Corktown's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Corktown’s 59th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, the annual parade draws thousands to Detroit’s original Irish enclave. Expect the bars along the parade route to fill with revelers, with traditional pipe and drum bands, floats, clowns, and general mayhem as Detroit sheds its winter blues in a sea of green. Remember: Drink responsibly, people.
Starts at 12:30 p.m.; along Michigan Avenue between Sixth and 14th streets, Detroit; 313-475-4675; detroitstpatricksparade.com; free.
Earn that beer. One of the largest 5k races in Michigan, the Corktown Races draw more than 8,000 participants on St. Patrick’s Parade Day while raising funds for the Saint Patrick’s Senior Center and the KPMG Family for Literacy. Registration closes at 11 p.m. March 10.
Starts at 9:40 a.m.; Michigan Central Station, Michigan Avenue and Vernor Highway., Detroit; corktownrace.com; registration starts at $20.
Corktown Paddy’s Parade Party
The enormous annual bash features an indoor heated tent and outdoor party, a full bar, and food. Entertainment includes live music from Dan Tillery and Dave G, as well as DJ Godfather, DJ Chrome, and more.
Starts at 9 a.m.; Michigan Avenue and Vermont Street; 248-929-1885; corktownpaddy.com; pre-sale tickets are $10, VIP $20.
The Celtic band is headlining Saint Andrew’s Hall the night of the Corktown St. Patrick’s Day parade. Gaelic Storm is internationally renowned for their nonstop touring — and that appearance in Titanic.
Doors are at 8:30 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; tickets are $20.
Tent party at this Corktown institution includes performances by Nina and the Buffalo Riders starting at noon, followed by the Muggs at 1:45 p.m. and the Reefermen at 3:30 p.m.
Starts at 11:30 a.m.; 1716 Michigan Ave., Detroit.
Friday, March 17
Sullivan’s Public House
Sullivan’s owners will erect a pop-up Guinness bar based on St. James Gate, the original Dublin-based brewery where Guinness was first brewed in 1759. The locally brewed Sullivan’s Irish Ale (from Griffin Claw Brewing Co.) will be on tap, and a menu of farm-to-table Irish-inspired dishes will also be available.
7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; 23 N. Washington St., downtown Oxford; no cover.
Friday, March 17
There’s a reason the Old Shillelagh has been voted “Best Bar in Wayne County” in our Best of Detroit poll. They go all-out every year for St. Patrick’s Day, and this year will be no exception. Detroit Irish-punk-metal-folk band Stone Clover will play sets throughout the day, and a heated tent and a heated outdoor rooftop deck expand the Old Shillelagh’s offerings. (See the bar’s website for a full schedule, starting with “St. Practice Day” on Saturday. March 11.)
Starts at 7 a.m., 349 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-964-0007; oldshillelagh.com.
More St. Paddy’s Day picks
The Blackthorn Irish Band has been a Detroit favorite since 1984, incorporating tin whistle, accordion, wooden flute, five-string banjo, and cittern — playing everything from traditional sea shanties to contemporary Irish songs.
Starts at 7 p.m.; 300 W. Merrill Street., Birmingham; 248-554-4650; baldwinlib.org; no cover.
The Blarney Stone
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations include live music.
Starts at 7 a.m.; 27253 Woodward Ave., Berkley; 248-541-1881; blarneystonepub.com.
Bogart’z Food & Spirits
Irish food menu features corned beef and cabbage and Guinness stew. There will also be drink specials and live entertainment.
17441 Mack Ave., Detroit; 313-885-3995; bogartzdetroit.com.
Drink specials include $5 Irish car bombs and $4.50 Jameson shots.
Opens at 10 a.m.; 2511 Livernois Rd., Troy; 248-273-4600; facebook.com/CJMahoneysTroy.
Claddagh Irish Pub
Live music starts at 8 a.m. with McSpillin, George Martha at 11:30 a.m., Bar None at 3 p.m., and Ken Mack at 7 p.m. All of that with bagpipes, a beer tent, Irish dancers, and a raffle for a trip to Ireland.
Starts at 7 a.m.; 17800 Haggerty Rd., Livonia; 734-542-8141; claddaghirishpubs.com/livonia.
Clancy's Irish Pub
42012 Hayes Rd., Charter Twp., 586-286-0008; clancysirishpub1.com.
Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations start early with live music and Irish favorites served all day.
Starts at 7 a.m., 318 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-665-2968; conoroneills.com/annarbor.
Danny's Irish Pub
22824 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-546-8331.
Irish fare, green beer, and a Leprechaun.
32500 Gratiot Ave., Roseville; 586-296-2739; Roseville; dooleysirish.com.
Duggan’s Irish Pub
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations include live music.
Starts at 7 a.m.; 31501 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-3659; dugganspub.com; cover charge when bands are playing is $4.
Indoor and outdoor heated area features entertainment by DJ Nass, DJ Prevu, Jmac, and more.
