The Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day parade, founded in 1867, is a traditional celebration that has been enjoyed by locals for years. After checking out the floats and green-clad leprechauns included in the march, keep the celebration going with some of the city’s best Irish music. There are a handful of great places around town that are honoring the day with entertainment for both eyes and ears. Experience authentic Irish music and dancing at these five Cleveland establishments on St. Patrick’s Day.
323 E Prospect Rd
Cleveland, OH 44145
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Sun – 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Closest to the parade route is Flannery’s Pub. It opens at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, offering up Irish breakfast fare and boasting the largest selection of Irish beers on draft. The day will be filled with musicians from solo acoustic acts, to a “Pogues” tribute band called “The Boys from the County Hell,” now in their 13th year together will be playing from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Their brand of traditional Irish music played to the speed of punk rock is great fun. Also, the staff here is impeccable, so your service will be as great as the entertainment, food and drink.
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2167 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5 p.m. 2 a.m., Sat – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Parnell’s is a quirky bar that offers a cozy atmosphere, dark mahogany and a full complement of Irish whiskeys and beers. Catch your favorite football (soccer) or rugby game here as they show the best of the best from around the world on a daily basis. Music is plentiful with performers every Tuesday and Friday evening. On St. Patrick’s Day, Parnell’s will provide authentic Irish music to accompany the atmosphere. This establishment is always a favorite on the big day and there’s no doubt why. The owner is a native Dubliner, so the lucky day is celebrated in true Irish Fashion.
4408 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Harp is an Ohio City landmark which provides a wide selection of imported beers, wines and liquors to please all palates. You can indulge in any one of their Irish specialties, or if corned beef and sauerkraut isn’t your preference, choose from any of the contemporary options. Weather permitting, you must try to get a spot on the beautiful patio overlooking Lake Erie. Stop in The Harp for live entertainment weekly, and on St. Patrick’s Day enjoy the sounds of “The Boys From County Hell” as they will be performing from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
P.J . McIntyre’s
17119 Lorain Ave
Cleveland, OH 44111
Price: $5 cover on weekends
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.
P.J. McIntyre’s is one of Cleveland’s most authentic Irish pubs and a definite safe bet on St. Patrick’s Day. You would never be able to tell that this pub used to be an old appliance store renovated into the fine establishment it is today. Cozy up next to the fireplace and enjoy a tall pint of Guinness. Get a dose of Irish history while sipping your frothy stout, because P.J.’s displays a collection of nick nacks and photographs representing Irish music, literature, sports and history. Upstairs is a traditional Irish dance school, so you might even get a dance performance accompanying the Irish music.
West Side Irish-American Club
8559 Jennings Rd
Olmsted Township, OH 44138
Hours: Vary, click here for details
The spirit of the Irish, particularly that of volunteerism, is alive and well here. Many of the folks who volunteer in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will gather here afterward for an authentic Irish dinner, drinks and live music. Although membership is preferred, the club is open to the public on Friday nights and of course, St. Patrick’s Day. This is a great option for a crowd seeking a family-friendly environment and excellent Irish music. The Craic Brothers will be performing 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.