Best Bets for St. Patrick's Day in Atlanta

By Christopher Hassiotis  |  March 14, 2017
Credit: Olde Blind Dog

The Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade has been going strong since 1858, and it's the city's oldest public event. Though the actual holiday falls on Friday, March 17, the parade's already come and gone; it took place Saturday, March 11. But as a wide swath of the city celebrates Irish heritage and culture on the actual day too, here's a rundown of some highlights on where to make merry, dine on special Irish-inspired menus and more beyond the typical green-beer-in-a-pub festivities.

Atkins Park: Through St. Patrick's Day, the Virginia-Highland neighborhood spot features Irish food specials as well as special prices on drinks. Swing in on Friday, though, for a bevy of dishes including braised lamb shank, corned beef and cabbage, and bangers and mash.

The Elder Tree: EAV's Irish pub kicks things off (literally) at 2 PM with Irish kick dancers, and throughout the rest of the day and well into the night there'll be live music from bagpipers and a full Celtic band, along with food specials and holiday-inspired drinks.

Fadó: Buckhead's Irish pub hosts a block party ($20) starting at noon (though doors are opening at 7:30 AM for football and rugby matches on TV), bringing a full day and night of cocktail and beer stations, traditional Irish food and live bands. Meanwhile, the Midtown location opens at 7 AM for its Kegs & Eggs tradition, then at 8 PM a $10 cover charge kicks in for live music and outdoor drinks.

Johnny's Hideaway: This storied Buckhead nightspot gets into the spirit a day early by hosting a feast for those who stop in the night before St. Patrick's Day: Thursday, March 16. Between 6–7 PM, there's complimentary corned beef and cabbage, plus free-flowing shots of Irish drinks.

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Olde Blind Dog: With two locations in town (Milton and Brookhaven), the Olde Blind Dog goes all out in Irish style all year long, but particularly for St. Patrick's Day. You'll find a day-long block party at both locations, with live music, dancing, dishes like Irish stew and bangers and mash (pictured above), along with silent auctions for charity. The festivities continue throughout the weekend with a fundraising bike ride and head-shaving event.

Ri Ra Irish Pub: The popular Midtown pub throws an outdoor street festival from 2–10 PM today, showcasing Irish dancers, bands, DJs and more, along with drink specials and dishes like house-brined corned beef.

Murphy's: Virginia-Highland landmark Murphy's offers a special menu including smoked haddock and onion soup, Irish soda bread and Guinness lamb stew. The restaurant will also host traditional Irish dancers and music beginning at noon.

Republic Social House: With a rooftop patio overlooking Oakland Cemetery, this Grant Park pub keeps spirits high with its annual St. Patrick's Day party, complete with $3 green beers.

Southern Art: Chef Art Smith's Southern Art switches focus from the American South for one night, as its menu skews kelly green. Dishes like shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips and "Irish spring rolls" stuffed with cabbage and pork take the spotlight. There's also live music starting at 9 PM.

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Tap: The Midtown pub has a particularly elevated take on New American fare thanks to the creativity of chef Tyler Williams. He applies his talents to a special menu tonight inspired by traditional Irish cooking, so expect to see dishes like lamb shepherd's pie, poutine topped with fermented cabbage and corned beef, and bangers and mash. In the past, Tap has also served a special dessert inspired by Irish ingredients, made with Guinness and allspice and topped with sliced bananas, vanilla ice cream and a sweet toffee sauce.

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub: The Brookhaven restaurant throws its annual St. Patio’s Day Party starting at 3 PM, with Irish drinks and live music outside. Executive chef Joey Riley switches the menu over to Irish classics for the day, from fish 'n' chips to hearty Guinness stew.