Low-Key Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in South Beach
Although a rowdy bar with green beer on draft may be your idea of a proper St. Patrick's Day, it might be a good time to avoid crowds. This doesn’t mean you have to stay put and evade fun. It just means you have to get a little more creative. This March 17, don your Kelly greens and make it a low-key St. Patrick’s Day in South Beach.
Listen to Irish Music on the Beach
The hand-clapping, foot-stomping, and high energy of traditional or contemporary Celtic music livens up any bar. Create your own warm and welcoming atmosphere on the beach. Bring a towel, stretch out on the sand, and turn up the music on your waterproof speaker. Try the Irish Pub Songs, Irish Folk Songs, or Irish Jigs playlists on Spotify to get started.
Get Local Craft Brews to go
Avoid being elbow to elbow at a pub and get beer to go. Local craft breweries often have to-go options like cans, bottles, crowlers, and growlers for you to enjoy back at the hotel. Visit Abbey Brewing Company on 16th Street daily from 1 p.m. - 5 a.m. for housemade beers. The only brewpub in Miami Beach prides itself on its old world European pub atmosphere, with brews like Father Theodore’s Stout and Brother Dan’s Double pairing perfectly with the fanfare of St. Patrick's Day.
Go to a Whiskey Bar
While novelty hats and green beer may not be true to the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, a glass of whiskey keeps it traditional. The ScapeGoat on Collins Avenue has an impressive collection of American whiskey, bourbon, and rye and a rustic atmosphere to boot. South Pointe Tavern is another cozy cocktail lounge emphasizing the distilled spirit. Once you get through a dram or two of whiskey, you’ll want to move on to the cocktails. Try the Buccaneer, made with whiskey, benedictine, house-made cherry bounce, Tío Pepe sherry, aromatic bitters, and lemon oils. If you want to keep it even more low-key, visit Miami Beach Liquor on 13th Street, Tuto & Sons Liquor on 11th Street, or I Love Liquor on Collins Avenue to grab your own bottle of Irish whiskey to enjoy back in your room.
Do a Dinner Crawl
Whether it's bangers and mash, corned beef, or shepherd’s pie, delicious and hearty food is what defines Irish cuisine. Modify the pub crawl tradition to become a dinner crawl instead. Begin with the corned beef wrap at Finnegan’s Road, then visit Finnegan’s Way for corned beef and cabbage or their Guinness steak. End the night at The Playwright Irish Pub on Washington Avenue. Their menu consists of Irish classics like beef stew, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. Top it all off with a Jameson coffee with whipped cream and brown sugar.
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