St. Patrick’s Day means that everyone gets to be Irish for a day, and celebrate by wearing green, eating Irish food, and drinking beer (which should also be green). From parades to bar crawls to pints of Guinness, there are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in the Holy City--and celebrate you should, since this year’s event falls on a Saturday! So grab a few of your favorite lads and lasses and get ready to enjoy some craic agus ceol at these awesome St. Patrick’s Day events!
On Friday, March 16, BYO bottles of your favorite Irish libations to Palmetto Claygrounds in North Charleston and get ready to enjoy an Irish-themed paint and sip class. An instructor will guide you step-by-step to create a festive four leaf clover painting that’s all your own! A deposit of $10 is required to reserve your seat ahead of time, and $20.99 is due at the time of the class.
Put on your most festive green garb and head down to King Street to watch the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown. The parade kicks off at 10 am at Radcliffe Street, and ends at the Cathedral of St. Johns on Broad. Along the way, you’ll see step dancers, local school bands, fire trucks, fiddlers, and some local Irish celebrities, too! And there might even be candy for the kiddos!
The annual Avondale St. Paddy’s Day Block Party invites you to eat, drink, and be Irish! DJ RJ will kick things off at 3:30 pm with your favorite tune, followed by Melted Velvet at 7pm to keep the music going til 10. Triangle Char and Bar will have green & Irish beer and a car bomb tent for just $5 admission.
Not to be outdone by Avondale’s block party, the folks on Shem Creek are also throwing a giant St. Paddy’s Day Soiree. Red’s Ice House will be featuring live music all day long (plus Irish bagpipers!), drink specials (like $4 16-oz green cans of Miller Lite & Coors Light, $5 Guinness Imperial pints, and $6 Irish car bombs). Admission is free!
The folks over at Blue Steel Promotions sure do know how to throw a themed bar crawl, and they’re back again for this St. Patrick’s Day-themed crawl down King Street! The festivities start at The Brick and continue through the night with over $1,000 in prizes to be raffled off throughout the night. All participants receive a free Koozie and the first 250 bar crawlers who finish at the final bar with their bar scorecard completed receive a St. Paddy's Day Bar Crawl shirt.
There are tons of awesome Irish pubs around town, and St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to go visit one. Some of our favorites include Seanachai on Johns Island, who will have food & drink specials and live music on Saturday and a Sunday hangover brunch; Tommy Condon’s downtown, who will be celebrating from Friday to Sunday with food, drink, and music; Mac’s Place downtown who will be featuring green beer, frozen green drinks, and shamrock mimosas starting at 10 am on Saturday, plus live music, giveaways, and 2Gingers Irish Whiskey tastings; St. James Gate on Folly Beach, who celebrates with an Irish Happy Hour all day every day with $2, $3, and $4 drink and food specials; McCann’s Irish Pub in Mount Pleasant and Seabrook Island; Madra Rua in Park Circle and Summerville; and The Celtic Knot in Summerville.