St. Patrick's Day at Irish Pubs in the Twin Cities

Kieran's Irish Pub, Minneapolis

Kieran's Irish Pub

If you are planning to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2020 in the Twin Cities, Irish bars are the classic choice; however, you'll find people in most typical pubs and bars wearing green and celebrating the March holiday in Minneapolis and St. Paul—and many other cities in the U.S.

You can't go wrong visiting any of the local bars 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 be smart to leave the car at home and take public transit. All Metro Transit services (buses, Metro light rail lines, and Northstar commuter rail) are free on March 17, 2020, from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. the next day. The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Anoka County Traveler routes will also offer free rides. Selected bus routes and the light rail will have extra service after midnight; check the St. Patrick's Day schedule at MetroTransit.org. 

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Kieran's Irish Pub, Minneapolis

This Irish pub is a stone's throw from the March 17, 2020, Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade route on the Nicollet Mall—located next to Target Field and Target Center in the Warehouse District.

A large venue, Kieran's usually adds a heated tent to pack in all the revelers. Kieran's typically opens at 9 a.m. on the day before the holiday and St. Patrick's Day itself. Watch the pub's Facebook page for updates on entertainment for the spring holiday.

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The Liffey Irish Pub, St. Paul

Across the street from the Xcel Energy Center arena in downtown St. Paul, The Liffey Irish Pub is a good place to visit after the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2020.

You can expect live music by bagpipe players, Guinness beer, and a diversity of Irish food and beyond, including items from tomato soup and quinoa veggie burgers to fish and chips.

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The Local, Minneapolis

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 Nicollet Mall route of the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade and is sure to be packed with Irish revelers on the eve of the March holiday and on St. Patrick's Day itself in 2020.

Visitors can look forward to live music and great Irish food such as whiskey-honey glazed chicken shots and a variety of sandwiches and burgers.

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Patrick McGovern's Pub & Restaurant, St. Paul

In downtown St. Paul, Patrick McGovern's is a popular destination to stop after the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade. Housed in a historic 1888 building, the venue 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, as well as enjoy live music and a fantastic Irish atmosphere. Watch their Facebook page for 2020 happenings.

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Kip's Irish Pub, St. Louis Park

Kip's Irish Pub starts the party on March 13, 2020, with a happy hour, live music, and drink specials, and continues the festivities on March 14 with a breakfast buffet, various musicians playing live, performances by Irish dancers and bagpipe players, and a DJ. On St. Patrick's Day, Kip's will have a breakfast buffet (free for the first 102 guests), live music and bagpipes, and more.

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O'Donovan's Irish Pub, Minneapolis

O'Donovan's— another venue near the St. Patrick's Day parade—is a cozy pub in downtown Minneapolis that typically has festivities all weekend and holds a tent party. The first Minnesota Irish pub built completely in Ireland and shipped in pieces to the U.S., O'Donovan's gives visitors the experience of being in Ireland.

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Merlin's Rest Pub, Minneapolis

Merlin's Rest Pub in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis 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. Guests can party for hours on St. Patrick's Day of 2020, since Merlin's is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The business will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner items like corned beef hash and Irish burgers.

You can also enjoy live music by The Inland Seas from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on March 14, 2020.

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The Dubliner Pub & Cafe, St. Paul

Three different Irish-influenced musical groups play live on March 17, 2020, at The Dubliner, an Irish pub on University Avenue in St. Paul. Visitors can start partying with Release the Craicen at noon, followed by Purgatory Creek at 4 p.m. and Sister Tree at 8 p.m.

The Dubliner has been in the University Midway neighborhood since 1983 and is known for a welcoming atmosphere, live music, and even Celtic dance lessons.

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Shamrock's Irish Nook, St. Paul

Shamrock's Irish Nook, the bigger brother of renowned burger bar The Nook in St. Paul, goes all out for the day. On March 17, 2020, the venue will have an outdoor tent featuring two shows from 1-5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m., indoor concerts by Legacy Trio from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tom Dahill & the Hooleytones (with Ginnie Johnson and Mike Keys) from 5-9 p.m., and One Bullet from 10 p.m. to close.

Confirm details with the venue before heading out.

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Keegan's Irish Pub, Minneapolis

Keegan's Pub is northeast Minneapolis's foremost Irish Bar that was built in Waterford, Ireland. For St. Patrick's Day, the venue is hosting the musical group Four Pints Shy from 7-10 p.m. on March 17, 2020. The band's latest album covers traditional folk music from Ireland and the U.S.

Dress casual and bring cash for the cover charge.

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Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant, Maple Grove

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, and revelry. In 2020, look for the Who's Your Paddy St. Patrick Celebration. The festivities go from March 12 through 17 and include everything from a variety of Irish and other live music and a night of whiskey and food to swag giveaways, an Irish bagpiper, and even a family fun day with dancers from Ireland and a balloon artist.

Check the venue's Facebook page for details on daily events.

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Blarney Pub & Grill, Minneapolis

Student-friendly Irish bar Blarney Pub & Grill in Dinkytown typically has live music for St. Patrick's Day—confirm the venue's 2020 events before heading out. In previous years, performers have included The Durty Nelly's and The Teddy Holidays. You'll find some traditional foods such as shepherd's pie and Guinness beef stew along with the more typical bar food like nachos and burgers.

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Jake O'Connors, Excelsior

Jake O'Connors, an American Irish bar and pub, was transformed from a hardware shop into a comfortable spot with a fireplace and a centerpiece built by Irish woodworkers. Located in Excelsior, Jake O'Connors serves various beers on tap and usually has Irish celebrations with green beer and live bands around the time of St. Patrick's Day.

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