St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is a fun holiday filled with parades, shamrocks and beer. Lots of beer. The cities with the biggest parades usually have the craziest St. Patrick's Day celebrations, and even though some of the parades already took place last week, that doesn't mean you should stop yourself from going out to celebrate this weekend with 50 of your closest friends (BUT I BETTER NOT SEE ANY OF YOU DOPES TRYING TO GET INTO BARS WITH A FAKE ID - 21+ ONLY!). If you're stuck on where to go, maybe this list will help you out. And for the love of god, wear green.—Katie
NYC's parade is this Saturday and while NYC probably has a zillion and one Irish bars, there are some that are better than others. Apparently Molly's is one of the better ones; it has good food and sawdust on the floor. FUN! Another great place for hangin' is Ryan's Daughter (even though it's not really an Irish bar). This place has billiards, darts, hoops, a jukebox and free chips. Sold. A little more fun than just sitting at a bar, drinkin' a beer.
Scranton's St. Paddy's parade already happened and for some reason, Scranton is one of the hottest spots in the country to check out a St. Patrick's Day parade (it's one of the biggest in the country). If you missed the parade and still want to explore Scranton this weekend, make sure you check out The Bog; it's a tiny little place, but their live tunes are always the best, the beer is cheap, and everyone is incredibly friendly.
Although Philadelphia's parade was also this past Saturday (an encore of the parade is airing on CWPhilly at 1:00 this Saturday), you can count on Philly to make sure the party continues on the actual holiday as well. Finnegan's Wake is the only Irish pub I've been to while anything Irish was happening, but it gets a thumbs up from me, mostly because they had an amazing cover band playing Britney Spears songs. If you'd like a more legitimate list, here's an article from last year that lists all the best Irish bars in the city.
Chicago is cool on St. Paddy's Day because they dye the river green and then party all day long. If you get there early enough, you can get a great spot right along the river walk to watch it all happen. After that you'll probably want to move onto the keg breakfast at McCormick and Schmick's or head over to the Emerald Loop. Once you're done with that, you'll probably just want to take a big ol' nap.