There are plenty of reasons to love Ireland: Breathtaking scenery, Oscar Wilde, Irish Stew, Liam Neeson and Guinness stout, to name a few. But perhaps, Ireland’s greatest gift to the rest of the world far surpasses any of its stunning architecture, literary greats, or potato-inspired dishes. We’re talking St. Patrick’s Day. It’s finally here and Toledo is ready to celebrate. Check out our guide for making the most of your St. Patrick’s Day.
Parties and Bashes
Would it really be St. Patrick’s Day if the Blarney didn’t throw a massive party? The Blarney holds nothing back for St. Pat’s. Head downtown for the day to the Blarney tent, featuring live music and green beer all day long. 12pm. Sunday, March 17. The Blarney Irish Pub, 601 Monroe St., 419-418-2339.
TASA St. Paddy’s Day PubCrawl
Why limit yourself to just one bar when you can hit up 12-20 pubs instead? Join Toledo Area Soccer Association (TASA) for their annual St. Paddy’s Day PubCrawl. Travel around Downtown and Sylvania without having to worry about driving as TASA provides the bus ride. Purchase tickets in advance. $30 1pm. Saturday, March 16. toledosoccer.org
Fleetwood’s Tap Room
Green beer, galore! Visit Fleetwood’s Tap Room where you’ll have plenty of craft beer, as well as green beer, options and four Irish brews. Enjoy live music from DJ One Tyme, Skittle Bots, and Padraig’s Top Shelf Irish Trio. Speciality cocktails and food specials will be available, as well. 12pm. Saturday, March 16. 11am. Sunday, March 17. Fleetwood’s Tap Room, 28 N St. Clair St., 419-724-2337. fleetwoodshensville.com.
The Pub at Paula Brown Shop
Celebrate the day with some traditional music performed by Tóraígh An Sonas at The Pub. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper celebration without beer. 12-5pm. Sunday, March 17. The Pub,
912 Monroe St., 419-241-8100.
The Irish might be known for drinking whiskey and beer, but maybe you prefer a glass of wine. If you find yourself more keen to visit a winery instead of a pub, then you’ll fit right in at Benfield’s celebration. With food provided by Smashdawgz food truck, a bonfire, a costume contest, music and give-aways, Benfields Wines is sure to provide a good time. 4pm-7pm. Saturday, March 16. Benfield Wines, 11828 Shaffer Rd., Swanton, 419-862-5427. benfieldwines.com.
Head to Georgjz419 this St. Patty’s Day for drink specials plus corned beef reubens and pizzas. Start drinking early and stay for the afternoon entertainment featuring Miss Georgjz Deja D. Dellataro and Sugar Vermonte for shows at 3 and 5pm. 11am-midnight. Sunday, March 17. Georgjz419, 1205 Adams St., 419-842-4477. georgjz419.business.site.
The Attic on Adams
An occasion as special as St. Patrick’s Day is a good enough reason for The Attic to open their doors early. Get to The Attic at noon and fill up on an Irish brunch only available until 2pm. While the brunch might not last all day, the flowing alcohol will. The Attic will feature Irish style beers from local breweries. Noon-2am. Sunday, March 17. The Attic on Adams, 1701 Adams St., 419-243-5350. theatticonadams.com.
Shawn’s Irish Tavern
It’s a weekend long celebration at Shawn’s Irish Tavern. Kick of the shindig on Saturday night with some live music by Joe Woods Trio and a jiggs dinner. The tavern really ramps up on Sunday with music all day featuring Jeff Stewart at 3pm, Blackswamp Bagpipes at 7pm, and Johnny Rod at 8pm. The $9 jiggs dinner will incorporate local produce from Monettes and the tavern will also feature plenty of beer and shot specials. 11-12am. Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Shawn’s Irish Tavern, 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., 419-381-1281. shawnsirishtavern.com.
Shenanigans start early at Jamo’s Pub for what it’s promising to be the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in West Toledo. Get to the pub when they open at 10am for a free breakfast and live entertainment inside a heated beer tent. 10am. Sunday, March 17. Jamo’s Pub 3223 Sylvania Ave., 419-474-6158. facebook.com/Jamos-Pub-Toledo.
Eat, Drink and get Jiggy with it
The Hollywood Casino
Indulge in the most traditional Irish meal of all: A classic Jiggs Dinner. The Hollywood Casino is serving up the works with corned beef, braised cabbage, carrots and potatoes. Keep the happy-go-lucky Irish feelings flowing at the H Lounge with live music beginning at 5pm. 11am-11pm. Sunday, March 17. $16.99. Hollywood Casino, 1968 Miami St., 419-661-5200. hollywoodcasinotoledo.com.
Holy Toledo Tavern
Head to Holy Toledo Tavern and indulge in their Irish-inspired menu featuring Irish beer cheddar soup, corned beef sliders and cottage pie along with Irish whiskey, of course.
11am-10pm. Saturday, March 16. Holy Toledo Tavern, 9 N St. Clair St., 419-724-4499. hensvilletoledo.com.
Still Delaney’s Lounge
Visit Still Delaney’s Lounge for a traditional Jiggs Dinner. Enjoy live music by Tammy and Dan starting at 2pm until the end of the night. $12. 11am-7pm. Sunday, March 17. Still Delaney’s Lounge, 309 W. Alexis Rd., 419-476-2883. facebook.com/StillDelaneysLounge.
