish-themed cocktails and music including the Blarney Millers Band performing from 11am-3:30pm. They are also having bars available and specials at the shops and food court. Don't miss it!
The Children's Museum of Cleveland
Discover the luck of the Irish at the Children's Museum of Cleveland in University Circle. Kids decorate their very own clover pin and enjoy some festive snacks from noon-4pm. Wear something green and receive $1 off admission.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Enjoy a day at the zoo while doing the planet good. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is sponsoring an old cell phone and/or charger drive. Everyone who donates receives free admission to the Zoo and RainForest on St. Patrick's Day. If you don't have an old cell phone to donate, you can still receive half-price admission if you wear green.
East Side Irish American Club
It doesn't have to be Mach 17 in order to celebrate. Don't miss the Boys from County Hell, performing March 12 during Guinness & Harp Night II at the East Side Official Irish American Club, located in Euclid.
Fat Fish Blue
Fat Fish Blue, opening at 10am, has live Irish music before, during and after the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Morrison McCarthy, an Irish duo, begin performing at noon and are followed by Crazy Marvin, a fantastic rhythm and blues band, at 4pm. This downtown restaurant is featuring green beer, reuben rollups, spinach wraps and mammoth corned beef sandwiches all day.
Grand River Cellars Winery + Restaurant
Keep the party rolling into Friday at Grand River Cellars, located in Madison. Enjoy corned beef sandwiches and dinners all day long while being entertained by traditional Irish pub music. There are also Irish dancers by the Ziemba Family Dancers from the Leneghan School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Ohio City with award-winning beer and live music featuring Ceud Mile Failte (1-4pm), CRAIC (5-7pm) and Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums (7:30-8pm). Make sure to try their seasonal beer, Conway's Irish Ale.
The Greenhouse Tavern
Celebrate the Greenhouse Tavern's third anniversary with specials all day on the patio starting at 7am. Try their award-winning Street Frites (with St. Patrick's Day themed dipping sauces) and signature crispy chicken wing confit. They are also partnering with Victory Brewing Company to pour two of their beers on draft: Greenhouse Tavern Lager and Donny Brook Irish Stout.
March 15, 6:30pm
Grovewood Tavern is hosting a green beer dinner on March 15. But this isn't the usual green beer one thinks of on St. Patrick's Day. Instead, they are serving microbrews from green, sustainable, or organic breweries, paired with a great menu from Grovewood's award-winning east side kitchen. Reservations are required. ($50 per person)
March 11 - 18
On your way to or from the parade, stop by The Happy Dog, located on the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood, for food specials on St. Patrick's Day. Also this week, great performances by The Boys From The County Hell on March 11 and The Ohio City Opry Happy Hour with the Concrete Cowboy on March 18.
House of Blues
The festivities at Cleveland's largest unofficial St. Patrick's Day Party begin at 6am at the House of Blues, located on East 4th Street downtown. Enjoy at $12 Irish-themed buffet and live bands including Boys From County Hell, Plaid Sabbath and DJ Sparky B.
John Q's Steakhouse
Whether you're Irish, or merely "Irish for the day," all are welcome at John Q's Steakhouse. Located right on the parade route downtown, this restaurant is the perfect place to take the family for Irish stew, corned beef sandwiches and corned beef and cabbage dinners. It gets pretty busy, so reservations are recommended.
Geneva on the Lake
March 12, 2pm
Come to the High Tide Tavern for the annual St. Patrick's Trek. This adult event sells out every year and tickets are limited. The $40 fee includes drinks and appetizers at each of the 12 taverns on the trek, a special St. Patrick's Day shirt and the transportation between the stops.
Metro Bar + Kitchen
Join the St. Patrick's Day Patio Party at Metro Bar + Kitchen, located in the Warehouse District downtown, complete with a bagpiper from 9:30-11:30am. The heated patio bar is open 9am-2pm serving $7 hot corned beef sandwiches and $5 beer cheese soup. The full bar is featuring $4 20oz. green Bud Light drafts, $3 Jameson shots, $4 Harp drafts and $5 Guinness. Happy hour begins at 2pm with a full menu.
Oberlin Inn - Irish Murder Mystery Package
Come dressed in your best St. Patrick's Day attire as you attend the Irish Murder Mystery party. But the fun doesn't stop there, dine on an Irish feast, including corned beef and cabbage and red skin potatoes, before hitting the hay in one of their superior guest rooms ($79 per person.) If you're solely interested in the Irish dinner, the cost is $10.95.
