Last weekend, the St. Patrick's Day parade marched through Downtown Milwaukee once again, turning the city green – but now the thirstiest day of the year is officially ready to start pouring out good vibes and green beer. To help make the most of the special day – and maybe help you find some luck o' the Irish – here's a guide to a number of the many, many bars, pubs and beyond with St. Patrick's Day specials and shenanigans. Sláinte!
N88W16495 Main St., (262) 250-1095
It's St. Patrick's Day weekend – so why not party all weekend? That's the plan at AJ O'Brady's, which will host live music throughout the whole weekend but on Friday will celebrate the special day with breakfast, an Irish toast at 9 a.m., an outdoor heated tent and The LoveMonkeys at 6:30 p.m.
2110 S. 60th St., (414) 763-5644
Scan this particular Barcode for a great St. Patrick's Day party, opening up at 6 a.m. to start things off right. From there, the West Allis hangout will offer $4 mimosas, $3 Irish bombs, $3 Jameson and Tully shots, $5 green beer pitchers, $2 Tippy Cow shots, shepherd's pie, raffles and prizes throughout the day and DJ karaoke starting at 7 p.m.
Biloba Brewing Company
2970 N. Brookfield Rd., (262) 309-5820
This Brookfield-based microbrewery will serve up maximum festive feelings on St. Patrick's Day, featuring live music from Zach Daniel from 4-7 p.m., its Irish red and stout on tap, and a brat fry to help soak all the craft-brewed suds up.
Black Husky Brewing
909 E. Locust St., (414) 763-4141
Black Husky will go green for the holiday on Friday, as the Riverwest craft brewery will host an Irish potluck complete with music from Ogham, an ESB firkin tapping and – because it's St. Patrick's Day – green Hamm's. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.
The Brick Pub & Grill
6343 N. Green Bay Ave., (414) 797-0710
With March Madness and St. Patrick's Day falling on the same weekend, there's much to celebrate on Friday – and that's exactly what The Brick will do. In addition to hacking some money off bills for the Marquette game, this popular establishment will serve up Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and McBrick green brew throughout the day.
2417 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 332-2440
It's been 67 St. Patrick's Day celebrations for this hidden gem, so this Irish pub is having a blast, open both inside and out (thanks to a heated tent) beginning at 9 a.m. with performances from Greater Milwaukee Fire and Police Pipes and Drums at 2:30 p.m. and Rob McWilliam at 4 p.m., plus its famous Irish stew starting at 11 a.m. It's indeed a champion day at Champion's.
3143 S. Clement Ave., (414) 210-4347
This Bay View tavern promises some sweet shenanigans for St. Patrick's Day, with raffle prizes pulled every 30 minutes, drink specials like $4 green apple bombs and $2 green apple shots, and even a caravan taking you to sister pubs The Newport, Straight Shots and Creed's Foggy Dew. And to help soak up all those specials, there's free food beginning at 5 p.m.
1234 N. Astor St., (414) 272-5273
One of the most iconic and beloved Irish locales in the city celebrating St. Patrick's Day? Who could've guessed! Indeed, County Clare is going all out for the special day, with a full Irish breakfast beginning from 8-10:30 a.m., a shamrock blessing at 10:30 a.m. and then music all the way until noon. And then celebrate the rest of the day in one of the most Irish places in Brew City.
Creed's Foggy Dew
3672 S. Kansas Ave., (414) 837-3757
What's better than a bar throwing a St. Patrick's Day party? How about four bars throwing a St. Patrick's Day party? That's what's happening with Creed's Foggy Dew, teaming up with Straight Shots, Clementines and The Newport to have a St. Paddy's Day hoot with a caravan zipping back and forth between the four bars and opening at 10 a.m. for tasty Irish drink specials.
1111 N. Water St., (414) 810-1436
Elwood's is on a mission from God to celebrate the heck out of St. Patrick's Day, serving up $8 Tito's double talls throughout the day and night as well as giving away free t-shirts to the first 100 customers through the doors at 3 p.m. with a $15 bar purchase.
