St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is upon us! What are you doing to celebrate? Southie? Pub crawl?

Colin and I are heading home to Long Island for the weekend for my dress fitting, to pay a visit to my sister Kelly’s salon (I am in desperate need of some highlights!), and to hang with the family. We’ll be celebrating good ol’ St. Patrick at one of our favorite restaurants, the Irish Coffee Pub. Looking forward to it. :)

Some fun events going on around Boston:

*And if you need more suggestions, feel free to take a look at my CBS Boston post.

Sólás Irish Pub is the third top-selling Guinness location in MA, in the coziest nook on Boylston Street. Sólás never charges a cover and opens at 10 a.m.  Irish Specialties include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, chicken curry, fish and chips and beef stew — yum!

Slàinte!

Slàinte!

MJ O’Connor’s Park Plaza has been serving corned beef and cabbage since March 9th and it will continue through March 18th. They’ll also have Irish breakfast, Guinness stout onion soup, Irish whiskey bread (sounds pretty amazing) and Kilkenny steak tips. Not to mention the Irish step dancing at 3:30 p.m. (I used to be an Irish step dancer — see embarrassing photo below) and live acoustic music from Martin Macatee at 4 p.m. Also, MJ O’Connor’s Westin Waterfront will have a live Broadcast with WROL, as well as acoustic music, Irish step dancers and Irish specialties served all day.

Dancing away!

Dancing away!

Ned Devine’s party starts early — tomorrow, March 16th. Toucher and Rich will be joined by Guinness, Bushmills and 650 party people. There will be live music from Bareknuckle Boxers (12 p.m.) and Galway Guild (5 p.m.) — both from Philly. Their St. Patrick’s Day menu will include corned beef egg rolls, Irish breakfast sausage sandwich, and corned beef sliders on Irish soda bread. Best of all? They are giving away a trip to Ireland!

Ah, the homeland!

Ah, the homeland!

The Harp opens at 10 a.m.! There will be lots of great live music, plus plenty of Black and Golds (Guinness and Harp) before and after the Bruins game at 1 p.m.

Friendship, loyalty, and love

Friendship, loyalty, and love

Anthem Kitchen + Bar will become Anthem Irish Pub at 9 a.m.! They’ll be serving brunch and Irish specialties from Chef Ben Hennemuth. Live music will play from 2-6 p.m. (Cherry Orchard) and 8-10 p.m. (Brandon).

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

The Green Briar will be showing all 6 Nations Rugby games, starting at 8:30 a.m. They will also be showing live GAA Hurling (love hurling!) and live GAA Football. Irish step dancers will go on at 12 p.m.  as well as live Irish music from Lake Shore Drive from 12-8 p.m. and then a DJ from 9 p.m.-close. Irish specialties and Irish breakfast will be served all day!

A hundred thousand welcomes

A hundred thousand welcomes

Happy (and safe!) St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Have fun!

Have fun!

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Lady and I are ready for St. Patrick’s Day. Are you?

There are a ton of things going on tomorrow in and around Boston. If you are able to rage on a Wednesday evening, more power to you. Here are a few fun places you might want to check out:

1. The (Mc) Pour House – They’re serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner for $7.95. There’s no cover, but there is Irish music. 907 Boylston Street, (617) 236-1767 http://www.pourhouseboston.com/

2. The Black Rose (one of my personal favorites) – Opens at 6am (jeekers, that’s intense!) serving up a free traditional Irish breakfast for the first 100 people. Beer served at 8am, Black 47 (Irish rock band) at 9:30am and traditional Irish music at 12pm. 16 State Street, Faneuil Hall, (617) 742-2286 http://www.irishconnection.com/blackrose.html

3. Tommy Doyle’s – Opens at 8am with some bangers and mash. They’ll have lots o’ Guinness and lots o’ bagpipes (every half hour.) 96 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, (617) 864-0655 http://tommydoyles.com/

4. The Green Briar – Opens at 9am serving corned beef sandwiches with Guinness mustard (interesting?) 304 Washington Street, Brighton, (617) 789-4100 http://www.greenbriarpub.com/greenbriarpub/

5. Lir – Opens at 10am with all the right ingredients – corned beef and cabbage, car bombs (at 10am? I’m not too sure that’s in anyone’s best interest…) and Irish music of course. 903 Boylston Street, (617) 778-0089 http://www.lironboylston.com/

6. Clery’sC – Opens at 11am with Guinness Beef Stew and Black Russians with Guinness floaters (quite a combo.) 113 Dartmouth Street, (617) 262-9874 http://www.irishconnection.com/clerys.html

7. The Burren – Authentic Irish feel, opens at 6am (like I said, authentic Irish feel) with a full Irish breakfast. Traditional Irish music starting at 12pm continuing throughout the rest of the day. 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville (617) 776-6896 http://www.burren.com/

Tomorrow we’re going to the Celtics game again; hopefully the luck of the Irish will be with them this time! I’m also hoping we’ll see some Irish step dancers! When I was a dancer, this time of the year used to be so busy! (back in my youth)

In other non-St. Patrick’s Day related news… My Dad shaved his mustache off. My Mom texted me a picture of it. His upper lip has been in hiding for years, and it has now been set free!

Also, I have a quick bone to pick. Yesterday I was passing by the elevators at work, there was an older man who works on my floor waiting there to head home for the day. I passed by, ready to say hi and he said ‘How goes the battle?’ ‘How goes the what-who-excuse me?’ was probably close to my response. And I’m sure I was bright red due to my lack of understanding.

Today, a very nice foreign man at work passed me by in the hall saying, ‘How goes it?’ in his thick accent (I actually still haven’t figured out where he is from – maybe I’ll just ask…) I was confused so I just smiled (this happens often, no big deal. I was still red though – that goes without saying.)

Listen, I appreciate the hello, I really do. I’m all about being friendly. But I’m tired and Mondays/Tuesdays are long days, I can hardly understand basic English nevermind whatever the hell you’re saying right now. I’m sorry, but what happened to just a simple ‘How are you today?,’ it would make things a lot easier if we could stick with this.

But, you know what? Beggars can’t be choosers and I rather these guys be friendly by saying hello in their own way rather than be rude and totally ignore me in passing. I might have been a bit embarrassed but at least I got a chuckle out of it, and you know what – with my confused expression – they probably did too!