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March 17 madness: 17 ways to win St. Patrick's Day

We lost an institution earlier this year with the closing of Maguires Hill 16 in downtown Fort Lauderdale, for decades one of the finer spots to bend an elbow with an Irish bartender in South Florida. We’re still not over the Hill, and St. Patrick’s Day will not be the same without it. But, apparently, there are other places to celebrate.

O’Shea’s Irish Pub and Roxy’s Pub are less than two blocks from each other on downtown West Palm Beach’s Clematis Street, and each is pitching its own block party beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. Feel free to migrate between the two with or without a green card. Info: Facebook.com/OSheasPubWPB, Facebook.com/RoxysPub.

One of the big shillelaghs of South Florida St. Pat’s parties happens at Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant in Miami’s Mary Brickell Village, beginning at 11 a.m. As always, they’ll close Brickell entirely at 5 p.m., filling it with cocktail stations, live bands and DJs. Admission: $10 advance, $20 at the gate. Info: Facebook.com/FadoMiami.

Hard to compete with the warm Irish authenticity of The Field in Dania Beach, where two tented stages will feature an outstanding lineup of Irish musicians, including Celtic Bridge with Ade Peever; Roisin Dillon and John Schreiber, with Eamon Dillon and Hilary O’Leary; Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher; and assorted dancers, cloggers and pipers. The festival begins at 11 a.m. Info: TheFieldFL.com.

The St. Patrick's Day Block Party at the Dubliner in Boca Raton also gets points for its live entertainment, beginning at 11 a.m. and including SpiderCherry, the Flyers, Walt Rooney and the Rogue Theory Band, along with the PBC Firefighters Drum & Pipes Band. Info: Facebook.com/DublinerBoca.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Copper Blues at CityPlace in West Palm Beach has all the green-beer accoutrements you’d expect, but something else: deep-fried shepherd’s pie. Info: Facebook.com/CopperBluesWPB.

The $2 Beer Crawl at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach may have your attention. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, the circuit will include six stops (after you pick up your drink passport at Champions Plaza): III Forks, Cantina Laredo, Frankey's Sports Bar, Martini Bar, Mijana Lebanese Cuisine and ROK:BRGR. Be there between 7 and 9 p.m. and you can have a shamrock painted on your face. It’s part of a St. Pat’s-themed family festival, so you’ll be waiting in line with youngsters. Be a role model. No cuts. Info: GulfstreamPark.com/StPatricksDay.

Front-page news among the small tyrants at my house is the one-day-only Lucky Mint Chocolate Chip shake ($6.95) on Friday at Spring Chicken in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables. Info: EatSpringChicken.com.

Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach begins its party at noon with the release of a couple of new variations on popular beers: Irish Coffee Mariana Trench (their imperial stout made with whiskey-soaked coffee beans) and Oaked Curse of the Irish Red (an oaked version of their red ale). BC Tacos will be serving 5 to 10 p.m., with a menu including corned beef and cabbage tacos, and bangers and mash tacos. Yup. Info: Facebook.com/DueSouthBrewing.

Cash Only owner Jonny Adler will combine St Patty's Day and his birthday for a Friday bash at his downtown Fort Lauderdale club. Wear green or “your lucky charm” for free entry. At midnight, free shots will be distributed to attempt the largest group shot of Jameson in the galaxy. Or Florida. Info: CashOnlyBar.com.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee District will begin its St. Patrick’s Day Block Party near Tarpon Bend at noon, with live music and DJs, as you might expect. Info: Facebook.com/TarponBendLauderdale.

26 Degree Brewing Co. in Pompano Beach is throwing its second annual St. Paddy's Day $h!t Show Block Party, co-hosted by Flanigan’s, with all the essentials: craft beer, bagpipes, and food from Flanigan's and Tucker Duke's food truck. Every time a bagpiper pipes, they will release a special St. Patty’s themed beer. Info: Facebook.com/26Brewing.

The St. Patrick’s Day party Friday night at American Social on Las Olas will have your green beer, Irish car bombs and yada-yada. But the centerpiece of the night will be watching the Florida Panthers beat up on the New York Rangers, and there’s nothing more festive than that. Info: Facebook.com/AmericanSocial.

Wynwood Yard in Miami, that crucible of cultural mishmashing, will have funky Latin soul brothers Xperimento playing a Saint Patricio's Dia set beginning at 9 p.m. Info: Facebook.com/TheWynwoodYard, Facebook.com/WeAreXperimento.

Beginning at noon Friday, the island-themed party at Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach will be offering a special-release green shandy, $4 Sea Cow Milk Stout all day and food from Out of Many Cafe. Info: SaltwaterBrewery.com.

If you like your St. Pat’s with a little edge, Fort Lauderdale’s Kreepy Tiki Bar and Lounge is promising “St.Paddy's shenanigans” to a soundtrack provided by Everymen, Unity Rise and Vagrant Stomp. Facebook.com/KreepyTikiBar.

McSorley’s on Fort Lauderdale beach will open at 9 a.m. (if they opened at 7 you’d be late for work) with all the required party favors, including, for Spring Breakers on the go, an “official” Jameson Irish Whiskey Shot Luge. It’s a slippery slope. Info: Facebook.com/McSorleysFTL.

To really win St. Patrick’s Day, be smart. If you get in a situation this weekend, AAA is again offering its free Tow-to-Go program Friday and Saturday nights. Co-sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, the program offers a “confidential” ride for you and your car to a safe location within 10 miles Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday. It’s free whether you are a AAA member or not. Call: 855-286-9246 (855-2-TOW-2-GO). Info: AAA.com/TowtoGo.

