Gables Bites: St. Patrick’s Day on the Mile


By Riki Altman

Did you know St. Patrick wasn’t even born in Ireland and that the shamrock has only three instead of four clovers? Maybe Irish trivia isn’t your strong suit, but there’s one thing you should know for sure: The obvious destination for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration on The Mile is John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. This year locals and visitors will have more reasons to join in the fun than in years prior. Since the holiday falls on a Sunday, the folks at John Martin’s decided to extend their celebration into a three-day event.

Friday from 5 p.m. until goodness knows when, the corner of Salzedo and Aragon will be blocked off so guests can enjoy performances by two live bands. One band is Deck 52, a group of Miami-bred classic rockers, while the other, U2 by UV does—you guessed it—performances of U2’s greatest hits. Expect lots of cold beer, too.  Stop by on Saturday from 6 p.m. on for a prix-fixe traditional Irish meal and live entertainment by Paddy Kelleghan. Sunday, the official holiday, John Martin’s will start the celebration early—at 10 a.m.—with a breakfast buffet and bagpiper. Enjoy the eats and sounds until 2 p.m.

As for the dress code, we suggest you wear something green. You don’t want to risk getting pinched!


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