Here, in Fort Lauderdale, there is no lack of Irish Pubs and they will certainly be showing their colors this weekend as Saint Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday and who wants to wait until Monday to start celebrating the biggest drinking holiday of the entire year?! Being that I only care about bars with live music, I thought I would do my annual compilation for those of you who love to read my suggestions – like ’em or not!
This blog would not be complete if I did not bring up two of the largest Irish Pubs in town and they prove it year after year on St. Patty’s Day. The first one was one that I discovered several years ago when a friend came to town and asked me to find her a true Irish Pub to celebrate on March 17th. That is when my online research uncovered a hidden gem on Griffin Road in Dania Beach, just West of the Fort Lauderdale Airport and just North of Hollywood. And thus started my annual visits to The Field Irish Pub & Eatery. Week after week, they feature the same nightly entertainment: The Two of Us (Beatles Tribute) on Tuesday nights, George Orr’s tribute to Rod Stewart on Wednesdays and Celtic Bridge, an Irish Trio every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. However, on March 17th, they go all out to fill every hour of the day with live entertainment and every possible parking spot within a mile with cars!
Here is their complete schedule as listed on their website, thefieldfl.com. PUB STAGE Celtic Bridge 12pm-Midnight TENT STAGE Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher from Prince Edward Island, Canada 2-7pm DJ Jason Dunne 7:30pm-Midnight ALSO FEATURING: Drake School Irish Dancers, Celtic Dreams Bagpipers, Facepainter, South Florida Cloggers, Traditional Irish Fare, Bars Inside & Out! Gates open at 11am. $10 cover. No reservations! Entertainment subject to change without notice. Rain or shine event. All attendants subject to age verification and entry fee. Complimentary adjacent parking provided.
Next, I have to mention an Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale that does not go a weekend without a great variety of bands every Friday and Saturday night, located just up the road from Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Maguire’s Hill 16 puts up a huge tent in their parking lot to handle the swarm of people who show up for their party each year.
Here is their schedule as posted on their website: Starting at 8am with our traditional Irish breakfast…….. From 12 noon our famous St. Patrick’s day party commences with live music all day……, starting with traditional Irish music by Celtic Cross band…..followed by Joe Doherty and Co…… Then from 7pm we will be rocking with the famous fiddle player Randi and the Blue Fire Band……….. Traditional Irish music will also be played throughout the day in all our bars….. We also be entertained by the famour carl drake school of Irish step dancers, local school of Irish clog dancers…… The Fort Lauderdale bagpipers….many vendors… Face painter….. Enjoy our home cooked Irish food which will include corn beef and cabbage….. Shepherd’s pie……. Irish stew…. Burgers, hot dogs etc…. Come sit back, drink up with your loved ones and friends, some you haven’t met yet.
Some places like to be Irish for just one day. Take Tijuana Taxi in Coral Springs for example. They fence off the parking lot as they do for Halloween and throw one heck of a party, even if they are a Mexican restaurant! Here is their writeup:
“Come by and catch the t-shirts and beads that we’ll be tossin’ off the stage while indulging in Authentic Mexican Food and our one of a kind Corned Beef and Cabbage Tacos (you HAVE to try them!) ~ Irish Car Bombs, Baby Guinness, DOS XX ~ and all your favorite frosty beverages!!! DJ Tommy Rocker goes Live at 4pm! HEADLINING ACT: Grindstone rocks the stage 8pm til Midnight!”
What follows are some of my favorite Irish Pubs with weekly live music and their entertainment plans for Monday.
Johnny O’Brian’s Irish Pub in Coconut Creek – Bungled & Botched followed by Riverdown
O’Meara’s Irish Pub in Margate – Dog Starr Rider
Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point – Bounce
You can be sure to find Corned Beef & Cabbage, Green Beer and plenty of party favors (and some surprises) at any of the places mentioned. So, if you rest up on Sunday, prepare to party one more time this weekend on Monday. You’ll find detailed times and even more places to go Monday on the daily Live Music Events Calendar at www.weekendbroward.com/live-music/
The Weekend Concierge