When Irish eyes are smiling, Atlantans are eating and drinking. Atlanta is a great town to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and let the green beer flow. We’ve visited some bars and restaurants that either have that Irish connection or are doing something specific this St. Patrick’s Day. Scroll down, make your plans and toast “Slainte” on the big day.
Black Bear Tavern
Every year, thousands of people line the banks of the Chicago River as a boat releases dye into the river and turns it green. This year, you could line up to the bar at Atlanta’s Chicago themed pub, Black Bear Tavern, and release beer into your throat (regardless of whether or not it’s green). Try the loaded potato skins to really complete the Irish bar trinity (great beer, great food, great sports on TV).
At Hobnob, they don’t just celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some new menu items and green beer – they’re going big time with a live band, all you can drink green beer AND champagne, and all you can eat pizza for $39/person. Seems like a pretty lucky opportunity to us.
At McCray’s Smyrna location, they’re also going all in on a great party (with no cover to boot). Doors open at 11am and there’s live music, guest DJ’s spinning, drink specials, Irish food specialties, after party dancing and selection Sunday on all their screens. Don’t miss out on McCray’s biggest party of the year!
Black Swan Tavern
You may see Union Jack’s all over the walls here but this is no time to get into a Sinn Fein or Fianna Fail debate – they serve Guiness! Something all members of the United Kingdom can agree on.
While Smokejack is a great place to go this St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year, they’ll be extending the holiday with ShamRockin’ for a Cure in Alpharetta’s Ameris Bank Ampitheatre. The event raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation and will feature food from Smokejack BBQ. The event takes place the week after St. Patrick’s Day, on March 23rd. Get your tickets here.