The 17 Best Ways to Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Cincinnati

Green beer. Kegs and eggs. Parades. Bagpipes.

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It’s rare for Cincinnatians to run out of reasons to gather and drink beer on the weekend, but Saint Patrick’s Day brings a distinct level of “enthusiasm” to the activity. It would probably be easier to make a guide of places not offering some variation of green drink specials and Irish music to celebrate the boozy holiday, but we made a list anyway for you to map out your Saint Paddy’s Day game plan. 

Saint Patrick’s Day at Molly Malone’s — Molly Malone's takes Saint Patrick's Day seriously, starting off the festivities with kegs and eggs at 7 a.m. The first 100 people will get a souvenir T-shirt. All three floors of the pub will be alive with themed events and there will be a giant tent out front, full of Irish music and bands. The Emerald Society Police & Fire, Pipes & Drums will play throughout the day. Then jump into a jig inspired by the Irish rock music of the Lost Celts at Covington's Molly Malone’s. Come ready to celebrate — and come thirsty. 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 17. Molly Malone’s, 112 E. Fourth St., Covington, facebook.com/mollymalonescincinnati. 

Saint Patrick's Day Weekend at Fountain Square — If one day isn't enough for you to celebrate the luck of the Irish, Fountain Square is hosting a weekend-long bash, starting at noon on Saturday, March 14 and running through Sunday. Get your face painted and sip green beer — or Guinness — all while listening to Celtic Rock. (Eight bands will take the stage over the two-day event.) Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. Free admission. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown, facebook.com/MyFountainSquare.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade — Cincinnati's annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will return for its 54th year on March 14. Organizations from both sides of the river will showcase their floats as former Bengals quarterback Kenny Anderson acts as the parade's honorary grand marshal. Beginning on Mehring Way, the parade will officially embark at noon, snaking through John Nuxhall Way before ending at the intersection of Freedom Way and Rosa Parks Street. The celebration is rain or shine, and you might want to bring a green umbrella; according to weather.com, there's a 40 percent chance of rain. Noon, Saturday, March 14. Free. The parade begins at Mehring Way and Central Ave at the corner of Paul Brown Stadium. Downtown, cincystpatsparade.com.

Saint Patrick's Day Parade Watch Party at Moerlein Lager House — If you’re looking to party on St. Paddy’s Day but don’t want to miss the parade, you can head to the Moerlein Lager House on Saturday, March 14 for exclusive celebrations and an unbeatable view of the official Cincinnati Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Feast on authentic Irish dishes and swig some themed drinks including Irish beer and a Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey flight. If you’re lacking in green to wear, Moerlein will have some free St. Patrick’s accessories for you to don during the celebration. The parade starts at noon. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Free admission. Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, facebook.com/moerleinlagerhouse.

Saint Patrick's Day Street Party at Cinci Tin Roof with Audio Arcade — Immediately following the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Tin Roof and Audio Arcade will shut down Easty Freedom Way for an all-day street party. You can mingle in-and-out of all The Banks' hot spots while a live DJ keeps the music flowing. Noon-2 a.m. Saturday, March 14. Free admission. Tin Roof, 160 E. Freedom Way, The Banks, facebook.com/tinroofcincinnati

Post Parade All-Day Party Hosted at The Blind Pig with DJ Brian Guinness — Head to The Blind Pig for an all-day post-parade party hosted by DJ Brian Guinness. 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, March 14. The Blind Pig, 24 W. Third St., Downtown, facebook.com/TheBlindPigCincinnati.

Saint Patrick's Day 12th Street Bar Crawl — Can't land on one spot for Saint Patrick's Day festivities? Join the Saint Patrick's Day 12th Street Bar Crawl. Hosted by the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Young Professionals, the event will stop at five different bars — Queen City Radio, Cobblestone, Revel OTR Wine Bar, Taglio Bar & Pizzeria and Rosedale — along 12th Street in OTR. Each bar will have special Saint Patrick’s Day drink specials so you can pour out all kinds of ways to celebrate the holiday. CYC Young Professionals will provide small bites when the group hits Taglio at 3 p.m. Noon-5 p.m. Free registration. Begins at Queen City Radio, 222 W. 12 St., Downtown, 12streetbarcrawl.eventbrite.com.