440.775.1111 or 800.376.4173, www.oberlininn.com
Pickwick and Frolic
Doors open at 5am with special drink prices and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 7-10am at Pickwick and Frolic, located on East 4th Street. The Whiskey Island Ramblers are performing from 9am-1pm, followed by Pat Shepard from 2-6pm. Make sure to stick around for comedian Tim Walkoe at 8pm.
Quail Hollow Resort
CK's Lounge at Quail Hollow Resort in Painesville, offers fantastic St. Patrick's Day menu items including an Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage with red skin potatoes and Quail's reuben. Specialty drinks include peppermint patty, ice cream hopper, St. Patty coffee and green beer.
Quaker Steak + Lube
Opening at 11am, this classic wing restaurant in Valley View is serving up something different - a reuben and fries for only $5. Drink specials include $1 green Jell-O shots, $2 green beer drafts and $3 Killians and special Irish shots. Also enjoy the music stylings of DJ Bobby Diamond with Karaoke from 6 - 10pm.
West Side Irish American Club
March 16 - 17
On St. Patrick's Day Eve, head to the West Side Irish American Club in Olmsted Township for good old-fashioned Irish dinner, complete with Boxty, Irish sausage and Irish coffee. They keep the party going into St. Patrick's Day with plenty of Irish food and pints.
Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum
Stop by the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum in Mentor between 3 - 9pm and mention how "lucky" you are to live in Cleveland and you'll receive a free "lucky green" cookie.
The Barley House, located in the Historic Warehouse District downtown, opens at 7am on St. Patrick's Day for a day of Irish-influenced cuisine and green beer. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day. For those not into beer, try one of their delicious hard ciders.
Claddagh Irish Pub
Located in Legacy Village in Beachwood, this Irish pub opens at 8am and is serves a full breakfast. With live music from 3pm-2am (including Irish rock and traditional Irish tunes), Irish dancers, bagpipers, giveaways and a DJ, this place is definitely worth a stop. ($5 cover starting at 3pm)
Located on East 4th Street downtown, Flannery's Pub is sure to be hopping with performances by the Irish band The Lucky Ones. This pub offers authentic Irish comfort foods like shepherd's pie and fish and chips. An added bonus: Flannery's serves all their beers in a 20oz. glass (rather than the traditional 16oz. glass offered at most bars).
Located in the East bank of the Flats, this Irish restaurant and bar knows how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Get there at 7am for kegs and eggs and live entertainment, featuring Donal O'Shaughnessy performing all day. They even have free shuttles to and from the parade.
The Harp: Irish Pub
The Harp, a truly authentic Irish pub located in Ohio City, opens bright and early at 8am to start the festivities off right. Enjoy a pint of Guinness on their patio or perhaps some of their world-famous Guinness ice cream. Make sure to join the party by 9pm when The Boys from the County Hell perform.
Jimmy O'Neill's Tavern
This Cleveland Heights Irish bar has a homey, pub-next-door feel to it. As you dine on some Irish comfort food, you'll feel welcomed by the friendly smiles of the wait staff. Also, make sure to try their chocolate beet cake - heaven on earth.
All of March
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all month long at the Twinsburg Mavis Winkle's. During the month of March, enjoy food and drink specials that change daily. Special events include an Irish magician (March 14 + 21; 6 - 8pm), performances by the Burke School of Irish Dance (March 12 + 25) and a performance by the McCulloch School of Irish Dance (March 26). Of course, you can't forget about St. Patrick's Day with "Kegs and Eggs" from 8-10:30am and plenty of giveaways throughout the day.
The Old Angle Tavern
The Old Angle Tavern in Ohio City opens at 8am with an Irish breakfast complete with traditional pipe and drum music. In the afternoon, enjoy live music by the Whiskey Island Ramblers and eat customary Irish food, such as lamb stew and corned beef. Enjoy their food and drink specials all night.
This authentic Irish pub operated by an Irishman and located in Cleveland Heights, offers a cozy atmosphere perfect for sipping an Irish whiskey or a pint of ale with friends. On St. Patrick's Day, head to Parnell's Pub beginning at 7am where the first 20 people in the door get a free t-shirt.
P.J. McIntyre's Irish Pub
P.J. McIntyre's, located just west of downtown, opens its doors at 7am, giving away free t-shirts to the first 100 people. Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast and the St. Baldricks Foundation benefit in the morning, where people can shave their heads to benefit childhood cancer research. Also on the agenda: The Really Big Show Band from 9am-1pm, American Irish rock band Marys Lane, dancers, bagpipers, giveaways and more.
Sullivan's Irish Pub + Restaurant
Located in Lakewood, this genuine neighborhood pub is a comfortable environment that feels like a second home where everyone can sit back, relax and celebrate with food, drink and song. Don't leave without trying their oh-so-awesome fish and chips and corned beef sandwiches.