Fado will host St. Patrick's day parties all day on both Saturday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 17. COURTESY OF FADO

Major celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day on tap this weekend and beyond

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, which sounds like a bummer for fans of green beer and Irish whiskey. Rather than dampening the party, though, the weeknight date means that local restaurants, breweries and pubs are celebrating twice. There’s quite a bit going on around town this Saturday, March 14, in honor of St. Patrick, including the traditional parade in Midtown. Here’s a list of options for both the weekend and those traditionalists still planning to celebrate on March 17. 

Weekend Events 

Lucky Fest at Park Tavern 

Park Tavern is no stranger to massive parties, and St. Patrick’s Day is a big one. Guests are encouraged to wear their best green outfits when the bars open and the music starts at 3 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets cost $20 not including food and beverages, but Lucky Fest is guaranteed to entertain all afternoon and into the wee hours. Tickets can be purchased here.

Park Tavern, 500 10th St NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001, parktavern.com

The view of Midtown from Park Tavern. COURTESY OF PARK TAVERN

St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Block Party at Fado 

Fado’s annual St. Patty’s bash is older than plenty of guests who legally attend. A tradition since 1996, the huge Irish pub located in Buckhead will host its St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Block Party on Saturday with the added bonus of rugby and soccer on all day long. Atlanta United plays at 7:30 p.m. in what’s bound to be a raucous environment considering that Fado will open its doors at 7 a.m. Tickets are $20 ahead of time and can be purchased at the door as well.

Fado Irish Pub, 273 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-841-0066, fadoirishpub.com. 

St. Patrick’s Day Takeover Live! At the Battery Atlanta 

It’s the sound of Saturday night in Atlanta - DJ Babey Drew is helping Live! At the Battery Atlanta turn St. Patrick’s Day all the way up. Irish food, drinks and beer will be on the menu while gold and jewelry scavenger hunts will have you searching for treasure. In the evening, try out the lucky charms bar and party while DJ Babey Drew mixes up your favorite songs of the moment. Tickets are available in advance priced $10-$25

Live! at the Battery Atlanta, 825 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta. 404-965-2511, liveatthebatteryatlanta.com

Red Door Tavern 

No gimmicks here - just good, old fashioned drink specials all night long. Red Door Tavern’s St. Patrick’s day celebration this Saturday will include $5 mini Irish Car Bombs, $3 Truly drafts, $5 Jameson shots and $12 “Pots of Gold” featuring St. Archers Lager. Open from 2 p.m. - 2:30 a.m., this is a destination that won’t hurt your wallet as much as your liver. 

Red Door Tavern, 3180 Roswell Rd, Atlanta. 404-846-6525, facebook.com/reddoor3180

Hampton + Hudson 

Why not act Irish all weekend? Hampton + Hudson has food and beverage specials on both Saturday and Sunday, including a corned beef and cabbage plate and not-so-traditional Irish egg rolls. Wash those delicacies down with $5 Jameson shots, Guinness or Black and Tans from open to close, but make sure you’re there when Atlanta United plays; Hampton + Hudson is one the top spots for watching the local soccer squad. 

Hampton + Hudson, 299 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-948-2123, hamptonandhudson.com

Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern 

The party’s scheduled to last all weekend at both locations of Hobnob as well, with Irish-themed decorations and food and drink specials. Corned beef and cabbage is on the menu, along with $5 Jameson shots and pints of Guinness for the same price - but you’ll feel even luckier when you tap into their special green beer available for just $2.75 a pour. The festivities technically start Friday night and run through the actual St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, but be sure to stop by on Saturday for live music at both the Brookhaven and Dunwoody locations. 

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. Two Locations: 1221 Ashford Crossing, Atlanta, 470-395-7904; 804 Town Blvd, Atlanta. 404-464-8971, hobnobatlanta.com

Atkins Park Restaurant and Bar 

St. Patrick’s Day gets so crazy that Atkins Park is actually one of the most subdued places you can celebrate this weekend. The venerable Virginia-Highland watering hole is serving a bit more traditional and upscale Irish cuisine from March 14-17, including the omnipresent corned beef and cabbage gussied up with a stout mustard glaze, Guinness-braised bangers and mash, and lamb shank with potatoes, vegetables and gravy. For those who prefer to celebrate with their stomach rather than their liver, Atkins Park is the place to be. 

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar, 794 N.Highland Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-876-7249, atkinspark.com

Loyal Q and Brew 

Bring a little luck to Friday the 13th when Loyal Q and Brew in Alpharetta kicks off its St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The barbecue restaurant and bar will be offering drink specials March 13-14, including a Jameson mojito, the Q-Flurry and the St. Patty’s Sour. And guess what there is to eat? Corned beef and cabbage! Although this version gets an oak-smoked twist from the Loyal Q pitmasters - who doesn’t love a little extra flavor? 

Loyal Q and Brew, 3655 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta. 470-359-9947, loyalq.com. 

Honeysuckle Gelato 

Don’t miss out on a limited-time flavor at Honeysuckle Gelato that’s perfect for the season. Irish Coffee gelato is based on Irish cream and swirled with espresso caramel. Picking up some gelato is one St. Patrick’s Day decision you won’t regret, and it’s available in-store every day until March 24. 

