St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia – Guide to Irish Bars, Irish Food and Irish Events!

St. Patrick's in Philadelphia

‘Erin Go Bragh – Ireland Forever’

St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia is right around the corner. Do you have your green on and your pint glass in full tilt for that Irish toast! Below is a list of Irish breakfasts and events on St. Patrick’s Day, which is a Thursday this year, events and activities leading up to St. Patrick’s Day and most of the Irish Bars located in the City of Brotherly Love. If you plan on starting St. Patrick’s Day in Philadelphia early, you should check out a few of the Irish bars in Philadelphia that serve Irish breakfast or brunch. Here is our list and you’ll find more activities and specials at the bottom.

St. Patrick’s Day ~ Friday, March 17

  • Con Murphy’s ~ March 17 ~ Opens at 6:30 am for Irish Breakfast which is two eggs any style, bangers, rashers (Irish Bacon), black and white pudding, potatoes, grilled tomato & baked beans (there are other breakfast selections). Live acoustic music at 5 pm with Seamus McGroary * Bagpiper at 7 pm * DJ at 10 pm. There will be Irish food specials all day long.
  • Plough & the Stars March 17 ~ Opening at 7 am! From 7 am – 10 am: Judge Jimmy Lynn’s 18th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast ($25 pay at door) * Noon - Live music from Stephen Dodds * 1 pm Philadelphia Runners stop in – 65 of them for 65 pints of Guinness * Bagpipers at 4 pm. There will be Irish music, dancers and singing throughout the day with food served all day (different menus depending on time of day). ~ Updates ~
  • Fadó Irish Pub ~ March 17 ~ 7:00 am – 10:00 am ~ Fadó is known for their sports breakfasts, and St. Patrick’s Day is a special day to add to a great breakfast. All you can eat pancakes plus a full breakfast buffet with donation to AoH. (must pay for your beer) - Kitchen Hours 10 am – 11 pm; * 2 pm Live Music with Goodman Fiske & then 52 Pickup at 6 pm * $5 cover starting at 1 pm & No minors after 1 pm * 10 pm Shebeen & DJ Press Play
  • O’Neals Pub ~ March 17Opening at 9 am ~ Enjoy corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Beef Stew and fish & chips with early drink specials such as Guinness – Smithwick’s – Great Lakes Brewing Company Conway Irish Ale * 2nd Street Irish Society Pipes & Drums will stop by around 8 pm! * TBD Irish Dancers 
  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House ~ March 17 ~ Opening at 10 am * Try their original Irish Potato Martini or some authentic Stout from Ireland! Serving rotating list of Irish food specials, including bangers and mash (Irish sausage & mashed potatoes), Shepherd’s Pie, Irish lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage & more.
  • Irish Pub ~ March 17 ~ Both locations open at 10 am. Enjoy Irish Specialties such as; Shepherds Pie, Dublin Beef Stew, etc * Playing Irish music all day * Bagpipers will appear at both places
  • For Pete’s Sake ~ March 17 ~ Opening at 11 am – Serving Shepherds Pie, ham or corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, mussels cooked in Guinness, etc * Irish music playing on the system all day and night! 
  • Irish Memorial ~ March 17 ~ The Irish Memorial, located at Penn’s Landing, will start their annual commemoration at 11 am with the laying of the wreath, mass, dancing and Irish music. Mayor Kenney will be in attendance. For more info: Irish Memorial at Penn’s Landing ~
  • Bridget Foy’s March 17 ~ Doors open at 11:30 am. Enjoy Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Lamb Burger, smoked salmon Rillette & Irish Whiskey Flights * 7 pm Live Irish Music by Connemara Codfish Company Live Music March 17 at Bridget Foy’s ~
  • The Bards ~ March 17 ~ Opening at 11 am * They will be serving ham and cabbage, fish and chips, Irish breakfast, Shepherds Pie & offering $5 Yuengling Lager and Miller High Life Pounders, $10 Tully and Lager citywides, and $10 Jameson and Guinness “countywides.
McGillins Olde Ale House

Courtesy of McGillins Olde Ale House

Here is our list of Irish Bars in Philadelphia :

(Listing them in alphabetical order with no preference over one or the other)

The Bards ~ located in Rittenhouse Square ~ A neighborhood favorite, Bards in Philly is a quaint establishment with good Irish food, beers, and atmosphere while giving you a real taste of Ireland.

