Five places to drink (and eat!) the color of the Irish
It's not St. Paddy's Day without some corned beef and cabbage and a green drink in hand. Whether you're craving a whiskey-spiked soda, a green Jell-O shot or a good old-fashioned Guinness, here are five places to get your St. Patrick's Day party on.
The Stuffed Olive
This new Court Ave. cocktail house is shaking things up this St. Paddy's Day with $5 greentinis, green mimosas and $1 Jell-O shots from noon until 2 a.m. What's in the mysterious jade martini, you ask? Think vodka mixed with sweet pineapple juice and melon liqueur. Pair the pretty drink with a plate of FREE corned beef and cabbage for a day filled with everything stereotypically Irish.
Find it: 208 Third St.
Hours: 4 p.m. - midnight Monday - Thursday, 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday - Saturday
Info: 515-243-4456, thestuffedolive.com/dsm
Sully's Irish Pub
Old-timer Sully's kicks off its St. Patrick's Day celebration wee early in the morning — 6 a.m. to be exact — with corned beef and cabbage and hot green eggs and ham. (Yes, I will eat them in a bar, Sam-I-Am). Start with a $3 pint of Smithwicks before moving on to two michievious green shots: the Leprechaun Kiss or Leprechaun Piss. At 3 p.m., raise a (shot) glass under the heated tent to The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, who will be performing with bagpipes and drums.
Find it: 110 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
Hours: 3 p.m. - 2 a.m. Monday - Thursday, Friday and Sunday noon - 2 a.m., 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday
Mickey's Irish Pub
Located on the corner of Third St. and Court Ave., Mickey's will once again host "Iowa's Biggest St. Patty's Day Block Party." Get there by noon for a prime spot. $10 gets you in the door while their signature green beer keeps you there to stay. Looking for something more low-key but still craving great Irish food? Head over to Mickey's in Waukee for some Taytos and dip ― authentic Irish kettle chips draped in your choice of chipotle ranch, spicy queso or spinach artichoke dip ($8.95). Another Irish dish worth trying: the St. Paddy's Melt ($8.45), of course.
Find it: 206 Third Street
Hours: 3 p.m. - 2 a.m. Monday - Sunday
One of the best spots for a St. Patrick's Day brunch and brew: the Royal Mile. Choose from signature Irish dishes such as Shepherd's Pie ($10.95), Steak and Guinness Pie ($9.95) or the Breakfast Pasty (8.99). Other notable dishes include Royal Breakfast ($6.99), Biscuits and Gravy with Guinness seared potatoes ($7.99) and the Steak and Egg Pie ($10.99).
Find it: 210 Fourth St.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. Sunday.
Brunch hours: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
Limey's Pub and Grub
The neighborhood British pub is pulling out all the stops for their 20th Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, from cool green cocktails to a breakfast buffet. Swig from a $3 cold pint of green beer or go big with a $7 pitcher. Settle into the festivities before ordering something a little more adventurous such as an adult take on the Shamrock Shake or the Shamrock Martini (Svedka Vanilla Vodka, Bailey's and green creme de menthe). Throw all your remaining coins in for the $5 Pot 'O Gold (UV Apple Vodka and lemonade).
Find it: 1970 Grand Ave., Ste. 29, West Des Moines
Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. Saturday - Sunday