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Beyond Green Beer: The Best Tastes of Ireland in Minneapolis St. Paul

Boxty, chips and stout provide are a perfect recipe for an all day drink.

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St. Patrick’s day is just a few days away. While you may have already plotted out the precise location you plan to consume green beer, the Twin Cities offer a bevy of places to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day while also experiencing a taste of Irish culture. Don’t worry--having an authentic Irish cultural experience will still leave you amply supplied with Guinness, whiskey, potatoes, and maybe even something green

--by Theresa Swaney

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Kieran's Irish Pub

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Kieran's Irish Pub kicks off the celebration at 10 a.m. St. Patrick's Day. This downtown spot is the perfect location to indulge in an authentic Irish breakfast: an epic plate of eggs, bangers, rashers, black pudding, white pudding, bachelor beans, mushrooms, grilled tomato, roasted potatoes and toast. We do know you will be glad you got a full night’s rest before consuming it.

Merlins Rest

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This St. Patrick’s Day you can get in tune with your inner wizard by spending the day sipping away Irish whiskeys at Merlin’s Rest. They have 57 different Irish whiskey options and each will have you dreaming of pots of gold at the end of rainbows. If you aren’t a whiskey fan, try Merlin’s Red Headed Piper, a traditional Irish Red Ale brewed exclusively for this East Lake pub by Northgate Brewing.

Morrissey's Irish Pub

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The wood paneled walls and dark lighting imbue an old world spirit that matches nicely with a pint of Guinness on tap. While the ambience is nice, the main reason to stop by Morrisey’s is for a taste of boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake. There are a lot of ways to eat boxty, but tightly rolled around corned beef and horseradish in Morrisey’s Corned Beef rolls is definitely one of the better ways.

Pat's Tap

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While not a classic Irish pub, Pat’s Tab is perfect for avoiding the drunken crowds. First, order their The Big Ginger cocktail--a combination of 2 Gingers Irish whiskey, ginger ale, lemon and lime juice. Next, choose from either their Bangers and Mash or Fish and Chips. Both have protein, potatoes, and whiskey, what could be more Irish? [Photo courtesy Pat's Tap Facebook Page]

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

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This St. Patrick’s day, there will be bagpipers wailing away starting at 5:30 p.m. If you haven’t strained to hear your friends talk while listening to bagpipers and enjoying a few pints of Guinness you really haven’t celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Throw in an order of chips covered in Guinness pot roast and you have you feeling your Irish roots (even if they're just imagined)! [Photo courtesy Brit's Pub Facebook Page]

Half Time Rec

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The Half Time Rec has always been an ideal spot for St. Patrick's Day, but this is the first year that they have the added kitchen of Paddy Shack. Chef Jack Riebel has been hard at work for months on menu prep for the big, green day. Try the Irish margarita where Jameson takes the place of tequila.

Dan Kelly's Bar & Grill

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An extensive remodel has spiffed up this downtown spot and the gussied up menu has a full Irish fare focus.

The Local

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The classic Irish eatery only gets better as time goes by. This is where 2 Gingers was born. The room is filled with quiet nooks and crannies for toasting with friends, but the boisterous atmosphere almost makes one want to burst out into an Irish pub singalong. [Photo courtesy The Local Facebook page]

Hammerheart Brewing

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Head up to HammerHeart Brewery in Lino Lakes to give your St. Patrick’s Day celebration a little multicultural flare. This Nordic and Celtic inspired brewery makes both a peat smoked Irish Red Ale and a smoked Irish Stout. Their log cabin inspired taproom is both cozy and normally has a food truck hanging around outside of it (check their website for a schedule). As luck would have it, you can stop by this Saturday March 14th for Spanish tapas from the A La Plancha food truck. [Photo courtesy Hammerheart Brewing Facebook page]

Kieran's Irish Pub

Kieran's Irish Pub kicks off the celebration at 10 a.m. St. Patrick's Day. This downtown spot is the perfect location to indulge in an authentic Irish breakfast: an epic plate of eggs, bangers, rashers, black pudding, white pudding, bachelor beans, mushrooms, grilled tomato, roasted potatoes and toast. We do know you will be glad you got a full night’s rest before consuming it.

Merlins Rest

This St. Patrick’s Day you can get in tune with your inner wizard by spending the day sipping away Irish whiskeys at Merlin’s Rest. They have 57 different Irish whiskey options and each will have you dreaming of pots of gold at the end of rainbows. If you aren’t a whiskey fan, try Merlin’s Red Headed Piper, a traditional Irish Red Ale brewed exclusively for this East Lake pub by Northgate Brewing.

Morrissey's Irish Pub

The wood paneled walls and dark lighting imbue an old world spirit that matches nicely with a pint of Guinness on tap. While the ambience is nice, the main reason to stop by Morrisey’s is for a taste of boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake. There are a lot of ways to eat boxty, but tightly rolled around corned beef and horseradish in Morrisey’s Corned Beef rolls is definitely one of the better ways.

Pat's Tap

While not a classic Irish pub, Pat’s Tab is perfect for avoiding the drunken crowds. First, order their The Big Ginger cocktail--a combination of 2 Gingers Irish whiskey, ginger ale, lemon and lime juice. Next, choose from either their Bangers and Mash or Fish and Chips. Both have protein, potatoes, and whiskey, what could be more Irish? [Photo courtesy Pat's Tap Facebook Page]

Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment

This St. Patrick’s day, there will be bagpipers wailing away starting at 5:30 p.m. If you haven’t strained to hear your friends talk while listening to bagpipers and enjoying a few pints of Guinness you really haven’t celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. Throw in an order of chips covered in Guinness pot roast and you have you feeling your Irish roots (even if they're just imagined)! [Photo courtesy Brit's Pub Facebook Page]

Half Time Rec

The Half Time Rec has always been an ideal spot for St. Patrick's Day, but this is the first year that they have the added kitchen of Paddy Shack. Chef Jack Riebel has been hard at work for months on menu prep for the big, green day. Try the Irish margarita where Jameson takes the place of tequila.

Dan Kelly's Bar & Grill

An extensive remodel has spiffed up this downtown spot and the gussied up menu has a full Irish fare focus.

The Local

The classic Irish eatery only gets better as time goes by. This is where 2 Gingers was born. The room is filled with quiet nooks and crannies for toasting with friends, but the boisterous atmosphere almost makes one want to burst out into an Irish pub singalong. [Photo courtesy The Local Facebook page]

Hammerheart Brewing

Head up to HammerHeart Brewery in Lino Lakes to give your St. Patrick’s Day celebration a little multicultural flare. This Nordic and Celtic inspired brewery makes both a peat smoked Irish Red Ale and a smoked Irish Stout. Their log cabin inspired taproom is both cozy and normally has a food truck hanging around outside of it (check their website for a schedule). As luck would have it, you can stop by this Saturday March 14th for Spanish tapas from the A La Plancha food truck. [Photo courtesy Hammerheart Brewing Facebook page]

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