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Posted on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 11:50 a.m.

St. Patrick's Day bringing special events, early bar openings

By Ann Dwyer

St. Patrick's Day returns Sunday, and several local events will mark the occasion. Here's a sampling (to add an item to the list, email

• The University of Michigan student government is presenting a "Bash on the Diag."

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Conor O'Neill's will open at 7 a.m. and will have live music all day until close. They will also have Irish dancers and bag pipers throughout the day. They will also do this on Saturday ("St. Practice Day"), from noon to close.

• Irish bar the Blue Leprechuan will open at 7 a.m. They will have St. Paddy's T-shirts available and serve Irish breakfast $5 all day long.

Arbor Brewing Company will open at 7 a.m. and feature a special breakfast menu a morning Happy Hour until 11 a.m. Dragon Wagon plays at 7:30 p.m.

• The Corner Brewery will offer a special breakfast starting at 7 a.m. at their St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza along with daily specials. Live music by Kevin and the Glen Leven. A beer bus will be running every 45 minutes between Corner Brewery and Arbor Brewing.

• The Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival is offering a special St. Patrick's Day concert.

• St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Saline will host a St. Patrick's Feast to benefit Father Patrick Jackson House.

• Grizzly Peak is featuring a special Irishfest menu.

Bar Louie will be celebrating both Saturday and Sunday for their St. Paddy's Party. $10 per day will get you breakfast, a T-shirt, DJs on Saturday night and live entertainment all day Sunday. They will also open at 7 a.m.

Ashley's will have Saturday Green Beer Specials 6 p.m.-close. Sunday, they will open at 6:30 a.m. and serve alcohol at 7 a.m. $10 cover includes breakfast and a St. Paddy's Day Ashley's T-shirt. • Bill's Beer Garden will be opening for the St. Paddy's weekend, March 15-17. 5-11 p.m.

• The Ragbirds are giving a free St. Paddy's Day concert at Woodruff's in Ypsilanti.

• Looking for a family friendly, alcohol-free alternative? How about Around the World with Music at the Michigan Theater?

Have St. Patrick's Day Dinner at Livingston County Wildlife Conservation Club.


Lynn Liston

Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 2:13 p.m.

Aye, all very good and sure it's going to be fun feting our Irish heritage, but what is planned for National Tartan Day, April 6, when the libation of choice will be single malt whiskey and we'll all be donning our clan tartans and listening to the bagpipes?


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:53 p.m.

Dang, I can't celebrate this year - got so much work that needs to be done for my grad studies. Have fun and be safe for those of you who can enjoy the day. Looks like decent clear weather too.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 11:27 a.m.

For half the population here, St. Patrick's day was yesterday. Few people can tolerate drinking on a Sunday. Too bad, folks.

An Arborigine

Thu, Mar 14, 2013 : 4:08 a.m.

When did St. Pat's become a drunken holiday? At least it is on a weekend this year and people won't have to call in sick to start drinking in the morning. Drive safe people and prove the law enforcement wrong!


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:24 p.m.

When people came over and made a mockery out if this true traditional holiday to a man who did not drink at all. But saved a few peoples soul. By the way, he did nothing to the rats or the snakes.


Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

Could you please correct the spelling to Paddy?

Julie Baker

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 6:30 p.m.

Thank you, that's fixed.

Patti Smith

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 8:38 p.m.

I could have been dreaming, but I thought I read on FB that there won't be a bus between ABC and the Corner. I hope there is though because I can walk to ABC! (And 3/17 is my birthday!)


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 1:57 p.m.

Someone asked on the ABC fb page and they replied, "no shuttle". Only if the holiday falls on a Saturday. Boo.

Ann Dwyer

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 5:01 p.m.

I'll have to look. I got the info from their website.

Perry White

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 8:26 p.m.

It's St. Paddy, not Patty.


Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 9:43 p.m.

Padraic, if you really want to get nitpicky about it....


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 7:58 p.m.

Don't forget Pinckney's St. Patrick's Day Parade at noon on Saturday the 16th! This is the 9th year and it is a great family event! The Flint Scottish Pipe band will be there along with Irish Dancers on Main Street. All the local restaurants and bars have Irish food and drinks...very good time!

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 3:04 p.m.

"a great family event!" The kids (maybe even Mom or Dad) will be on their cell phones texting as the bands march by

Ron Burgandy

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 7:10 p.m.

"St. Patrick's Day bringing special events, early bar openings",....vomiting in the streets, bar fights, broken noses, broken bones, STD's, runs on the morning-after-pill at the local pharmacy, waking up next to 'ol whats-his/her-name - it's a glorious day!

Homeland Conspiracy

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 9:14 p.m.

green vomit


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 9:36 p.m.

Yep, pretty much the same happens in Ireland! Except that the bars don't open till 12.00 on a Sunday


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 8:33 p.m.

Stay classy, Ann Arbor! Hey, Ron Burgandy, I will fight you!


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 5:08 p.m.

Any other locations besides Bar Louie doing any specials on saturday?

Matt Lang

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 7:10 p.m.

Powell's pub in Ypsilanti will be open at 7am and W4 Country will be there with contests and giveaways, and they will also be at The Roundtree Bar, which Is also in Ypsilanti at noon.


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 5:10 p.m.

I'm waiting for Dave Bardellis' column. I figure he'll have the complete scoop.


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 5 p.m.

Good night to stay home ... it's amateur night!


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:22 p.m.

Could not agree more. Stay home make true Irish food. By the way folks, potatoes are not Irish.


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 5:44 p.m.

This and amateur night.


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 4:36 p.m.

The best day of the year!


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 4:28 p.m.

One of the least commercialised holidays of the year. Yea.


Sun, Mar 17, 2013 : 3:21 p.m.

I talked to a woman the other day and she told me the true Irish festivals are held the weekend before because a lot of the un Irish folk like to tarnish it for the true Irish folk. I have an Irish middle name and yet, don't go all out except to make a few Irish foods.


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 4:23 p.m.

What, no green beer at the Wooden Nickle?

Alfred E. Newman's Ghost

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 4 p.m.

Time for my annual temporary name change. Call me Alfred O'Newman!


Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 4:29 p.m.

Well, slap my butt and call me Paddy O'Furniture!