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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17

Michael DelGuidice and his band Big Shot will

Michael DelGuidice and his band Big Shot will be performing at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh on March 17, 2014. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Despite the fact that Halloween, New Year’s Eve and the night before Thanksgiving bring big business to pubs and clubs, St. Patrick’s Day still inspires taverns like no other occasion – generating dozens of all-day bashes featuring music, entertainment and drink specials, with everything dressed in heavy green decor and fueled by lots of corned beef and cabbage.

Rarely are these festivities concomitant to any religious or cultural associations related to the actual Feast of Saint Patrick, but for many people – being Irish-American or otherwise – it’s a tradition to head out and party in the name of the March 17 holiday.

However, this year it lands on a Monday, creating quite a challenge for saloons to draw big crowds on what is for most people the first workday of the week. Most LI venues will likely compensate by throwing their SPD bashes between March 14-16, but a few have decided that they will be celebrating on the accurate date nonetheless, so if you have the resolve here are some spots that will be partying with both green and gusto on St. Patrick’s Day proper:

WHERE Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, 516-783-7500,

THE DEAL Opens at 11 a.m.; musician Matt Wahl plays at 2 p.m., band Big Shot at 5:30 p.m., DJ Shamrock at 8 p.m.

WHERE Nutty Irishman of Farmingdale: 323 Main St. Farmingdale, 516-293-9700,

THE DEAL “Kegs and Eggs” breakfast 7 a.m.-11 a.m. for $10 (includes a green beer and buffet); drink specials all day. Music by DJ Rumer and band Tradewinds.

WHERE Minnesota's Bar & Grill: 959 W. Beech St. Long Beach, 516-432-4080,

THE DEAL Opens at 3 p.m.; $1 Bud Light drafts from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., DJ Milli spins.

WHERE Napper Tandy’s of Miller Place: 275 Route 25A, 631-331-5454,

THE DEAL Starting after 7 p.m., live music from cover band 45rpm; buffet, step dancers, bag pipers. $15.