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Claddagh Irish Pub is the Place to be this St. Patrick’s Day

Hopefully you’re not St. Pattied out from Lucky Palooza in St. Paul this weekend, because that block party was just the beginning. St. Patrick’s Day itself is on Thursday, and Claddagh Irish Pub in Maple Grove is obviously throwing a huge party.

3 live bands +  Irish dancers + Irish beers and whiskeys not often found at other local bars makes Claddagh the place to be this St. Patty’s day. On any day though, Claddagh is one of my favorite bars in the area: it is lively, has a fun atmosphere, and makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a true Irish pub.

If you can, play hooky from work on Thursday because the celebration starts at noon. First up is live music from the Jolly Groggers, an Irish folk band based out of Northeast Minneapolis. Then the Rince Nua Irish Dancers stop by for a performance from 3pm-4pm. The party shifts gears after that with music from Shane Martin (a popular midwest country-rock artist) from 4pm-9pm and the Andrew Turbs Band taking the stage at 9pm.


Oh, and if this weather keeps up, the Claddagh has an awesome patio out back.

St. Patrick’s Day Schedule
12pm- 3pm         Jolly Groggers
3pm-4pm            Rince Nua Irish Dancers
4pm-9pm            Shane Martin
9pm-                     Andrew Turbs Band

Maybe one night of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this week isn’t enough? Or maybe you’re just not free on Thursday? You’re in luck, because the Claddagh is also hosting a ‘Paddy’s Eve’ party on Wednesday night with live music from Bobby Burns from 4pm-7pm, followed by Stirring Ashes from 8pm-11pm.

Apart from being a killer St. Patrick’s Day spot, Claddagh is also an awesome choice during lent. Catholic or not, a little post St. Patrick’s Day fish and chips this Friday will make your whole week better. Their award-winning fish fry is perfectly flaky and battered with Smithwick’s Irish Ale. Kicking things up another notch, Claddagh actually has a whole special Lenten seafood menu every Friday which includes delicious Crab Stuffed Portabella, Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, Baked Stuffed Sole.

The moral of the story is that there's no better week to check out Claddagh!

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