Atlanta is overflowing with cozy pubs and wonderful eateries, so the hardest part about picking a place to celebrate St. Paddy’s will be picking your favorite. Choosing an experience can help. It doesn’t matter if you want to really get into the celebration, green beer and all or you have young kids or want an authentic meal, there’s a place for you. These are the very best places to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta.
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Meehan’s Public House
With a handful of Atlanta locations, the Atlantic Station one stands out as a supreme place to live it up on St. Patrick’s Day. First of all, the pub itself is richly warm with ambient wooden booths and golden lighting, while the food reflects Ireland’s hearty, comfort food nature while offering lighter, versatile choices. Atlantic Station is an outdoor shopping and recreation square, so in addition to inside Meehan’s an enormous celebration of dancing, music and games is going on outside. Known as one of the few decent places to park in the ATL, you can even catch a shuttle from the parking deck to the big downtown parade.
Live Irish music pipes through each nook nearly every night anyway, but this Virginia Highlands comes alive come St. Paddy’s time. Several bands come in to rock out the day, which starts as early as 2pm. Limerick works to make the event family friendly, so the environment is light, fun and pleasantly even-keeled. Along with plenty of eats like burgers, Irish classics and drinks, there’s also things for the kids, like face painting and balloon animals. But above all else, you’ve got to try the horseradish cheese and fries.
Ri Ra Irish Pub
Authentically built in Ireland, Ri Ra was merely placed in Atlanta, and it exudes detailed design of Irish culture. From the exquisite floors to eye-popping bars, it’s certainly a visually enriching place to nestle in for a meal of crispy Icelandic haddock with real, hand-cut fries, not crinkly frozen ones. They do their outdoor St. Paddy’s festival right, bringing in Irish dancers, tons of food and even beer trucks. That’s what we’re talking about.
The Marlay House
Decatur is a fun, funky place to be, and The Marlay House is a wonderful addition to Atlanta’s diverse food scene, serving as a genuine Dublin style pub. Irish owners work with local breweries to create an ever-changing, seasonal driven craft beer list—it’s pretty extensive and spectacular. Produce for perfectly prepped meals is also heavily locally sourced. Guinness is used in some of the staple recipes like the beer battered cod and braised beef brisket—it’s as heavenly as it sounds. There’s just so much good food to pair with all that beer, and the desserts are equally as impressive. Blueberry bread pudding? Yes. The restaurant also dispatches their food truck to surrounding events.
Olde Blind Dog
Literally counting down to St. Patrick’s Day on their site, the classic pub is gearing up for big celebrations at both metro Atlanta locations in Milton and Brookhaven. Inside of these pub locations is so intricately designed, where guests will find themselves seemingly walking down cobblestone pathways in Dublin, but you’re indoors, in Atlanta. Along with all the staples, the deep fried eggs enveloped in sausage and delicate breading are quite the pairing with your favorite booze.
The Elder Tree Public House
English, American and Irish food intertwine harmoniously at The Elder Tree. If you’re a food lover in Atlanta and just enjoy a really good meal on the big day, this is for you. What it comes down to is either locally sourced farm ingredients, or imported ones, like the curry from Ireland. Impeccable meats are cured in house and round out dishes like the tantalizing corned beef sammy or the bangers and mash. Maybe consider giving brunch a go too, as there are some upmarket features like salmon eggs benedict on the menu—a great way to start the holiday.
Fado Irish Pub
A Massive two-day party takes place at Fados, which spills from the beautiful interior into the streets, which are closed off for the event so tipsy partiers can safely enjoy. But it’s not all for the 21 plus crowd, family days and other festive events lead up to the big day, offering more generalized fun such as face painting and fundraising. This year, you could enter to win a trip to Ireland for a once in a lifetime trek through famous distilleries.
A popular restaurant in Decatur, you may find yourself on a mini pub crawl in the popular Atlanta nook. Here, you’ll find more of a focus on whiskey within an extensive list of offerings. Yes, they do have a wonderful party with bagpiping, dancing and all the expected fun of a solid Irish celebration. There’s also a Roswell location as well, and it’s stunning. Be sure to toss back a tasty, well-balanced whiskey flight.
Brick Store Pub
Okay, definitely doing a Decatur pub crawl. Craft beer flows like milk and honey at Brick Store Pub, and the holiday brings new stout releases and awesome cultivated drinks to try. Of course, you’ll have to end the night with a traditional Irish coffee blended with Jameson, brown sugar syrup for a warm smoothness, and a fluffy cloud of whip on top. Just sit, sip and enjoy the music and lively environment of yet another top-notch Atlanta pub truly doing it up right for St. Patty’s. Sure beats sitting at home noshing on a bowl of Lucky Charms, which still might be in the cards later in the night.