Depending on your definition of “celebrating,” the Tampa area will more than likely have something on tap from parades and pub crawls to block parties and more to fulfill your needs. Here are the best places to try your luck at a St. Patrick’s celebration in Tampa.

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Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 8 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Price: $10 cover

Obviously, the South Tampa staple has to make any “green” list of things to do. Now this was always a chore for people in St. Petersburg; who wanted to bask in the bar scene craziness that is guaranteed to occur around the SoHo area, yet didn’t feel like making the adventurous drive. Fortunately, Mac D’s now has a brand new establishment on that side of the bridge and promises to execute the same atmosphere – a crowd of “spirited” people – that has enabled this original spot to become an annual St. Patrick’s Day stop.

Hours: Sat – 12 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The Dubliner (better known as The Dub) is sure to fill its modest sized pubs on St. Patrick’s Day. Serving eclectic brews, both Tampa locations will be jam packed with patrons and showcase live music. If you enjoy drinking chaos, add this joint to your list for an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

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Date: March 17, 2012
Hours: 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Price: Free

It’s not all about drinking in bars folks, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will once again be running down 7th Avenue in Ybor City. The parade is scheduled to begin rolling at 8 p.m. and is free to attend. Of course, plenty of bars in the Ybor district will have their doors open all day and night.

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Hours:  Tue to Sun – 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Mon – 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.

How about those who yearn to find a balance between the elements of chill and lively at a local watering hole? The Wooden Door is a traditional Irish Pub that stands on its own. Though distant from the go-to spots, this heralded Tampa establishment promises to provide an atmosphere of fun.

Hours: Sat – 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Price: Free

Durty Nelly’s is stepping up to the plate again and is throwing one of the fastest-growing events on this day in the entire Bay area. With more than 20 bands (Less Then Jake headlining) and an assortment of DJ’s and performers, along with free giveaways and your choice of nine bars to drink from, this is going to be a rockin’ party that will draw thousands of people. All ages are welcomed to crash in on the shenanigans.

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