There's an almost overwhelming number of parties and events happening across the Triangle on St. Patrick's Day—and even more so this year, as the holiday fortuitously falls on a Saturday, so no one has to worry about going to work hung over the next morning. Which means: Revelry will abound. Green beer will flow. Drunk people will stumble about with T-shirts that say, “Kiss Me, I’m Irish”—even though they are not in any way Irish, nor would you want to kiss them—and ridiculous hats with illuminated shamrocks on the front.
In short, St. Paddy’s Day will be a big, sloppy mess, but it can also be a whole lot of fun. Just, for the love of God, get an Uber.
Here are five suggestions for how to spend the day properly:
Saint Paddy's Festival; Hibernian Pub, Raleigh:
For the authentic St. Patrick's Day experience, the Hibernian Pub's Saint Paddy's Festival, on Glenwood South, might be your spot. Beginning at noon, the festival will feature live music and Irish dancing all day and all the Guinness and bar fare you could ever want. Stick around for a finale afterparty that goes until two a.m.
The Great St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl, Isaac Hunter's Tavern, Raleigh:
There will be green beer, lucky charms, and car bombs galore at what just might be the ultimate St. Patrick's Day pub crawl in the Triangle. (Fact: car bombs are gross and you should not drink them. Have some dignity, people, even on St. Patrick’s Day.) Registration for the crawl begins right after the parade in downtown Raleigh and kicks off at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on Fayetteville Street at around two p.m. And don't worry about a ride home. The crawl will also be providing free rides through a partnership with Lyft. Tickets cost $20, and a few drinks are included. Here's the event page
for more information.
Goat Yoga + Goat Cheese + Beer/Wine Share, Hux Family Farm, Durham:
If you're tired of typical St. Patrick's Day festivities and are looking for something a more unusual, give goat yoga a try. At Hux Family Farm in Durham, instructors will lead a yoga class while trained therapy goats explore, eat, and even play with you (if you're lucky). There will also be a wine-and-beer-share event, goat petting, and a goat cheese tasting to accompany the class. The event goes from one to three p.m., rain or shine, and tickets cost $35. You can find more information here
Double Beer Release, Little City Brewing, Raleigh:
To celebrate St. Paddy’s, Little City Brewing, off West North Street, is adding two new brews to its already exceptional lineup. If you've had enough of the classic Guinness, Little City's Early Morn Stout, a brand-new coffee dry Irish Stout, might be a good substitute. Sour-ale fans will also be pleased with a new raspberry kettle sour called Plethora. Or if beer isn't your thing, Little City's delightfully simple cocktails never disappoint. Our pick: the Cardinal cocktail with Cardinal barrel-rested gin, house-made orange marmalade, and scarborough bitters. A special brunch will be served on Saturday, too. That includes a plate of food and two pints for $20. Find more on Little City's Facebook page
St. Patrick’s Day 2018, Bull McCabe’s, Durham:
Bull McCabe’s is throwing down for St. Patrick’s Day. And it’ll be pretty much exactly what you expect: beer, shots, food, lots of people, live music starting at twelve-thirty and running until, well, pretty late. One difference: this is the first St. Paddy’s celebration Bull McCabe’s has had since it built its outdoor patio. According to the Facebook event page
, it’s family friendly until nine p.m., but the party will continue well after that.
Oh, and if you want to get started a little early, James Joyce in Durham is kicking off its St. Paddy’s festivities at seven p.m. tonight—i.e., midnight in Ireland—with a Guinness toast and drink specials.