Somerville’s bars and restaurants are so excited for Saint Patrick’s Day that they’ve decided to celebrate almost a whole week before… and a few days after, too. The ever-popular festival of Irish pride is celebrated—as always—on March 17, but local favorites like Olde Magoun’s Saloon and Brass Union have decided to get their green on the weekend before. (After the February we’ve had, who can blame them for indulging in a little warm weather debauchery?) Below, you’ll find Scout’s Saint Patrick’s Day guide to the best restaurants, bars and events where revelers can celebrate, chow down on corned beef hash and have a pint!
Olde Magoun’s Saloon (518 Medford St.)
Start the festivities early by heading down to Olde Magoun’s Saloon, which will be hosting five full days of special Saint Patrick’s Day treats. Menu items include Irish Boiled Bacon Dinner, Corned Beef Sandwiches and Irish Guinness Stew. The menu will be available on Friday, March 13 through the following Tuesday, when local favorite Ronan Quinn will be playing live from 4-7 p.m. with no cover!
Brass Union (70 Union Sq.)
Brass Union will also be getting a jump start on the St. Patty’s festivities. The speakeasy is inviting guests to indulge in Irish-inspired eats and sips from Friday all the way through Tuesday. The menu will feature items like shredded corned beef and spuds as well as the Brass “traditional” boiled dinner: corned beef, cabbage sautéed in corned beef jus, smashed red bliss potatoes and carrots all prepared by executive Chef Jon Kopacz. Specialty Irish cocktails by beverage director Paulo Pereira include the 1661, made with sherry potin, Sandeman amontillado sherry, honey simple syrup and Combier rose liqueur. Menu pricing is a la carte.
The Independent (75 Union Sq.)
Plan on waking up early on Saint Patrick’s Day to catch The Indo’s Irish Breakfast. The newly renovated Union Square hotspot is opening its doors at 11 a.m. to dish out and shake up the best tastes of Éire. Breakfast includes a whopping two fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, Irish bacon, black and white pudding, Irish sausage, fried potatoes, Irish baked beans and Irish soda bread. Wash it all down with an Irish beer or one of the Indo’s whiskey-laced cocktails like The Brotherhood or Chicory Stout. There’s no better way to start your day.
Joe’s Liquor (166 Broadway)
East Somerville Main Streets has teamed up with Joe’s Liquor to bring you 50 Shades of Green, a free Saint Patrick’s Day liquor tasting. Not only can you try some of the finest liquors from around the world, but you can also enter a wacky Saint Patrick’s Day costume contest—so pull out your Leprechaun hat and your green Irish kilt! The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and a $5 donation is suggested for entry into the costume contest.
Irish Film Festival
Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Sq.)
If pints and corned beef aren’t your thing, make sure you check out the Irish Film Festival instead. One of the largest events of its kind outside of Ireland, this four-day festival provides exhibition, distribution and educational opportunities for Irish filmmakers. Started in 1999, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the event and will take place at The Somerville Theater. The festival starts with Best Feature “Gold” at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are around $15 per showing.