In typical South Florida fashion, St. Patrick’s Day in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and West Palm was an early bird special, with parades and festivals held nearly a week before the actual date of the Irish celebration. Fear not, even though a number of South Florida Irish spots recently closed; Slainte in Boyton Beach and The Tiled Kilt and Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale (I swear my review of the place wasn’t that bad!), and your options for celebrating the patron saint of the Emerald Isle are a bit slimmer this year, there are still a number of spots where you can get your fill of green beer and Irish fare.
3537 Galt Ocean Dr., Fort Lauderdale
The popular Galt Ocean pub is hosting a production of the play “Finnegan’s Wake” on Thursday, March 16 and then celebrating the entire weekend with food and drink specials.
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub
Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood
Leave it to this place, located in the Hard Rock complex, to do St. Patty proud, with live music, traditional Irish dancers, green beer and, of course, corned beef and cabbage.
1095 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale
Sure, it may be a chain, but in true Irish form, Waxy’s is throwing a weekend long celebration filled with entertainment, music, specialty drinks and traditional Irish fare, including a traditional Irish breakfast which is great for sopping up that green beer the next day.
Field Irish Pub and Eatery
3281 Griffin Rd., Dania Beach
With indoor and outdoor events spread over two days, along with entertainment, food and drink specials this authentic Irish Pub will be hopping. If you’re into gingers, this is your place.
McSorley's Beach Pub
837 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Yeah, some consider it a tourist trap, but McSorley’s features a $20 all you can drink deal every Friday, so St. Patty’s Day should be really special. If nothing else, the rooftop deck overlooking the ocean makes this a wonderful spot to have a cocktail.
Kingshead Pub & Restaurant
2692 N University Dr., Sunrise
This place dishes up traditional fare such as; fish and chips, bangers and mash, steak and ale pie and a hearty stew flavored with Newcastle Ale, as well as more modern Irish dishes, such as a salad topped with chicken tikka masala and a variety of curry dishes.
If Irish food isn’t your thing, wait a day or two and celebrate the lesser-known, but no less impressive, St. Joseph’s Day, when Italians take over the feast and party responsibilities.
CIBO Wine Bar
4100 N. Federal, Oakland Park
Cibo’s “Italian Brunch & Bubbles” brunch buffet, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., is not specifically designed for St. Joseph’s Day, but it’s a nice coincidence that it’s on the same weekend. The $35 tab includes a vast selection of brunch items and all bottles of champagne are half price. The seafood station alone is worth the visit, featuring shrimp diavolo, shrimp cocktail, seafood salad, and cured salmon, among other delicacies.