Though it’s only January, I’m already counting down the days to March 17th (exactly two months away, by the way). St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the country. Cleveland, however, goes bigger than most cities in the United States. Every year, I look forward to spending my St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland, celebrating my heritage while dressing up head to toe in green glitter.
Every year on March 17th, Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities are full of loads of fun and excitement. Whether you are with children or your close friends, there is something for everyone to do.
First, the day starts off with kegs and eggs, which can be found at many different bars and restaurants throughout the city. All downtown bars and restaurants offer morning breakfast and drink specials starting as early as 7 or 8 am. If you are real fan of St. Patrick’s Day, the best way to start celebrating is to head downtown early by taking the RTA. Grab some breakfast and cheers to friends with your Guinness beers, or better yet – Irish Car Bombs. This way, you will already be downtown in time for the parade, without a worry on finding parking spots.
Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day parade starts at 1 pm every year. The parade begins at East 18th Street and Superior Avenue in downtown Cleveland. The parade goes through all of downtown, so wherever you can find a place to stand works! I usually tend to try and find a spot near Tower City, which then leads to after parade festivities.
After the parade, Cleveland’s House of Blues always hosts local bands playing some of the best Irish rock tunes. There are always good drink specials, and the afternoon is filled with dancing and continuous fun. All other bars in downtown Cleveland, too, have drink and food specials, and are always packed with St. Patrick’s Day lovers – green is literally everywhere!
If you want to avoid the huge crowds downtown and want to stay local, there are many other bars and restaurants on both the Westside and Eastside of Cleveland with holiday drink and food specials, as well as live music. Claddagh Irish Pub, located on the Eastside in Legacy Village, offers drink specials and live bands throughout the entire day and night. It is also a great destination for those that have to work on the day of St. Patrick’s Day and are unable to partake in the daytime downtown activities. On the Westside, The Old Angle is a perfect destination for those looking for the same type of low-key but still fun and exciting celebration.
If you are looking to get out of your own city to celebrate the fabulous holiday of St. Patrick’s Day – Cleveland sure does know how to throw a phenomenal city-wide party full of green glitter, Irish love and tons of Guinness!
East 18th Street and Superior Avenue
Downtown – Cleveland