10 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Kentucky

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but you might wish you were when you see how people in the Bluegrass State get their green on. From parades to pubs, you can eat, drink, and be very merry finding your way to commemorate this festive holiday. Here are the best celebrations in Kentucky! 

Shake your Shillelagh St. Patrick’s Parade, Louisville, KY

Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Louisville’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade draws over 100,000 people every year from all walks of life and cultures. Known as “The People’s Parade,” this celebration of all things Irish has been going on for nearly 50 years. The parade includes music and marching, beauties and beasts. There’s even a group of performing Elvises waiting to croon an Irish tune or two. 

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O’Shea’s Irish Pub, Louisville, KY

Celebrate every day in grand fashion, and enjoy the Blessing of the Beer on St. Patrick’s Day at O’Shea’s Irish Pub. You’ll be treated to lively conversation, great music, and bartenders who know how to pour a proper pint of ale. 

Cliffs of Moher Irish Pub, Bowling Green, KY

Cliffs of Moher Irish Pub will definitely give you more Irish than anywhere else in Bowling Green. Come sample true Irish culture and get your green on at this drinks-only bar. Try the Irish Drop Shot if you dare.

The Irish Rover, Louisville, KY

Love pub grub? Then you’ll be in heaven at the Irish Rover. Serving Scotch eggs and an Irish take on fish and chips that will make your mouth sing, you’ll also find a great selection of stouts and ales at this very comfortable local hangout. 

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Shamrock Bar & Grille, Lexington, KY

Looking for a great place to spend St. Patrick’s Day? Shamrock Bar & Grille is offering 25 days of specials in celebration of Irish culture. Check out their lunch and dinner menu all week and awesome breakfast on weekends. Everyone is family at this popular place with two locations in Lexington. 

Slainte Public House, Georgetown, KY

Be proud of your Irish heritage, and even if you’re not Irish, be proud that you have a great little pub like Slainte Public House. You can slip away from the cares of the day and enjoy a pint or two with friends. Known for a homey atmosphere and friendly bartenders, Slainte’s is the epitome of everything Irish. 

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Covington, KY

A day without Guinness is a sad day indeed. You never have to worry about the barrel running dry at Molly Malone’s, though. Join friends to celebrate your favorite day with great food, lively music, and the best bartenders in two states. 

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Paddy Wagon Irish Pub, Richmond, KY

Craving a little Irish sustenance? Slip on down to the Paddy Wagon for some serious Irish food and drink. You’ll be able to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with one of the many menu items like the Guinness BBQ Bacon Beer Cheese Burger. Try saying that when you’ve had a pint or two.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, Lexington, KY

For more than 40 years, people have been gathering to celebrate their Irish heritage and join the fun and festivities of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Lexington. Founded by the Bluegrass Irish Society, the parade has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions over the years including the Irish government-approved Irish Army Pipe Band. 

Tavern on Fourth, Louisville, KY

Tavern on Fourth is the perfect blend of tradition and fun. Located in the party district of downtown Louisville, this lively and friendly pub hosts private and public get-togethers to celebrate all kinds of events all year round. Part of the “Shake your Shillelagh” activities during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, you’ll find great bartenders, delicious food, and people who love having a good time. 

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