Every year on St. Patrick’s Day, legions of presumably respectable adults devolve into shamrock-tee-sporting puddles of themselves, racking up serious bar tabs in the process. How you handle your liquor is on you. But when celebrating St. Paddy’s Day this year, these specials can help keep your credit card in check.
1348 Lagoon Av., Mpls. • 612-824-1529 • www. barlouieamerica.com
Toast your one-eighth Irish heritage anytime Saturday through Monday (the official St. Patrick’s Day) at Bar Louie, and the Uptown party spot can cut your wallet a little slack. Louie makes it a three-day holiday with $4 oh-so festive green beers, $5 Irish whiskey and (if you must) $6 Car Bombs.
Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Av. S., Mpls. • 612-338-6424 • www.nomadpub.com
The only thing better than green beer (besides regular beer) is free beer. For its annual “bladder buster” party on Sunday, this West Bank bar is giving away the green stuff from 1 p.m. until somebody tinkles. It’s a perfect storm of thrift, discomfort and peer pressure.
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 Washington Av. S., Mpls. • 612-617-7793 • www.dayblockbrewing.com
Pre-gaming before Monday’s downtown Minneapolis parade (6:30 p.m.) is a little cheaper at the city’s newest brewpub. From 3-6 p.m. (and 9 p.m.-close) take a dollar off tap beers and house wines, and $2 off 14-inch pizzas. Try an Irish-ized hot Scotchy — the first runnings of a brew with a shot of whiskey — for $5 while they last.