This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, which means partygoers will have a full weekend to imbibe green beer and make bad decisions—be sure to take Monday off. The city is chock full of events, ranging from a hockey game, a parade, to all-day food and drink events. Cincy may not dye its river green like Chicago does, but we do let the Irish whiskey flow in many festive ways.

Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day Parade

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On March 16 at noon, the 56th annual Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Parade snakes its way through The Banks with Irish step dancers, floats, bagpipers, and everything Irish. The parade starts at Mehring Way and Central Avenue and ends at Freedom Way and Rosa Parks St. Sports journalist and Game Day Communications co-owner Betsy Ross is the honorary grand marshal. Parking will be available along with bus and public transit services.


Fountain Square St. Patrick’s Day weekend takes place March 16 (noon to 8 p.m.) to March 17 (noon to 6 p.m.). Come for live music, traditional Irish fare like bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and nontraditional foods like green cotton candy. Specialty drinks and beer can be purchased.


On March 17, Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati promises a “huge” celebration. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. followed by noon mass. Between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., see the McGing Irish Dancers. The Center provides entertainment, food, and drinks all day.


For some family fun all day long, head to Fifty West Brewing Company on March 17 for their St. Patrick's Day celebration. Sip on a newly tapped green glitter beer, enjoy authentic bagpipe tunes, nosh on tasty burgers and, most importantly, join in on a co-ed pickleball/volleyball tournament!


On St. Paddy’s day, the Cyclones play Indy Fuel. The puck drops at 3 p.m. and so does the green beer. After the game, green jerseys will auctioned off.


Pubs and Bars

Beginning at 2 p.m. on March 16, Covington’s Braxton Brewing, The Well, Olde Towne Tavern, and Rich’s Proper team up for a party on 7th street. Play bar hop Bingo; cards can be found at participating bars. For a dollar, purchase a commemorative St. Paddy’s Day Braxton cup to receive drink specials throughout the day and night.


For those seeking a wild night out, on March 16 from 4 p.m. to midnight don your best green outfit and wear beads for Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl. Check in at Mecca OTR to receive shot vouchers. Participating bars include Liberty’s Bar and Bottle, MOTR Pub (get the Shamrock-a-Rita with an edible straw), Bloom OTR, and The Hub. Stay awake for the after party, happening at 10 p.m.


Between March 16 and March 17, Rosedale OTR offers drink deals like $3 green beers and $6 green tea shots (or both at the same time?) The patio party starts at 1 p.m. each day and rages all night long.

The Bling Pig

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Every year, O’ Malley’s in the Alley and sister bar The Blind Pig celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with an extra early wakeup call: 6 a.m. for O’Malley’s and 9 a.m. for Blind Pig. Early risers get free breakfast, and all day and night the bar serves Irish beers like Smithwick’s, Harps, Guinness, and Irish whiskey galore.


On St. Paddy’s Day, Molly Malone’s hosts its annual spectacular Kegs and Eggs, in which the bar opens at the ungodly 7 a.m. Green beer, Irish dancing, three floors of live music, the perfect Guinness pour, bagpipers, food specials, and an outdoor tent lends itself to a celebration you may or not remember. Pay a $10 cover at the door.

Image is of the side view of Molly Malone's Irish Restaurant.Credit: Molly Malone's Irish Restaurant and Pub

Last year, Irish pub Red Leprechaun opened at The Banks. After viewing the parade and, really, all weekend long, head over for two nights of live music, including a DJ set on Saturday and local group Naked Karate Girls on Sunday. Order dishes such as pasties—including a Cincy chili one—burgers, and an espresso Moher-tini (vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, simple syrup, espresso, and chocolate shavings).