You do not have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. All nations are welcome to join in and enjoy the craic.
Cayman’s bars always step up to the plate, festooning their walls with Irish flags and putting out the pints of Guinness in record numbers. Here are a few places that will definitely be offering St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans:
Queen’s Court Plaza
Anyone knocking off work early will find that the festivities have already begun at this family pub. Live music is scheduled for most of the evening and patrons can either dance and make merry indoors, or sit outside in the beer garden. Expect lots of traditional dishes on the menu, along with Irish ales and creamy-topped Guinness.
Fidel’s opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast with a barbecue from noon to 3 p.m., along with the main menu for those who crave their favorites. There will be entertainment for the little ones including a balloon artist and games and BOB FM will be live on location from noon to 2 p.m.
The live music starts with Darren Brereton on the outside stage from noon to 3 p.m. followed by local guitarist Glen Scott from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
The JR Douglas Band opens up the inside stage from 6-8 p.m. Then Darren Brereton takes over from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Fidel Murphy’s is open until 2 a.m. with a full service patio bar, as well as the indoors bar. Specials include $3 shots of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey and there are prizes to be won, along with 50 promo cards for a complimentary Caesar/Bloody Mary to be redeemed during the Ireland v. England Rugby match the next day.
One lucky patron will receive a gift certificate for Reviv, the new IV infusions company on island, valued at $199 (to help battle that hangover).
King’s Head Pub
You will be tripping over the genuine Irish furniture in this place as you take in the extraordinary amount of artifacts adorning every inch of vertical real estate. The party will be taken outside, beyond the four walls, with patio entertainment in temperatures far balmier than what they will be experiencing in the motherland. Guess how many pieces of gold in the Pot O’ Gold – best guess wins two airline tickets to New York City. There will also be Irish jig lessons, drink specials and DJ “Leprechaun” Lizzie Curious on the deck.
This pub and the clubs above it are known for their block parties, whether it’s Halloween or any other excuse for a great night out. What kind of Irish pub would Whiskey Mist be if it did not bring out the big guns for St. Patrick’s Day? Look out for a block party with live music, DJs and Guinness specials. Bands include the Neverines and Sound Solutions.
Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day facts
- The Irish take St. Patrick’s Day seriously
As you might expect, Saint Patrick’s Day is a huge deal in his old stomping grounds. It’s a national holiday in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- So do New Yorkers
New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the world’s largest parades. Since 1762, marchers have traipsed up Fifth Avenue on foot – the parade still doesn’t allow floats, cars, or other modern trappings.
- Chicago feels lucky too
New York may have more manpower, but Chicago has a spectacle all its own. The city has been celebrating Saint Patrick by dumping green dye into the Chicago River since 1962. It takes 40 tons of dye to get the river to a suitably festive shade!
- It used to be a dry holiday
For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17. (The one exception went to beer vendors at the big national dog show, which was always held on Saint Patrick’s Day.) In 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday, and the stout resumed flowing.
- It’s the thought that counts
Not every city goes all-out in its celebratory efforts. From 1999 to 2007, the Irish village of Dripsey proudly touted that it hosted the Shortest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the World. The route ran for 26 yards between two pubs. Today, Hot Springs, Arkansas claims the title for brevity – its brief parade runs for 98 feet.
- Cold weather helped St. Patrick’s legend
In Irish lore, Saint Patrick gets credit for driving all the snakes out of Ireland. Modern scientists suggest that the job might not have been too hard – according to the fossil record, Ireland has never been home to any snakes. Through the Ice Age, Ireland was too cold to host any reptiles, and the surrounding seas have staved off serpentine invaders ever since. Modern scholars think the “snakes” Saint Patrick drove away were likely metaphorical.
- There’s no corn in that beef
Corned beef and cabbage, a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day staple, does not have anything todo with the grain corn. Instead, it’s a nod to the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats, which were also known as “corns.”
- The world runs up quite a bar tab
All of the Saint Patrick’s Day revelry around the globe is great news for brewers. A 2012 estimate pegged the total amount spent on beer for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations at $245 million. And that is before tips to pubs’ bartenders.
- There are no female leprechauns
Don’t be fooled by any holiday decorations showing lady leprechauns. In traditional Irish folk tales, there are no female leprechauns, only nattily attired little guys.
- The lingo makes sense
You cannot attend a Saint Patrick’s Day event without hearing a cry of “Erin go Bragh.” What’s the phrase mean? It’s a corruption of the Irish Éirinn go Brách, which means roughly “Ireland Forever.”