And so, on St. Patricks Day, when most of us havent been depriving ourselves at all, let us celebrate the man by driving out our hunger and sobriety, even if we havent been particularly hungry or sober. And well wear some green. I mean, why not?
You could make your devotion known at any old watering hole or restaurant, but why not keep to the spirit of the day and get a wee nip and a belly full of stew at one of Oklahoma Citys dedicated Irish restaurants?
Probably the best known is James E. McNellies Public House, or simply McNellies, as the brosephs call it. Youll find this hub nestled in Midtown at 1100 Classen Drive.
With 350-plus beers on the menu, theres a reason its popular with the aforementioned bro-dawgs, and theyre sure to enjoy the big block party it throws annually.
right Irish beers at Sean Cummings' Irish Restaurant & Pub
We dont do green beer or green food because there are just too many people to serve, said McNellies General Manager Joe Wolf. We expect between 3,000 and 4,000 people in here between 10 a.m. and 1 a.m.
If throngs of partying people dancing to a DJ or enduring bagpipers arent your things, McNellies is glad to offer up a quieter celebration year-round. The menu has shepherds pie and potato-leek soup daily, but the real winner is the Reuben. Wolf said McNellies cures its own corned beef in-house.
Plenty of Guinness will be flowing at Sean Cummings Irish Restaurant & Pub, 7523 N. May, on St. Patricks Day, said owner Sean Cummings. The crowds swell come March 17, and pack a powerful thirst.
We go from serving about 100 a night to 800 in a full day, said Cummings. Well probably go through about 15 kegs of Guinness, all told.
There will be six bands playing throughout the day and plenty of fun to be had, but no green beer here, either, he said.
My parents are from Ireland, Cummings said. We try to keep it pretty traditional.
And this year theyre starting a new tradition: the St. Paddys Race at Lake Hefner. This 8K event starts early 10:15 a.m., so no pre-partying the night before with costumes and prizes. More information is online at stpaddysrace.com.
Over at Saints, 1715 N.W. 16th in the Plaza District, owner Patrick Ireland said theyll have a party, but added that every day is St. Patricks Day here.
If you want a shepherds pie made with the traditional lamb or some of our baked courgettes, you can get them here, whether its March or December or any other month, he said.
One addition for the party will be Wayne The Flyin Fiddler Cantwell, playing with Ian Bittle, Michelen Cyphers and Bill Swift from 7 to 11 p.m.
So if youre Irish, or youve got a friend whos Irish, or you just enjoy the fresh, clean scent of Irish Spring, there are plenty of places to go for your corned beef and cabbage and to wear your shamrock-on-the-ass jeans.
Or if its all too much for you, wait a week and go back. Theyll still serve you Irish food, Irish beer and Irish whiskey, just with fewer people trying to pinch you.
Photos by Shannon Cornman