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We know all about the "medium being the message," but we can't take credit for everything going on, especially this weekend. It's a four-day St. Patrick's Celebration with tons of places to go and things to do. So let UTW be your designated driver . . .
Kilkenny's Irish Pub, 1413 E. 15th St.: Ireland is so far away; and chances are when you think of something authentically Irish, James Joyce is the only name that comes to mind. Ok, let's be honest here, it's more like Lucky the Leprechaun. You wouldn't know authentically Irish if Yeats bit you on the arse. Kilkenny's is trying to change that by bringing a little piece of Ireland to Tulsa . . . The roads between Rockport and Quincy will be closed, so expect bagpipes and plenty of dancing. From the cuisine to the shelves the beer sits on, Kilkenny's wants you to feel like you're sitting in a pub in Dublin. It'll be a very authentic St. Patrick's. Maybe if you squint you can see Arthur Guinness raising a toast.
James E. McNellie's Public House, 409 E. 1st St.: James E. McNellie must've been a happy man. I mean, think about it, how many unhappy people do you know who end up with a pub named after them? None, that's who; and I defy you to prove me wrong. So there. McNellie's is already well known in Tulsa for an atmosphere that fits like a glove. That is, the staff wants you to feel at home be it a glorious party with lots of friends or a solitary night at the bar emptying a glass of lager. St. Patrick's Day is even more special. It's not just the beer tents, either. You might not even recognize the entrance, what with an enormous inflatable pint of Guinness standing in front of the building like a monument. Maybe that's why the streets will be blocked off? Well, either that or it's so the bagpipers can have all the room they need to serenade you into the wee hours of the morning.
C.J. Moloney's, 1849 S. Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow: Last year's St. Patrick's Day was quite a party at C.J. Moloney's.
How quite? There were about 4,400 people at their Parking Lot Party last year. That's a mighty big entourage. This year C.J. Moloney's is getting ready for its 2nd Annual Parking Lot Party on the Sat., March 15, and it looks like the big numbers are going to start rolling in again this year too. Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, and Guns N' Roses tribute bands will be there playing hits they wished they'd written, and Tulsa favorite, The Plumbers, will be playing the party as well as on Monday, St. Patrick's Day. 106.9 K-HITS will even have a live remote on the big day. So why not enjoy a $4 plate of Green Eggs and Ham and a half-ounce beer and relax already. You deserve it.
Arnie's Bar, 318 E. 2nd St.: If you visit Arnie's website and scroll to the middle of the page you'll find a humble rectangular green countdown to St. Patrick's Day. Don't be fooled by the humility (or by rectangles, for that matter). This is St. Patrick's Day we're talking about. A time for rejoicing in celebration of all that Ireland has meant to the world. Try to imagine the famous blue dome painted green for the occasion. Not literally, imagine. Enjoy a bowl of Mom's Irish Stew, an Arnie's original served only on St. Paddy's. Make no mistake about it, the tents will be set up in the midst of March air, Sibling Harmony, Four Fiddlers of the Apocalypse, Celtic Cheer, Cairde na Gael, and Larkin will be playing, and there will be celebrations a-plenty. Arnie Simmons would be proud.
Paddy's Irish Restaurant and Bar, 8056 S. Memorial Dr.: In a world populated with restaurants like Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, isn't it refreshing to know that places like Paddy's exist right in your city? If you're anything like me you don't want to sit on a "Redneck Loveseat" (although I'm sure there are a few people who own one. I'm just saying) or listen to "Get My Drink On" while staring at an autographed guitar pick. No sir, I don't want to have to go to Toby Keith's house for St. Patrick's Day. Those looking for a better alternative, with let's say, green beer, Irish cuisine, beer tents, music, and bagpipers, will be satisfied at Paddy's. Paddy's is family owned and run and they know how to celebrate their bar's namesake. Sleeveless button-up not required.
Mad Murphy's Irish Pub, 5939 S. Lewis Ave.: Here's a little lesson in green beer preparation--for educational purposes, of course. Take a bottle of your favorite beer of choice, and pour into an empty glass (make sure the glass is clean). Next add a couple of drops of food coloring into the glass. Wait a few minutes and eventually the glass will turn a nice green. Drink. Simple, huh? You know what else is simple? Enjoying St. Patrick's Day this year. Making a glass of green beer might not be too difficult, but Mad Murphy's wants to help you out. Come right in and enjoy the cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and drink selection. They even have an Irish menu filled with delights that you don't have to make yourself. This is a time of celebration, so why should you have to do everything?
Not Quite Irish, but Fun
Like green beer? These places aren't Irish, but they're not out and out Plastic Paddy's (Google it) either. They've all got a fresh pitcher there just waiting for you as you stumble through the door.
Caz's Pub, 21 E. Brady: Sometimes you just want to have a seat at the bar and chat with some friends. Caz hears what you're saying, and there's a seat with your name on it. Whether it's green beer or Guinness, have a seat and enjoy the atmosphere. It might just feel like home.
Lola's, 5 E. Brady: Looking for a more romantic way to celebrate St. Patrick's? How about a plate of Pizza Portobello? Some Curry Chicken perhaps? With a casual dining room and café and patio seating, Lola's has just what you're looking for.
3316 Brookside, 3316 S. Peoria Ave.: You can find 3316 Brookside on, well, 3316 Brookside. Saves from ending up lost I think. Once you're there why not cozy up to some 3316 fries, a restaurant staple. The beer is all St. Paddy's.
The BruHouse, 3421 S. Peoria Ave.: The BruHouse claims to have the sexiest staff in town. Well, that's something that's up to personal opinion. So, go form one, already. Their staff is more than willing to serve you a glass of green goodness.
Crawpappy's, 3342 E. 51st St.: Sure, this place may be Cajun at heart, but the folks at Pappy's know how to throw one mean St. Patrick's Day Party. And what party wouldn't be complete without green beer and free giveaways? No party worth going to. They'll be cooking up a special Irish meal, too.
Mr. Lucky's Pub and Grill, 8240 E. 41st St.: Olde Mr. Lucky has been waiting a while for St. Patrick's to roll around again. Now that's it's finally here, he's ready for a good time with friends old and new. Stop in and say hello why don't ya.
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