Where to Drink (and Eat) in Florida on St. Patrick’s Day

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McGuires &#169 Visit Pensacola

McGuires © Visit Pensacola

Florida Travel Guide to Florida’s best Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re traveling through Florida this year, St. Patrick’s Day 2012 is on a Saturday, which will bring out more St. Paddy’s Day revelers, green-clad students, pixies and leprechauns traveling than usual. It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry just like the Irish, from shots of Irish whiskeys to pints of Guinness, well everything Guinness: Guinness-braised beef, Guinness Beef Stew, Guinness burgers – you get the idea! From Irish Gastropubs to brewhouses, if you’re looking for the best Irish pubs in Florida to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here’s our list:

McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola, FL

This pub is truly Irish, from its own pipe band to its own brews! McGuire’s ales, porters and stouts, including Wild Irish Raspberry Wheat, are brewed on the premises. Ask for a tour – they’ll even give you some of their very own house yeast to try on your homebrew. Located in a 1927 Old Firehouse, the 20,000 square foot space is open for merriment. From the Pipers Den, Irish Links or Notre Dame Room, each theme-oriented room has a unique touch. Note that the one dollar bills dangling from the pub’s ceilings are valued at more than half a million dollars.

O’Shea’s Irish Pub, West Palm Beach

If you’re craving strong irish accents and real traditional Irish meals, O’shea’s menu will prevent you from getting sloshed by drinking on an empty stomach. From fish ‘n chips and bangers ‘n mash to shepherd’s pie and Irish lamb stew, this courtyard pub brings you the tastes of Ireland. Their St. Patrick’s Day party goes all day, from 10 am to 4 am with live Irish music, bagpipes and dancing. Corned beed and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and bangers ‘n mash will be served at the street block party – you’ll see the tent!

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant, Orlando

At Raglan, they don’t wait for St. Paddy’s Day! In true Disney Style, the festivities get underway on the evenings of March 15 and 16 with Creel (the house band) taking to the main stage while Murphy’s Law and The Irish Rogues play on the patio. On the 17th, it’s all about non-stop entertainment starting at noon with Creel and The Raglan Road Dancers. Outdoor entertainment continues with Elevation (a U2 tribute band) and other Irish acts. Starting at 1pm on March 15 at Raglan Road, celebrity Irish chef Kevin Dundon will be serving up authentic Irish cuisine. He’ll be creating a 4-course luncheon and culinary demo in the Grand Dining Room. You’ll be able to order from the dinner menu at Raglan Road throughout the entire day on March 17. Order the authentic Irish dish served on St. Patrick’s Day…loin of bacon and cabbage. YUM!

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