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Patch Picks: Your Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Rochester

Want to get your Irish on? Here's what's going on this Thursday.

New name, same party: It's a downtown Rochester tradition, and this year it starts at 6 a.m.: the St. Patrick's Day bash at . Manager Michael Keys says it's one of the biggest parties in all of Metro Detroit and it has 100 barrels of beer on order to prove it.

Here's what else is in store:

  • four bars
  • seven extra bathrooms
  • a 6,000-square-foot tent
  • two stages
  • six bands
  • a special menu that includes sliders, hot dogs, corned beef and cabbage and, of course, fish and chips.

O'Connor's expects to serve 20,000 pints of beer to more than 4,000 customers. Mojo in the Morning will be there, reporting live; so will Rochester Patch and Oakland Township Patch.

So you don't have to drive: The is offering a special room rate of $119 (plus tax) for an executive king room on Thursday through its Facebook page. Call 248-652-2600 to reserve.

Dual patio parties: and are teaming up to offer what they call the biggest party in Rochester. They'll have a trolley running between the two starting at 9 a... You can go back and forth all day and alcohol is allowed on the trolley. They're offering 75 cent pints of green Miller Lite starting at 7 a.m. The price will increase until it hits $3 at 4 p.m. The patios will be open at both locations.

Irish food and fun: opens at 11:30 a.m. and will feature an authentic Irish menu all day. There won't be green beer, but there will be live music from 9-11:30 p.m. and no cover charge.

Irish menu and green beer: At on Crooks Road, the party starts at 11 a.m. with corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and green beer. Live music starts at 7 p.m.

Drinks, no cover: features $7 green Stoli Doli drinks and shot specials starting at 3 p.m. There is no cover charge.

Are you staying in instead? Check back Wednesday for a look at a few fun ways to bring the Irish home to you!

Paul March 14, 2011 at 05:58 PM
You have a picture of clover. What does that have to do with Ireland? Did you mean Shamrock? For the luck of the Irish, please fix this common, non-Irish mistake!
Worker Bee March 14, 2011 at 08:05 PM
And, be sure to know that not everyone is GREEN, some are Orangemen...
Beth Reeber Valone March 14, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Paul, thank you for pointing out that error!
Paul March 15, 2011 at 02:12 AM
It is not an unusual one. People see lucky four-leaf clover & think Luck of Irish. Pretty common. On the scale of things, not earth-shaking. I do like the Patch. Republic of Ireland is green. Northern Ireland (England) is Orange.
Kristin Bull (Editor) March 15, 2011 at 02:24 AM
All of this talk makes me want to write a true-or-false St. Patrick's Day quiz. Thoughts?
Kristin Bull (Editor) March 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Just heard from Miguel's Cantina. Their celebrating the day, too, with Enchiladas Verdes and Salsa Verde on the tables. (Verde = green ... get it?)
Kristin Bull (Editor) March 16, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Here's the (actual) scoop on one restaurant's unexpected St. Patrick's Day offering: Paciugo, the gelato cafe on University, is celebrating with three Irish flavors: Guinness Gelato, Bailey's Gelato and even Beer Chill Sorbetto!

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