Rock on Philly’s Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

Philadelphia has the second largest Irish-American population in the United States, so it should come as no surprise that many Philadelphians take celebrating St. Patrick’s Day seriously. From small-time parties to the St. Patrick’s Day parade, those looking to observe the luck of the Irish have many options–here are Rock on Philly’s recommendations! (Free tip: DON’T ORDER AN IRISH CAR BOMB.)

1.) St. Patrick’s Day at Sugar House Casino

Test your luck at the tables or slots, and enjoy drink specials on Jameson cocktails and Murphy’s Stouts to boot. Most lucky of all–no gambling needed! You can also spend the whole evening enjoying live music from the John Francis Band, followed by the Hooligans.

2.) Stories and songs at World Cafe Live

Make a whole Tuesday evening of your celebrations at World Cafe Live. Start with stories and storytellers at the Philadelphia Moth StorySLAM downstairs at 7:30PM, then wander upstairs for a drink and the “musical misbehavior” of Celtic group Barleyjuice, starting at 8:30PM.

3.) Make it an old-fashioned night at the historic Sellersville Theatre

If you’re willing to take a bit of a hike, head on over to the beautiful, historic theater in Sellersville, PA for an all-ages Celtic concert. Bill Monaghan and Celtic Pride will lead an evening of tunes both traditional and modern, all in the spirit of celebrating Ireland. For the over-21 crowd that may tire of the Celtic celebrations, you can always take a break in the bar and enjoy the live bluegrass jam held every first and third Tuesday of the month.

4.) Go non-traditional at Bourbon & Branch

Looking for a fun night out without breaking the bank? Not particularly tied to Irish traditions? Stop by Bourbon & Branch and take in the sounds of Haunt the House, Amanda Glasser, and Anna Coogan. This trio of East Coast acts, ranging from singer-songwriter to dreamy indie pop to Americana-folk, will keep your ears happy, while the ticket prices (only $5 in advance, $7 at the door) will keep your wallets pleased as well. Might as well check out the venue’s nice selection of whiskey, too–it is St. Patrick’s Day, after all.

5.) Be smart at Fergie’s Pub

Looking for a non-musical option? Stop by one of the best Irish bars in the city, Fergie’s Pub, and have a little Tuesday night Quizzo with your beer. Or, drop by a few days early for the bar’s regular live session of Irish ballads led by John Byrne on Sunday.


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