When it’s St. Patrick’s Day, do as the Irish do.
If the old adage goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” then on St. Patrick’s Day it’s, “When it’s St. Patty’s Day, do as the Irish do.”
No, we aren’t talking about drinking green beer, either. You can grab a green beer from any bar on campus on St. Patty’s Day. In fact, people in Ireland don’t even drink green beer for St. Patty’s Day, so we aren’t really sure why it became a thing here in the states.
With that being said, the Irish definitely put back some brews on their sacred holiday. Instead of pounding $2 green Coors Lights, throw on your best green outfit, and make your way to some of these Irish pubs that call Columbus home.
Located in the heart of Grandview, Brazenhead is a traditional Irish pub that offers more than just Irish whiskey. The building itself sports the look of an authentic early 20th century Irish watering hole. The atmosphere inside is a lot of fun at nights, and if luck is on your side and the weather is warm, the patio is a great place to hang out and chill with a couple friends. However, the biggest draw, we’d say, is the food. The burgers and Irish sandwiches pair really well with a lot of the Irish whiskeys, but it’s never a bad choice to kick it with an Irish brew and the Not Your Mom’s Mac’N’Cheese.
Location: 1027 W. Fifth Ave.
The-Three Legged Mare
This Emerald-isle inspired bar and restaurant in downtown Columbus features an extensive menu of traditional Irish dishes, burgers, and seafood. Many of their featured menu items are raved about by the tavern’s regulars, and they have a fantastic selection of craft beers, bourbon, and scotch. The atmosphere here is amazing, with plenty of natural light and decorations covering practically every inch of the walls. It’s a great choice for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities that don’t include shitty green beer.
Location: 401 N. Front St. #150
Despite the hard to pronounce name, Claddagh should be an easy choice to put on your list of places to visit for St. Patrick’s Day. Make sure you aren’t too tipsy when you call the Uber, and you shouldn’t have too many issues with the spelling. The downtown Irish pub and restaurant features dozens of unique and delicious signature cocktails, global and local brews, and whiskeys to choose from. Take the Irish Mule for example. It’s your classic mule—ginger beer, mint, and lime—but it comes with an Irish twist. Instead of vodka, you’ll get some Patron Citronge and Irish whiskey. Two different types of liquor in one mule? Sign us up twice.
Location: 58 S. Front St.
The bright green patio umbrellas are hard to miss when driving past Bryne’s Pub. And once you go inside, you might not want to leave. The quaint little Irish pub on W 3rd offers live music, traditional Irish sandwiches and wings, and even darts and competitive dart leagues (if that’s your sort of thing). The pub prides itself as a beer place, but you won’t exactly get a ton of flak for ordering a Jameson on the rocks. Though, if you are really doing St. Patty’s Day right, you already know to get a glass of Jamo on the rocks and a beer to compliment it.
Location: 1248 W. Third Ave.
Lucky’s Stout House
This Irish-inspired bar across from South Campus Gateway has pool tables, an outdoor patio and live entertainment. Some visitor’s describe Lucky’s as “the king of happy hour,” others as the best bar on campus. To be honest, the one dollar everything power hour on Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. makes Lucky’s an absolute freaking must for St. Patty’s Day. Did we mention St. Patty’s Day is on a Saturday this year, too? Yikes. It’s about to get wild at Lucky’s this year.
Location: 1475 N. High St.