SNJ Today - Grapevine_March 15 2017

St. Patty’s Day On Tap

Cierra Lewis 2017-03-14 03:34:02

It’s that time of year again, but forget the green shakes and Irish potatoes—for many, the best part of St. Patrick’s Day are the drinks. According to Wallethub.com, St. Patty’s Day ranks fourth among popular drinking holidays. The average St. Patrick’s Day partier will spend nearly $40 on drinks alone. Instead of jetting off across the Ben Franklin bridge, you might consider these local bars and breweries that have planned their own celebrations and specials for the upcoming holiday. Local chain restaurant Bennigan’s, located at 2196 Landis Avenue in Vineland, plans on throwing its annual St. Patrick’s Day party. According to long-term employee and Vineland native, Tariq Birch, “We actually have a timer that counts down until St. Patrick’s Day.” The party will begin at 11 a.m. Friday morning, March 17, and conclude at 2 a.m. Saturday morning. People throughout the county travel to attend the event. “We get a decent turnout, I think, because we have one of the nicer bars in town, and people do come out for St. Patrick’s Day,” said Birch. The party will take place both indoors and outdoors and will feature a performance by local band Eleven Eleven. Drink specials ranging from $6 to $7 will be on tap throughout the celebration. Lucky Lemonade—made with Sprite, lemon vodka, Minute Maid Lemon Sour, and decorated with an apple slice—is the bar’s signature drink for St. Patty’s day. Although Bennigan’s has other drink specials during holidays and special events, nothing compares to St. Patrick’s Day. Other local bars and restaurants kicking off the lucky holiday include Kavanagh’s Irish Pub and Grille, Old Oar House Irish Pub, and Glasstown Brewing Company. Kavanagh’s Irish Pub and Grille, located at 326 Old Dutch Mill Road in Malaga, plans to have a celebration with a DJ playing from its opening at 11 a.m. until its closing at 2 a.m. The restaurant will launch its celebration with an Irish toast, followed by a night full of music, giveaways, dancing, and drinks. Drink specials include reduced prices for Irish beer and whiskeys. Manager Melissa Branco says that the holiday is the business’ biggest day of the year and takes nearly a year to organize. At Millville’s Old Oar House Irish Pub, at 123 N. High Street, they certainly are in the Irish spirit with their specialty holiday cocktails, such as its Shamrock Shake, Irish Potato drink, and Irish Honeycomb. For those who don’t enjoy bar scenes, Glasstown Brewing Company, located at 10 Peterson St. in Millville will be debuting a new beer inspired by the holiday. More information on these establishments can be found on their websites at: bennigans.com, facebook.com/Kavanaghs- Irish-Pub-and-Grille-470183805293, oldoarhouse.com, and glasstownbrewingcompany.Com. One thing to remember this holiday is to drink responsibly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a. m. March 18) from 2011 through 2015, there were 252 fatal auto accidents involving drunk drivers. To keep the roads safe, plan a safe way home (e.g. designate a sober driver) before the festivities begin. Eight Irish Stouts Cape May Brewing Company is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day Paddy on Friday, March 17. The fun begins at 2 p.m. in the brewery's Tasting Room, located at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport. Attendees will have an astounding eight Irish stouts to choose from. WZXL DJ Scott Reilly will be on hand live from 5 to 7 p.m. capemaybrewery.Com or 609-849-9933.

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