Patch Picks: Where to go for St. Patrick's Day
Irish Bred Pub & Restaurant in Douglasville: Billed as a Downtown Event Like No Other, the pub will throw a classic community festival, starting with the Sgian Dubh on O'Neal's Plaza Stage outside from 4 to 6 p.m. Bagpipers will give the crowd something to howl about from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tapping by the Irish Mulligan School of Irish Dance will commence between 7 and 8 p.m. on the Plaza Stage, as well as inside the pub. Watch out for Squinting Patrick next, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the second floor. Turnstile will entertain the crowd from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the Plaza Stage, and DJ Party will be spinning the disks on the second floor from 9 p.m. to close.
Topps in Douglasville: Bring your own green, plastic hat and enjoy the bar's corned beef and cabbage and a bit of green beer.
Johnnie MacCracken's Celtic Pub in Marietta: An easy, obvious pick since the words "Celtic Pub" are in its name, owner Gary Leake opened it in honor of his father, Henry Grady Leake, who was of Scots-Irish ancestry. Of course, there is also the smoky Celtic feel of the pub and the selection of Irish beers and drinks.
The pub mascot, Johnnie MacCracken, stands as a symbol of Celtic values with the motto: "I believe in truth, honor, justice. My word's my bond, I say." The pub itself operates within the oldest standing fire station in Cobb County, the former Marietta Engine Company No. 1.
Jimmy Mac's in Marietta: This neighborhood pub specializes in hot wings, karaoke, Irish dancing and pool—perfect for a St. Patty's event. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and continue until as late as legally possible.
Smyrna Celebration: The Smyrna St. Patrick's Day Fest is set for 3 to 11 p.m. at Smyrna Market Village at 2840 Atlanta Road. For more information, call 770-435-1887. It's hosted by Atkins Park Smyrna Tavern among the events will be:
- Traditional Irish Festival
- Carnival-Style Rides
- Redhead Contest
- Mayor Max Bacon's Annual Dyeing of the Fountain Green
While dogs will be allowed, strollers, backpacks and coolers aren't. Proceeds will benefit Mustard Seed Communities. Free tickets are available here.