Starts at 10 a.m.; 529 Monroe Ave., Detroit; 313-962-1300; exodosrooftop.com.
Farmington Brewing Co.
Food catered by Browndog Creamery and Dessert Bar and Matt & Mo’s food truck. Enjoy craft green beer with Dubliner Weiss, live music, and brunch served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Starts at 10 a.m.; 33336 Grand River Ave. Farmington; 248-957-9543; fbcbrewing.com; tickets are $10 for brunch.
Green beer, givewaways, Irish food menu, and live DJ.
36863 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights; 586-983-3700; gatorjakes.com; no cover.
Various locations; hamlinpubs.com.
16780 21 Mile Rd., Macomb; 586-226-3399.
Irish Gaelic League
St. Patrick’s Day celebration features live music.
Music starts at 11:30; 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 13-964-8700; gaelicleagueofdetroit.org; $10 cover.
Drink specials, DJ, and live music.
Starts at 8 a.m.; 36759 Mound Rd, Sterling Heights; 586-264-9500; theirishcraft.com.
Jacoby's German Biergarten
Starts at 9 a.m.; 624 Brush St., Detroit; 313-962-7067; jacobysbar.com.
John Cowley & Sons
Live music from the Shawn Riley Band.
33338 Grand River Ave, Farmington; 248-474-5941; johncowleys.com.
Limelight Bar & Grill
30200 Van Dyke Ave., Warren; 586-751-7883; limelightsportsbar.com.
McShane’s Irish Pub
St. Patrick’s Day festivities include drink specials that change by the hour, an Irish food menu, live music, DJs, and an outdoor heated tent. The Metro Detroit Police and Fire Pipes and Drums will perform.
Opens at 9 a.m.; 1460 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-1960; mcshanespub.com.
According to a bartender, St. Patrick’s Day is Nemo’s third-biggest day (The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is No. 1; Tigers Opening Day is No. 2).
Starts at 9 a.m.; 1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-965-3180; nemosdetroit.com; $5 cover.
O’Connor’s Public House
O’Connor’s Public House.
O’Connor’s Public House claims the biggest and longest-running St. Patrick’s Day party in Oakland County. Get there early: As a bonus for getting there early, the first 100 guests will get a custom engraved Guinness pint and a free Irish breakfast buffet.
Starts at 7 a.m.. 324 S. Main St., Rochester; 248-608-2537; oconnorsrochester.com; $10 cover.
O’Halloran’s Public House and Hall
112 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens; 586-329-1252; ohalloranspublichouse.com.
The 23rd annual “St. Patrick’s Day Bash” includes live music from Blackthorn, headlining for the 15th year in a row.
Open at 8 a.m.; 2555 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley; 248-399-6750; omaras.net; $10 cover.
Festivities include an Irish menu and drink specials.
Open 9 a.m.; 205 W. Fifth Ave., Royal Oak; 248-591-9226; otoolespubs.com; no cover.
Pat Obrien's Irish Pub
22385 E. 10 Mile Rd., St Clair Shores; 586-771-5715.
All locations will provide drink and food specials and live entertainment all day long.
Starts at 6 a.m. in Ferndale and 8 a.m. in Southgate; 279 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, 248-591-9163; 14980 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate, 734-225-7100; rosieogradysirishpub.com.
Soundboard at Motor City Casino Hotel
Catch a St. Patrick’s Day set of the folk-influenced rock of the Corktown Popes.
Starts at 5:15 p.m.; 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 866-752-9622; soundboarddetroit.com; no cover.
Three Blind Mice
Complimentary breakfast buffet from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Music includes the Orbitsuns, Bill Grogan’s Goat, Backtrack, and more.
Starts at 7 a.m.; 101 N. Main St., Mount Clemens; 586-961-6371.
Various locations; tiltedkilt.com.
Party features a menu with award-winning corned beef, heated tents, and live music from Planet of Fun, Parallel Fifth, Meldrum Brothers, DJ Godfather, and more.
Starts at 6 a.m.; 31816 Utica Rd., Fraser; 586-415-5678; vintagestpats.com; no cover until noon.
Watermark Bar and Grille
24420 Jefferson Ave., St Clair Shores; 586-777-3677; watermarkbarandgrille.com.
Witch’s Hat Brewing Co.
No green beer here, but the brewery is selling bottles to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Starts at noon; 601 S. Lafayette St., South Lyon; 248-486-2595; witchshatbrewing.com.
Drink specials and Irish food menu.
705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti; 734-485-6720; wurstbarypsi.com.
Wyandotte’s “Leprechaun Crawl” bar crawl starts at a tent at Bishop Park and features drink specials at each bar, trolley rides, and a commemorative glass mug.
Starts at 9 a.m.; downtown Wyandotte (tent is located off Biddle Avenue and Oak Street); 734-324-4514; facebook.com/WyandotteBusinessAssociation; $10 advanced ticket, $15 at door.