Black Sheep ~ located in Rittenhouse Square ~ An Irish pub that is nestled in the corner of Historic Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. It has all the comforts of home; to include a fireplace, 6 televisions, darts, comfortable sitting areas, and much more.

Blarney South Bar & Grille, The ~ located in South Street District ~ Has lots of character thanks to the memorabilia and many antiques lining the walls.  You can sit in the back room by a scenic mural while eating some authentic Irish food.

Bridget Foy’s – located  in the South Street Headhouse District ~ Pleasant downstairs & upstairs bar and seating with a home feeling to it.

Brownies Pub ~ located in Old City ~ A small 2 story Irish pub with a pool table, darts, and singing bartenders. A good hang out for that shot and beer, with a friendly owner and bar staff.

Cavanuagh’s Headhouse ~ located in South Street Headhouse District ~ Once known as the Dark Horse, is a great place for a round of darts with a glass of beer. Known for their large selection of beers, having 44 taps, this particular bar has a lot of character because of it’s 5 different bar rooms.

Cavanaugh’s Restaurant & Pub * ~ located in University City ~ An Irish bar and sports bar where local patrons and students from Penn and Drexel hang out together, giving it a diverese crowd. Good food and drink specials with plenty of tv’s.

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse  * ~ located in Rittenhouse Square ~ A two story bar more known as a sports bar, but still knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Erin’s Express makes a stop here also.

Con Murphy’s ~ located in the Art Museum District/Logan Square ~ Irish owned and operated, Con Murphy’s is a 2-story Irish pub that gives you that warm/cozy Ireland feeling when inside. Having a good selection of 9 drafts, Con Murphy’s has been known to pour one of the best pints of Guinness’s in Philadelphia.

Downey’s Restaurant & Pub ~ located in Society Hill ~ Downey’s is a Philadelphia landmark, and it’s not unusual to run into a local sports figure or two on any given night. The bar is of rich mahogany wood throughout and stained glass panes that were imported from County Cork in Ireland. Also serving an Irish menu and drinks.

Fadó Irish Pub ~ located in Center City ~ Always fun, with crazy things going on at Fadó. A bar with many nooks and crannies, good food, drinks, people, and good atmosphere. Please see below for St. Patrick’s Day events at Fadó.

Fergie’s Pub ~ located in Center City/Market East ~ Fergus Carey has created a laid back atmosphere and decent food at Fergie’s to go along with their 11 beers on tap and selection of 38 bottled beers. Please see below for more details for St. Patrick’s Day events at Fergie’s.

For Pete’s Sake ~ located in Queen Village ~ Many say, after visiting this Irish Pub, “For Pete’s Sake, why didn’t I find this place sooner?” A good corner bar in the Queen Village section of Philadelphia, with good food and drink specials.

Irish Pub ~ located in Rittenhouse Square ~ This pub opened in 1983 and it’s sister bar, 9 blocks down the street, opened in 1980. Both of these spots are popular to both Philadelphians and out-of-towners. You can always find a green beer on St. Patrick’s Day at this establishment.

The Irish Times ~ located in Queen Village ~ When walking into this Irish bar, you have the option to head upstairs to the loft bar or descend 50-feet underground to the Down Below bar. In either case, you will always be able to enjoy good food and drinks with good company and a friendly wait and bar staff.

Kelliann’s Bar & Grill * ~ located in Spring Garden/Fairmount Area ~ A fire in 2010, Kelliann’s has rebuilt and are still a neighborhood favorite with good beers.

McCrossen’s Tavern ~ located in Art Museum District/Fairmount ~ offers a great selection of beers on draft and upscale pub fare like braised pork belly and roasted bone marrow.

McFadden’s Ballpark ~ located in South Philly ~ Located at Citizen’s Ball Park, it’s has some room with many types of beer on tap, tv’s, and an outdoor bar. Keep your eye out for the jello shot girl, they might be green on St. Patrick’s Day.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House ~ located in Market East ~ The oldest continuously operating bar in Philadelphia, who knows how to party on St. Patrick’s day in Philly. Green beer will be flowing and they will open an hour earlier at 10:00 am.

McGlinchey’s Bar & Grill ~ located in Rittenhouse Square/Avenue of the Arts ~ This bar is one of the best dive bars in Philadelphia, and is always crowded with cheap beers. People keep coming back, even after they recover from the night before.

