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Best Paddy’s Day Party Spots

The month of March and the color green are linked here in the Lowcountry. In addition to the return of green grass and green trees, we also see plenty of green shamrocks, green beer and green “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” buttons as Pope Avenue and Office Park Road transform into a street party for the annual Hilton Head Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More than 20,000 locals come out to celebrate, so it’s kind of a big deal. If day drinking is your thing, here are a few great spots to have a good time before, during and after the colorful procession at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17. 

    1. Go Wild – Wild Wing Cafe

      IrishFest at Wild Wing Cafe is always a Sham Rockin’ good time. An outdoor stage, outdoor bars and bouncy houses for the kids make it the perfect party spot for all ages. In addition to a DJ playing throughout the day, this year’s live music schedule includes bag pipers (12:30-1 p.m.), Deas-Guyz (1-3 p.m.), Groove Town Assault (4-6 p.m.) and DJ Race (6-10 p.m.). Drink specials include $2 green beer, $5 Guinness drafts and $5 car bombs.

    2. Take it Easy – Aunt Chiladas Easy Street Cafe

      Parade Day Pattypalooza at Aunt Chiladas is a fun and festive fiesta. Hang out by the outdoor bar or outdoor stage and rock out to the live music. They usually have pretty good drink specials.

    3. Get Riled Up – Reilley’s Grill & Bar
      Tom Reilley and a few friends started the parade in 1983 by marching up and down the streets without a parade permit. Local officials frowned upon it at the time, but they eventually got things straightened out, and the parade grew into what it is today. Tom’s popular bar at the Barmuda Triangle now serves as parade headquarters. Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and other Paddy’s Day favorites while enjoying beer and cocktail specials.
    4. This has developed into one of the top post-Paddy’s Day parade hotspots in recent years, thanks to epic performances from Silicone Sister. You can be sure good times will be had if you walk to the Rockfish parking lot around 4 p.m.

    5. Big Tent Revival – Katie O’Donald’s The best St. Patrick’s Day party in Bluffton takes place under the big tent at Katie O’Donald’s. The three-day bash begins on Friday and ends on Sunday, making it the perfect stop before or after the parade. There will be plenty of Guinness, Jameson and drink specials to go around, along with live music from local acts.

Parade Tips 

Here are a few suggestions to make your parade experience more enjoyable. 

Best place to park: Off New Orleans road (get there before 1 p.m.)

Best place to sit for atmosphere: Median near Aunt Chiladas East Street Cafe

Best place to sit for candy: Near St. Luke’s Church

Best place to sit for parade entertainment: Near Compass Rose Park

Best place to sit for a little solitude: Near the new USCB campus


Experience Savannah

One of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world takes place in nearby Savannah. This year’s Savannah parade is set for 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 16. 

 

By bus: If you are over 21, you can catch a BYOB party bus to Savannah through TheHottestSpots.com. The cost is $50 roundtrip. The bus departs from the Grayco parking lot at 10 a.m.

 

By boat: Vagabond Cruise is offering two roundtrip St. Patrick’s Day cruises from Harbour Town to Savannah (8 a.m. and noon) for $75. Find more information at vagabondcruise.com.

 

By cab: YellowCab HHI (843-686-6666) and Uber (download the app) are two other popular options. Prices for both vary.