Where green beer flows

It will run like a river from morning to night all weekend at area Irish pubs

March 16, 2006|By SAM SESSA | SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER

Go out for a brew tomorrow and you are bound to hear this conversation at least once:

"Dude, I've been drinking since 6 a.m.!"

"Yeah, man, me too!"

"It's only noon, and I'm exhausted!"

"Yeah, man, me too!"

From Guinness breakfasts to green beer and the inevitable Irish jig, St. Patrick's Day brings out the sloppy side in plenty of people. After all, it's hard not to party when there are so many options citywide. Here are some of the bigger throwdowns around, by neighborhood:

With radio personalities, tons of live music and leprechaun look-alike contests, the Party on the Point starts tomorrow and also spans all day Saturday. Bands will set up and play in a large heated tent at Broadway and Thames Street in Fells Point. For a $3 admission ticket each day, you get about a dozen performances. The band lineup looks like this:

Tomorrow: Denise Dance Troop, noon-2 p.m.; the Taylors, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Can't Hang, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; Plunge, 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; the Leprechaun Look-alike Contest (with various unspecified prizes) between Plunge's sets, and Plunge again from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday: Caleb Stine and the Brakemen, noon-2 p.m.; J.E.T.T., 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; the Crawdaddies, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; the Reagan Years, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., and headliner Carbon Leaf from 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Carbon Leaf for a couple of bucks? Oh, yeah.

Radio personalities, including Ed Norris and the Sports Junkies, will be on hand.

Canton will be the site of several outdoor bashes with live bands. Starting tomorrow, Claddagh Pub hosts Meet in the Street, a free two-day tent party on Curley Street (next to the pub). Fools and Horses opens at noon tomorrow, then Pat O'Brennan at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Crushing Day starts at noon and Mister GreenGenes plays at 4 p.m.

Claddagh wraps a black Guinness banner around the inside of the tent, which darkens it enough for a laser light show, owner Michael Clarke said. Get there early -- there's no cover, and last year's party had a three-hour line, he said.

"It's a really, really good festival," Clarke said.

Coburn's Tavern (2921 O'Donnell St., 410-342-0999) opens at 9 a.m. tomorrow with a tent featuring live music from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. A DJ spins inside at night.

The St. Patrick's Festival in the County lasts three days and features live bands, cheap T-shirts and drink and food specials. An Poitin Stil (2323 York Road in Timonium, 410-560-7900) pitches two tents big enough to cover most of its parking lot and runs buses from the nearby Deerco Road Light Rail Station. Entrance is free. Things get rolling at 4 p.m. today, with $5 two-for-ones lasting until 1:30 a.m. and Irish drink specials spread throughout the day. Today's bands include Release at 4 p.m. and Blues Therapy at 9 p.m. on the festival stage and 3rd Degree on the pub stage at 9 p.m.

Tomorrow, the party starts at 11 a.m. and runs through 1:30 a.m. Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's pints start at $2 and gradually increase during the day. The festival stage has the Spalpeens at 4 p.m. and the Hooligans at 9 p.m., and the pub stage will feature Scott Wakefield at 5 p.m. and Jim Coan at 9 p.m.

Saturday has more of a family feel, with clowns, face painters and balloon artists. About noon, a pipe and drum band performs, then the Broesler Irish Dance Group at 2 p.m., Kevin and Barry at 4 p.m. and the Hooligans at 9 p.m., all on the festival stage. The pub stage hosts Steve Ports at 9 p.m.

No Idea Tavern (1649 S. Hanover St., 410-685-4332) opens at 6 a.m. tomorrow with $1 Guinness, $2 car bombs and a free breakfast cereal bar (with three different kinds of Lucky Charms!). The drinks increase in price during the day, with $2 Guinness and $4 car bombs from 9 a.m. to noon and $3 Guinness and $6 car bombs from noon to 7 p.m. Ladies drink all day for $10.

It's also beat-the-clock tomorrow at Mother's (1113 S. Charles St., 410-244-8686) with 25-cent Miller Lite and $2 Guinness 8 a.m.-10 a.m., $1 Miller Lite and $2 Guinness 10 a.m.-noon, $2 Miller Lite and $3 Guinness noon-7 p.m., $4 car bombs and $3.17 corn beef and cabbage meals all day. A DJ starts at 4 p.m.

At Mick O'Shea's (328 N. Charles St., 410-539-7504) Drew Vervan plays traditional Irish music noon-4 p.m. Donegal X-press goes on at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Maggie Moore's (21 N. Eutaw St., 410-837-2100) opens at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and the music starts an hour later. Acts include Pat O'Brennan and Irish dancers.

James Joyce (616 S. President St., 410-727-5107) hosts Justin Murphy, Matt Carpenter and Brad and Rob and will be open 10 a.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow.

Ryan's Daughter (600 E. Belvedere Ave., 410-464-1000) will also set up a tent tomorrow on the outdoor terrace with a limited menu to accommodate more people. The band list is Jim Kane 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Rossnareen 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; Just Like Eddie 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; and the Pat O'Brennan Trio 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Glasses of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's are $3 from 10 a.m. to noon, $4 from noon to 3 p.m. and $5 after 3 p.m. There will also be beer-related giveaways.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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