Five Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Philly

Featuring green beer, toasts to the dead, and a kid-friendly festival.


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Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, which for many means celebrating past and present good times with a drink, preferably shared in the company of close friends and family. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be watching a whole lot of college basketball, too.

While this day has become unfairly tainted by a crowd that collectively cannot hold its Guinness, there are still plenty of great places in Philly to celebrate the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint. Here are five of them, including one alcohol-free event with kids in mind.

Fadó Irish Pub

Start your day at Fadó if you’re early-bird Irish — doors open at 7 a.m. Brunch will be served until noon, with rugby on the tube. Stay for the live music at this all-night affair. 1500 Locust Street

Laurel Hill Cemetery

The Irish undeniably have a flair for the dramatic, so hear me out on this cemetery thing. If you haven’t been, Laurel Hill is a super-cool spot (Harry Kalas is buried there) along the banks of the Schuylkill that will be hosting a “festive” St. Patrick’s Day tour at 1 p.m.

You’ll learn all about the historic burial ground’s famous Irish occupants and then enjoy a beer and some food at an after-tour reception hosted in Laurel Hill’s epic Gatehouse. Tickets are $20 per person, with discounts for students/seniors and members. They can be purchased online here or at the door. 3822 Ridge Avenue

McGillan’s

You can never go wrong with Philly’s oldest tavern, which is opening an hour early (10 a.m.) for its annual 16-hour green beer blowout. Swing by for their special menu rotation of Irish classics like corned beef and cabbage. Cover is $5. 1310 Drury Street

Please Touch Museum

Looking for something more family-friendly? Look no further than the Please Touch Museum, which plans a day full of fun activities for kids and an Irish step-dancing performance in the afternoon. Learn more here. 4231 Avenue of the Republic

Fergie’s Irish Pub

Kicking off at 4 p.m., Fergie’s is the spot to catch a traditional Irish music session and down a pint or seven. Think dueling banjos, but way better – and more melancholic. 1214 Sansom Street