EXTRA CREME

The community-building operators at Subculture Coffee in downtown West Palm Beach (509 Clematis St.) will throw a third anniversary party 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, a day of live music, food, drinks and vendors that benefits the local branch of Speak Up for Kids (SpeakUpForKidsPBC.org). Performers include Black and Creme (Facebook.com/BlackandCreme) in the Subculture alley at 8 p.m., magician Karl Koppertop (KarlKoppertop.com) at Hullabaloo 6-8 p.m. and DJ DDubz in the alley 10 p.m.-midnight. Info: Facebook.com/SubcultureCoffee.

WEEKEND LAUGHS

Marlon Wayans may have a few things to say about skin at the Palm Beach Improv this weekend. Wayans is the star of the upcoming Netflix series “Naked,” playing a prospective groom who wakes up nude in an elevator after a late night with his best man, a scenario that repeats itself over and over (think “Groundhog Day”). He also was reportedly among the finalists to be the new host of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (Tyra Banks got the job) after Nick Cannon quit, citing pressure over a racial joke he said was “too black” for the show. With the “AGT” job still open, Wayans, who has an eponymous sitcom on the network, told TMZ, “If they want [Cannon] to be less black, I don’t know if they want to holla at me.” Wayans has five shows at the Improv Friday-Sunday. Tickets: $35. Info: PalmBeachImprov.com.

HEARIN’ O’ THE GREEN

Another celebration of green takes place Saturday at Wynwood Yard as the 19th annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert gathers some top local musicians, including Trick Daddy, Telekinetic Walrus, Nag Champayons, Sarah Packiam, Fusik and others. The event, courtesy of your friends at Ploppy Palace Productions, Modern Galaxy TV and NORML of Florida, is a forum both for great local music and information that contributes to the expanding conversation in the state and nation about the benefits of marijuana. The 18-and-older concert begins at 4:20 p.m. (naturally), and costs $15 and $25. Info: MedicalMarijuanaBenefitConcert.com, TheWynwoodYard.com.

WEEKEND PIE

The fourth annual Pie Day celebration is on at Oakland Park’s Funky Buddha Brewery beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Many of the brewery’s favorite pie-flavored beers will be on tap (that would include German Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet, Barrel-Aged Sweet Potato Casserole, Key Lime Berliner and others), with the spotlight also on the pie-eating contest (at 3:14 p.m.). Eight contestants will be entered for the contest on a first-come, first-registered basis beginning at noon. As part of the festivities, the Funky Buddha will release its cinnamon-y apple pie, double brown ale called Muy Bonita at 11:30 a.m. The 22-ounce bottles will go for $10 while they last. Info: FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com.

YOUR VINYL WARNING

The Crate Diggers Record Fair sets up at Gramps in Miami noon-6 p.m. Saturday with more than 30 vinyl vendors, local and national DJs, and an afterparty starting at 9 p.m. Info: Gramps.com.

WEEKEND BARBECUE

The Laser Wolf in downtown Fort Lauderdale will combine its Sunday BBQ Jam (meats courtesy of Porkfection) and a pop-up art show by South Florida graffiti artist Chnk (Instagram.com/chnkfondue), beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Music will be by DJs Skrrt Rambis, Ricky 3Ways and Ex-Laxx. A Narragansett tall boy will be yours for a mere $3. Info: Laserwolf.bar.

WALKING THE DOG

Walk for the Animals, a benefit for the Humane Society of Broward County, will fill Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale with a live band, performers, games, kids’ activities and other diversions beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. There is no fee to register for the leisurely 1.25-mile walk for families and friendly dogs (which begins at 10 a.m.), but the event is the HSBC’s largest annual fundraiser, so throw them a bone or two while you’re there. Info: HumaneBroward.com.

HAPPY HOUR OF THE WEEK

Popular Wynwood restaurant and watering hole Beaker & Gray adds to the allure of its happy-hour with a program called Instant Karma, which devotes a percentage of 4-7 p.m. happy-hour proceeds during the fourth week of the month to a different nonprofit. From Monday to Thursday, March 20-23, the beneficiary will be the Children’s Bereavement Center (ChildBereavement.org). Info: BeakerAndGray.com.

JIM AND CHARLIE

Singer-songwriter Jim Camacho’s new musical escapade is a web series titled “Adventures in Songwriting,” which debuts on YouTube and as an iTunes podcast on March 24, with special guest Charlie Pickett. An all-ages launch party featuring Pickett and the Jim Camacho Band is set for Thursday, March 23, at Luna Star Café in North Miami, kicking off with an open-mike session from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Admission: $5 (Luna Star is cash only). Info: AdventuresInSongwriting.net.

OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS

Elastic Bond will sweeten a listening party for their excellent Nacional Records album “Honey Bun” with an acoustic set at Sweat Records in Miami 7-9 p.m. Friday (Facebook.com/TheElasticBond, SweatRecordsMiami.com) … The Resolvers lay down a reggae vibe for the Friday Night Soundwaves series 6 p.m. Friday on Fort Lauderdale beach (FridayNightSoundwaves.com) … The ReaXtion Band will bring old-school funk to the Friday Night Tunes series at Carter Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale 7-10 p.m. Friday (FortLauderdale.gov/Friday) … The French Horn Collective performs 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coral Gables Congregational Church (TheFrenchHornCollective.com) … Versatile Miami jazz vocalist LeNard Rutledge performs at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach 8 p.m. Saturday (Facebook.com/RutVoice, ArtsGarage.org) … Soul singer Valerie Tyson performs at the historic Sunset Lounge in West Palm Beach 7-11 p.m. Saturday (WPB.org/cra).

bcrandell@sun-sentinel.com

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