Celebrate the Irish Way: Indianapolis Bars Honor St. Patty with Booze, Bands, and Giant Tents

As mentioned in yesterday’s article about the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Indianapolis, St. Patty’s is definitely the favorite holiday of every Indianapolis bar. No other holiday celebrates the rich tradition of Irish heavy drinking quite like St. Pat’s, and to recognize this, bars around Indianapolis dye their beer green, throw their doors wide open early in the day, and offer great specials for thirsty revelers. And judging from the huge turn out at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, March 17, 2011 should prove to be a big day for Indianapolis nightlife. Since a wide swath of Indianapolis bars are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with ridiculously cheap drinks, tent parties, and other awesome Indianapolis things to do, you need a handy guide for navigating the Circle City‘s watering holes on Thursday, and FunCityFinder.com has just the solution for you. Check out the listing of Indy bars with St. Patty’s Day shenanigans going on below to start your own version of March Madness:

Birdy’s Bar & Grill

The Goodnight Fields will be playing at Birdy's Bar & Grill as part of St. Patrick's Day in IndianapolisBirdy’s Bar & Grill has live music pretty much every day of the year, so why not on St. Patrick’s Day? Probably the most non-Irish of all the St. Patty’s Day parties going on around Indianapolis in 2011, Birdy’s St. Pat’s bash still has all the trimmings of a good time, just with less of an Irish flair. As is befitting one of the most dedicated Indianapolis music venues, live music takes center stage at Birdy’s on St. Patrick’s Day this year, featuring the talents of The Goodnight Fields, When Not If, A Bad Idea, and The Vintage Union.

Video of The Goodnight Fields performing in Muncie, Indiana; The Goodnight Fields will be playing in Indianapolis for St. Patrick’s Day


Logo for Birdy's Bar & Grill in IndianapolisBirdy’s Bar & Grill
2131 E 71st St
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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Broad Ripple Tavern

Drink specials abound at the no nonsense Broad Ripple Tavern. Forget about the bagpipes, step dancing, and cultural trimmings of other St. Patty’s celebrations around Indianapolis: Broad Ripple Tavern has true Irish drinkers covered with their St. Patrick’s Day drink specials. Get discounts on Irish Car Bombs, Jameson, Guinness, Killian’s, and other Irish drinks as you drown yourself on all the national pride you can handle.

Broad Ripple Tavern in Indianapolis, IndianaBroad Ripple Tavern
745 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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Brothers Bar & Grill

There aren’t many details forthcoming about Brothers’ big St. Patrick’s Day bash, but the few things we do know are all good. The bar will open at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011 to the joy of drinkers everywhere. There will be specials on Killian’s Irish Red, plenty of green beer, the tapping of the “Emerald Keg”, somebody named McLicken’ (we can only guess his or her special skill), Reuben sandwiches, bagpipers, prize giveaways, and plenty more they’re not telling anybody. Guess the only way you’ll find out is by going to Brothers Bar & Grill on St. Patty’s, right?

Bar at Brothers Broad Ripple Village in Indianapolis, IndianaBrothers Bar & Grill
910 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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Chumley’s Beer House

There’s no live music, Irish dancers, or Guinness girls at Chumley’s Beer House for St. Patty’s Day, but what they do have is a bevy of cheap drink specials going on all day for all Irish (or at least green) drinks and meals. Shamrock Shots are $3, Jameson and Bushmill drinks are $4, green jello shots are $2, refill your schooner with green beer for $2 and with Guinness, Harp, or Smithwicks for $4.75, Harp bottles are $3.75, and Bailey’s are $4. On top of that, you can get a second wind with the corned beef and cabbage plate, priced at $8.95. You can also commemorate the occasion with a $12 St. Patty’s t-shirt!

