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Top 10 spots to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2014 in Bucks County

The Green Parrot in Newtown is one of the top spots to spend St. Patrick's Day in Bucks County.
The Green Parrot in Newtown is one of the top spots to spend St. Patrick's Day in Bucks County.
Photo by Michelle Hein

Irish or not, many people will head out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food, drinks and entertainment. While the holiday falls on Monday this year, quite a few Bucks County, PA spots are offering everything from drink specials, traditional Irish breakfasts and pub favorites to Irish dancers and live music throughout the weekend leading up to March 17. 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

240 N. Sycamore St.

Newtown, PA 18940

(215) 504-7277

The Green Parrot will host the 4th Annual Newtown Irish Festival with four days of celebrating both inside in the pub and outside under the tent. The fun begins Friday at noon and goes all the way through Monday night at 10 p.m. Live entertainment will include Clancy’s Pistols, The Naturals, Galway Guild, The Zone, Slamm, The Seven Band, Modern Bliss, Cherry Crush, Rad n Kell, Tom McHugh, Dirty Whiskey Duo, Chris Huff, Jeff n Keith, and Ray Coleman. Plus, there will be performances from local Irish dancers throughout the weekend and plenty of food and drinks. A cover charge of $5 applies each day after noon. Or, you can buy a weekend pass for $40 to get unlimited access, a t-shirt and hat.

The Five Four Bar & Grill

8919 New Falls Road

Levittown, PA 19054

(215) 547-5525

While The Five Four Bar & Grill (formerly Da Bar) was technically under new ownership last St. Patrick’s Day, this is the first year that they’re able to celebrate the holiday with their new name, new menu and new look. With three pool tables, 24 TVs, a shuffleboard table and live entertainment all day Saturday and Monday night, there’s plenty to keep the party going this weekend. Saturday’s lineup includes Connolly & Murphy Band from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by The Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dance at 7 p.m. and then Birmingham Six at 8 p.m. On the actual holiday, Bandfly goes on at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the regular menu, Irish favorites corned beef and cabbage and bangers and mash will be served Saturday through Monday. Stop by for food, drinks and tunes all weekend long.

Bitter Bob’s

110 S. Main Street

New Hope, PA 18938

(215) 862-0262

Bitter Bob’s will serve a traditional Irish breakfast on Sunday, March 16. Choose from options such as eggs, black and white pudding, Irish sausage and bacon, boxty, grilled tomatoes, beans and soda bread. There will also be Irish scones, Irish cream French toast, Irish pancakes with whiskey butter, homemade corned beef hash, and a Gaelic omelet with bacon or sausage and Irish cheddar with boxty and soda bread. Complimentary Irish coffees will be included. Bitter Bob’s is a BYOB so bring your own alcoholic drinks if you wish, or stop in to fill up your belly before a day of celebrating. Breakfast will be served 9 a.m. to noon. If the weather is nice enough, the outdoor seating area is perfect for New Hope people watching. Call now to reserve a table.

Farm House Tavern

380 N. Main Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

(215) 345-9373

Celebrate all weekend long in Doylestown at Farm House Tavern. The entertainment starts Friday night with keyboardist Keith Garner followed by Mike Greer and Bruce McFarland Saturday night. Sunday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Scanlin and O’Leary will perform favorite Irish ballads and sing-along songs. And Irish step dancers are scheduled for 10 p.m. on Saturday and Monday. Along with the entertainment, you can enjoy Irish specialties like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and potato pancakes. The tavern will open for breakfast at 9 a.m. on Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday. Drink specials include $3.50 aluminum bottles of Bud and Bud Light while supplies last.

Triumph Brewery Company

400 Union Square Drive

New Hope, PA 18938

(215) 862-8300

Triump Brewing Company in New Hope is ready for Irish Fest 2014 on Saturday, March 15 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, whiskey-cured salmon, Irish potatoes and more. Wash it down with 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 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., stickers, temporary tattoos, coloring books and a balloon drop at 3 p.m. At 10 p.m., Splintered Sunlight takes over the entertainment. All daytime events are free with a $5 cover starting at 9 p.m.

Crossing Vineyards and Winery

1853 Wrightstown Road

Washington Crossing, PA 18940

(215) 493-6500

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 performed by The Boys of County Bucks from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Private group wine tasting and case discounts are available. Please call in advance to schedule a tasting.

Sesame Place

100 Sesame Road

Langhorne, PA 19-47

(866) 464-3566

Bring your favorite little lads and lassies out to Sesame Place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Elmo and his friends. With plenty of singing and dancing, this is an event the kids are going to love. The St. Patrick’s Day Dine includes a buffet brunch on Saturday, March 15. Reservations are available for either 11:30 a.m. or 2:15 p.m. with tickets costing $27 for adults and $17 for children two through nine years old. Children under two years old are free. Park admission is not needed and parking is free for this event. Purchase tickets online or by phone.

Washington Crossing Inn

1295 General Washington Memorial Boulevard

Washington Crossing, PA 18977

(877) 882-1776

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Washington Crossing Inn will offer a special three-course dinner of Irish specialties along with one Irish beer of your choice for $25 per person. Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Following dinner, Rich and Kenny Band will perform from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. In addition, there will be exciting giveaways for the occasion!

The Cooking Cottage

1731 Old Bethlehem Pike

Sellervsville, PA 18960

(215) 453-8186

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 Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. The day starts with traditional Irish shortbread and coffee in the kitchen. Then you’ll spend the morning learning how to make smoked salmon and chive pancakes followed by stout and cheddar rarebit with fried eggs. End on a sweet note by making an impressive Guinness-gingerbread layer cake with cream cheese frosting and pistachios. Click here for more information and to register. Classes are $60 per person.

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However you decide to spend St. Patrick’s Day, may the luck of the Irish be with you and may your day be a happy one.

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