Legend has it that St. Patrick was one hard-drinking man of God. Supposedly, the tradition of getting smashed on St. Patrick's Day originated when old Pat told an innkeeper that the devil's powers would grow stronger if the innkeeper wasn't more generous with his whisky. So keep the tradition alive this year and tell the barkeep to keep the green coming.
If you're starting the day early, check out the lunch at PADDY'S MEMPHIS PUB (345 Madison). These folks are serving up Irish stew, shepherd's pie, bubble and squeak, potato soup, and lots more. If you're too stuffed to move after lunch, just stick around for Poor Paddy and The Central Standards at 9 p.m.
Bangers and mash is on the menu at DAN MCGUINNESS PUB (150 Peabody Place), and while you're eating, you'll be entertained by the Irish dance troupe Innish Acala. They'll be followed by bagpipe music with Cooley's House and Gallow Glass Pipes. Festivities kick off at noon, and live music runs through 1 a.m.
You'll be sure to get a buzz at PAT O'BRIEN'S where green beer and Celtic Cocktails will be flowing like water, while Gabby Johnson rocks out on the heated patio from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The $6 cover includes your first beer.
Join an annual tradition at KUDZU'S (603 Monroe) as the 4 Heads present their 7th Annual All-Irish Pub Sing-Along at 7 p.m. They've even got bagpipes, folks.
At THE BUCCANEER (1368 Monroe), a St. Patrick's Day Blowout begins while the sun's still out and runs late into the night. At 4 p.m., Jimbo Mathus and Lightnin' Malcolm will play while patrons dine on barbecue. Later, a rock show will commence with M.O.T.O., The Mistreaters, and The Rat Traps featuring Jeffrey Novak. The kicker: There's no cover.
Another all-day, all-night blowout will be going on just a few blocks over at MURPHY'S (1589 Madison), as they celebrate their 31st Annual St. Paddy's show. The Blessing o' the Keg starts at 3 p.m. Bands include Big Betsy, Organ Thief, Clanky's Nub, Chess Club, The Joint Chiefs, Co-Ben, Hedgecreep, Gallow Glass Pipes, and The Irish Eyes of Memphis.
Check out Beanpole, Young Agent Jones, and The Hype at THE HI-TONE (1913 Poplar) as they celebrate St. Pat's Day with $5 pitchers all night long. Cover is $5.
Of course, there's plenty going on at all four T.J. MULLIGAN'S locations (8071 Trinity; 2821 Houston Levee; 6635 Quince; 362 North Main). At the CORDOVA location, Snozberry and Super 5 will be playing inside the St. Patrick's Day tent. And don't forget the grub. They'll be serving up corned beef and cabbage with yummy green beer. A $10 wristband will get you into all Mulligan's locations.
If you're not too hungover (or if you haven't been to sleep yet), head over to the NEW DAISY (330 Beale) on Friday, March 18th, for Houlie Fight Night where "leprechauns" will duke it out in wrestling, kickboxing, and boxing matches. It starts at 7 p.m., and there's a $10 cover.