5300 S. 76th St. Unit 1450A, (414) 423-1365
143 W. St Paul Ave., (414) 423-1365
It'll be epic at both Explorium locations for St. Patrick's Day with the return of its Kill The Keg pub crawl, hitting up four walking stops and murdering a keg at each one. In case that somehow wasn't enough, Explorium will also serve up live music, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, all variations of Reuben, hard ginger beer and more thirst-quenching Irish specialties.
502 W. Garfield Ave., (414) 374-4502
Another hidden gem favorite that you should hide out in for St. Paddy's Day, Garfield's 502 will offer $5 Jameson shots, $5 Green Goblin cocktails and $4 Guinness bottles beginning at 4 p.m., along with good music, good food and good vibes.
113 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 289-0700
Things don't get much more Irish than the Milwaukee Irish pub stable The Harp, which will start the holiday off early at 6 a.m. with food, live music, DJs throughout the day and – of course – tasty drink specials.
House of Guinness
354 W. Main St., (262) 408-2710
I mean, come on: It's called House of Guinness. Of course this bar is going big for St. Patrick's Day – and indeed, the classic Irish pub will open early at 8 a.m. complete with an outdoor tent to supersize the party, live music at both 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Sandwich Sisters making tasty snacks starting at 11 a.m. One imagines there will be plenty of Guinness too.
Indeed Brewing Company
530 S. 2nd St., (414) 216-9007
Tap into Indeed Brewing Company's Milwaukee taproom for a special beer of the day: Clover Shake Cream Ale, which may or may not be based on a certain fast food restaurant's famous March minty shake of choice. And while you guzzle those shamrock suds down, enjoy live Irish and Celtic music from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
5218 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 258-9837
Kelly's Bleachers may be known as a baseball bar, but on Friday, the game is drinking and celebrating. Free breakfast will be available starting at 7 a.m. to get a good base going, followed by green beer, DJs, dancing, beer pong, drink specials and a full Irish menu for the rest of the day. It'll be – wait for it – a home run.
Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
You'll certainly feel the luck of the Irish at Leff's Lucky Town on St. Patrick's Day, opening at 6 a.m. for breakfast all the way until 10:45 a.m. The Irish food will continue throughout the day – along with the merriment, complete with drink specials and live music from Kris & Dani starting at 10 a.m. and Trophy Husbands at 9 p.m. Plus, you know they'll have the Marquette game on.
14460 W. College Ave., (414) 427-3838
It's not St. Patrick's Afternoon or Night. It's St. Patrick's DAY – and Matty's is celebrating the whole dang day, opening at 8 a.m. with green beer, Irish food specials, a giveaway from FM 102/1, and a plethora of performances from dancers, bagpipers and more both inside and out of this suburban sweet spot.
2030 W. Howard Ave., (414) 282-6969
This hidden gem states that it's "a must-stop on a weekend adventure" – and that's certainly the case for St. Patrick's Day weekend. Opening early on Friday, Maverick's will serve up Irish icons like corned beef and cabbage, Reuben rolls and green beer along with games and giveaways to keep St. Paddy's spirits bright.
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
A truly classic Irish tradition in Milwaukee, McBob's will crack open at 8 a.m. for St. Patrick's Day with free breakfast all the way until 10 a.m. Top all that off with music all day – truly, with 3 Pints Gone at 9 a.m., Katz Sass at noon, Liam Ford Band at 3:30 p.m. and Thirst Degree capping off the night at 7 p.m. And you know the eating will be good throughout it all.
1135 N. Water St., (414) 278-8888
With a name like McGillycuddy's, you know it's gonna be quite the St. Patrick's Day celebration – and indeed, this Water Street favorite has Irish food staples all day, $3 Jameson shots, $3 green beer, $6 Guinness pints and Irish bombs, a live radio broadcast from FM 102/1 and a Luck of the Irish drawing at noon, with the winner scoring $2,000. That's quite the pot of gold – though there are plenty of other prizes too, so put that Irish luck to use at McGillycuddy's on Friday.
Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr., (414) 273-8709
4022 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 539-5826
The Brat House will be rocking for St. Patrick's Day, serving up a number of specials of both eating and drinking varietals – including $3 Kilbeggan shots, $4 Tully shots, $5 green beer and $9 corned beef sandwiches to help soak up the previously listed drink specials. Why not have a brat too, while you're there? When in Rome ... or Milwaukee Brat House, in this case. And that's all just at the Downtown location, as its Shorewood spot will have a number of St. Paddy's Day specials as well, plus all its March Madness fun.
912 Milwaukee Ave., (414) 902-0148
It's not St. Patrick's Day at this beloved pub and soccer spot. It's St. Patrick DAYS. Yes, they've been parting for a while now at Moran's – but today is the peak, opening at 7 a.m. and hosting a plethora of live music and Irish dance performers throughout the day along with Irish-themed drinks from Better Together Cafe, grub from Rose Mob Grill, March Madness on the TV screens and tasty drink in your glass.
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0721
Cracking open at 7 a.m. for kegs and eggs, Mo's Downtown will be rocking all day, literally, with Reilly at 11 a.m., Wend O'Lynn Fiddle at 2:45 p.m., Trinity Irish Dancers at 7 p.m. and Electric Haze at 8 p.m., plus green beer, beads and more throughout the Friday. And the Tosa location will rock just as hard, with more Irish dance at noon and 5:30 p.m., Leahy's Luck at 2:30 p.m. and Smart Mouth at 8:30 p.m.
8933 S. 27th St., (414) 304-0300
Have some fun out in Franklin at Mulligans, starting bright and early at 6 a.m. with a full Irish breakfast – aka corned beef hash and eggs – until 11 a.m. Once you've got your base on lock, time for shot specials as well as dancing and singing with Ian Gould at 11 a.m., Cactus Bros at 2 p.m., Shotgun Jane at 6 p.m. and bagpipers throughout the day. You'll want a mulligan if you miss out on all of that.
1216 E. Brady St., (414) 246-1010
Nashville North will turn into Dublin North for the day, opening at 9 a.m. with food and drink specials throughout the festivities – and, most importantly, a lot of music and dance. DJ One Drop will keep the party going at noon and 8 p.m. along with Marcus Angel at 4 p.m. and DJ Chex mixing it up at 10 p.m. for the late night crowd.
New Barons Brewing Coop
2018 S 1st St #170, (414) 581-3215
Good things are always brewing at New Barons – and of course that'll be the case on St. Patrick's Day. Opening at 3 p.m., the craft brewery will bring back its Nitro Irish stout, Doc O'Clock, along with Irish drinking songs on the soundtrack and Tots on the Street serving up a hearty base in the taproom. Bust out your green and go for it!
939 E. Conway St., (414) 486-1768
This Bay View haven is one of the most spirited places in Milwaukee on normal days – so of course it'll be full of shenanigans on St. Paddy's Day, opening at 10 a.m. and pouring up plentiful Irish drink classics. Plus, it's on the shuttle route with Clementines, Creed's Foggy Dew and Straight Shots, so be sure to hit the whole Bay View world tour on Friday.
1037 W. McKinley Ave., (414) 226-6516
Say yes to a special night from No Studios in the Brewery District, hosting a special 7 p.m. performance from Cullah as well as Milwaukee Irish Dance Studio throughout the night. Plus their libation legends behind the bar have made a special green concoction for the night. Tickets are available here for $10 – or just $8 for No Studios members.
Nomad World Pub
1401 E. Brady St., (414) 224-8111
This Brady Street staple just turned 28 – and if you think it's gotten more calm and mature over the years, you would be mistaken. Nomad will party like it's 1995, serving up drinks at throwback prices with $3 Jamo shots, green beer, Eagle Park green seltzers and Guinness taps. Stop by starting around 9 a.m.!
4928 W. Vliet St., (414) 453-6200
With a name like O'Brien's Pub, it has to be good for St. Patrick's Day – and indeed, this delightful destination will crack open at 10 a.m. for green beer and Irish food specials from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. And if for some odd reason you're not in the mood for Irish food, try the wings – no matter the day, they're always winners.
