Best Places to Go in East Lansing for St. Patrick’s Day
As one of the busiest bar days of the year, St. Patrick’s Day is certainly a day to remember in East Lansing. With several different bars opening early and staying open later, the options for bar hoppers are nearly unlimited. Whether you’re looking for a place to grab some Irish inspired food, to sip a cold, green beer or to dance all day and night, we’ve got you covered on the best spots to go this March 17.
Dublin Square Irish Pub
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day then to visit one of East Lansing’s most popular Irish bars? Dublin has been known to start their Irish festivities their as early as 6 a.m., leading into a day full of green beer, Irish rock music and dancing that lasts throughout the night. Venture out to Dublin Square at 327 Abbot Rd, East Lansing.
Not only is P.T.’s located near the other bars, but they will be having free breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day! Spend your day dancing and listening to some music while sipping on green beer (of course!) and Irish whiskey. Opening at 7 a.m., P.T. O’Malley’s is located at 210 Abbot Rd, East Lansing.
Following the early-bird trend, Crunchy’s will be open at 7 a.m. and will feature their full menu and bar and (you guessed it!) plenty of green beer for the St. Patrick’s Day bar hoppers. While you’re there, swallow your pride and make your way to the stage to lavish in some Irish karaoke. Afterall, what better way to end your St. Patrick’s Day then completely humiliating yourself in front of a bunch of strangers? So, head over to Crunchy’s this March 17, located at 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing.
Located right off of Abbot Road, Beggar’s will be kicking off their Saint Patty’s Day celebration with their full bar and menu at 7 a.m. and later will celebrate the holiday with (once again!) green beer and Irish whiskey. What’s more satisfying than a stomach full of delicious food and some green colored alcohol? Absolutely nothing. Make your way to Beggar’s Banquet at 218 Abbot Rd, East Lansing.
Irish Heritage Month
It’s easy to get caught up in the bar crawls and the (hopefully) responsible drinking, but St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only thing Ireland has going for it this month. More than just a one-day affair, March has been declared as Irish Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and reflect on Ireland’s history and importance in America.
Irish immigration to America began as far back as the colonial era, when hundreds of thousands of Europeans sailed across the ocean to start new lives. Then, again, in the early 1800s, with the industrial revolution promising opportunity in the face of a terrible potato famine, Irish immigrants came flooding in through Ellis Island in search of better paying jobs and higher standards of living. Initially, the Irish faced adversity (scapegoating for lost jobs, blatant discrimination, etc.) but have since cemented themselves as an integral part of America’s identity.
Today, more than 30 million people in America have roots to Ireland, making Irish Americans one of the largest demographics in the country, and also one of the largest demographics in East Lansing (more than 11 percent bleed green here in more than one way!) And while the rest of us will wear green and drink green beer for a day, March and its campus-wide celebrated holiday hold a bit more weight for those with Irish heritage. Kasey Garant, a freshman majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, has a rich Irish history.
“I know both of my grandparents are 100 percent Irish and their parents immigrated to New York before they were born,” she said. “My Irish heritage means a lot to me. I’m extremely proud to be Irish. My Irish name is Fitzpatrick and I wear it as much as possible.”
In regard to the Irish holiday itself, she was a bit more subdued.
“I don’t do anything special for St. Patrick’s Day. Actually, people in Ireland don’t even drink on St. Patty’s. It’s a religious holiday.”
It’s interesting to remember that, because for some (or many), St. Patrick’s Day is synonymous with excessive drinking, but for the very people it should mean the most to, St. Patrick’s Day is a sober holiday.
Of course, that can’t be said for all. Many Irish will be out there, bar hopping and parading the streets in green. Everyone has a different tradition for St. Patrick’s Day, and no matter how you decide to spend it, just make sure to remember that the green attire and four-leaf clover are just part of the story. Irish Americans have left a truly great footprint on The United States, so keep in mind that March is Irish Heritage Month, and this St. Patrick’s Day, give your Irish American friend a hug (as well as a pinch if they’re not wearing green)!