Honeysuckle Gelato, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-228-7825, honeysucklegelato.com

Sugar cookies from Alon's. COURTESY OF ALON'S

Alon’s Bakery & Market 

If you’re hosting your own St. Patrick’s Day party, you’re going to want to make sure people are fed. Give your guests delicious, hearty Irish fare by calling in the experts at Alon’s. The chefs have thought of everything, including (you guessed it) corned beef and cabbage, Guinness pie and colcannon along with sweets like Irish whiskey bread pudding and adorable iced sugar cookies. Orders can be placed online or over the phone. 

Alon's Bakery & Market, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta. 678-397-1781, alons.com

Shenanigan’s Pop-Up Pub at Best End Brewing 

Best End Brewing is so excited about St. Patrick’s Day that their festivities can’t be contained in one weekend. Wednesdays through Sundays from now till March 22, the brewery will host Shenanigan’s Pop-Up Pub, with special opening hours on the big day, Tuesday, March 17. The brewery will have an Irish-themed menu and a specially-brewed stout for the two weeks of the Shenanigan’s Pop-Up, and there will be nightly giveaways and games. If you say Shenanigan’s one more time… 

Best End Brewing Company, 1036 White St SW, Atlanta. 470-391-0999, bestendbrewing.com

A nitro stout at New Realm Brewing. COURTESY OF NEW REALM BREWING

New Realm Brewing

The big Beltline brewery is celebrating St. Patty all weekend, too. On Friday, March 13, New Realm Brewing will have live music from the Def Leprechauns from 7-10 p.m. On Saturday, the brewpub will have a full slate of entertainment including Irish dancers, North GA Pipe and Drums and a late afternoon set from Ah, Surely Trio. Enjoy some heady brews with a side of Irish culture.

New Realm Brewing, 550 Somerset Terrace NE, Atlanta. 404-968-2777, newrealmbrewing.com.

Tuesday and Beyond 

St. Patrick’s Day at Fado 

Ready for round two? Fado is pulling no punches with their celebration on St. Patrick’s Day proper. The pub will open for kegs and eggs at 7 a.m. and host live music and live Irish dancing throughout the day. At 4 p.m. the doors will close to everyone under the age of 21 and the party will really get started, including a $10 cover. The band Desire will perform at 8:30 p.m. and a DJ will take over from 10:30 p.m. until closing. It’s safe to say that Fado takes St. Patrick’s Day seriously. 

Fado Irish Pub, 273 Buckhead Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-841-0066, fadoirishpub.com

St. Patrick’s Day Specials at Dantanna’s 

In Buckhead and Downtown, both Dantanna’s locations are celebrating Tuesday, March 17 with the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef, cabbage and smashed red potatoes topped off with jalapeno-dijon mustard hollandaise sauce. Guinness is on tap and the full food and beverage menu will be available. 

Dantanna's. Two Locations: 3400 Around Lenox Rd, Atlanta, 404-760-8873; One CNN Center, Atlanta, 404-522-8873. Dantannas.com

Eat, Drink & Be Irish at The Shed at Glenwood 

The Shed at Glenwood is looking across the pond for Irish menu inspiration next Tuesday, bringing corned beef, cabbage and potatoes over for the occasion. There will also be a specialty cocktail menu created for the Shed’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, so don’t overdo it on Saturday! 

The Shed at Glenwood, 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE, Atlanta. 404-835-4363, theshedatglenwood.com

A green cocktail called the Matcha Mojito is available for St. Patrick's Day at the Oceanaire. COURTESY OF LANDRY'S

The Oceanaire 

If you’re looking for authentic Irish flavors, this is not the cocktail for you. But if you want to drink something green, the Oceanaire has an emerald-hued cocktail that should be right up your alley: a Matcha Mojito made with cucumber and mint vodka, green chartreuse, lime and pineapple juices and matcha simple syrup for $14. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and congratulate yourself for being a citizen of the world in the Oceanaire’s tony Midtown dining room. 

The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 1100 Peachtree St, Atlanta. 404-475-2277, theoceanaire.com

Hampton + Hudson 

The Inman Park pub will continue its food and drink specials from the weekend while hosting a special Irish trivia contest on Tuesday. Diners are encouraged to wear green and a “best dressed” prize will be awarded at the end of the evening. This is the perfect event to test all the Irish knowledge and lore that you will no doubt remember from the weekend. 

 Hampton + Hudson, 299 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-948-2123, hamptonandhudson.com

Second Self 

If you’re going to drink green beer, you might as well get it straight from the source. On St. Patrick’s Day, Second Self brewing is selling Green Golden Ale for $3 a pint all evening long - no cover charge or tickets necessary. 

Second Self Beer Company, 1317 Logan Cir NW, Atlanta. 678-916-8035, secondselfbeer.com

Hugo’s Oyster Bar

Drink specials are hard to argue with on St. Patrick’s Day, and Hugo’s is giving the people what they want with $5 shots of Proper Number 12 Irish whiskey, Guinness Tall Boys and $3 green Miller Lights. 

Hugo’s Oyster Bar, 10360 Alpharetta St, Roswell. 770-993-5922, hugosoysterbar.com.

Loyal Tavern 

The Roswell bar Loyal Tavern is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all week, March 16-22, with a bracing beer and shot special. For $9.95, bargoers can order a pint of Guinness with a shot of Slane whiskey, an Irish whiskey that’s comparable to Jameson but much harder to find in local restaurants. Belly up to the bar and say, “Slainte!” 

Loyal Tavern, 950 Canton St, Roswell. 678-659-9412, loyaltavern.com.

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