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Seven Ways to Spend Your March 17



1) The Black Rose, located at 160 State St., just a few blocks away from the aquarium, is indispensable to any tour of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. What will make a visit here doubly essential this month is their St. Patrick’s Day kick-off Jameson Dinner to be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Participants will enjoy a four-course, four-drink dinner, starting off with a cocktail half hour serving passed Irish sausages with a Jameson Whiskey mustard sauce. From there, the first course will include smoked salmon on Irish brown bread. The heart of this exquisite holiday meal will consist of braised lamb shank with a confit of root vegetables and colcannon whipped potatoes. To finish off this memorable meal, guests will be served a helping of Jameson Irish whiskey chocolate mousse.

Jameson brand ambassador Hannah O’Leary, who will provide a Jameson historical guide, as well as an explanation of each course, will host the event. As if for a modest $40 you might ask for more, auncategorizedspecial presentation from the Irish Whiskey Society of America will top off the event. Seats are expected to fill quickly, so for those interested, be sure to reserve yours by calling 617-742-2286.


2) The Purple Shamrock, located at 1 Union St., will kick off the holiday weekend with DJ Thom at 10 p.m. on the 16th. The next morning, they will be holding their own Irish breakfast from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., and will offer a special St. Patrick’s Day menu starting at 11 a.m. DJ Thom will be back at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with DJ Littles picking it up at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday will be 21+. A Bushmills St. Patty’s Day brunch will be featured the following Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon, then from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., Puck Fair will be playing live to wind down the holiday weekend. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day, The Purple Shamrock will also partake in the Boston bar crawl.


3) No matter what attracts you to partake in the centuries-old commemoration of the patron Saint, the official three-mile long, 2.5-hour South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on March 18, and made possible by the Allied War Veteran’s Council, is sure to leave anyone feeling lucky. It will feature many bands and military units, as well as politicians and plenty of fun for the kids, including Star Wars characters, clowns, and more.

The parade will kick off at 1 p.m. from West Broadway and eventually come to an end at Dorchester Avenue. For anyone whose tank still isn’t quite running on empty from the previous night and would like to catch some pre-parade photo opportunities, all military marching units will be lined up on the James A. Kelly Bridge at 11 a.m., at which time all floats will be lined up on Dorchester Avenue. Commuters should note that the bus pick-up area will be on the Southhampton Street side of the Kelly Bridge – not in Andrew Square.


4) McGreevy’s Third Base Saloon, a traditional Irish pub boasted as America’s first sports bar and home of Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys, located at 911 Boylston St. across from the Hynes Convention Center, will be throwing its own obligatory St. Patrick’s Day party not once, not twice, nor even three times.

The venue will hold before and after parties for each of the Murphys’ shows on the 14th, 15th, and 16th at the House of Blues, as well as for their St. Patrick’s Day concert at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. Sole original Murphys member, and owner of the venue, Ken Casey will be present for the festivities the first three nights, and there will likely be unplanned appearances by other members of the band. No cover charge on any before/after parties. In addition, the place will open at 8 a.m. on St. Partick’s Day to an expected line of people, and they will be showing the England vs. Ireland rugby match at noon.


5) Cask N’ Flagon, located at 62 Brookline Ave. right across from Fenway Park, will have a live bag piper serenading guests on the day of St. Patrick’s. There will also be a corned beef and cabbage dinner special offered. The NCAA finals will also be shown and along with it will be a giveaway contest.


6) Just a couple blocks over from The Black Rose, Coogan’s, located at 171 Milk St., has a three-day St. Patrick’s Day weekend lined up, starting on Friday the 16th with $1 drafts and DJ B. They open at 9 a.m. the next morning with a special St. Patrick’s Day menu that’s served the entire day, as well as $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts, all of which will be supplemented with music by DJ Gentles. Coogan’s will open the following Sunday at 11 a.m. and partake in the bar crawl in Boston from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.


7) The Druid, which can be easily found in the heart of Inman Square at 1357 Cambridge St., will be hosting a robust set of festivities for the holiday. The kitchen will be opening two hours later than usual, at 10 a.m., and will offer a corned beef and cabbage special all day until 6 p.m. Live Irish tunes will be played all morning, then from 3 p.m. through midnight, guests will enjoy live music played by Hugh McGowan.