The Buzz: St. Pat's Day celebrations start early
Mar 10, 2013 (The Post-Crescent - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Countless bars and restaurants will put corned beef, cabbage and green beer on the menu this week. Some raise it to an art form.
See a video on St. Patrick's Day preparations in Appleton on postcrescent.com.
Here's a sampling of some of this week's festivities.
Spats starts its St. Pat's menus at 4 p.m. today and doesn't stop until 9 p.m. March 18. The Appleton restaurant gives customers a long run "to allow you to maximize your corned beef intake," according to its website. The restaurant also serves Guinness Irish lamb stew, mini Reuben slider appetizers, green beer and Bill's mom's Irish Cloud dessert.
McGuinness Irish Pub in Appleton celebrates being Irish year round. Its official St. Paddy's Day celebration starts Saturday with the pub opening at noon. Corned beef and cabbage are served until the O'Donnell Brothers take the stage at 9 p.m. On St. Paddy's Day, the pub opens at 10 a.m. with "Irish dancers, corned beef and cabbage, pints and a wee bit of whiskey." Folk-N-Irish performs during the day and food is served until 9 p.m.
Mark's East Side in Appleton has a year-round count-down clock that leads up to St. Patrick's Day, its busiest day of the year. Besides corned beef and cabbage, it has Guinness on tap, Irish beer and Jameson shots. The bar opens on St. Pat's Day at 2 p.m., food service starts at 3 p.m. and Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys go on at 7 p.m. Limited reservations are available that day; otherwise expect to wait at peak times. Owner Mark Dougherty says he ordered 1,300 pounds of corned beef, and will serve it Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. If his supply holds out, he might stretch that to March 18 and 19.
Durty Leprechaun, a downtown Appleton bar, opens its doors at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day to the earliest celebrants.
The big Irish celebrations in New London -- temporarily renamed New Dublin -- are in full force this week. Restaurants planning to serve corned beef and cabbage include Half Nelson's, Pup's Irish Pub, Pine Tree Supper Club, The Waters, Hilby's and Shamrock Heights. For more details on parades, wakes, parties and corned beef, go to newdublin.com.
Gilligan's has corned beef and Reubens on the menu starting Monday.
The Ground Round Grill & Bar celebrates Saturday with a DJ, green beer, corned beef and free green jello shot for those wearing green. On Friday, the attached Bridgewood hotel has a dinner show with The Rovers, an Irish band.
--Maureen Wallenfang: 920-993-1000, ext. 287, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @wallenfang
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