Fibber’s Public House
1610 Pavilion Place • 256-0102
The 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Fibber’s Public House will feature an outdoor tent for 2,500 people. At 8 a.m., Fibber’s kicks off the day’s festivities with eggs, bacon, toast and hashbrowns, available until 11 a.m. The first 100 guests to arrive will receive a free Guinness pint glass.
Corned beef and cabbage and Shepherd’s Pie are offered during lunch, and the drink specials for the entire day keep everyone’s thirst quenched: $6 Irish car bombs, $5 Irish bull drinks, $4 Guinness ( Did we mention $4 Guinness!), $3 domestics and $4 imports. The outdoor area will host a dunking booth, cartoon sketch artist, cornhole, beer pong, face painting, two bars and a projector showcasing the night’s NCAA basketball games.
The Super Contra Band plays outside at 5:30 p.m., and encore’s Best of 2010 Artist Bibis Ellison performs at 8:30 p.m. Inside, DJ Battle, the winner of the Best of 2011 DJ honors, will pump out the beats in the lounge starting at 7 p.m., while Karaoke Kong entices singers on the pub side at 9 p.m. The celebration continues until 2 a.m.
Fox & Hound Pub and Grille
920 Town Center Dr. • 509-0805
Opening early to celebrate the luck o’ the Irish, Fox & Hound will begin a $4.99 Kegs and Eggs Breakfast at 9 a.m., available until noon. Added to the lunch and dinner menu for one day only is corned beef and cabbage and a delicious Reuben. All day long, beer enthusiasts can enjoy three-liter towers of green beer for $11.99 and $5 Baby Guinness shots, while the party continues late-night with Soul Power Posse performing at 9 p.m. With a magician also on hand to delight and St. Patrick’s Day shamrock-infused gear for each guest, there’s lots o’ shenanigans to be had at Fox & Hound!
Front Street Brewery
9 N. Front St. • 251-1935
This local pub makes its own craft beers available every day of the year, but in honor of St. Patrick, the folks at Front Street are bringing in a truly Irish show: “Mulligan’s Wake.” Presented by Porch Theatre Company, guests will become part of the farewell celebration. As people arrive at the Brewery, they will be greeted by a crazy Irish-Catholic family that gathered for an over-the-top show to commemorate the life of Rory Mulligan. Audience members can join in with the cast or sit back and relax. There will be a traditional Irish dinner served, complemented by drinking, toasting, dancing and singing. The show starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are available for $40. Reservations for “Mulligan’s Wake” can be made by calling 232-6611 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halligan’s Public House
3317 Masonboro Loop Rd. • 791-1019
Bright and early folks can sip on a pint of Ireland’s own Guinness or a Halligan’s Bloody Mary. The Public House opens at 7:30 a.m. for eggs, pancakes, bacon, corned beef hash and drinks.
For lunch and dinner, Halligan’s offers Irish classics like one of the best Reubens in town or fish ‘n’ chips. Chef Aaron Cannon uses the drink menu to his advantage with an Irish-cider glazed salmon or a pan-seared Gaelic steak in an Irish whiskey and peppercorn cream sauce.
Halligan’s will feature family-friendly activities all day, with bounce houses outside for the kids. For adults, the 1,000 square-foot outdoor tent houses a kegerator, and they’ll have four draughts on tap. Live music plays from noon until 9 p.m. with The Blarney Brothers, Daniel Parish and Brad Benson.
1756 Carolina Beach Rd. • 343-8342
Beginning at 2 p.m. and running until close at 2 a.m., The Dubliner will feature live music for their shamrock-clad guests. The Molly Malones is an Irish band, rocking out with a guitar and two flutes. The group also plays The Dubliner every Friday night, so folks can catch tunes from across the pond each week.
1423 S. Third St. • 763-1607
Owner Val Cleary came to the Port City from County Mayo, Ireland in 1995. Although he’s been following the American Dream, he still left behind great eats. The only solution? To bless Wilmington with an authentic Irish restaurant in 2010.
At 7 a.m., The Harp will offer a traditional breakfast complete with imported Irish sausage and rashers (Irish bacon), black and white pudding, grilled tomato and house-made brown bread. Though the Reuben, classic Dublin fish ‘n’ chips, Shepherd’s Pie, and sirloin tips braised in Guinness all sound delicious, we’re betting the classic corned beef and cabbage can’t be topped, as it’s served in a rural West Ireland style.
Entertainment is aplenty at The Harp on the 17th, featuring Irish dancers and bagpipes throughout the day. Musicians include Robert Godfrey on piano and Johnny K. during lunch. The tent party begins at 5 p.m. with Two Far Away, and Charlie and Rose Lucas play the blues at 8 p.m.
118 Princess St.
This downtown sports pub is celebrating with their 5th annual Kegs and Eggs Breakfast. Opening at 9 a.m. on Thursday, they’ll offer biscuits ‘n’ gravy, a breakfast platter and a breakfast burrito. Lunchtime features corned beef and cabbage for $7.50 and Shepherd’s Pie for $6.99. Drink specials run all day and there’s plenty to be had with $4 Sam Adams Irish Red, 16-ounce green Bud Light aluminum bottles, Nutty Irishmen shooters and Irish breakfast shooters; $5 Michael Collins and Bloody Marys; and $6 Mimosas and Irish Coffees. A dueling piano show takes the stage at 10 p.m.
Cotton Exchange, Front & Walnut St.
It’s become a yearly tradition at Paddy’s Hollow to serve up their favorite Irish dish: corned beef and cabbage. Open from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., and tucked inside the cozy corner of Cotton Exchange, folks seeking a comfortable atmosphere should surely meet at Paddy’s.
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