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St. Patrick's Day: the best places to party

Ready to break out the leprechaun hats, green T-shirts and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” buttons? Monday is St. Patrick’s Day!

 Here are some South Florida hotspots where you can party while enjoying a cold pint of Guinness or a hot plate of shepherd’s pie.

 Broward County

 Himmarshee Village in Fort Lauderdale will be seeing green for St. Patrick’s Day. Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, Briny Irish Pub (305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-376-4742; will offer up live music, bagpipers and traditional dancing. You can also sample Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie.

 Both Briny and another nearby Irish pub, Dicey Riley’s (217 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-522-1908), will have drink specials on Jameson Whiskey and pints of Guinness. And starting at 5 p.m., right outside Tarpon Bend (200 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-3233;, you’ll find a large stage with musical performances, prize giveaways and drink specials.

 The Field Irish Pub and Eatery: The popular Irish bar is going all out Monday with entertainment by Celtic Bridge, Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher, DJ Jason Dunne, Drake School Irish dancers, Celtic Dreams bagpipers and South Florida Cloggers. $10 cover charge. Info: 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach; 954-964-5979;

 Waxy O’Connor’s: Enjoy live music and some shepherd’s stew or shepherd’s pie at this small but charming restaurant and bar, where most of the staff are natives of Ireland and speak Gaelic. Info: 1095 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-9299;

 Maguire’s Hill 16: Spend the day drinking and eating at this Irish pub/restaurant, which last year had about 3,000 people partying on St. Patrick’s Day. Festivities will include live music by Randi and The Blue Fire Band and Celtic Cross, face painting and Irish dancing. Info: 535 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-764-4453

Mickey Byrne’s: This Young Circle hotspot celebrates the holiday with live music and drink specials starting at 10 a.m. Info: 1921 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 954-921-2317;

 Palm Beach County

 O Shea’s: Festivities will include live music, Irish dancing, bagpipes, plenty of corned beef and cabbage, and a children’s play area. Other spots along Clematis, such as Duffy’s, Respectable Street and World of Beer, will also be participating. Info: 531 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-833-3865;

 The Dubliner: In addition to bagpipers and cloggers, entertainment here will include performances by Uproot Hootenanny, Living Daylights and Rogue Theory (along with an Irish fiddler). There will also be an Irish buffet.  Info: 435 Plaza Real Mizner Park Boca Raton; 561-620-2540,


Finnegan’s on the River: You can arrive by car or boat to this popular outdoor bar located on the Miami River. Enjoy beer samples and drink specials on Irish whiskey and beer, plus live entertainment. Tickets start at $30. Info: 401 Southwest 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33130; 305-285-3030;

 Fadó Irish Restaurant: Doors open at 7 a.m. to this all-day event which includes a traditional Irish breakfast. At 2 p.m., the outdoor festival begins where there will be multiple beer gardens, outdoor bars, Irish dancing, and two music stages. Info: 900 S. Miami Ave, Miami; 786-924-0972;

 John Martin's Irish Pub:  at John Martin’s (253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables) where you can drink green beer, listen to bagpipers and sample Irish food such as fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage. Info: 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-445-3777; 

The Playwright: A U2 cover band will perform. Expect large crowds due to the the springbreakers in town. Info: 1265 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;305-534-0667;

Finnegan's Way: Feast on corned beef and cabbage and flirt with the locals (it's one of the only bars on Ocean Drive where they like to hang out). Info: 1344 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305672-7747;










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