St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, and the parties start this weekend. Here are five local destinations where you can drink up, have fun, and celebrate the Irish tradition.
- Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Parade
Celebrating its 53rd year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a Cincinnati tradition that floods streets at The Banks downtown with Irish fun. Leading the charge this year is Grand Marshall Jeff Berding, general manager of FC Cincinnati.
Saturday, March 16, noon
Mehring Way and Central Avenue to Freedom Way and Rosa Parks Street, Downtown, cincystpatsparade.com
- Fountain Square
If you’re looking to get mean and green in the heart of downtown, Fountain Square has you covered. The iconic location will host two parties over St. Patrick’s Day weekend complete with musical performances, which include contemporary Celtic band Dulahan and American Irish punk band The Prodigals. Of course, no St. Patrick’s Day is complete without food, green beer, and Guinness; Fountain Square has it all.
Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, noon to 6 p.m.
Fifth and Vine Streets, Downtown, myfountainsquare.com
- Fifty West Brewing Company
Spend the afternoon with your furry friend at Fifty West’s St. Puptrick’s Day event. Drink together with your dog—that’s right, they have a Tail Ale doggy beer just for your pup. Pugalicious Pet Treats will also be on site to provide freeze-dried treats, and there will be a “Pup Chug” at 3:30 p.m. for the first 10 dogs to sign up.
Sunday, March 17, 2 to 4 p.m.
7605 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township, (513) 834-8789, fiftywestbrew.com
- Hop Scotch
If you’re an FC Cincinnati fan, Hop Scotch will help you cover both your bases by celebrating the home opener with green beer, Jameson shots, car bombs, and green Long Islands. Whether you plan to walk over from Nippert Stadium to celebrate after the game or watch from the bar, Hop Scotch is the place for green, orange, and blue.
Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
251 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, (513) 242-2337, hopscotchohio.com
- Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar
For all the murder mystery fans out there, there’s a crime that needs to be solved in Newport this weekend. Enter The Green Beer Murders. The premise? A member of Johnny Torrio’s gang has hijacked a St. Patrick’s Day party to take out a leader. This dinner and show combo encourages guests to dress up, grab provided props, and take part in all the action.
Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m.
18 East Fifth St., Newport, (859) 491-8000, gangstersduelingpianobar.com