There is something about the achingly melodic songs of Ireland that make me feel as if I’ve made it to the end of the rainbow. Once there, I’m bound to gulp a Guinness in pure celebration. On March 17th, I can live this dream all day long by visiting some of the most authentic Irish pubs Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Hope to see you there!
Stop 1: Maguires Hill 16
This pub is going all out! Music and festivities start as early as Friday night. The well-known local Irish joint will have everything from fiddlers to corned beef. Sunday morning gets going at 8am with a traditional Irish breakfast. Fuel up and fill up, because the day is just getting started.
535 N. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale
Stop 2: Waxy O’Connor’s
What could be more authentic than watching a bit of rugby? Get there in time for the 1pm match between Ireland and England. Enjoy bites from a traditional Irish menu and listen to live music while you cheer.
1095 SE 17th St. Fort Lauderdale
Stop 3: The Field Irish Pub Eatery
You may have to go a bit out of your way for this next stop, but the Banyan tree sprouting ceremoniously from the outside area is well worth the effort. Not to mention this place won the award for Best Poured Guinness ! It doesn’t get more real than the Field Irish Pub.
3281 Griffin Rd. Dania Beach, FL
Stop 4: Briny Riverfront Irish Pub
Make your way back to the action in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Briny’s is a huge waterfront pub with all the Irish good stuff. Here you will get to experience bagpipers and music galore, while taking in the views of boats going by.
305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Stop 5: St. Patrick’s Street Festival Himmarshee Village
Follow the music and walk out of Briny’s onto SW 2nd Avenue. It’s been playing since 1pm, and by now the outdoor street party is in full swing. If you still have the energy, enter the many bars and restaurants on this strip and make sure you’ve taken Monday off from work!
SW 2nd Avenue Fort Lauderdale- Himmarshee Village
Paula and her fiancé Pierre enjoy experiencing the many activities Fort Lauderdale has to offer. Though neither is Irish, the music and good company sometimes make them wish they were. Following this itinerary may very well be their plan of action on St. Patrick’s Day.