Party at Mullaney’s and Other Irish Establishments; Wild Geese at HRC (3/14/20)

Stained glass window depiction of Saint Patrick in Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Junction City, Ohio. (photo: Nheyob and Wikipedia)

Stained glass window depiction of Saint Patrick in Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Junction City, Ohio. (photo: Nheyob and Wikipedia)

The City of Pittsburgh has canceled the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Due to the threat of Coronavirus. 

Parade Day Bar Happenings

1) The day and eve of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade make a good time to have a taste of Ireland’s native waters. (Guinness, Harp, and Murphy’s brews are some good ones as are Tullamore D.E.W. and Jameson Irish whiskies.) Have an old Irish toast, such as “May you be in heaven a full half hour before the devil knows you’re dead,” in any of several happenin’ Irish pubs including Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, McArdle’s, Murphy’s Taproom, McFadden’s, Mullen’s, and Riley’s Pour House. For those who don’t imbibe or are designated drivers (thank you!), enjoy a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, a soft drink, or a cup o’ hot tea. (RH)

2) One of the most popular spots to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Day is Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle. The pub will open at 8 a.m. and serve a parade day breakfast. With a tent connected to the pub, the celebration space is doubled. Irish bands and performers hold court all day and night in both spaces beginning at noon and going until about 1 a.m. Mullaney’s will be featuring the top bands on the Pittsburgh Irish music scene including: Donnie Irish Band, Whiskey LimerickTullycavy, Skipper O’Johnson Band, Mark Guiser, and Guaranteed Irish. Mullaney’s will also feature a big party on the actual St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with the tent remaining and live music in both spaces. Lineup to be announced soon. 2329 Penn Ave., Strip District. (RH)

3) Normally wild geese congregate on the great lawn on the North Shore, but today the band The Wild Geese, who play idyllic, mostly acoustic Irish music, will perform on the South Shore at  Hard Rock Cafe for a post parade party. Many people will flock there. 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. 230 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square. (CM, RH)

4) The Silencers were mainstays at local venues such as the Decade Lounge in the early ’80s. (The Decade, which closed in 1995, sat at the corner of Atwood and Sennott, where Garage Door Saloon is now.) Their music video for the medley “Peter Gunn Theme/Remote Control/Illegal” premiered on MTV’s first day. The Silencers’ albums, 1980’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Enforcers and 1981’s Romanic, sound as great today as they did back then. See them, with original singer Frank Czuri, at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. Spinning Jenny, from Mingo Junction, Ohio, opens. 8 p.m. 285 Northgate Dr., Warrendale. (CM)

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