Over the years, St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the most anticipated holidays in the area. As a result, more and more local watering holes have embraced St. Patrick’s Day with a number of celebrations featuring live music.
The large number of St. Patrick’s Day parties can be overwhelming for those seeking the ultimate “Erin go bragh” experience. Once again, Lagniappe hopes to alleviate a little bit of the stress and/or complication when it comes to deciding where to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. From Irish pubs to craft brew hubs, locals may find their perfect St. Patrick’s Day party is right around the corner.
Even though more and more local Irish pubs continue to open their doors, a visit to Callaghan’s Irish Social Club on St. Patrick’s Day is almost obligatory. This OGD pub will be celebrating 72 years of providing one of Mobile’s most legendary street parties. This free party is so successful it has grown into a two-day celebration.
Callaghan’s will kick off its street party Friday, March 16, with a performance by The Red Clay Strays. This band specializes in its own original mix of country and Southern rock, and its power explodes in a live setting. The crowd can expect to hear cuts from their much-anticipated debut on Skate Mountain Records.
The next day, Callaghan’s will fill the OGD with music starting at 11 a.m. Once again, Mobile’s Americana superstars The Mulligan Brothers will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Callaghan’s. Their dedicated listeners might have the chance to sample songs from their upcoming album “Songs for the Living and Otherwise,” which was mixed by Grammy-winner Trina Shoemaker at Dauphin Street Sound.
Afterward, Blackwater Brass will energize the Callaghan’s crowd with an eclectic brass sound forged on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Devon Gilfillian will be the headliner, with his raw form of soul and blues the perfect grand finale to Callaghan’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
O’Daly’s Irish Pub has become downtown Mobile’s source for St. Patrick’s Day Debauchery. This watering hole will start its party at 6 a.m. Saturday with “Kegs & Eggs” followed by a Green Champagne Brunch, Irish Yoga and the Green Dress Run.
Local music will dominate this party, starting with local stringmaster Dale Drinkard, who will deliver round after round of crowd favorites. Vocalist Symone French will be on hand to deliver her own brand of sultry soul. Sergio Rangel and his group the Satin Dogs will follow with a set of homegrown, acoustic-based rock. Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet will add smooth alt. rock jams to the mix. Premier New Orleans party band Bag of Donuts will draw from its voluminous list of party favorites to give the crowd a second wind. Yeah, Probably will finish the party with its cool mix of local R&B and soul.
Lucky Irish Pub & Grill’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will stretch from Mobile to Saraland. Lucky’s Mobile location will start Lucky Fest 2018 at 11 a.m. Saturday featuring a versatile lineup of jams, starting with Albert Simpson’s grooving Southern rock. Tuscaloosa’s URI also will be spending its St. Patrick’s Day at Lucky Fest. URI will bring a bevy of funk, soul and hip-hop favorites to the party. Pensacola’s Tyler Mac will give Lucky Fest an infusion of blues jams highlighted by Mac’s work on the guitar.
Azalea City supergroup Slide Bayou will be making an appearance. Featuring Harrison McInnis, Lee Yankie and Ryan Balthrop, Slide Bayou will be performing enhanced versions of the trio’s catalog as well as the band’s own originals. Finally, DJ Lynch will be spinning into the wee hours.
Lucky’s Saraland location will be holding its own St. Patrick’s Day party. This North Mobile version of Lucky’s will start its music at 1 p.m. Saturday with local country up-and-comer Bruce Smelley and a lineup of special guests. Local bassmaster Quintin Berry will follow with a batch of impeccable grooves. Azalea City singer-songwriter Brett LaGrave will perform with his backing band, The Midnight Transaction. Fat Lincoln will conclude the day’s festivities. For many years, this band has used its diverse mix of crowd favorites to establish a dedicated local following.
Dublin Irish Pub & Eatery is Mobile’s latest addition to the Irish pub scene. The West Mobile pub will be holding its inaugural St. Patrick’s Day celebration beginning at 6 a.m. with a fish-and-chips eating contest. In between swigs of green beer and Irish Car Bombs, Dublin will use two stages to feature traditional Irish music as well as sets from Certainly Unsure and Michael Radoslovic. DJ Jake Foran will be spinning for the Dublin crowd.
Mobile Bay area St. Patrick’s Day festivities stretch far beyond the Azalea City. McSharry’s Irish Pub is nestled in the heart of downtown Fairhope. With its owner hailing from Sligo, Ireland, McSharry’s offers an authentic Irish pub experience in both its fare and its atmosphere, and its St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be just as authentic. With waves of Guinness and green beer flowing freely, McSharry’s will feature traditional Irish music the entire day.
Those venturing into Baldwin County might also want to consider a pit stop at Big Beach Brewing Co. in Gulf Shores. In addition to its lineup of local brews, Big Beach will serve up corned beef and cabbage and feature Irish stouts and Jameson barrel-aged red ale. With music always a big part of the Big Beach experience, the Chad Davidson Band and Wyatt Edmondson will perform.
With the advent of ride-hailing services locally, the endless St. Patrick’s Day options across the Mobile Bay area could make for a legendary pub crawl, from Saraland to Gulf Shores. Locals must also keep in mind that Lent doesn’t end until March 29. Ultimately, the denizens of Mobile Bay should consider St. Patrick’s Day a drunken oasis that will get many through Lent’s traditional sobriety.