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St. Patrick's Day 2013: Nassau

The Billy Joel cover band Big Shot will

The Billy Joel cover band Big Shot will be performing at Mulcahy's in Wantagh on St. Patrick's Day 2013. Credit:

When it comes to taverns and bars, few happenings inspire special parties like St. Patrick’s Day.

Halloween events always do well, the evening before Thanksgiving is a draw and New Year’s Eve is always a big occasion – but the yearly arrival of March 17 is heralded by the hanging of paper green shamrocks in pub windows as early as mid-February, and the promise of enticing “SPD” (“St. Patrick’s Day”) attractions always start posting on brewhouse chalkboards, calendars and Facebook pages weeks in advance of the upcoming celebration.

Rarely do these events have any connection to the actual religious or cultural connotations of the Feast of Saint Patrick, but for Long Islanders – whether Irish-American or otherwise – heading out to party in the name of the holiday is a traditional of its own.

Virtually every establishment that serves food and drink will have something in the works for SPD, but for those looking for good times in Nassau County, here are some defined options:

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

Sunday, March 17: starts at noon; Dueling Pianos at 1 p.m., band Big Shot at 4 p.m.

WHERE McFadden’s RVC: 210 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, 516-442-2600,

Saturday, March 16: “St. Practice Day:” Wear green gear for free admission and first drink before 10 p.m.; drink specials.

March 17: breakfast buffet and unlimited draft beer from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for $20; drink specials all day.

WHERE McCann's Pub & Grill: 5590 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, 516-798-1496

March 16-17: specials on green-tinged beer, free corned beef and cabbage buffet both Saturday and Sunday plus bag pipers, raffles and giveaways.

WHERE K.J. Farrell's: 242 Pettit Ave., Bellmore, 516-804-9925,

March 17: starting after 8 p.m., live music from 80s cover band Guilty Pleasures; drink specials and free buffet.

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