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St. Patrick’s Day Pubs in Annapolis

It’s that time of year again—when grown adults walk around in public with shamrocks painted on their faces and the streets flow with Guinness. Falling on a Saturday this year, St. Patrick’s Day is guaranteed to be a keg-full of fun. Here are three St. Patrick’s Day Pubs in Annapolis to check out on March 17th.

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

St. Patrick’s Day Pubs
Courtesy of Fado

If you’re looking to start your holiday off early, head over to Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant on West Street, where they’ll be opening at 6:00 the morning of St. Patrick’s Day. If that’s a little early for you, arrive in time for the live Irish music, beginning at 8:00 am. If that’s still too early for you, Fadó will be showing the Ireland vs. England rugby game, which airs at 10:45 am.

St. Patrick’s Day Pubs
Just part of Fadó’s extensive outdoor patio at Park Place

In addition to the abounding Guinness and Irish whiskeys (find their selection here), Fadó also has a limited menu planned for the day and will be serving Irish breakfast (“kegs & eggs”!) all day long. Fadó will not be accepting reservations, in order to keep the party roaring for anyone who wants to drop in. Their outside patio will be tented, providing ample space to celebrate with your friends, rain or shine. Stop by Fadó for an authentic Irish atmosphere that makes even the most die-hard Budweiser fan switch to Guinness for the day!

Galway Bay

St. Patrick’s Day Pubs

The festivities will continue over at Galway Bay. This will be Galway’s 19th year celebrating St. Paddy’s at their home on Maryland Avenue, one of Annapolis’ most historic streets. There, it’s really St. Patrick’s Month, as they have a calendar of events for the entire month of March, full of Irish history dinners, live music, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Pubs

Just some of Galway’s nearly 40 Irish whiskeys to choose fromSt. Patrick’s Day PubsOn the day of, Galway will be featuring a limited menu with Annapolis favorites (crab cakes!!), specialty salads, and, of course, plenty of traditional Irish fare. They’ll also be opening up an additional tap of Guinness to make sure everyone gets a pint. Galway will be open all day—but make sure to call ahead to reserve a table!

Castlebay Irish Pub

Castlebay is an excellent place to tickle your Irish fancy for St. Paddy’s, especially if you want to stick close to downtown for the day. Located in the heart of Main Street, Castlebay is also celebrating its 19th St. Patrick’s Day in Annapolis this year. Their traditional Irish breakfast will start at 8:00, followed by lunch at noon with Irish staples: corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, lamb stew, and more. Castlebay does not accept reservations, so feel free to stop in throughout the day. Live entertainment will start around 2:00 pm.

Castlebay maintains a wide selection of Irish whiskeys, as well as multiple Irish beers on tap, and they’ve been recognized by Guinness as having the “perfect pint”.  As for me, I’ve got my eyes on their Irish coffees…

Sláinte!

Thanks to our community viewers, we have added three more restaurants to check out this St. Patrick’s Day:

Stan & Joes Saloon – Located on West Street in downtown Annapolis, Stan & Joes Saloon is an Irish/American Pub with free, live local music seven nights a week.

McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar – A casual spot that has been an Annapolis institution for over forty years, McGarvey’s is a no-frills classic restaurant with friendly staff and a well-stocked oyster bar.

Middleton Tavern – Located right in the heart of downtown, Middleton Tavern features casual comfort, fireplaces, and live music complete with a covered patio for those warmer winter days.

O’Brien’s Steakhouse – Right in the heart of Main Street, O’Brien’s Steakhouse is a laid-back eatery serving a plethora of delicious dishes and nightly entertainment.

Photos courtesy of Leslie Howard-Goddard and Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

Leslie Howard-Goddard

New Hampshire native Leslie Howard-Goddard moved to Annapolis in 2011 to study at St. John’s College. Since settling in the area, she has explored many of the beautiful camping spots the Mid-Atlantic has to offer and is always on the lookout for new waterfalls and vistas. Her favorite Annapolis activities include walking the scenic neighborhoods of Eastport, volunteering with local kids, and enjoying a cocktail at downtown Annapolis' many bars.