The Ann Arbor area is a mouthwatering destination and foodies frequently flock to the area for some of the best dining options in the Midwest. Below are five – out of the many – places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Ann Arbor area.
Arbor Brewing, Ypsilanti – Play a board game, use the free Wi-Fi and enjoy the ‘Michael Faricy’s Irish Stout’. This Irish stout won Gold in 1998 at the World Beer Championships and is a favorite among the patrons. The beer is full-flavored with a dark coffee-like appearance, yet is highly drinkable without being too dry or thick. Arbor Brewing is located one block north of historic Depot Town in Ypsilanti.
The Blue Leprechaun, Ann Arbor – This Irish pub features daily drink specials on top of great Happy Hour deals. The ‘Lep’, as locals call the pub, is a great place to cheer the Wolverines on while watching one of 28 TV’s. With delicious Irish-themed menu items like ‘The Blue Leprechaun Hat Trick’, ‘Irish Country Chicken Sandwich’, ‘The Dublin Club’, ‘Shamrock Burger’, ‘Irish Boiled Dinner’, you’re certain to find something you love. The Blue Leprechaun is located at the heart of the University of Michigan’s campus just a short distance from the Big House.
Cleary’s Pub, Chelsea – Cleary’s is a traditional neighborhood pub featuring a turn-of-the-century original tin ceiling and exposed brick walls. The pub offers great food and great service. Try the ‘Fish and Chips’ which includes three pieces of lightly dusted pollock fried to a golden brown. The entrée is served with fries and homemade coleslaw. Also consider the delicious ‘Corned Beef and Cheddar’ sandwich with grilled house-made corned beef topped with melted cheddar cheese and wasabi sauce on a grilled pretzel roll with a layer of coleslaw.
Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Ann Arbor – Did you know Conor O’Neill’s was built with imported wood and stone imported from Ireland? Conor O’Neills is located in downtown Ann Arbor on Main Street. The pub serves authentic Irish food and has a vast selection of imported beers and spirits. One of their house specials is the ‘Irish Boxty’, a traditional potato pancake cooked on the griddle and stuffed with sautéed vegetables and a hint of basil, drizzled with pesto mayo and served with a side house salad. Every Sunday at 7:30 the pub has live music featuring a traditional Irish session.
Sidetrack Bar & Grill, Ypsilanti – Sidetrack Bar & Grill is a lively railroad-themed bar and grill with an award-winning burger and a wide variety of local and imported craft beer. Try the ‘Irish Pub Egg Rolls’, ‘Shepherds Pie’ or ‘Fish and Chips’. For something a bit more non-traditional, try the ‘Guiness Float’ featuring a fresh pint of Guiness with Guernsey vanilla ice cream.
This is just a small sample of the many places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Ann Arbor area. What do you have planned?