Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day parties in our area (and beyond)

The Dingle House’s St. Patrick’s Day party starts at 8 a.m. with beer and breakfast. The party will last until 2:30 a.m. CONTRIBUTED
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The Dingle House’s St. Patrick’s Day party starts at 8 a.m. with beer and breakfast. The party will last until 2:30 a.m. CONTRIBUTED

When the Catholic Church decided to exempt St. Patrick’s Day from the usual Lent restrictions on food and booze, they likely had no idea what kind of monster they were unleashing. As a result, one is hard-pressed to find a modern St. Patrick’s Day reveler who knows they’re supposed to go to church on that day, too.

Unfortunately (or perhaps, happily), we’re as guilty as the rest of you. The following is a list of our top 5 local and regional St. Paddy’s Day parties.

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Trinity Gastro Pub

The Trinity Gastro Pub is known for its homey outdoor section that includes a patio, fire pits and tiki torches. Although we can’t guarantee it’ll be warm enough to enjoy these amenities on March 17, we can assure you that Trinity will be throwing a full-fledged St. Patrick’s Day party nonetheless.

In addition to green bottles of Bud Light and a full roster of Irish beers and whiskeys, drink specials will include green beer pints for $2.50 and green shots (lime jello vodka) for $1.50.

Throughout the day, the live entertainment will be live Irish music, a DJ playing Irish music, and Irish dancers and bagpipes. For those of you who love to take selfies and post on social media, Trinity will also be giving away beads and free T-shirts to help you mark the occasion.

WHERE: 8953 Princeton Glendale Road, West Chester

WHEN: March 17, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

COST: No admission cost

MORE INFO: 874-5200 or www.trinitygastropub.com

The Dingle House

With its Irish décor and kilted staff, it’s no surprise the Dingle House takes its St. Patty’s Day seriously, so much so it plans to open at 8 a.m. No, this isn’t meant to encourage patrons to engage in an all-day drunkfest (not entirely, that is) but to come out for a special event called “Kegs and Eggs.”

Along with a few specially chosen draft beers (including $5 Guinness pints from 8 a.m.-9 a.m.), the Dingle House will be serving eggs any way you like them from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Popular items include Irish variations such as bangers and eggs as well as more conventional pairings like steak and eggs and bacon and eggs.

After 2 p.m., the 30 taps of domestic and craft beer, the 60 imports and craft beer in bottles, and the Irish, Scotch and bourbon whiskeys will start flowing freely. Drink specials will include $2 Labatts and Founders “Pots of Gold,” or five cans of Founders Solid Gold in a bucket for $10. There will also be specialty beers such as Boulder Irish Blessing (a chocolate stout) and Flying Dog Lucky SOB (an Irish red). Due to the anticipated crowd size, there will be beer tubs and domestic drafts stationed throughout the pub as well.

For live entertainment, there will be a DJ outside and live Irish music inside, including Irish dancers and bagpipers.

WHERE: 9102 West Chester Town Centre Drive, West Chester

WHEN: March 17, 8 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

COST: $5 (beginning at noon)

MORE INFO: 874-7468 or www.dinglehouse.com

StoutFest

As the name implies, this St. Patrick’s Day party, held in a special tent outside of Molly Malones in Covington, focuses entirely on stouts: imperial, chocolate, vanilla, milk, coffee, and every type of stout in between. Participating breweries include Braxton, Founders, MadTree, 50 West, Rhinegeist, Guinness, Goose Island, Dogfish and many more.

A regular admission ticket gets you six tickets for 5-ounce pours of any non-VIP stout and one ticket for one full VIP stout pint. A VIP ticket gets you the same plus 5-ounce pours of all five VIP stouts. The VIP stouts are Braxton Dark Charge Mole 2017, Founders CBS, MadTree BBA, 50 West Ghost of Imogene, and Lagunita’s Willetized.

Between samples, you can enjoy the food, Irish music, and Irish bagpipers and dancers.

Molly Malone’s will follow up Stoutfest by throwing an all-day St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17, starting at 7 a.m.

WHERE: Molly Malone’s, 112 E. 4th St., Covington, Kentucky

WHEN: March 16, 6-10 p.m.

COST: $25 (regular advance), $30 (regular day of event), $35 (VIP)

MORE INFO: 859-491-6659 or covington.mollymalonesirishpub.com

St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl in Lawrenceburg

This annual crawl down the main street of Lawrenceburg, Ind., includes the following party spots: The Levee Breaker, The Captain’s Tavern, Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, Brickyard Cafe, L’Burg Drinks & More, Maverick’s Firewater Grill, Buffalo Wings & Rings, The Half Moon Saloon, the Lawrenceburg Durbin Bowl and the Lawrenceburg Eagles.

Your admission will include six drink tickets and an Irish Green Pub Crawl T-shirt. After picking up your tickets, T-shirt and wristband from the Lawrence Main Street Office, you can walk to the first few pubs on Main Street from 4-5 p.m. Bus service for pubs further out will start at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Lawrence Main Street Office, 105 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg, Ind.

WHEN: March 17, 4-11 p.m.

COST: $35 (early bird), $45 (after March 8)

MORE INFO: 812-537-4507 or www.thinklawrenceburg.com

Shamrock Family Fun

If your St. Patrick’s Day party privileges are temporarily suspended due to young children, ArtsWave has found a way to keep you in the loop with this family-friendly party.

Kids can ride the 44 Cincinnati-centric characters on Carol Ann’s Carousel and grab a refreshment at the free root beer bar. Parents can participate by learning how to jig, reel and dance other traditional Irish dances with their kids courtesy of 4-Way, a string quartet featuring fiddle champion, Jack Bogard, and the McGing Irish Dancers School.

WHERE: Anderson Pavilion at Smale Riverfront Park, 100 W. Mehring Way, Cincinnati

WHEN: March 17, 1-4 p.m.

COST: Free

MORE INFO: 632-0134 or www.artswave.org