Saint Patrick’s Day at Humble Monk Brewing Co. — Humble Monk Brewing Co. will kick off their second annual Saint Paddy's celebration at 10 a.m. with a keg blessing and performance with bagpipes and Irish dancers. Sip their signature Belgian-style craft beers, and stick around for more entertainment. The bagpipers will return at 7 p.m with more live music following at 8 p.m. Watson’s catering will provide lunch and dinner fill-ups, with more menu details to come. 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, March 14. Free admission; register online. Humble Monk Brewing Co., 1641 Blue Rock St., Northside, facebook.com/humblemonkBC

Saint Patrick’s Day at the Righteous Room — The Righteous Room is bringing the deals this St. Paddy's. Their half-priced happy hour starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, followed by $6 Jameson and Guinness after 8 p.m. Return on Tuesday, March 17 for the real-deal celebration: After happy hour, you can grab a Jameson for just $3. A live DJ will provide music. 4-8 p.m. Saturday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 17. Free admission. The Righteous Room, 641 Walnut St., Downtown, facebook.com/therighteousroom.

Saint Patrick's Day Bash at Galla Park — Galla Park is doing its part to make sure you raise a toast to Saint Patrick’s Day with gusto. The Banks will be jumping with live DJ performances running all day starting at noon. Green beer will also be a-flowing along with grub via an Irish-themed brunch from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, March 14. Free admission. Galla Park, 175 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks, facebook.com/GallaParkEvents.

Saint Patrick's Day Shenanigans at The St. Clair — Cheer on FC Cincinnati at St. Clair’s Saint Patrick’s Day Shenanigans. Starting at 1 p.m., patrons can grab $3 Bud Lights and $5 Jameson caskmates; just get them before supplies run dry.  A live DJ will be on deck at 10 p.m.1 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14. Free admission. The St. Clair, 245 Calhoun St., Clifton, facebook.com/TheStClairBar.

Saint Patrick's Day at The Lackman — If your favorite part about Saint Patrick’s Day involves drink deals, The Lackman is giving you a chance to raise a glass twice over. On Saturday, March 14 patrons can celebrate the Irish spirit with $5 Jameson and $5 Guinness, and do it all again on the big day: Tuesday the 17. Noon-2:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14 and 2 p.m.-2:30 a.m Tuesday, March 17. Free admission. The Lackman, 1237 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/thelackman.

Saint Patrick’s Day at House Of Orange Sports Bar & Grill — The House of Orange Sports Bar & Grill is hosting their second annual “Green Eggs and Orange Kegs” Saint Patrick’s Day event. Get there early for a $6 breakfast buffet, $5 Jameson shots, $4 Guinness and $3 ‘green’ BudLight. Starting at 7 a.m., the first 100 people to arrive will receive a free House of Orange Saint Patrick’s Day T-shirt. Plus, all-day live DJ’s and The Emerald Society Police & Fire, Pipes & Drums will drop in on the celebration. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Free admission. House of Orange Sports Bar & Grill, 433 Johnson St., Covington, facebook.com/HouseofOrangeCovington

Saint Patrick's Day with Tim Waters Celebrating Willett Bourbon at Crewitts Creek Kitchen & Bar — You can mix in the Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations with your craving for March Madness — and authentic Irish food. At Crewitts Creek Kitchen & Bar, start the day at 8 a.m. with Irish kegs and eggs, followed by an authentic Irish dinner at 5 p.m., and live music provided by Tim Waters at 8 p.m. Oh, and don’t forget, college basketball will be on all day long so you don’t miss any of the March Madness action. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Crewitts Creek Kitchen & Bar, 2037 Centennial Blvd, Independence, facebook.com/crewittscreek. 

Saint Patrick's Day Dinner Cruise on BB Riverboats — If the typical St. Patrick’s Day celebration is too wild for you, BB Riverboats takes a calmer approach to the festivities by way of a dinner cruise. You can take in the sights along the Ohio River while dining on a Saint Patrick’s-themed menu that includes corned beef, cabbage and specialty drinks. 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14. $55 adults; $38 children. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, bbriverboats.com.

Saint Patrick's Day at Rick's Tavern & Grille with Naked Karate Girls — Rick’s Tavern & Grille has brought the party to the Queen City on Saint Patrick’s Day for over a decade. Kick off the big day early at 6 a.m. with kegs and eggs at Rick’s and stick around for live music throughout the day, starting with Naked Karate Girls at 10 a.m. and ending with 3-Day Rule at 10 p.m. Doors open at 6 a.m. Music from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Rick’s Tavern & Grille, 5955 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, facebook.com/RicksTavern

Kick-Off to Saint Patrick's Day at Bircus Brewing Company with The Dublin Defence — Bircus Brewing Company is throwing a Saint Paddy's bash with live music by Celtic rock band The Dublin Defense. The music starts at 7:30 p.m., so get there beforehand to settle in with a craft beer or a scotch ale, or Showman IPA. Bircus Brewing is known for surprising patrons with impromptu circus performances like tight-rope walking and juggling, so be on the lookout for some hijinks. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Bircus Brewing Co., 322 Elm St., Ludlow, facebook.com/bircusbeer.

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