What’s not to love about St. Patrick’s Day? Four-leaf clovers, shamrocks, green beer and corned beef and cabbage are bound to put you in a festive mood and dancing an Irish jig in no time. Hopefully you discovered some of the best bars and pubs in Tampa Bay last year. Now it’s time to make a game plan for St. Paddy’s Day 2014.
Four Green Fields
205 W. Platt St.
Tampa, FL 33606
If Irish-ness comes in degrees, then you probably can’t get any more Irish than Four Green Fields. This authentic Irish bar has a wide selection of Irish beers and whiskey, even Jameson and Redbreast, and of course some yummy Irish food. This small bar is big on great service, live Irish folk music and some of the finest Irish whiskey in the Tampa Bay area.
2223 N. West Shore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
The Pub was created to give guests an authentic British pub experience and serves food and drinks from England, Scotland and Ireland. The menu is full of traditional Irish fare like beer cheese and corned beef with cabbage as well as dozens of beers, wines, whiskey and mixed drinks. Don’t miss it when you drive by—it’s hidden behind The Cheesecake Factory in the Westshore Plaza. A true hidden gem!
O’Toole’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
1215 W. Brandon Blvd.
Brandon, FL 33511
If you’re looking for a great night out, hire a sitter and head to O’Tooles. This place was created with the goal of being the ideal social gathering place and doesn’t skimp on the fun. The bar offers daily drink specials, live entertainment, and even a dart arena. Drop in with a few friends for delicious Irish cuisine, fine Irish whiskey and beer and an exciting night out that you won’t soon forget.
405 South Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
Leave the kiddies at home—MacDinton’s is for adults age 21 and over with two forms of ID. MacDinton’s has a large menu with a section specifically for “Irish Favorites and Entrees.” You can choose from authentic fare that includes bangers ‘n’ mash, beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips, and shepherd’s pie. There is also a good selection of beers and drinks that includes $4 bottled beers during happy hour every day of the week.
Flanagan’s Irish Pub
465 Main St.
Dunedin, FL 34698
No one does St. Patrick’s Day better than Flanagan’s. Every year, Flanagan’s hosts a St. Patrick’s Day street party in downtown Dunedin, complete with live entertainment and plenty of green beads. The menu includes real Irish cuisine including bangers and mash, fish ‘n’ chips and corned beef with cabbage. Flanagan’s also has a huge selections of bottled beers and beers on tap as well as a full bar.
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Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.