South Florida is about to turn green, and no matter where you are, there’s a St. Patrick’s Day party waiting for you to arrive!
Black Irish Rose Pub plans bag pipers, dancers
At The Black Irish Rose Pub’s celebration on March 17, from 11 a.m. ’til close, you will find live music (DJ Rad Key, DJ Frankie Stutters), Irish food (Irish style BBQ, shepherd’s pie, corned beef, cabbage), lots of Guinness, and then there are the bag pipers and Irish dancers. Plus, the first 100 customers receive a free T-shirt. 234 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561/392-3808; blackroseboca.com.
Gulfstream Park hosts third annual $2 Beer Crawl
On March 17 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Gulfstream Park, you can pick up a Lucky Passport (if you’re over 21) and then buy $2 select beers from the restaurant vendors at Champions Plaza. They include: III Forks, Cantina Laredo, Frankey’s Sports Bar, ROK:BRGR American Kitchen, Mijana Lebanese Cuisine and more. Gulfstream Park & Casino, 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach; 954/454-7000; gulfstreampark.com.
Brimstone Woodfire Grill celebrates St. Pat’s, anniversary
Combining a one-year anniversary celebration and St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Brimstone Woodfire Grill in CityPlace Doral means food and drink specials galore. The Irish dinner (pictured) includes a 10-ounce NY strip steak with cabbage, roasted potatoes and carrots for $54. Then there are drinks such as the pineapple upside down cake martini, the shamrock and green beer. 8300 NW 36th St., Doral; 786/837-8960; brimstonedoral.com
Bokamper’s celebrates St. Pat’s all month
Why wait till the 17th? Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill in Plantation (March 9) and Fort Lauderdale (March 10) will host the NYPD Pipers as part of a monthlong St. Patty’s celebration. Those and the other locations in Florida are offering a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal for $17.99 on the 17th only. bokampers.com
Try a Lucky Charm martini at Grille 401
And you thought you were done with youthful Lucky Charms. Not anymore—this Lucky Charm martini is all grown-up and $10 on March 17. It has Stoli vanilla, Triple Sec, Midori melon liqueur and sour mix. Grille 401, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/767-0222; grille401.com.
Irish Tacos at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale
Since we’re in South Florida, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is marrying our beach living with Irish classics. Try the Irish Tacos ($18 for three), made with corn beef, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing, or regular Mahi tacos served in a green shell. Plus, green beer ($5), Irish car bombs ($10), and green frozen margaritas ($12). 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/414-2222
Traditional eats at The Office
While you’re partying on Atlantic Avenue, fuel up at The Office with corn beef and cabbage, Guinness gravy poutine, ruben sliders, and a shepherd’s pie burger—dinner will be served from 3 p.m. all the way until 2 a.m. Sunday. Wash it all down with $5 green domestic beers and $7 festive cocktails. 201 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/276-3600; theofficedelray.com
(Photos courtesy of Black Irish Rose Pub, Gulfstream Park, Brimstone Woodfire Grill, Bokampers and Grille 401)
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.