The United States fancies itself as a melting pot of culture and influences, but there's one day of the year when we're all Irish. Outside of Halloween, St. Patrick's Day may be adults' favorite holiday because it's basically a scheduled drinking day, and there are only two types of people in the world: those who love drinking green beer and liars!
Not surprisingly, there will be a ton of parties in Miami on Saturday, March 17, but don't depend on the luck of the Irish to decide where you'll spend this holiday because we've already compiled this list of places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Miami.
We had to start this list with Fado, one of Miami's best Irish bars. Any day is a good day to visit, and it's certainly one of the city's best watering holes. But they kick things up a notch or two on St. Patrick's Day with their annual block party. Fado shuts down sections of Brickell and turns Miami's trendiest village into an outdoor beer garden, so expect cocktail and beer stands scattered throughout the area. Tickets for their St. Patrick's Day block party are $20, but pre-sale tickets are just $10.
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If you want to get social without the crowds that will enrapture Brickell on St. Patrick's Day, American Social just a few blocks away may be the spot for you. Of course, it's still American Social, so expect a sizable crowd here as well, but the experience will include hard-to-beat drink specials, especially for Miami. Green beer beer is only $4 each and Irish car bombs are $10!
Wynwood's best parties tend to occur when it's only pop-up bar, well, pops up. Mana Wynwood is noted for its unique space and sound stage, so each of their pop-up events has its own identity and energy. They're also renowned for their excellent acoustics and diversity of food trucks and drink offerings. On St. Patrick's Day, Mana Wynwood embraces the spirit of the Irish with a free, open-air listening session. Staying true to its setting, there will also be street art and a fashion market.
If there's one thing the Irish know, it's that nothing pairs with beer better than meat, and there are few better places to devour finely-prepared cuts than Butcher Shop. So order a steak on St. Patrick's Day and wash it down with a $4 glass of Guinness Extra Stout!
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If you're over the Wynwood and Brickell scenes, The Anderson is a welcome respite from two of Miami's most populated locales, and it's a great time, especially since they'll be serving up Irish coffee martinis for just $9 each. And if you really want to make your St. Patrick's Day last, they're holding a late night happy hour from 2:00 a.m. to close.
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Clarke's Irish Pub closed in 2013, but since then, Sweet Liberty has used St. Patrick's Day as a way to pay homage to the once-beloved Miami Irish bar. The Sweet Liberty pop-up event features classic Irish fare once favored by Clarke's patrons. So if you like fish and chips, cabbage and corned beef, then this the place to be. And, of course, you'll be able to wash it all down with affordably-priced drinks.
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SHOTS Miami isn't really hosting anything St. Patrick's Day-specific, but there are two good reasons to swing by. First, it's consistently one of the most fun nights out you'll have in Miami. Second, if you were already thinking of heading out to Mana Wynwood, there's no good reason not to swing by. As its name suggests, SHOTS' niche is their variety of shots, and they've always got something special for St. Patrick's Day. Just be sure to keep Aleve handy March 18!
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John Martin's has been a fixture in Coral Gables since the late 1980's, proudly providing Miami a slice of Ireland. That slice of Ireland is more like the whole pie on St. Patrick's Day, though. John Martin's invites Irish bands and bagpipers to keep the party going until close. As always, they serve up traditional Irish delicacies, so dig into some corned beef, Shepard's Pie, and whatever else your clover-leafed heart desires.
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St. Patrick's Day may be our most universally-beloved holiday. You've heard people say they don't dress up for Halloween or that Christmas is too commercial, but you've never heard anyone say they don't like St. Patrick's Day. So throw on your green shirts and skirts and make your way to one of these bars or restaurants to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Miami!
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