Moriarty’s Restaurant & Irish Pub ~ located in Center City East ~ This Irish pub is known far and wide for their delicious wings and good selection of draft beers. Having character, the timber bar was handmade by the owner and hanging on the walls are vintage photos and prints from the many shows that have played at the Forrest Theatre next door.

Murph’s Bar ~ located in Fishtown ~ This no frills Irish bar in Fistown can be easily missed, blending into the urban landscape along Girard Avenue. It’s just a cozy pub with cheap beer and friendly people.

New Deck Tavern * ~ located in University City ~ The New Deck Tavern opens at 9am on St. Patrick’s Day and is part of the Erin Express. Good pub food with good beer, especially Guinness.

O’Neals Irish Pub & Restaurant ~ located in Queen Village ~ A sports bar & Irish bar, Spoonie and his crew certainly make you feel like one of the regulars. Basically good food, with 19 + beers on draught, including the area’s only “Real Ale” beer engine and over 100 bottles available for six-pack takeout. Their back patio will also be opened for St. Patrick’s Day.

Paddy Whacks Irish Pub ~ located in Head House Square/South Street District ~  This clean Irish pub has two bars with a pleasant selection of 15 appetizers, 15 draught beers on tap, and 19 bottled beers.

Plough & the Stars ~ located in Old City ~ Plough & the Stars features live music while serving traditional Irish pub fare to include fish and chips, Guinness cassarole and Shepherd’s Pie. They rotate eleven different types of draft beers from countries such as Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States while having a selection of 30 bottled beers.

Sláinte * ~ located in University City ~ A well-kept Irish bar and restaurant that has very comfortable seating. They have an European draft beer system imported from County Cork, Ireland, which ensures they pour the perfect pint everytime. Hungry? Sláinte has a wide-selection of foods, to include your Irish fare of fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd’s pie.

St. Stephen’s Green ~ located in Fairmount ~  This bar has a partnership between the owners of Bishop’s Collar and Black Sheep Pub; all good Irish bars in Philadelphia. What you get at this bar is that they place the beer menu front-and-center, making sure you know your selections of beers. (web site is under construction)

Tir Na Nog ~ located in Art Museum District Area/Logan Square ~ Tír na nÓg is an Irish bar that has several rooms so you can eat and drink either with the crowd or away from the crowd. Their draft beers consist of 11 domestic beers and 12 import beers, while serving 30 different kinds of bottled beers. Always a polite crowd at this bar/restaurant, with a friendly bar and wait staff.

