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Where to Party in Tally on St. Paddy’s Day

It is highly debated whether or not Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day is Tallahassee’s favorite holiday, but what makes one holiday better over the other? Some might say getting to wear costumes makes Halloween the favored holiday, but have you seen the way some people deck themselves out for March 17?

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Yeah, it’s basically another costume holiday. Others might argue that Halloween is better because there are more parties to go to, but those people haven’t seen this list. The events happening around Tallahassee this year just might officially define St. Patrick’s Day as Tallahassee’s favorite holiday.

Madison Social: Madison Social seems to have an event for everything nowadays and Social Drinkers are loving it. There will be an event on March 12, called St. Practice Day. It will basically be a pre-St. Paddy’s Day party. Wear green from 6-10 p.m., and you’ll get a free Rolling Rock or a signature Seanny Mac (Paddy’s Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and ginger ale). On St. Patrick’s Day, they will be serving customers a free Dublin Mule or Guinness if they are wearing the Social Drinker shirt for the month of March. Reubens will also be served! You can RSVP to the event and get your tickets here.

Downtown Festival: For those interested in celebrating St. Paddy’s a few days ahead of time, there will be an Irish festival taking place on Saturday, March 15 at 4 p.m. The festival will include Irish music, dancing and entertainment to support Irish heritage and history. Find out more here!

Finnegan’s Wake: If you’re looking for a little authenticity on this Irish day, head to Finnegan’s Wake, an Irish Pub located in Midtown. They will be partnering with Fifth & Thomas Kitchen and Musichouse to bring you drinks, drinks and MORE drinks, live music and food starting at 11 a.m. The party won’t stop here until 2 in the morning. The event’s Facebook page will continue to post more updates, so keep track of what they’ll be doing right here.

Prime Time: This delicious restaurant on Tennessee Street will also be blasting the live music, starting at 3 p.m. Along with exclusive St. Paddy’s Day drink specials, the chef will be cooking up some authentic Irish cuisine, such as shepherd’s pie. Judging by how delicious their regular menu items are, Irish specials will probably be just as spectacular.

Recess and Cantina: For just one cover charge of $10, you can have access to the festivities and drink deals taking place at Recess and Cantina. The partying starts at noon and complimentary green beer will be available along with the live music. How can you go wrong with the combination of Mexican food, a dance floor and alcoholic beverages?

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl: The most epic bar crawl of them all! The Tallahassee bars FSU collegiettes know and hate to love have come together on this fine Irish holiday to provide the city with its first annual city-wide party. The Strip, Clyde’s & Costello’s, Standard, and Pots will be opening their doors simultaneously at noon with free beer stations, live music, DJs and 100 bartenders. In case you’re thinking, “that’s great but I’m not making the uphill hike from The Strip to Clyde’s,” you’re in luck! Trolleys will be running a loop from bar to bar throughout the day. Pre-Sale tickets are $20, and I’m sure you’ll get your money’s worth of free beer, especially if you show up right when the doors open. There are many ways to get your ticket (otherwise known as a wristband) for the bar crawl! On Monday, March 14, Clyde’s and Standard will be providing pre-sale bands starting at 9 p.m. The same thing will be happening the next day (March 15) at Pots, and on Wednesday, March 16, The Strip will have a box office open starting at 4 p.m. for people to come by and grab their St. Paddy’s day wristband, or if you have a friend that’s an employee at any of these Tallahassee bars, give them a call and they’ll be able to get you one. Just to make sure you don’t forget, go ahead and like them on Facebook here.

No one has an excuse to stay home this St. Patrick’s Day when there’s so much going on! So get your Irish on and drink responsibly as you figure out whether or not St. Paddy’s beats Halloween for our favorite Tallahassee holiday!

Shannon is a senior at Florida State University studying creative writing, media communications, and philosophy. She enjoys singing like the last American Idol while taking showers, writing, joyrides on her scooter, and being that one friend who always claims to have "known that song before it was cool." Hobbies include: going on hikes, yoga, dancing out her frustrations, and watching "How I Met Your Mother" with her boyfriend.
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