Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Nonstop parties this weekend

Rich and Bennett's bar crawl
Come be part of the biggest pub crawl in the United States. Rich and Bennett are hosting their 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl and every year the group of crawlers gets bigger. This year they’re expecting between 2,500 and 3,200 people. If you register Thursday at Buckhead Saloon (6-8 p.m.), it’s only $20, otherwise it’s $25 online ( and $30 the day of. The crawl starts at Dixie's Tavern for a 1-2:45 p.m. registration. 301 E. 7th St. Want to win tickets? Check out my Paid to Party column Friday online and in the Observer to see how.

Galway Hooker Irish Pub

The Hook is THE place to party on St. Patrick's Day. This year, the bar is opening at 8 a.m. Monday with "Guinness Breakfast" and will stay open the rest of the day serving lunch and drink specials ($5 cover). Irish dancers and bagpipes will also be on hand. If you're a serious partyer, buy a ticket ($75) to the VIP party upstairs. The party starts at 4 p.m. and features an open bar and all-you-can-eat buffet. And just when you think you can't eat anymore, the breakfast buffet starts at midnight. For tickets, call Kelly Martin at 704-995-2742.

Irish flu bar crawl

Cough, cough. I think I'm coming down with something. Hey boss? I'm gonna need to take Monday off, I have the Irish flu.

Are you suffering the same symptoms? Take a half-day at work and come get your flu shot on the Irish Flu Bar Crawl on Monday. The party starts at 3 p.m. at Stool Pigeons. It's free for the ladies and only $5 for the guys. or

Ri Ra Irish Pub

Ri Ra will open early Saturday at 9 a.m. Come party before or after the parade uptown. Brunch will be served until 11:30. The bar will also have Irish dancers, bagpipers and live music. Starting at 10:30 p.m., Crash Box will play.

Connolly's Irish Pub

Connolly's is hosting its annual parking lot party. Celebrate with the Irish under a heated tent with a live band, food and drink specials. Doors open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Monday.

Dixie's Sham Rock 'n' Roll

It's the first stop on Rich and Bennett's crawl, but the party will keep going long after the crawlers have moved on to the next bar. Doors open at noon. US2, a U2 tribute band, will perform. The bar will also have games, giveaways and of course, green beer. Advance tickets available at

NV Lounge

Don't be green with Envy, come be "GREEN @ NV." DJ Supa Dave will be playing all of today's top 40 hits in the main room, and DJ Chris Bond will be spinning in SideBar accepting requests. Doors open at 9 p.m. Ladies in free before 11.

Table Restaurant

Looking for something more upscale? Try the Irish Beer Dinner at Table Restaurant in Ballantyne. Executive chef Gene Briggs will prepare a five-course meal paired with fine Irish beers. Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. dinner on March 20 are $59 a person.

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