It’s that time of year in the city — a day of Irish pride — featuring the green and gold, festive music, soccer and plenty of drinking all the while. Baltimore is world-renowned for its Inner Harbor, football and crab cakes. However, the city is also notable for throwing some of the best St. Patty’s Day events anywhere in the country. In particular, there are five local Irish spots that are must-visit venues during this special holiday.

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Tir Na Nog
201 E Pratt St
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 483-8968

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat and Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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Tir Na Nog, a staple of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, features some of the best Irish cuisine in the city every day and best live Irish musical acts on the weekends. The restaurant has a vibrant staff and affordable menu items that will leave every customer smiling. Tir Na Nog’s interior was crafted by Irish artisans that incorporated authentic pieces of Irish culture to create this posh and rustic space, making you really feel like you hopped the pond to the island itself. Make this your stop on St. Patty’s Day for all things Irish.

Mick O’Shea’s
328 N Charles St
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 539-7504

Hours: Mon to Fri – 11:30 a.m to 2 a.m., Sat to Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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Mick O’Shea’s, located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, presents an energetic atmosphere that will surely satisfy all the St. Patty’s Day patrons looking for excellent food and drink. The menu is extensive and the drink list even more so. For all of you whiskey drinkers out there, this is definitely the pub you will want to visit to stay satisfied on the festive day. Musical entertainment will light up the house, as Mick O’Shea’s is known to host some of the best Irish music in town.

James Joyce
616 S President St
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 727-5107

Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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James Joyce, a swanky and trendy Irish bar in the Harbor East district of Baltimore, has quickly become a staple in the newly developed area of the Inner Harbor. The venue bolsters plenty of room for its patrons and has some of the best selection of Irish beer in the city. If you are in the downtown area and looking for a nice pint of Irish ale, this is where you need to be. James Joyce hosts musical talent every weekend and will pull out all of the stops for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

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Slainte Irish Pub & Restaurant
1700 Thames St
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 563-6600

Hours: Daily – 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
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Slainte Irish Pub & Restaurant, a sleek pub and restaurant located in the Fells Point/Canton districts, presents lively entertainment and great food. This is a local spot that keeps patrons coming back for more. The live music will begin at 9:30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day  and continue all night to keep you in the Irish spirit.

Cat’s Eye Pub
1730 Thames St
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 276-9866

Hours: Daily – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Just a few strides down the street from Slainte’s is Cat’s Eye Pub. Get your fill of fish n’ chips at Slainte’s, then walk next door to Cat’s Eye for a beer to wash it all down. The beer list to choose from is impressive and will definitely give you a taste of the Irish. Cat’s Eye will be a hot spot to visit during the St. Patty’s Day festivities as they always have great musical entertainment. Get there early to secure your spot.

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LeRoy McDuffie is a nightclub writer from Baltimore, Md. who has traveled the world and experienced some of the best and vibrant nightclub venues. He is a graduate of McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and has a degree in political science and journalism. LeRoy is well-versed in the nightclub scene and will surely provide the hottest reviews and trends of the nightlife scene in Baltimore. His work can be found at

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