St. Patrick’s Day 2011

Kiss me…I may or may not be Irish.

I can think of no better way to honor one of the most commonly recognized patron saints of Ireland than by eating Irish food and guzzling many, many beers. Can you?  I didn’t think so.  And we’re in luck…there are plenty of restaurants and pubs in Atlanta to keep our Irish eyes smiling.

Brick Store Pub

Belly up to the bar at Brick Store Pub and get your Irish on. They pour a perfect pint of Guinness, and, if stouts aren’t your style, they have a novel of a beer list for you to choose from.  For traditional Irish fare, try the “Shepherd’s Daughter’s Pie,” a pastry of ground lamb, beef, and pork with fennel, potatoes, and gruyere sauce.

Brick Store Pub | 404.687.0990 | 125 E Court Square | Decatur, GA 30030
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The Marlay House

Billing themselves as “a bit of Dublin in Decatur,” The Marlay House (formerly known as The Grange) serves up plenty of Irish favorites.  The Irish lamb stew is tender bits of lamb, carrots, onions and barley in rich gravy — perfect for a little sop action with the homemade brown bread. For dessert, try the Guinness float — a pint of Guinness stout with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The Marlay House | 404.270.9950 | 426 West Ponce De Leon Ave | Decatur, Georgia 30030
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Ri Ra Irish Pub

Like a good Irish pub, Ri Ra will open at 8 AM on St. Patrick’s Day.  Why not stop by for their all-day breakfast of two eggs, Irish sausage and rashers, black and white puddings, with grilled tomato and sauteed shrooms?  Wash it down with a pint of Guinness, of course.

Ri Ra Irish Pub | 404.477.1700 | 1080 Peachtree Street NE | Atlanta, GA 30309
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Fado is not afraid to party. And party they shall, all week long.  The festivities begin March 10th and don’t end until the last beer has been drunk on St. Patrick’s Day.  Live music, plenty of beer, and Irish favorites are on the menu.  Try the corned beef sandwich with horseradish mayonnaise and house-made apple and onion relish served with pickles on a toasted hoagie roll.  Don’t forget the beer.

Fado Irish Pub | 404.841.0066 | 273 Buckhead Avenue | Atlanta, GA 30305
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If you crave something a little more elegant, head to Murphy’s, in the lovely Virginia-Highlands neighborhood.  For thirty years, the restaurant has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with live music, entertainment, and delicious, traditional Irish fare. The menu this year includes smoked haddock soup, Irish soda bread, lamb stew, corned beef with colcannon, and Irish whiskey bread pudding.  Almost always on the menu, whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or not, is the delicious Guinness braised beef brisket with horseradish mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and green beans.  Heavenly.

Murphy’s | 404.872.0904 | 997 Virginia Avenue NE | Atlanta GA 30306
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Limerick Junction

One look at Limerick Junction’s website and you know they love St. Patrick’s Day. The site literally counts the days left until the big day ALL year long, and on March 18th, the countdown starts all over. What exactly is the big deal? An all day-all night block party. That’s what. Expect to see lots of shots being taken by the college crowd, plenty of live music, and of course, bangers and mash.

Limerick Junction | 404.874.7147 | 822 N. Highland Avenue Atlanta, GA 30306
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  • JustLooksIrish

    I’d like to add Mac Mcgee’s in Decatur. They have a great menu for traditional Irish fair, a beer and whiskey selection that mimics, and a lot of Irish staff.

    Actually, between Brick Store, The Marley, and Mac Mcgee’s, you guys definitely just decided where I’m going to be on Thursday.

    • Casey

      Great! I personally haven’t had a chance to get to Mac McGee’s yet, but have heard good things, and they seem to do a lot of whiskey dinners (which I fully support.) I’ll have to definitely check it out.

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