Irish Bars To Be The Focal Point For 2020 St. Paddy’s Day & Weekend
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Nightlife Blogger
No St. Patrick’s Day parade?
No Irish festival with bands and a beer garden? No nighttime block party?
Even with all these canceled events, I’m not going to let the coronavirus scare ruin my St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. After all, the bars are still open, aren’t they? Well, not in Italy and Athens, Greece, and in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s limiting gatherings to 250 people includes bars and nightclubs.
In fact, bars are about the only fun public things that are open now, what with all the canceled or postponed concerts and sporting events. Broadway plays are shut down in New York City. Heck, even Disneyland is closed.
I’m not alone. This week, a friend texted me a photo of him from a bar in New Orleans. “We’re boycotting coronavirus,” he stated.
Then he commented, “flights are empty and 5-star hotels are selling rooms for cheap!!”
And hey, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. I cut my teeth on this massive party event in Savannah, Ga., which has 300,000 visitors flood the town and involves a parade and a parade of people partying on River Street.
As a result, I love Irish bars, Irish music, Irish bands, being Irish for a day and girls wearing “Kiss Me I’m Irish” buttons on their cute green shirts while guys counter with “Erin Go Braless.” I enjoy holding up beers and doing cheers with strangers.
It is a thrill to be around large groups of people all with the single-minded purpose of partying to a certain theme, especially one centered around beer.
And let’s not forget, St. Patrick’s Day – as well as the weekend that precedes it – is one of the best events of the year for single people.
So I’m not going to go on lockdown or quarantine myself. I’m going to go out and enjoy being Irish for a day. At least for a day and maybe more, for St. Patrick’s weekend is Saturday, March 14 with the actual day being on Tuesday the 17th.
Erin Go Brah!