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Readers' Choice: Best Place to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Where will you be to celebrating all things green on Saturday, March 17?

Whether you're digging into some corned beef and cabbage and maybe shepherd's pie, or washing it down with a Guinness or possibly green beer, St. Patrick's Day is always cause for celebration. And with the holiday landing on a Saturday this year, the green good times are likely to be especially enthusiastic.

Since the ninth century, the Irish have been celebrating the feast of St. Patrick and today, 18 of the largest 20 St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world are celebrated in the United States.

We’ll have no parades in Midtown (the 130th annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade will be in downtown), but there will be plenty opportunities to get your green on this holiday. And that brings us to this week’s Readers’ Choice poll as we’re asking Midtown Patch readers where's the best place to locally celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

Is it at Meehan’s Public House in Atlantic Station where Better Than Ezra will headline the ShamRock the Station event? Or maybe the place to be is at Park Tavern for "a full day of RIDICULOUS St. Patrick’s Day nonsense" at LEPRE*CON 2012?

And from celebrations at West Midtown Corner Tavern, where Everybody's Irish, to the St. Patrick's Day Bash at Deadwood Saloon, there will be plenty of "Erin go Bragh" and "would you like some of me lucky charms" slurred at Midtown watering holes this weekend.

And of course there's Ri Ra, Midtown's only Irish pub, which will be open at 6 a.m. serving a traditional Irish breakfast. Irish Baladeer Kathleen Donahue will perform and the outdoor party begins at 2 p.m.

So where’s the best Midtown spot to get pinched, kissed and celebrate all things Irish this year?

Here are our picks, but as always, if we've left one off that you feel should be included, please let us know in the comments and we'll add it.

Meehan's Public House

Ri Ra Irish Pub

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. Ties will be broken by whichever business has the most positive comments in the section below. We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

Mark Toro March 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM
5 live bands, beginning at noon, for ten bucks?!??!? ShamRock the Station. It's a no brainer.
DZ March 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Better Then Ezra + Green Beer = Atlantic Station!
Pilar Tyson March 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
The Park Tavern & A Social Mess Bring Lepre*Con to Piedmont Park this Sat. With several bands, St. Patty's shenanigans, and all the Lads & Lassie's showing off their Shamrocks! Don't Miss Out!
CT March 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
ShamRock the Station...duh!
N S March 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Park Tavern!!
Tammy March 12, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I can't wait to see 21 year old women throwing up green beer and then falling down. Good times!
Liz Gillespie March 12, 2012 at 02:33 PM
ShamRock the Station - Music, Beer, FIREWORKS! it's going to be awesome!
Heather Garrett March 12, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Shamrock the station in Atlantic Station!!!
Tom March 12, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Park tabern! 6000 people, bands, djs, an adult spring break stage for spring break games and wet Tshirt contest? ! Done.
Brittany March 12, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Park Tavern!
Abby Gerardo March 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Park tavern!
Johnathan Rice Headley March 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
there is a rare sight that happens at the park tavern after the festivals they throw, scientists have been studying this for years but have never actually been able to get their hands on one of these specimens. as the night winds down and the partying is coming to an end at park tavern, this miraculous sight occurs when hungover and confused party-goers wander out of the back field behind the tent where they were left to sleep off their drunkenness from not so loyal friends. their wandering is followed by screams of "where am i" and "i have to go to the bathroom" when the venue is already closed. The hard working employees are leaving for the night and notice these wanderers and wonder how they will leave when all the doors are chained and locked. it's a beautiful site.
Alvin March 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM
The problem with Park Tacern is; No parking No bathrooms Food sux Girls are fugly
Johnathan Rice Headley March 13, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Alvin, first of all, you can't spell. second of all, the wait staff there is smokin hot. they have a million port-a-poties when they do festivals. . .literally. . .MILLIONS. and there is parking for 5 - 10 dollars max for festivals. so if you can't afford to park then dont even bother goin if you're "ballin on a budget" cause you won't be able to keep up with me and pretty much everyone else going. maybe thats why all the girls you're able to talk to actually talk to are ugly
Hoff March 13, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Prarcjk ThAVernnmm!!!Q!1 THeirre beere wworkks realllll goooooooddd
Hoff March 13, 2012 at 05:01 AM
nnnd Alvin isa chipmunkss name
Jonathan March 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Atlanta Bar Tours isback at it again with...2nd Annual Green Mile St. Paddy’s Pub crawl Registration at Ri Ra Irish Pub from 7-11PM on Friday night. Event includes 6 hosted St. Paddy’s themed drinks/shots, admission in all venues, food/drink specials, a raffle, costume contest and more!! Participating bars: Ri Ra, Front Page News, Flip Flops, Cosmo Lava, Opera, Sutra, and Deadwood Saloon. Walk the Green Mile aka 3-4 blocks to 7 bars in Midtown in GREEN and enjoy a complementary Paddy’s day themed drink or shot at each bar. After party at Cosmo Lava with Green costume contest at midnight the start of St. Patrick's Day!! www.AtlantaBarTours.com for more info and tickets

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