Irish or not, many people will head out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food, drinks and entertainment this weekend. Quite a few restaurants in Bucks County, PA are offering everything from drink specials, traditional Irish breakfasts and pub favorites to Irish dancers and live music. So you don’t have to try your luck finding the top places to go, here’s your list of the best spots in Bucks County to eat, drink and be merry this St. Patrick’s Day.
Green Parrot Restaurant Pub & Patio: The Green Parrot will host the 3rd Annual Newtown Irish Festival this weekend. The fun begins with the Pre-Festival Kick-Off Party on Thursday, March 14 from 8 p.m. to midnight with Irish singer Ray Coleman, and continues all weekend long. In addition to their standard menu, they’ll be serving traditional Irish pub fare such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage and Guinness Stew. Guinness Irish Stout, Smithwick’s Irish Ale and Harp Lager will be flowing as the sponsors of the event. If the food and drink isn’t enough to bring you in, there will also be plenty of music and dancing both inside and outside under the event tent. Live performances include: The Boys of County Bucks, Modern Bliss, Clancy’s Pistols, The Naturals, DJ Johnny Bones and more. Try out your dancing shoes or clap along with performances by Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dance, Rince Ri School of Irish Dance, St. Patrick’s School of Dance and Nicholl School of Irish Dance. Pay a $5 entertainment cover charge once the music starts, 2 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. See the Green Parrot event page for complete schedule and details.
Buttonwood Grill at Peddler’s Village: The Bucks County brewery Free Will Brewing Co. will partner with Buttonwood Grill’s Chef Sean to create a five-course St. Patrick’s Day themed dinner on Thursday, March 14. Guests will get to meet locals Dominic Capece and John Stemler, the partners behind the brewery founded in 2010. Courses will include a watercress salad, seared sea scallop with potato leek vinaigrette, colcannon cabbage with prosciutto, and pork belly wrapped corned beef with roasted potato. The grand finale is an Irish car bomb dessert: Free Will stout ice cream with Jameson caramel and chocolate pretzels. Each course is perfectly paired with a different Free Will variety. All guests will be entered to win a signature Buttonwood Grill growler at the end of the evening. Tickets are $40 per person and reservations are required.
Bitter Bob’s: Start your St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional Irish breakfast at Bitter Bob’s. Choose from options such as eggs over corned beef hash with toast, Irish pancakes with sweet Jameson butter, Irish boxty, Baileys Irish cream French toast, homemade scones and more. Complimentary Irish coffees and Blackberry Bumbles (blackberry brandy, Irish cream and coffee) will be included. Breakfast will be served 9 a.m. to noon. If the weather is nice, the outdoor seating area is perfect for New Hope people watching. Call now to reserve a table.
Farmhouse Tavern: Celebrate all weekend long in Doylestown at Farmhouse Tavern. Mike Magee will perform Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Mike Greer entertains Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Sunday, the kitchen will be serving breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. with a few special options including Lucky Charms cereal, bacon, hash browns and more. Lunch and dinner service begins at 11 a.m. with a limited menu selected for the occasion. Irish specialties such as Colcannon soup, corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, soda bread, Irish nachos, Boxty and shepherd’s pie will be available in addition to a few standard favorites like burgers and cheesesteaks. Come for the food but stay for the fun. Scanlin & O’Leary entertain from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Jack O’Leary from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Irish step dancers will perform at 11:15 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Drink specials include $3 Miller Lite 16-ounce bottles, $4 O’Hara Irish stout, and Guinness is back on tap.
Triumph Brewery Company: Triumph Brewery Company in New Hope is ready for Irish Fest 2013 on Saturday, March 16 with food, drink and festivities for the entire family. In addition to the regular menu, there will be Irish specialties including corned beef, shepherd’s pie, lamb stew and cheddar stout fondue as well as Irish dry stout and Irish red ale. Hobnail will be performing 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., delighting guests young and old with their voices, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and traditional Irish instruments. Kids can get it on the fun too with face painting and balloon animals 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., stickers, temporary tattoos, coloring books and a balloon drop at 3 p.m. At 10 p.m., New Hope natives The Lawsuits take over the entertainment with an eclectic mix of rock, folk and blues. All daytime events are free with a $5 cover starting at 9 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Pineville Tavern: The Pineville Tavern will offer traditional Irish food and drink specials all day on Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17 with potato leek soup, grilled Scottish salmon over Caesar salad, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness-marinated filet mignon, homemade shepherd’s pie, and beer-battered fish and chips. Live music will begin at noon and continue well into the evening with John Danaher & The Quietmen with Cate Mahony and other special guests.
Crossing Vineyards and Winery: Who needs green beer when you can drink wine? Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two days of live music and award-winning wine at Crossing Vineyards. The vineyard and winery is open from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. with live music from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Private group wine tasting and case discounts are available. Please call in advance to schedule a tasting.
The Cooking Cottage: If you’re not into the party scene for St. Patrick’s Day, consider a visit to The Cooking Cottage in Sellersville. An entertaining experience for cooks of all levels, The Cooking Cottage is offering a St. Patrick's Day class on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. Spend the afternoon learning how to corn your own beef and enjoying soda bread, beer & Irish cheddar fondue, Irish carbomb cupcakes and more. Click here for more information and to register. Classes are $60 per person.
Da Bar & Grill: Da Bar & Grill is under new management and better than ever. Start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day right after work with an Irish Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, and come back the entire weekend. The party starts early on Saturday with kegs and eggs at 9 a.m., followed by Connolly & Murphy and Co. Band from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dance will perform at 7 p.m. before Vince G takes over from 7:30 to 10 p.m. DJ Sev-One will host an Irish party starting at 10 p.m. with $50 given to the best dressed guest. Round out the weekend with more entertainment from Vince G on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Michael Kelly’s Irish Pub: Paying tribute to the Irish part of their heritage, Michael Kelly’s Irish Pub is located in the downstairs of Villa Vito Restaurant in New Hope. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Pub will offer a $10 all-you-can-eat buffet on Sunday, March 17 along with Irish drink specials featuring Guinness car bombs, Black & Tan, Black & Blue and Black & Brown. Hope for nice weather because the outside patio is open again for the season. Call now to reserve a spot.
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However you decide to spend this March 17, may the luck of the Irish be with you and may your day be a happy one.