O’connell’s irish Pub & Grille
769 Asp Ave., Norman
Start your day off right with a true commitment to St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t skip the most important meal of the day on your way to the festivities. The pub opens at 7 a.m. with green eggs and ham and serves green beer in a souvenir mug all day. A local favorite for St. Pat’s festivities, O’Connell’s also has traditional food specials like fish and chips.
McNellie’s the Abner Ale House
121 E. Main St., Norman
On this holiday, everyone celebrates what the Irish have always known: Any day is good for a pint. Doors open at 10 a.m. with specials on Irish favorites Guinness Extra Stout and Smithwick’s, and it serves its full menu all day. Try the landlord’s cottage pie ($10.99) with chipped beef and vegetables in a hearty brown gravy for some sustenance. If you hanker for something slightly less heavy, potatoes are Irish, and McNellie’s turns out fresh sweet potato fries.
228 NE Second St.
There is no green beer here, and that’s a very good thing. WSKY is getting started early with green eggs and ham for breakfast and special Irish-inspired menu items throughout the day. Take this holiday to get cozy with its wide selection of Irish whiskeys and let its knowledgeable staff take you on a different kind of tour through the Emerald Isle, starting with Connemara and working through to Redbreast.
575 S. University Blvd., Norman
Blackbird offers a wide selection of warm dishes long favored in pubs, including chicken pot pie ($9), Irish bangers ($9) and a hearty Angus tenderloin tip stew ($9). It also offers some dishes that stray from traditional fare but keep with the Irish theme: pot roast sliders ($9) and pot roast nachos ($10).
Pair any of them with a frosty pint of locally brewed Irish ale from the neighboring Brewhouse (formerly Coach’s).
Saints Irish Pub
1715 NW 16th St.
The owner of Saints, with the nearly perfect name Patrick Ireland, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day year-round. On the actual day, though, he goes all out. Saints will feature Irish music and dancing on the street outside, as well as a special menu that highlights an updated take on Irish cuisine. There will be corned-beef sliders as well as Saints’ full bar menu. What you won’t find is green-tinted booze. You’re also in the right place for a signature cocktail — Irish Rickey anyone?
Sean Cummings’ irish Pub
7523 N. May Ave.
Sean Cummings’ will feature live Irish music all day, as well as a smaller menu of the superstars of Irish cuisine, including bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. Before you ask, they will serve Guinness. Lots of it. Also adhering to the adage, “We’re all Irish today,” Vito’s Ristorante next door will spread its arms wide to the hooligans that come for a pint and a jig.
3720 W. Robinson St., Norman
Pub W boasts a wide selection of gastronomical delights, and you can stick with the Irish theme of the day or order stick-to-your-ribs pub food to soak up all that beer. The hot brown ($9) has smoked turkey smothered in mashed potatoes and brown gravy. Feeling more traditional? The pot roast ($13) is simple and sublime. Pair it with the famous artichoke hearts with a balsamic bacon glaze. It also offers a broad selection of beer and whiskey.