Chumley's Beer House bar logo, north Indianapolis, IndianaChumley’s Beer House
838 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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Claddagh Irish Pub in Downtown Indianapolis

Green with Envy will be playing at the Claddagh Irish Pub in downtown Indianapolis for St. Patricks Day 2011Most of the live entertainment taking place at Claddagh Irish Pub in downtown Indianapolis will happen outside, in the party tent, though there will be plenty of drinking and merry making inside, at the bar. The bar’s doors open at 8:00 a.m., when patrons can start the day off right with a full stomach of Irish breakfast. Bagpipers will be roaming the bar all day, and live Indianapolis bands will be playing both inside and out. In the party tent, Rory Connoly will be playing from 5:30 to 7:30, and Green with Envy will be playing with Jason Burke from 8:00 to 11. Inside the bar, Barefoot Murphy will entertain drinkers from 2 to 5, and My Yellow Rickshaw will take the stage at 11:00 p.m. $5 cover for the tent, free for bar access.

Video of Barefoot Murphy performing in Kokomo, Indiana; Barefoot Murphy will be playing at Claddagh Irish Pub for St. Patrick’s Day in Indianapolis


Claddagh Irish Pub Downtown Indianapolis Claddagh Irish Pub Downtown
234 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225

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Claddagh Irish Pub on the North Side

Dave and Rae Band photo in Indianapolis, IndianaThe north side branch of Claddagh Irish Pub opens at 10:00, a little later than its downtown counterpart, but there will be just as much live entertainment as the downtown version. Like the downtown Claddagh, there will be bands playing both inside and out at the north side Claddagh Irish Pub. Music starts at 12:30 indoors with My Yellow Rickshaw; the indoor stage will then feature The Whigmaleeries at 4:00, The Tamarindo Band at 8:00, and a DJ will close out the night at 10:30. The party tent will have burgers, grilled chicken, bangers and mash, and live music playing all night, starting with Flatbed Twitch at 5:00 and ending with Dave and Rae at 9:00. Cover is $10.

Video of The Whigmaleeries performing at the Indy Irish Fest in Indianapolis


Storefront of Claddagh Irish Pub and Restaurant, Indianapolis, Indiana 188Claddagh Irish Pub Northside
3835 E 96th St
Indianapolis, IN 46240

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Connor’s Pub

Ladymoon will be playing for St. Patrick's Day in IndianapolisIf it’s Indianapolis music you’re after on St. Patrick’s Day, there’s no better party to attend than the St. Patrick’s Day Tent Party going on at Connor’s Pub. Sponsored by NUVO Newsweekly, Connor’s Pub is bringing a full lineup of Indianapolis bands to their heated tent stage. Performers at Connor’s Pub include Radio Radio fixture Bigger Than Elvis, Ladymoon, the Art Adams Band, Sour Mash, Vibe Dial, Yaggis, and the Cory Williams Band. Play blackjack, poker, and craps with a clean conscience at the Monte Carlo Tent, where all proceeds go to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital. Connor’s opens at 8:00 a.m., and there’s a $7 cover; also, there will be a two hour window where cover will be $8, but that extra dollar will go toward St. Mary’s, to be matched by Connor’s Pub.

Video of Bigger than Elvis performing at Radio Radio in Indianapolis

Connor's Pub and Restaurant is located in Indianapolis, Indiana

Connor’s Pub
6331 Ferguson St
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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Front Page Sports Bar & Grill

Ennis Clare will be playing at Front Page Sports Bar as part of St. Patricks Day in IndianapolisOn Thursday, March 17, 2011, you can watch all the Indianapolis sports your heart desires while still taking part in the St. Patty’s Day festivities if you head to the Front Page Sports Bar & Grill, located near the Indianapolis Star offices in Mass Ave. The Indianapolis bar will be throwing an outdoor tent party with live music and food and drink specials. The bar opens at 11:00, and live music starts in the tent at 1:00 p.m. with the Russ Baum Project. At 5:00, Ennis Clare takes the stage; music ends at 8:00, but there’s nothing that says you can’t stick around the bar and continue to celebrate until closing time.

Video of Ennis Clare performing at Claddagh Irish Pub in Indianapolis


Logo for Front Page Sports Bar in downtown Indianapolis, IndianaFront Page Sports Bar & Grill
310 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Kelly’s Pub Too

Located near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, Kelly’s Pub Too might be a little bit removed from the main action of St. Patrick’s Day, but that doesn’t mean this little neighborhood sports bar isn’t celebrating in style. When you walk in the doors on March 17, 2011, Kelly’s Pub Too will have DJ’s spinning hot tunes, plus a new entry to their already delicious menu of pub fare: corned beef and cabbage, an Irish staple that should fill up the empty spaces the beer left behind. Cover for Kelly’s Pub Too is $5 on St. Pat’s.

