Saturday, September 22, 2018
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St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, but feel free to celebrate by staying home

The Party Gods have dispensed a pot of gold.

St. Patrick’s Day, one of the biggest drinking holidays in America, falls on a Saturday this year. That means no waking up after a few too many pints of green beer to go to work. That also means businesses and event planners have seized the opportunity, and there are more parties, pub crawls and all around possibilities for debauchery than we can fit in one issue.

From Paddyfest to the River O’Green Fest to the Rough Riders St. Patrick’s Night Parade, you’ll easily find something to do. We also have ideas for family-friendly outings in our roundup.

Hi again. Did the description of dozens of parties make you retreat within your own solitude? We get it. Not everyone wants to be out and about on such an evening, for both safety and sanity.

But you can still be festive. For those of you who elect to stay in, here are a few ways to be on-theme.

Feast

March 17 is a great night to eat in. Your menu can include corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, stews of all kinds, apple tarts and beer-infused desserts. We’re also not above a drive-through Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s. Note for your partying friends: The Irish love something called a "crisp sandwich" to treat a hangover, which is basically buttered white bread around potato chips. Yeah, that’ll do it.

Watch

Plenty of quality works of cinema have come out of Ireland. Cue up a viewing of Once, Brooklyn or Circle of Friends. And hit your favorite streaming service for a holiday-themed episode from 30 Rock to How I Met Your Mother to Cheers. In particular, watch The Office episode in which the CEO of Dunder Mifflin makes the whole office stay late on the holiday and Michael Scott schemes to get them free.

Drink

Enjoy libations in the safety of your home. Guinness, that quintessential Irish brew, estimates 10 million glasses a day go down the hatch around the world. The brewer recommends Guinness be served at a temperature of 42.8 degrees, so give it a ride in the fridge. According to Guinness: "At home, you should let the can chill for at least three hours before pouring the contents of the can into a large glass in one smooth action." Smooth, indeed. And click here for a guide to Irish whiskeys if you want to branch out.

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