Eat, Drink, and Be Irish

Green is seriously sneaking in on the Wilmington scene, along with obligatory alcohol consumption.

St. Patrick’s Day, one of the few religious holidays celebrated in bars and on the streets rather than in homes and churches, was originally a one-day, Lent-induced fasting exemption for Irish Catholics. In other words, socially, nutritionally, and alcohol starved folk were set free for the day. Hence, the instant mid-March, 24 hour party.

Who are we to mess with tradition? If you’re ready to get in on the green, Wilmington’s here for you. Here are a few stops to get on the St. Paddy’s Day tour list.


You don’t have to flaunt a leprechaun suit along Front St. in order to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade. Seriously. And kilts? Not even if you have good legs. Definitely stay for the post-parade performances (and the food, beer, and crafts) at the festival at Riverfront Park, just leave the kilts to the Irish guys.

For all our costume-loving friends out there, we’re kidding (kind of). Go green or full on leprechaun, and parade-watch and party how you want. Be sure to hobble into Front St. Brewery for their St. Paddy’s Day Celebration featuring signature Irish brews, like Slainte Irish Red and one day only $7.99 corned beef and cabbage plates.

For a late night bite en route to your wee cottage, finish the party off in fashion at The Harp Irish Pub on 3rd St. Their shepherd’s pie will pretty much make you Irish…if you’re not already.


For all the Wrightsville Beach, and midtown folks (and stout-loving others), Wrightsville Beach Brewery is apparently counting on you not getting with the green program. They’ve ordered dozens of green WBB tees and hats to keep the pinching to a minimum (both available at a super-special price). They’re also breaking out the Irish Stout in serious quantities, along with Jameson and Tullamore Dew. Prepare for a little Irish dancing with the Dubtown Cosmonauts (insert heart-eyes emoji here), and a list of Irish food specials that are sure to keep the party going.

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