AS YOU’RE ransacking your closet for shades of green and planning your spot for the parade, servers are stocking their aprons and bartenders are preparing themselves for the inevitable Guinness keg change.
This Saturday, give our food and bev industry some love with our list of places that are doing something a little extra.
The Pirate’s House hosts two buffets on Saturday. The first, a breakfast buffet at 7 a.m., features corned beef hash and green grits among other breakfast staples for $12.95. The second, a lunch buffet at 11 a.m., has all your Southern fixins for $14.95.
Moon River Brewing Company serves a limited menu and their seasonal Irish stout all day Saturday. The best part? Their outdoor beer garden is open all day for drinking that doesn’t require a wristband.
The Rail Pub’s annual Kegs and Eggs party starts bright and early at 8 a.m., serving a complimentary full breakfast with purchase of a beverage. There’s even free stuff for the early birds.
Congress Street Up’s bartenders will have a drink cart posted up outside Ellis Square with Irish Chatham Artillery Punch, PBR draft and bottles, Dubliner shots, and Dubliner car bombs.
For those seeking a really early start, McDonough’s opens at 6 a.m. They’ll serve breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and host bagpipe bands throughout the day.
Barrelhouse South has a boozy breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. $10 gets you all you can eat, and $15 gets you all you can drink.
Longtime Savannah favorite Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub on River Street is a no-brainer stop on Saturday. They open at 1 p.m. and have Traditional Irish music all day by Seldom Sober, Carroll Brown, and Frank Emerson.
Don’t want to buy a wristband? 17 Hundred 90 is located outside the wristband zone and opens at 7 a.m. They have one of Savannah’s most classic bar scenes, and an outstanding menu to boot.
The Collins Quarter will turn into a private St. Patrick’s club with an open bar and food buffet on Saturday. Enjoy street-front parade route seating with wait staff service. Tickets are $200 and are limited to the first 80 people.
The Desoto hosts its annual Irish breakfast with corned beef hash, green grits, and green donuts. Your ticket includes the buffet and a day-long wristband for the restroom, which will definitely come in handy later. The buffet starts at 6:30 a.m. Adult tickets are $20, and children’s tickets are $10.
Prohibition opens at 10 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day with a limited menu through the evening. Most importantly, on March 15, Prohibition will attempt to beat the world record of selling the most Irish coffees in one day. Prohibition’s owners James Walsh, Ray Burns, and Jim McCourt, all from Belfast, Ireland, have agreed to give a percentage of the proceeds of all Irish coffees sold that day to the Savannah Firefighters Association’s Fallen Firefighters Fund.
Thought ironically a teetotaler, President Jimmy Carter paid a visit to Pinkie Masters bar on St. Patrick’s Day 1978. This favorite local bar right near the parade route will open early St. Patrick’s morning and always has something interesting going on.
Last but not least, if you’re seeking a truly traditional Irish pub experience, don’t forget about O’Connell’s on Drayton. This quiet and friendly pub is off the beaten tourist path but is as Irish as it gets.