Kelly's Pub Too bartender serving a beer in Indianapolis, IndianaKelly’s Pub Too
5341 W 10th St
Indianapolis, IN 46224

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Revelers on the dance floor at Landsharks bar in north Indianapolis, IndianaSponsored by IndyMojo, Landsharks is throwing one helluva dance party for St. Patrick’s Day, living up to their party bar standards. Fueled by ridiculously cheap drink specials, you’ll be partying all night long at Landsharks on Thursday. 75 cent Killian’s and Miller Light, $3 Irish Car Bombs, and $5 Jameson and Absolut Iced Tea go a long way toward making St. Patrick’s Day an affordable holiday, and the best costumes will earn the title of Best Dressed Landshark. Plus, plenty of huge televisions allow Indianapolis sports fans to keep up on all the NCAA March Madness action going on, no matter how hard it is to stay upright. Cover is $5 before midnight.

Landsharks bartender posing for photo in Indianapolis, IndianaLandsharks
810 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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McGilvery’s Pub

Gene Deer will be playing in Indianapolis this weekendThere will be yet another St. Patrick’s Day tent on the south side of Indianapolis, at McGilvery’s Pub. Live music will be flowing from the tent at this popular south side hangout, starting at 4:00 with Different Flavors. After Different Flavors wraps up, Indianapolis musician Gene Deer will take the stage to take the party into the wee hours of the night. McGilvery’s will have a $5 cover on St. Patty’s Day.

McGilvery's Pub is an Indianapolis barMcGilvery’s Pub
8315 U.S. 31 S
Indianapolis, IN 46227

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McGinley’s Golden Ace Inn

The Mickey Finns will be playing at McGinley's Golden Ace Inn as part of St. Patricks Day in IndianapolisThe oldest Irish pub in Indianapolis should by all rights have an awesome St. Patty’s Day party, and if last year’s McGinley’s Golden Ace Inn St. Patty’s Day Party is any indication, the bar looks to deliver on that premise. They too have a heated St. Patty’s tent to ward off the pre-spring chill (green beer and whiskey will help with that too), and plenty of live Indianapolis music to keep the blood flowing. Pat Grant kicks things off at 11:30, followed by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones at 2:00. At 5:15, the Mickey Finns will take the stage, and Wild Eye Rose will close out the evening from 9:00 to 11:00. The fun doesn’t stop there, though: stick around McGinley’s Golden Ace Inn until closing to take advantage of all the cheap Irish drink specials.

Trivia at McGinleys' Golden Ace Inn in Indianapolis, IndianaMcGinley’s Golden Ace Inn
2533 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219

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The Melody Inn

So So Radio will be playing at The Melody Inn on St. Patrick's Day in IndianapolisSt. Patrick’s Day is traditionally the day that packs the most bodies into Indianapolis bars (aside from New Year’s Eve), so why not throw a live music bash on the same day? That’s what the Melody Inn is doing. So while there may not be any bagpipes or penny whistles, there will still be lots of music on hand at the venerable Indianapolis music venue. Catch Eastside Larry, So So Radio, and Yukon Fox at The Melody Inn on St. Patrick’s Day. Doors open at 8:00 and the music starts at 9:00; cover is $5.

Inside the bar at the Melody Inn in IndianapolisThe Melody Inn
3862 N Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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Mo’s Irish Pub

Lemon Wheel will be playing in IndianapolisSelf described as “Indy’s Biggest and Best St. Patrick’s Day Party,” Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, Indiana will definitely have a lot going for it come Thursday. The party starts bright and early (though not as early as Luck O’ the Lottery) at 7:00 a.m. with Kegs & Eggs, which is exactly what it sounds like. The first 100 Indianapolis people through the door get a free t-shirt, and there will be Irish bag pipes, dancers, and green beer throughout the day. Live Indianapolis music kicks off at noon, and there will be a total of three stages at the relatively small Indianapolis music venue. The Courtyard stage will feature a P3 Productions DJ at noon, Loo Abby at 3:30, and Through Being Cool at 8:00; the Party Tent will have Lemon Wheel at 3:00 and The Flying Toasters at 8:00; and the indoor stage will showcase The Bishops at 4:00 and Something Rather Naughty at 10:30. Cover for the massive party at Mo’s Irish Pub is $10.

