Where should you go to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? An Irish Bar would be your first choice, although many other Minneapolis and St. Paul pubs and bars are Irish for the day too and are holding St. Patrick's Day events.
Of note - the bars you'll want to visit after the St. Patrick's Day parades in downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis. And, the Minneapolis bar that's serving free beer on St. Patrick's Day.
Also free: Metro Transit and other local transit operators would like to help you get home safely after your celebrating - all Metro Transit buses and light rail services are free on St. Patrick's Day from 6 p.m. until the last scheduled services. All routes operated by Metro Transit, the Met Council, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Plymouth Metrolink, except the Northstar line, will be free. Selected bus routes, and the light rail, will have extra services after midnight - check the St. Patrick's Day schedule at MetroTransit.org.
This Irish pub is a stone's throw from the route of the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade. Keiran's is a large venue, and they add on a heated tent to pack in all the revelers. Kieran's will open at 9 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day Eve and St. Patrick's Day itself, and there will be has live music from noon until 2 a.m. on two stages, on both days.
O'Gara's in St. Paul also puts up a tent - this St. Patrick's Day celebration won't fit into their bar alone. Live music, pipers, and the self-proclaimed "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade" around the bar at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday. The party is on Saturday and Sunday.
In downtown St. Paul, The Liffey is a popular destination after the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade.
On the route of the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade on the 16th - sure to to be packed with Irish revelers on St. Patrick's Day eve, and on St. Patrick's Day itself.
In downtown St. Paul, Patrick McGovern's is a popular destination after the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade, and offer two days of happenings over the St. Patrick's Day weekend. This is the best place to mingle with the pipe bands from the parade. And you are guaranteed music, and Irish atmosphere.
Kip's start their party on Friday. Saturday is full of music and beer specials. And for Sunday, Kip's invite you to spend your whole St. Patrick's Day with them. The bar opens at 7 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day with family-friendly entertainment and plenty of food in the morning, segueing to excessive green beer consumption in the evening.
Merlin's Rest is home to a vast selection of whiskey, ideal if you'd like a change from green beer. Don't worry if not - beer is definitely on offer too. There will be Irish food from breakfast and all day, and pipers will be in attendance while you eat your corned beef and potatoes. Merlin's Rest opens at 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, and the party will continue on Sunday.
Live music from 12 noon until 1 a.m. at The Dubliner, an Irish Pub on University Avenue in St. Paul. No cover.