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Patch Picks: Places to Go for St. Patrick's Day

These Irish establishments will be the greenest beacons of light Thursday.

Patch Picks features a weekly selection of area businesses, events and other offerings. Our editors make the selections, with the help of reader input.

Patch Picks normally runs on Thursdays, but we thought we would get this one out to you as quickly as possible because we're featuring a sampling of the area’s places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. We have included Canton, Plymouth and Northville in our search for the finest establishments for going green Thursday.

If you have any other suggestions our readers might be interested in, let us know in the comments.

  • , 157 E. Main St., Northville: Green beer, Irish stew and corned beef with cabbage will highlight the menu Thursday. Drink and draft beer specials will also be in effect. The staff will be decked out in their finest St. Patty’s attire, and a bagpiper will grace the crowd, providing some authentic Irish sound to complement the jovial atmosphere.
  • , 1777 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton: With two gaming rooms – replete with pool and beer pong tables, darts, shuffleboard and video games – and 26 televisions, which will capture all the NCAA basketball action, Baily’s has the day covered. There will be $3 green beer drafts, two shot waitresses roaming with colorful potions, a disc jockey and corned beef with cabbage. Doors open at 7 a.m.
  • , 840 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth: The menu will feature Reuben sandwiches and green draft beer. The Ironwood offers 21 draft beers – and, yes, it has Guinness. All the NCAA Tournament action will be on full display on the Ironwood's 15 flat-screen televisions and its two large projection screens. A live band will be on hand to keep the crowd entertained. Doors open at 11 a.m.
  • Gus O’Connor’s Irish Pub, 42875 Grand River Ave., Novi: Detroit sports radio hosts Doug Karsh and Scott “The Gator” Anderson of WXYT-AM, 97.1, "The Ticket," will broadcast live from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Irish dancers and a bagpiper will entertain the crowd, and numerous flat-screen televisions will cover all the NCAA Tournament action. There will be $3 shot specials, $4 domestic drafts, $5 imports and $6 20-ounce Guinness drafts. A “Kegs and Eggs” breakfast will be provided from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with the purchase of a pint. Doors open at 7 a.m.
  • , 41275 Ford Rd., Canton: Corned beef sliders, corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew will be on the menu. There will also be $1 draft beers and $1 Jell-O shots. Entertainment will include a bagpiper and an ice luge. The Bowery has nine flat-screen televisions for all the NCAA Tournament action, darts and an electronic “The Tech Juke Box.” Doors open at 7 a.m.
  • , 821 Penniman Ave., Plymouth: O'Callaghan's full menu will be available, including such Irish highlights as shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, bangers and mash and corned beef sliders. Live music will play from 11 a.m.-midnight. Dan Runey and the Shawn Riley Band will be the featured acts. Shot girls will roam throughout the night, and there will be several keg stations offering $5 draft beers. Doors open at 7 a.m.

Next week’s Patch Picks will feature a sampling of the area's spas. If you have a suggestion that might help us compile this list, post it in the comments.

Mary March 15, 2011 at 08:15 PM
I love Sean O'Callaghan's, but I've heard they're charging a $10 cover starting at 7 AM! There's no way I'm paying a cover charge! I'll probably check out Doyle's Tavern downtown Plymouth. They are opening at 9 AM.
Sean Zayas March 15, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Sean O's is too crazy on SPD. If you want some elbow room, stop over at the Box. The beer selection is great and I don't recall them having a cover charge that day. Doyle's Tavern should do the trick as well.
Sean Flynn March 15, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Totally get that. The Rock Bar and Grill looks like it may have potential too. Not sure about cover, though. Not very big either, but they are supposedly going to have their patio -- which is out back -- open too. Unless it rains, I assume. Lower Town (aka Herman's) is big. May have some decent attractions.
Sean Flynn March 15, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Yes. You're right. $10 cover. Which you would think might turn more people away, yet it is always a packed house on St. Pat's at Sean's.
M.D. Taverner March 12, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I thought Gus O'Connors closed? Is it open again? Also wondering if any of these places have St. Patty's food the day before...On Friday?
John McKay (Editor) March 12, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Sean F. - Rock Bar & Grill closed this year. Our Readers' Choice winners for best St. Paddy's Day locations were Liberty Street Brewing Company in Old Village and the Bowery in Canton, and Callaghan's is always a huge draw, obviously.
daniel tritten March 13, 2013 at 05:44 AM
will the police be waiting outside to bust you for a dui

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