Plough & the Stars

Irish music – Courtesy of Plough & the Stars

St. Patrick’s Day events in Philadelphia from March 4 – 20, 2017

  • FADO ~ March 4 ~ St. Practice Day at FADO - Doors open at 7 am for EPL, Liverpool vs Arsenal at 12.30 pm & Live Music – Sidearm at 3 pm, Hollywood Krush at 7 pm and Club. Shebeen & DJ Press Play at 10 pm. $5 cover & 21 & over after 2pm St. Patrick’s events & activities at FADO ~
  • Running of the Micks ~ March 4 & 11 ~ Party starts at 9 am at Monarch Beach Club & Electric Factory Complex. Starting at 12 pm until 8 pm, buses will take you to certain Irish bars in Philly. The cost of the ticket gets you drink specials. You’ll even make a stop to the Art Museum steps for the historic run up the steps. ~ Running of the Micks ~
  • Erin’s Express ~ March 4 & 11 ~ Noon to 6 pm ~ Green buses taking you to various locations which are marked with an asterick above for those participating. ~ Erin’s Express in Philadelphia  ~ 
  • The Leprechaun Run ~ March 11 ~  Registration up to 7:20 am! Starting at 7:30 am, the 5 run/2 mile walk starts at the bottom of the Art Museum steps and all proceeds benefits the Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes in Philadelphia. Walk-up registration is available on the day of the event as well. ~ The Leprechaun Run ~
  • FADO ~ March 11 ~ Doors open at 7 am for EPL and Six Nations Rugby & Live Music – Hollywood Krush at 3 pm, 52 Pick up at 7 pm and Club Shebeen & DJ Press Play at 10 pm. $5 cover & 21 & over after 2pmMarch 12 - Doors pen at 8 am for EPL; March 26 ~ St Baldrick’s Foundation – Head Shaving Event! 3 pm to 7 pm Baldrick’s Head Shaving Event – 7th annual head-shaving event where the community raises money and awareness to help fight children’s cancer. Event begins at 3 pm. $55,000 goal this year with 30 shavees already registered! It’s great craic for a great cause. Click here to learn more or to donate. ~ St. Patrick’s events & activities at FADO ~
  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House ~ March 11 – 16 ~ Opens at 11 am daily * Try their original Irish Potato Martini or some authentic Stout from Ireland! Also green beer. Serving rotating list of Irish food specials, including bangers and mash (Irish sausage & mashed potatoes), Shepherd’s Pie, Irish lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage & more.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Tour, Toasts & Tastes ~ March 11 ~ You don’t have to be Irish for this event! Held at Laurel Hill Cemetery starting at 1 pm, be part of this festive St. Patrick’s Day tour and reception. Though dead men tell no tales, there are two places that we can learn much about them:  the wake-house and Laurel Hill Cemetery. For details> ~ St Patrick’s Day Tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery ~
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Conshohocken ~ March 11 ~ Starting at 2 pm, enjoy the parade in beautiful streets of Conshohocken. Parade starts at 11th Avenue and Fayette Street in Conshohocken. Details ~ St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Conshohocken ~ ~ St Patrick’s Day Parade in Conshy ~ ~ St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Conshohocken ~
  • O’Neals Pub ~ March 12 ~ Opening at 9 am ~ Enjoy corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Beef Stew and fish & chips with early drink specials such as Guinness – Smithwick’s – Great Lakes Brewing Company Conway Irish Ale *  2nd Street Irish Society Pipes & Drums will stop by around 1 pm after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! * TBD Irish Dancers as well
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade Philadelphia ~ March 12 ~ 11:15 am to 3 pm ~ Join in on the fun, the 2nd oldest Irish Parade in the country starting at noon. ~ Map of the Parade ~ ~ St. Patrick’s Day Parade ~
  • Plough & the StarsMarch 12 - Live music by Dublin Dermo at 1 pmMarch 17 - Jimmy Lynn’s Annual breakfast at 7 am & Live Music at 12 pm * Stephen Dodds Live at 5 pm;  March 19 - FREE – Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfetones Live at 6:30 pm. * Irish dancers throughout the month of March. ~ St. Patrick’s Activities at the Plough and the Stars ~
  • Bridget Foy’s ~ March 12 & 17 ~ Enjoy Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Lamb Burger, & Irish soda bread * Live Irish Band the The Connemara Codfish Company preforming Sunday March 12 at 3 pm & then March 17 at 7 pm.Live Music March 12 & 17 at Bridget Foy’s ~
  • Irish Memorial ~ March 17 ~ The Irish Memorial, located at Penn’s Landing, will start their annual commemoration at 11 am with the laying of the wreath, speeches, dancing and Irish music. Mayor Kenney will be in attendance. For more info: Irish Memorial at Penn’s Landing ~
  • Cavanuagh’s Headhouse ~ March 17 ~ 7 pm to 12 am * Free Admission * Come hang with the 6 Foot 3 Leperchaun Jacky Bam Bam, as 93.3 WMMR broadcasts live! ~ Jacky Bam Bam Live at Cavs Headhouse ~
  • St. Paddy’s Party at XFinity Live ~ March 17 ~ Starting at 9 pm at XFinity Live, get your Irish on with drink specials including Green Beer, Irish Car Bombs, and Jameson!  & Live performances by Bangarang in Victory Beer Hall. ~ St. Paddy’s Party at XFinity Live ~
Irish Memorial

Irish Memorial in Old City – On St. Patrick’s Day there will be Mass, music & more

Below is not yet updated for 2017

Fergie’s Pub ~ Starting at noon, there will be Pipers, Dancers & Clowns in Green Plastic Bowlers. Tir Na Nog ~  St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17th with Kegs n Eggs, Irish band, Irish dancers and much more. For more info, click here.

Philadelphia Weather for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Events

March 12 – Mostly Sunny  |   High 66°  |  Low 51° March 13 – Cloudy  |  High 66°  |  Low 52° St. Patrick’s Day – 40% AM Showers – Overcast During Day & 50% Rain Showers at night  |  High 70°  |  Low 50° March 19 – Mostly Cloudy  |  High 64°  |  Low 47° March 20 – 50% Showers  |  High 59°  |  Low 43°

Please let us know in the comments below if you have a favorite neighborhood Irish bar that we didn’t include. And don’t be shy to leave a comment in regards to what you like about your favorite Irish Bar in Philadelphia. Sláinte! - Meaning Good Health or Cheers

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