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Enjoy Green Beer, Irish Food at These St. Patrick's Day Events

Here are some fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Sarasota area.

By Allison Forsyth March 16, 2021

Mattison's St. Patrick's Day-themed Frisky Whiskey and Shamrock Juice cocktails.

St. Patrick's Day at Mattison's

Through Wednesday, March 17; 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota; 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 101 Riverfront Blvd., Bradenton; (941) 330-0440;

Enjoy special food and drinks at all Mattison's locations until Wednesday, March 17. Try the in-house brined Niman Ranch corned beef and cabbage, with braised potatoes and carrots, and house-made Dijon butter sauce. Other specials, including a corned beef Reuben, will be available in addition to the regular menu. At the Riverwalk and City Grille locations, try the Friskey Whiskey, made with Jameson, or the Shamrock Juice, a mix of vodka, gin, rum and tequila with a dash of blue curaçao and orange juice. Each plate costs $28.95.

Wee Bit Early St. Paddy's Day Party at 3 Keys Brewing & Eatery

6 p.m.-midnight Friday, March 12, 2505 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, (941) 218-0396,

Kick off St. Patty's Day early at this Bradenton brewpub. Enjoy beer and food specials in the beer garden and live music from the Florida band Eirann's Call. The new Drink Me, I'm Irish, a dry Irish stout, is now on tap. Dogs are welcome in the beer garden. Admission is free.

The Official Finnegan's Lucky St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl

2 p.m.-1 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 1989 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 955-3843,

Join Top Shelf Crawls for the ultimate St. Paddy's Day bar crawl in downtown Sarasota. Meet at Office Bar SRQ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, and make your way through downtown, enjoying specials at Raffurty's, Evie's Tavern and more. Tickets cost $14.99-$24.99 and include souvenir shot glasses, festive beads and drink and food specials at each venue.

St. Patrick's Day at the Sarasota Polo Club

1 p.m. Sunday, March, 14, 8201 Polo Club Lane, Sarasota, (941) 907-0000,

Watch an exciting polo match at the Sarasota Polo Club from 1 to 4 p.m., and bring your favorite St. Paddy's-themed food and drink and celebrate with a tailgate party on the field. Dress in green, bring the kids and dogs, and participate in contests like best "Kiss Me I'm Irish" decor, best "Dublin drink," best "Blarney baked good" and "pin the shamrock on the donkey" at halftime. Gates open at 10 a.m.; purchase tickets here.

St. Patrick's Day at Woody's River Roo Bar & Grill

11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 5717 18th St. E., Ellenton, (941) 722-2391,

This Ellenton riverfront bar and grill will have you feeling lucky with Jameson Irish Whiskey and green beer specials, along with a traditional Irish menu of shepherd's pie, corned beef & cabbage and Irish cream cheesecake. Enjoy live music by band Whiskey Dregs with their Celtic rock and drum sounds. Music will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Woody's stage. Admission is free.

St. Patrick's Day at Snook Haven Restaurant

11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 5000 E. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-7221,

This Old Florida restaurant in Venice will be offering an Irish-inspired food and drink menu while you rock out to live music by the Kudzu Stompers from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The restaurant's regular food and drink menu will be available during regular hours, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Festival at McGrath's Irish Ale House

1 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 8110 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, (941) 210-4398,

McGrath's Irish Ale House on Lakewood Ranch Main Street will be closing down the road to have a festival with local vendors and small businesses, live music from Irish bands and food and drink. Drink specials will include $5 Jameson and Guinness pours and $6 Car Bombs. The festival will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

St. Patrick's Day at Shamrock Pub

4-11:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 952-1730,

This will be the 14th year of St. Patrick's celebrations at this fun Sarasota bar. This year, enjoy pints in the pub and live Irish music and entertainment outside. Performers include Andy Thomas, Blue Skye Pipe & Drums, Wandering Hours and bagpipers and Irish dancers. Parking available at Sarasota County Public Parking Garage, 2150 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Admission is free.

Live Music at Irish 31

6 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 3750 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 234-9265,

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on two separate occasions at Irish 31. Enjoy live music from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, from the band Steve Sipes. Then, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, listen to performances by Saint Tone and from 6 to 9:30 p.m. check out Frederick Miller. Traditional Irish meals like corned beef, cabbage and Mulligan stew will be served.

Taste of Ireland at Duffy's Sports Grill

Through Monday, April 5, 3005 University Pkwy., Sarasota, (941) 777-2110,

Duffy's Sports Grill is offering a special Ireland-inspired menu through April 5. Enjoy meals like loaded potato soup, Irish potato skins, a Reuben burger with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese and shamrock pie. Featured drinks include the "Dublin Drop," the "Jameson Black Barrel Old Fashioned," and "Lucky Duffy," a custom drink with ginger beer, whiskey and lemonade. Drinks start at $7.

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