Outside Mo's Irish Pub and Bar in Noblesville, Indiana, a suburb of IndianapolisMo’s Irish Pub
13193 Levinson La Suite 100
Noblesville, IN 46060

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O’Reilly’s Irish Bar

If you have a lot of Irish pride (or just an iron liver), you’ll want to start your St. Patty’s revelry early. Most bars open around 10:00 this year, which is really way too late if you’re a dedicated liquor leprechaun. Fortunately, there’s O’Reilly’s Irish Bar. O’Reilly’s opens at the sluggish hour of 6:00 a.m. with Kegs and Eggs. You can park your butt at an O’Reilly’s stool all day and still get the entire St. Patty’s Day experience: drink specials, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, green beer, prize giveaways, and even a mustache contest will keep things interesting at this Indianapolis bar.

O'Reilly's Irish Pub will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day celebration in IndianapolisO’Reilly’s Irish Bar
36 S Pennsylvania St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Old Pro’s Table

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Old Pro’s Table is all about swag. Though the bar can’t compete with the extremely early opening of other Indianapolis bars on St. Patrick’s Day (Old Pro’s opens at 2:00 p.m., while many places are opening at 10:00 a.m.), they’re making up for it with giveaways of free St. Pat’s stuff. After all, what’s St. Patty’s Day if you can’t roam around the Indianapolis nightlife scene with a giant foam shamrock or green top hat? As usual, lots of green beer and corned beef round out this Indianapolis bar’s St. Pat’s celebration.

The Old Pro's Table in Indianapolis, IndianaOld Pro’s Table
827 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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Si Greene’s Pub

Vying with Mo’s Irish Pub for the title of “Indy’s Best St. Patrick’s Day Party” is the party at Si Greene’s Pub on the east side of Indianapolis. The doors to Si Greene’s open at 10:00, and Irish music will be going on all day (actually, with all the Irish bands playing simultaneously around Indy, it’d be surprising if you couldn’t hear bagpipes at any given spot in the city). 5:00 will see the Highland Bagpipers performing at Si Greene’s, and Jimmy Karres will take the stage after the Bagpipers are finished. Jammin’ Joe will be on hand to rock the party into the night. Unlike a lot of the other Indianapolis events going on during St. Patrick’s Day, the St. Patrick’s Day Party at Si Greene’s Pub has no cover.

Si Greene's Pub will be the site of St. Patrick's Day revelry in IndianapolisSi Greene’s Pub
5109 E 10th St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Pat Flynn’s Public House

If all the raucous shenanigans that ring in St. Patrick’s Day at the louder downtown Indianapolis bars are too much for you, celebrate in cozy quiet at Pat Flynn’s Public House, a neighborhood Irish bar on the northeast side of Indy. There will be no crazy revelers from Indianapolis colleges at Pat Flynn’s, only Gordon bagpipers and some excellent drink specials.

Pat Flynn's Public House is an Indianapolis barPat Flynn’s Public House
5198 Allisonville Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46205

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Union Jack Pub

Dining Area Union Jack Pub Broad Ripple IndianapolisIt may seem strange for a decidedly British pub to have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but if you can put the historical incongruity aside you can have yourself a memorable St. Pat’s at the Union Jack Pub in Broad Ripple Village. There’s no cover to this favorite of European football fans, and patrons can enjoy corned beef and cabbage, green beer, Irish whiskey, and plenty of good times. The Gordon bagpipers will be rolling through the bar around 8:00 as well, so set your watches.

Bar Union Jack Pub Broad Ripple IndianapolisUnion Jack Pub
924 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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