Your St. Paddy’s Day Weekend Fun Guide

I find St. Patrick’s Day fascinating. In Ireland, it’s a holy day. Not in the metaphorical sense like it is here, but in the literal sense. Like, go to church, have dinner with your family, that kind of thing. Here we’ve somehow morphed it into “get stinkin’ drunk like you don’t get drunk for the rest of the year.” Know what? I like our version better.

Just do everyone a favor and make sure you’re not driving on Saturday night if you’re drinking. Please.

you know what shamrocks mean! drinking! wait, that's not what they mean?

Here’s what we have going on for St. Pat’s around town. And remember, if you ever have anything going on that you want to make sure gets in the blog every Friday, email it to me or send the PopRox Facebook page an invite. If you’re tired of seeing the same people and bars get mentioned, it’s because they send me stuff.

WSGB is hosting the St. Patrick’s Day party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Siamsa. The catch there is the giveaway of five trips to Harrah’s in Atlantic City. I’ve mentioned it before, but that’s my casino of choice in AC. So this holds some appeal to me for sure. Not sure if anyone heard WSGB this morning, but they apparently did a special where the hosts drank during the show to demonstrate the effects of alcohol. The last thing I want to do is poop on someone trying to provide a public service and keep people from drinking and driving this weekend, but how drunk can you really get in three or four hours without chugging? And what happened for the first two hours when there were probably no effects? Oh wait, most people do get drunk that quick. Oops, guess you know how I spent my 20s and most of my 30s. If you have reports on how it went, drop it down in the comments, I’m curious.

Ah, the good ol’ days. When I used to wake up on Parade Day at 5:45 so that I could be in line outside of Farley’s in Scranton by 6:45 a.m., no later, so that I could be drinking my first beer by about 7:10. There probably aren’t that many people around the Poconos who have had that kind of experience, but now you can — Grace O’Malley’s on Main Street in Stroudsburg is opening at 7 a.m. Saturday to serve kegs and eggs. Here’s the great thing about that. Normally on Parade Day, you see escalating beer prices throughout the day. But at Grace O’Malley’s it will be $1 beers ALL DAY, as per their normal schedule. So you can get good and loaded by 10 a.m. spending just $10 or so. Unless you’re a Megatouch freak like me, then you’ll spend about double that. Open at 7 a.m., basketball all day. Someone tell me again why I decided to have kids?

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and somehow that includes the Italians. (Just kidding. Really, I am.) Ciro’s Bistro at 728 Main Street in Stroudsburg is loading up for Saturday with a ton of specials, the most important of which being “no cover.” Let’s just run down a few: 18 oz Coors Light for $3 in a Coors Light glass with $1.50 refills … 32 oz (now we’re talking) Bud Light stein, $6 for the first one, $2.50 for refills … $2.50 Guinness Black bottles … happy hour specials from 10 p.m. to midnight … $1 shamrock shots in Jell-O or test tube formats … you get the idea. They’ve got a lot going on. Giveaways are on the agenda too.

yeah, it's funny.

Looks like Rudy’s in East Stroudsburg will have the Celtic Ramblers in the bar around noon on Saturday, which is nice and early in its own right. Love those new shirts they got in, including the “future patron” kid shirts. I’m conflicted. The stiff-willed, fun-sucking parent is outraged. The regular ol’ me buys a dozen and hands them out to kids on the street. Final verdict? The shirts are funny.

Of course someone named Joe O’Malley is playing on St. Pat’s Day! But wait, there’s more! How about 2 St. Pattrick’s Day gigs? Gotta strike while the iron is hot. An official FOPR (Friend of PopRox), O’Malley is playing the Frogtown Inn on Route 390 in Canadensis at 4 p.m. and then he’s heading up the road to the PourHouse in Mountainhome from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. By then you’re probably going to be good and drunk, so Joe is calling for an “interactive show with singing and dancing.” Here’s the words to Danny Boy, just in case you need them. With two shows, poor Joe probably won’t be able to keep an eye on the basketball games, so keep him updated if you see him.

Pub of the Pines/Jubilee in Pocono Pines is doing its St. Patrick’s Day thing with beer and food specials all day and live music starting at 5 p.m. with District 12, then Pair of Nuts at 9. Heh heh. Pair of Nuts. That always cracks me up. I don’t get the chance to stop in there very much, but I’m almost always impressed. I was there on Tuesday and there was only one bartender working with about 10 people sitting at the bar who all seemed to want a drink at the same time. It took about five minutes to get my beer. Annoying, but completely understandable. When I got my beer, the bartender apologized and gave it to me on the house. That, my friends, is how service should be.

ah, shenanigans

Fresh off its appearance on Mob Wives on VH1 this week, Shenanigans in Lake Harmony will be having the Irish Donny Brooke Band starting at 8 p.m. Supposedly the show was taped there in November, but I was at Shenanigans on Nov. 19 and saw neither camera crews nor anything that resembled a Mob Wife. Not that I’d know one if I tripped over them, but still. then again I didn’t get there until, about 11, so who knows. Not quite sure what my point was here, other than I would have liked to have seen that. And if you know that guy who accosted those fine upstanding ladies, send him my way, I’d like to talk to him about it.

gotta look the part, and they do

We’re big on Irish stereotypes in the states when it comes to St. Pat’s — shamrocks, beer drinking, leprechauns … and U2. The only formidable band that Ireland has ever produced is now somehow largely associated with St. Patrick’s Day. In that spirit, Unforgettable Fire, a really good U2 cover band, will be at Gypsies in Mount Airy starting at 8 on Saturday.

Flyin’ Blind is hosting the St. Patrick’s Day party at My Place in Marshalls Creek starting at 9:30 tomorrow night. The band is going to be drawing the winner for a basket of cheer with a couple hundred bucks worth of booze at the party. Yay St. Patrick’s Day!

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