The Adams Street Cafe
Prepare yourself for St. Patrick’s Day festivities by starting the weekend off with an Irish themed dinner at the Adams Street Cafe. The set menu consists of soda bread, bacon and onion cabbage, yukon potatoes, corned beef brisket and garlic bangers. Polish it off with apple cake topped with Jameson’s custard. $25. 6-9pm. Friday, March 15. The Adams Street Cafe, 608 Adams St., 419-214-1819. facebook.com/theadamsstcafe.
Barr’s Public House
Enjoy all sorts of Irish food at Barr’s Public House from a menu featuring traditional favorites beyond a Jiggs Dinner, such as fish and chips, reubens and shepherd’s pie. Sip on Irish beer and cocktails while enjoying live evening entertainment provided by John Barile and Bobby May. 11:30am-11:30pm. Sunday, March 17. Barr’s Public House, 3355 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee,
Chef’s Table: Jiggs Dinner
Chef Aaron Lawson offers a modern take on the traditional dinner at the Brim House. Enjoy eight expertly-prepared courses paired with Irish whiskey cocktails. Limited seating available. Buy your tickets soon. $85, all-inclusive. Thursday, March 14. Brim House at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown Toledo, 444 N. Summit St., 419-243-7664. Toledocitytix.com
Basil Pizza & Wine Bar
Represent the fledgling Irish-Italian-American population at Basil for a special cheffed up features menu offering a Jiggs Pizza, topped with corned beer, sauerkraut, and all the traditional fixings; a Wagyu Shepherd’s Gnocchi; a Fighting Irish Cheesecake, topped with a Guinness Stout mousse; plus plenty of Irish beers, cocktails, and more. This lucky menu is available through Wednesday, March 20. 3145 Hollister Ln., 419-873-6218. Basilpizzaandwinebar.com
Find a two days of St. Patty’s Day fun at Doc Watson’s. The restaurant’s famous Jiggs dinner will be served starting at 11am on Saturday, March 16. At 5:30am on Sunday, enjoy green eggs and kegs. Wash it all down with their monthly shot— a Shamrock Shot— or their draft of the month— Maumee Bay Irish Red Ale. Open until 2:30am both days. 1515 S. Byrne Rd., 419-389-6003. Docwatsonstoledo.com
Home Slice Pizza
After you’re doing partying downtown, stop by Home Slice for a delicious Reuben Pizza, then wash it down with Green Hydro Bombs and plenty of inexpensive green beer. 28 S. St. Clair St., 419-724-7437. Homeslice419.com
The Original Gino’s Pizza
Get a slice of the good life with a Jiggs Pizza from Gino’s, featuring thinly sliced corned beef, garlic butter sauce, their special cheese, and fresh sauerkraut. Available at every location. Originalginos.com
In addition to general St. Patty’s Day festivities— you know, drinking, hanging, and lots of laughs— Rocky’s will be cooking up a traditional Jiggs Dinner for only $10. But, there’s a catch— only 200 meals will be made. Try your luck from 11am-2pm, or from 3-8:30pm, on Sunday, March 17th. 4020 Secor Rd., 419-472-1996. facebook.com/rockysrules
The much loved sports pub and eatery will host their annual Jiggs Dinner, featuring corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, for just $9.99, all day on St. Patrick’s Day. Come early and get it while it lasts! Available at all locations. sidelinessportseatery.com
Neverending party at the Park Inn
Planning on having a little too much fun during St. Patrick’s Day weekend? Make one smart decision early and book a room at the Park Inn by Radisson for a reduced rate— $99 per night, which includes bed and breakfast for two. As a bonus, the Park Inn will pick you up in a complimentary shuttle. For more information, call 419-241-3000. 101 N. Summit St., 419-241-3000. facebook.com/ParkInnbyRadissonHotelToledo
St. Paddy’s Day Ride and Parking Lot Party
Join the Toledo Irish American Club and Wersell’s Bike Shop for a group bike ride accompanied by Irish music. The ride wraps up with pizza, beverages and live traditional Irish music and dancing by the Arden Academy of Irish Dance. 4-8pm. Sunday, March 17. Wersell’s Bike Shop, 2860 W. Central Ave., 419-474-7412. facebook.com/toledoirishamericanclub.
St. Patrick’s Day Hike and Treasure Hunt
Remember being young when St. Paddy’s Day was actually about pots of gold and leprechauns rather than green beer and whiskey? Gather the kids for a family-friendly event at Providence Metropark for a nature walk followed by a treasure hunt. 1-2:30pm. Sunday, March 17. $3. Providence Metropark, 13827 S. River Rd., Grand Rapids, 419-407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com.
Blarney Shamrockin’ Shuffle
Despite dieticians’ incredulity, the Blarney proves that alcohol and exercise actually can coexist in harmony during their annual Shamrock Shuffle. Whether you’re a fitness junkie or just in it for the finish line after-party, this 3-mile run/walk is the perfect way to kick off the St. Paddy’s Day weekend. The race only lasts for an hour, but the party rages until 2am. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Fire Fighters MD Foundation.8pm. Friday, March 15. $40. The Blarney Irish Pub, 601 Monroe St., 419-418-2339. runtoledo.com.
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Enjoy festivities with the family at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, featuring live entertainment, children’s coloring stations, and free yummy samples throughout the store. Put your Irish luck to the test by entering to win a March Game Thyme giveaway basket. 12-3pm. Saturday, March 16. Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, 5105 Monroe St., 567-455-9076. freshthyme.com
Franklin Park Mall
Shopping isn’t the only activity offered up by the mall. Enjoy some traditional Irish dancing presented by The Arden Academy of Irish Dance. The hour long show will take place in the Macy’s wing. Noon-1pm. Sunday, March 17. Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe St., 419-473-3317. shoppingfranklinparkmall.com.