O'Connors Perfect Pint
8423 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 395-7468
O'Connors Perfect Pint is the perfect place to call home for St. Patrick's Day. The outdoor tent will be playing the March Madness matchups while elsewhere live music will set the right atmosphere – including Liam Nugent at 9 a.m., Thirst Degree at noon and two sets from the Windy Kilts at 4 and 8 p.m. Plus dig into some delicious corned beef sandwiches, Reuben soup and Guinness stew to provide the perfect soaker pad for St. Paddy's Day.
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
O'Lydia's went overboard for its St. Patrick's Day partying, opening at 6 a.m. complete with the kitchen opening at 8 a.m. for a variety of Irish food favorites. While your taste buds will have a blast, your other senses will get rocked by Frogwater at noon, The Pubbys at 6 p.m. and visits from FM 102/1 as well as Irish dancers and bagpipers on the regular. And, of course, green Miller Lite.
2339 N. Murray Ave., (414) 223-3496
St. Paddy's Day at Paddy's Pub? It just makes sense! Opening at 7 a.m., this popular spot will party all day with Sigmund Snopek at 9 a.m., DJs Fancy Nancy & Killa Kutz at 3 p.m., Barry Houlehen at 7 p.m. and Atlantic Wave closing it out at 8 p.m. And while you feast on good music and good vibes, feast on good food too with breakfast sandwiches, Irish stew, corned beef sandwiches and Irish nachos all on the menu starting at 10:30 a.m. through 6 p.m.
1725 Dolphin Dr Ste B, (262) 505-5942
Raised Grain Brewing Co. raised its game for St. Patrick's Day – and not just because it's serving bangers and mash as its daily special on the menu. No, of course it's the beer, in particular its Kilted Kolsch, which will not only be green for the day but also just $3.17 a pint. Add in the March Madness games on its big screens, and you've got a good time.
1044 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 226-6044
The former Red White and Blue will go majorly green for the holiday on Friday night, with $4 Jameson shots and green beers and $8 green fishbowls served up from 7-10 p.m. Rocking the dance floor with DJs and other regular drink specials, if you're looking to party until St. Patrick's Day has officially passed, RWB is probably the spot.
Sahale Ale Works
1505 Wisconsin Ave #170
This craft brewery may be sneakily tucked into the first floor of an apartment complex, but don't overlook it – and certainly not on St. Patrick's Day. In addition to having March Madness on, the delicious craft brewery will pour up green beer (no, actually good green beer) and nitro stouts while Acme Fiddling Co. sets the perfect Paddy's Day atmosphere.
SkyBox Sports Bar
2213 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 810-0763
If you're looking for a place to get your St. Paddy's Day on as well as your March Madness, SkyBox Sports Bar is the spot. In addition to the games on its TV screens, the sports bar will feature a special holiday menu starting at 10 a.m. featuring corned beef in all sorts of ways – eggrolled, with hash and eggs, in between two slices of bread, all delicious.
1503 E. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 930-9613
Head straight to Straight Shots for a good St. Patrick's Day, opening up at 10 a.m. and serving up drink specials throughout the day as well as the NCAA tourney on its TV screens. And, one more time, it's a part of the Bay View bar celebration, teaming up with Clementines, Newport and Creed's Foggy Dew for a free shuttle between the four funhouses.
Trinity Three Irish Pubs
125 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 446-4285
Why settle for a bar on St. Patrick's Day when you can technically hit up three all at once? Trinity Three Irish Pubs will put the power of all three of its spots in action, opening at 9 a.m. and hosting a number of music performances (Scrubbers, Dan Harvey Band) and DJ sets throughout the day. It'll be a party so big, one pub just couldn't handle it! Three were necessary!
615 E. Brady St., (414) 585-0880
Looking for a pot of gold? Forget the rainbows and come to Up-Down, where the first 100 people through the doors will score a pot of gold, aka 40 free game tokens. Fuel at that gaming, then, with $2 pizza slices through 8 p.m. and special cocktails for the special day. It's a high-score choice for an unconventional St. Paddy's Day celebration.
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