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Best 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Bars In Charlotte

March 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In Charlotte, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by many by participating in the legendary Charlotte’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. If bar hopping with thousands of your best friends isn’t your idea of a good time, you can park yourself at one of the Queen City’s Irish hangouts – there are plenty of options. From old school Uptown Irish spots to a Lake Norman-area pub, you can choose the best spot to show off your green. Get there early before the crowds make seating difficult. CBS has visited some of these spots before but it’s time to add some new options to the list.
Ri Ra Irish Pub
208 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-5554

What better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in a bar exported from Dublin and under the watchful eye of St. Patrick himself? Amongst the Irish memorabilia populating the two-story pub is a sculpture of the saint, said to be over one hundred years old. Whether you want to celebrate with an Irish coffee, one of 16 draft beers or one of the close to one hundred bottled beers, you can happily raise a pint. Ri Ra also has a full menu, complete with comforting Guinness stew and shepherd’s pie.

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub
201 E. 5th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 900-8088

Fitzgerald’s is a great place to enjoy a brew and watch the game. The bar is lined with big screen televisions and it has a serious fan base. Fitzgerald’s offers a $5 baby Guinness, which provides a great beverage to toast the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. There are daily specials available for food and drink. To offset the high cost of parking Uptown, this spot offers parking validation at the nearby Wake Forest garage.

Galway Hooker
17044 Kenton Drive
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 895-1782

Just 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, on the shores of Lake Norman, is a pub that was transported from Ireland and rebuilt in North Carolina. Fresh, locally sourced items are turned into traditional Irish fare created by a Johnson and Wales-trained chef. For food, go with the corned beef and cabbage or bangers and mash and at the bar, order the phenomenal Black and Tan or one of the many beers. It’s worth the trip.

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Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill
366 N. Caswell Road
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 375-0218

Live music, an outdoor patio and daily specials are all part of the everyday thrills of Kennedy’s. And on Saint Patrick’s Day, it’s the place to celebrate in Elizabeth. Expect all kinds of shenanigans as this bar celebrates the green. Kennedy’s great beer selection and food choices pay homage to its Irish (and New York) roots.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Various locations
Charlotte, NC

Date: March 14, 15 and 17, 2014

Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14, Charlotte’s annual St. Pat’s Day pub crawl begins uptown. The celebration continues on Saturday, March 15 at noon and resumes again Monday, March 17 at 5 p.m. Your entry to the crawl is only $2 for the three-day pass. You can plant yourself in one pub or make the rounds. The bars and details on the crawl are released only after you purchase your pass. Whatever you choose, it’s a great way to celebrate the wearing of the green.

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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on

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