14 St. Patrick's Day Pub Parties in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Kieran's Irish Pub, Minneapolis
Courtesy of Kieran's Irish Pub

Where should you go to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Irish Bar, obviously, are the classic choice, however most pubs and bars will be feigning the Irish and celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Minneapolis and St. Paul and every other city in the U.S.

You can't go wrong with any of the bars you'll visit after the St. Patrick's Day parades in downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis bar that's serving free beer all day long will be a real mecca for fans of the green.

With all this revelry, you would do well to leave the car at home and take public transit. All buses and light rail services are free on St. Patrick's Day from 6 p.m. until the last scheduled service. All routes operated by Metro Transit, the Met Council, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, and Plymouth Metrolink, (except the Northstar line) will be free. Selected bus routes and the light rail will have extra service after midnight; check the St. Patrick's Day schedule at MetroTransit.org

So go ahead and have fun. Here are some of the best pubs and bars where you'll want to pay a wee visit on St. Paddy's Day. 

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    This Irish pub is a stone's throw from the route of the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade. Keiran's is a large venue, and they add a heated tent to pack in all the revelers. Kieran's typically opens at 9 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day Eve and St. Patrick's Day itself, and on Saturday night there will be live music.

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    In downtown St. Paul, The Liffey is a popular destination after the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade. They will be offering special discounts on beers and pub grub for the festivities.

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    Opened back in 1997, this bar has been a staple of the Irish scene. It has an 80-foot bar and a Whiskey Lounge. It's also on the route of the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade and is sure to be packed with Irish revelers on the eve of St. Patrick's Day and on St. Patrick's Day itself.

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    In downtown St. Paul, Patrick McGovern's is a popular destination after the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade. It offers two full days of Irish happenings over the St. Patrick's Day weekend. This is the best place to mingle with the pipe bands from the parade. And you are guaranteed music and a fantastic Irish atmosphere.

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    Kip's starts the party two days before St. Patrick's Day. The celebration will be full of of music and beer specials. On the day itself, the bar typically opens at 7 a.m. with family-friendly entertainment and plenty of food in the morning, segueing into excessive green beer consumption in the evening.

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    O'Donovan's in downtown Minneapolis is another destination near the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade. O'Donovan's typically parties all weekend and holds a tent party.

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    Merlin's Rest is home to a vast selection of whiskey—ideal if you'd like a change from green beer. But beer is definitely on offer as well. There will be Irish food all day long from "brekkie" on, and pipers will be there while you eat your corned beef and potatoes. Merlin's Rest will open at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day, and the party continue on until the next day with an Irish pub sing at 2 p.m. You can also expect live music, Irish dancers, whiskey tastings, men in kilts, and more.

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    Live music typically plays from noon on at The Dubliner, an Irish pub on University Avenue in St. Paul. And the best? There's no cover at the door, so you can save your money for more beer.

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    The Nomad has an annual St. Patrick's Day contest. Starting at 1 p.m., the beer is free, until someone has to pee. It usually takes about two hours before someone spoils the fun. Irish bands follow for a night of live music and shenanigans.

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    Shamrock's, the bigger brother of renowned burger bar The Nook in St. Paul, goes all out for the day. The bar opens at 9 a.m. and there is typically a tent full of entertainment, live music, a leprechaun look-a-like contest, a green hair contest, free food for the first 100 people after the St. Patrick's Day parade, Irish food, beer, and more.

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    Keegan's Pub is northeast Minneapolis' foremost Irish Bar. For St. Patrick's Day weekend, they typically throw a tent party. In previous years, this has included the Minneapolis Police Pipe Band, Irish band Erin Rogue, and others.

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    This pub is home to Irish celebrations in the northwest metro. The party typically starts the week before St. Patrick's Day, when the pub will have Irish music, food, trivia, and revelry through the weekend.

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    Student-friendly Irish bar Blarney in Dinkytown typically has live music. In previous years, performers have included The Durty Nelly's and The Teddy Holidays.

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    Jake O'Connors is home to Irish celebrations in Excelsior. There will be a tent party and a full Irish breakfast to set you up for a full day of drinking green beer.