How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Grand Rapids, MI


In a big city like Grand Rapids, there are hundreds of ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Stop at any of the bars or pubs all around and order a green beer. You could bar hop yourself to a very green St. Patty's, if you wanted to. Since you already miss out on the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 12, here are some other, more adult things you can do this St. Patty's Day.

The Party

If the parade on the 12th wasn't enough for you, you can attend Irish on Ionia 2016, on March 19. This event is hosted by BarFly Ventures, and it is in it's sixth year. It is Michigan's largest St. Patrick's Day street festival, and festivities kick off at 7 am and run until 10 pm.

The party doesn't have to stop there. Don't forget to check out all of the local restaurants and bars, for both great food and great drinks, Irish and otherwise. Make sure to wear some green, unless you like to get pinched by strangers. And, make sure to drink responsibly and have a safe right home.

The Bars

Get your green on for four full days with The Holiday Bar on Grand Rapids' west side. They are kicking festivities for a St. Patrick's Day weekend to remember on the holiday itself, March 17. The party won't be over until the bar closes on the 20th. Enjoy Irish Flu Shots, Irish Car Bombs, Irish music, and imbibe with ten choices in Irish whiskey.

Celebrate at The B.O.B. at B.O.B.'s Brewery on St. Patty's day, with live music and even some great Irish food specials. You can't go wrong at this iconic downtown Grand Rapids party location.

One Trick Pony, on East Fulton, is having their own celebration with live music by The Willey's on the 19th. Enjoy great music, great food, great drinks, in a relaxed atmosphere. The music is from 6 to 10 pm.

Last, but not least, head over to The Grand Woods Lounge, in downtown Grand Rapids, for the Party on the Patty-O. They are offering live entertainment Thursday through Saturday, plus great deals on green beer, Jameson shots, and Irish Car Bombs. From DJs to live music, and a special Irish menu, you can't go wrong.

Yvonne Stegall is a Michigan-based freelance writer, currently located in Grand Rapids. She loves music, nightlife, healthy food, and the hustle of city life. Learn more about Yvonne at her website and follow her on Facebook.