Best Bars To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2013 In Minnesota

March 7, 2013 7:00 AM

Looking for the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Whether you are looking for a restaurant to grab some Irish grub, a pub to drink a tall green brew or live Irish music, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style at these Minnesota bars.

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St. Urho’s Day Grasshopper Hop
Multiple Crosslake Pubs
Date: March 9

Shake your shamrocks in Crosslake! For years, Crosslake has boasted one of “Minnesota’s biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations,” with one of the highlights being its fantastic St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Last year’s parade had more than 15,000 attendees, with even more projected to be in attendance this year. Join fellow St. Patrick’s aficionados on Saturday, March 9 at Crosslake Town Square to catch the parade. After the parade, head on over to participating neighborhood pubs including the Cedar Chest, Maucieri’s Italian Bistro, Riverside, Andy’s, Zorbaz, Moonlite Bay, The Wharf, Ox Lake Tavern and Manhattan’s for the St. Urho’s Day Grasshopper Pub Hop. “Test your skills” with fun events scheduled at each location, and enjoy bar transport for just $10.

Kip’s Authentic Irish Pub and Restaurant
9970 Wayzata Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 367-5070

If one night of festivities just isn’t enough, head on over to Kip’s for “The Great Irish Sleepover.” Kip’s will be kicking the weekend off with a Happy Hour on Friday, March 15, continuing into the evening with a pre-St.Patrick’s Day celebration consisting of Irish music and karaoke. Refuel the morning after with a “Top O’ the Morning Breakfast” to get the day started. The best part? St. Patrick’s Day enthusiasts can rest safely and responsibly at the neighboring Marriott after a long day of celebrating. For more information on Kip’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, check out their website.

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Casper & Runyon’s Shamrocks
995 W. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 228-9925

Shamrocks always pulls out all the stops on St. Patrick’s Day, putting up a giant tent for an evening filled with Irish-themed fun. Practice your Irish jig and head over Saturday, March 16 for some live Irish music. Grab some Irish grub and drink green beer to your heart’s content. And don’t forget to check out (or perhaps even enter) the Leprechaun Look-A-Like-Contest. For more information on Shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day festivities, check out the website.

Kieran’s Irish Pub
85 6th St. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 339-4499

Kieran’s does St. Patrick’s Day right, going all out with a large, heated tent to keep attendees warm and toasty as live Irish music fills the air all day long and into the evening. Don’t miss out on some of the best live Irish music the Twin Cities has to offer. And while you’re there, chow down on authentic Irish eats and wash it down with a green brew between sets. Visit Kieran’s website for more information on Kieran’s St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza.

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O’Gara’s Bar & Grill
164 N. Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-3333

Known for hosting the “World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” O’Gara’s has an entire day of St. Patrick’s Day festivities for enthusiastic celebrators. Led by an Irish Pipe band, the parade begins at 3 p.m. and circles the establishment. Join fellow onlookers for the show and stick around for Irish pub fare, green pints and live music provided by Sweet ‘Stache from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.

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A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at

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