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Where To Get Your Green On For St. Patrick's Day

By Anthony Todd in Food on Mar 14, 2013 7:40PM

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St. Patrick's Day weekend is nigh. Some of you are preparing your beer supplies and making appointments for hangover cures. Some are probably nailing plywood across your windows and planning to stay in for 36 hours straight, avoiding the vomiting crowds. Whatever your particular approach to the holiday, we've got something for you. Check out some great places to spend your weekend of green.

It can be hard to find a good spot to watch the river and eat at the same time. If you can manage to secure a spot at Sixteen for breakfast and hang out, that would work. Consider Great Street (by the windows) Bridge Bar at Fulton's or Bridge House Tavern for great views. Another good option? The Cityscape Bar on top of the Merchandise Mart Apparel center. They will also be offering specials on Saturday night, including three green cocktails and $7 Guinness drafts.

We suggested Ripasso's Irish popup "The Red Headed Step-Child" a few days ago, but it's worth suggesting again. "Ripasso will feature a menu of Irish-American dishes in addition to its typical fare. Inspired by his years living and working in Ireland, Theo Gilbert’s Irish offerings includes shepherd’s pie with Guinness-braised shortribs, corned beef sliders, and Dublin coddle, a stew of potato, ham, and bangers. Rounding out the Emerald Isle makeover, Ripasso will add Irish d├ęcor, draft beer, and screenings of classic rugby matches." The special runs for a few weeks, but this weekend would be the ideal time to go.

Do you want to party with the pretty people? Or party like a NYT Travel writer? Head to theWit Hotel Rooftop starting at noon on Saturday. Even if it's cold, you can curl up in front fo the fireplace. There will be DJs until 3 a.m.

At Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, there will be dancers, pipers and more Irish fun starting at 9 a.m. Start your classy day off there and fill your stomach before you start drinking. Even better, the party keeps going on Sunday.

The Gage has a fancy special menu all weekend, including Irish dishes like wood-fired Irish Salmon with bacon-leek jam, braised lamb shepherd's pie and a corned beef sandwich with Guinness-soaked Swiss cheese. We'll take Guinness soaked anything, really.

On Saturday, Timothy O'Toole's starts the fun at 8 a.m. There's a green beer chugging contest (yum) at noon for men, 1 p.m. for women, bag pipers, a guinness bar, shot stations and more. If you want to get crazy wild and drunk, this is a pretty good option.