11 St. Paddy’s Day Parties in Philly and the ‘Burbs You Won’t Want to Miss

Get ready to don your festive green attire, gather your friends and hit up one of Greater Philadelphia’s best St. Patrick’s Day parties at the following locations:

West Chester/Exton/Downingtown

Appetites on Main: On Saturday, March 17, Appetites on Main will be offering specials on the following Irish beverages: $4 Guinness pints, $5 Jameson shots, $6 Car bombs and $2.50 Green Miller Lite pints. A DJ will be playing all of your favorite Irish tunes for you from 4–9:30 p.m., with karaoke fun starting at 9:30 p.m. There will also be tons of giveaways throughout the day and happy hour from 4–6 p.m. 286 Main St., Exton; (610) 594-2030

Kildare’s: At Kildare’s in West Chester, your St. Patrick’s Day festivities will include live entertainment options galore, including bands, a DJ and 6 Nations Rugby games playing throughout the day, including Ireland vs. England. Check out the schedule for the day:

8–11 a.m.: Malarkey Brothers Trio
8: 30 a.m.: 6 Nations Rugby (No Sound) Italy vs Scotland
11 a.m.–1 p.m.: 6 Nations Rugby (Full Surround Sound) IRELAND VS ENGLAND!!!
1–3 p.m.: 6 Nations Rugby Wales vs France (Sound Guaranteed if this match decides the championship)
3–9 p.m.: The one and Only Malarkey Brothers (Full Band)
9 p.m.–2 a.m.: DJ

18 W. Gay St., West Chester; (610) 431-0770

P.J. Whelihan’s: P.J. Whelihan’s in Downingtown will be rolling out a full Irish-themed menu, including the St. Paddy melt, corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie. And they will be adding a charitable twist to the St. Patrick’s Day celebration by accepting donations at the door for Ronald McDonald House. There will also be Irish dancers in the afternoon, and John McNutt’s Keltic Rocker band at 9 p.m. Make sure to try the featured $5 St. Patrick’s Day cocktail, the Frozen Shamrock, which is an enticing concoction of vodka, Bacardi ice cream, Baileys Irish cream, and créme de menthe, topped off with whipped cream and a cherry. Additional drink specials include $4 Blue Moon pints and $2.50 Coors Light bottles and drafts all day long on March 17. 853 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 873-1311

Main Line/Western ‘Burbs

Jack McShea’s: Jack McShea’s in Ardmore is pulling out all of the stops for this year’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration, including celebrating early the entire week prior to the big day with a special Irish menu, Irish Quizzo, a free Guinness glass night, Irish dancers and more on various evenings throughout the week. On Saturday, March 17, Jack McShea’s will offer an Irish breakfast from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., an Irish dinner menu later in the day, Irish dancers and an atmosphere which was simply made for St. Paddy’s Day! 34 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore; (484) 416-3547

Sligo: Media’s Sligo will open at 9 a.m. on St. Paddy’s Day, and the upstairs bar and dining space will be open to the public at 1 p.m. Fiddlers Kitty and Mike Kelly will play from 2–5 p.m. while Irish dancers entertain the crowds periodically during that time. The kitchen will serve traditional Irish dishes from 10 a.m.–11 p.m., including bangers and mash, ham and cabbage, Irish beef stew, fish and chips, sheperd’s pie and pulled pork sliders. 113 W. State St., Media; (610) 566-5707

2 Stones Pub: The 2 Stones Pub in Kennett Square has your St. Patrick’s Day plans set with the doors opening at 10 a.m. There will be $3 pints of Sly Fox Beer’s O’Reilly’s Stout and Seamus’ Irish Red and an Irish pub fare menu featuring corned beef and cabbage, Irish nachos, bangers and mash and more. 843 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square; (610) 444-3940

Molly Maguire’s: This popular Irish spot in Phoenixville will be the ideal location to celebrate this holiday with an all-day party beginning at 8 a.m. and featuring Irish dancers, an outdoor beer garden, Irish music and more. 197 Bridge St., Phoenixville, (610) 933-9550

McKenzie Brew House (Berwyn and Malvern): Both locations of McKenzie Brew House will feature Irish dancers and Irish cuisine throughout the day. 324 W. Swedesford Rd., Berwyn; (610) 407-4300; 240 Lancaster Ave., Malvern; (610) 296-2222

Black Powder Tavern: Wayne’s Black Powder Tavern will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day from March 15 through March 18, with a special menu of Irish pub fare, including shepherd’s pie, corned beef, Irish bread pudding and much more. On the beverage side, Guinness and green beer will be flowing all weekend long, as well as the specialty Thin Mint Shamrock Martini, Irish Mule and Shamrocker signature cocktails. 1164 Valley Forge Rd., Wayne; (610) 293-9333


St. Patrick's Day Philadelphia

Fergie’s Pub: If a slightly more chill vibe is what you’re after, head to one of the most authentic St. Paddy’s Day parties in Philly at Fergie’s Pub in Philadelphia. Enjoy a traditional Irish music session and fill your St. Patrick’s Day glass with a traditional stout or one of the many craft options always on tap. Since bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie are always on Fergie’s menu, you can bet that they’ll be delicious! 1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia; (215) 928-8118

McGillin’s Olde Ale House: Every year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia — which also happens to be an Irish pub — is ready, willing and able to serve the revelers of the day. This year promises the same! Green beer, green cheer and much more throughout the day await you, all starting at 10 a.m. There is a $5 cover per person. 1310 Drury St., Philadelphia; (215) 735-5562

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