Happy St. Patrick's Day, readers! If you're not so into parades and massive crowds in downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, here are 10 (mostly) suburban bars to consider for your celebration.
Corned beef and cabbage for $8.99, 2-for-1 Coors Light green beer, live music from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and karaoke to follow.
O'Mally's Irish Pub, Woodbury
You can get started here with Bloody Mary's and breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by a tent party featuring live music, green beer, corned beef cabbage, fish and chips and more.
Park Tavern, St. Louis Park
Not only can you do some bowling or watch the NCAA Tournament on the big screens, but you can order off a menu featuring a bunch of Irish favorites: Red Skin Potato Leek Soup, Mulligan Stew Bread Bowl, Irish Mac & Cheese*, and Corned Beef & Cabbage. They'll also serve up green Miller Lite.
(*Irish Mac & Cheese isn't a thing in Ireland, they've just made that up.)
The Claddagh, Maple Grove
This is going to be an all-day party, starting with Eggs & Kegs at 9 a.m. And yes, they've got a full music lineup for both inside and outside (in a tent) going all the way till midnight. They'll also feature bagpipes at 3 p.m. and Irish dancers at 3:30 p.m.
Food and drink will be Irish-themed, with $5 green beer and $7 Guinness. There is a $10 cover charge starting and noon and no one under the age of 21 will be permitted after 4 p.m.
Lucky's 13 Pub, Bloomington
Corned Beef and Cabbage for $14.99 and a Rueben Chowder soup of the day that you can wash down with $3.50 tall Miller Lites (green beer) all day long.
Celts Craft House, Apple Valley
Free, yes free, Guinness and Guinness Blonde from 11 a.m. till noon, then from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. you can get a free bump of some of their special bourbon when you purchase a Guinness. They'll also have live music from from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10 p.m. in addition to a Irish-themed food menu.
Kip's Irish Pub, St. Louis Park
All day Saturday they're serving $3 mimosas, $5 hot or iced Irish coffees, and $6 St. Patrick's Day specialty drinks. They've also got green beer taps and live music all day long.
O'Brien's Public House, Shakopee
Irish foods, green beer and music from D.J. O'Chuckles will be the life of the all-day party (starting at 9 a.m.). They say they've got the best St. Patrick's Day party south of the river.
The Cardinal Tavern, South Minneapolis
Ok so it's not suburban, but it is outside of downtown and is right next to the light rail. The Cardinal Tavern has $5 Guinness cans, $3 green Miller Lite beer and a corned-beef hash meal for $11.95.
Charlie's Irish Pub, Stillwater
A little further afield – so also not suburban – Charlie's will have live music all day both inside and outside in the pub tent, including a performance by Hounds of Finn at 7 p.m.