Where to wear your green

Worth noting: In the Ireland the holiday is a solemn occasion while in other countries with large Irish and Irish-decended populations, it’s a time of revelry and excess. Here’s where you can tip back a pint o’ Guinness, sing a round of “Danny Boy” and dance your best jig:

• Really looking to get into the Irish spirit? Jack Of The Wood Pub (95 Patton Ave., Asheville, 252-5445) has been counting down not just the days, but the hours, minutes and seconds until it’s celebration gets underway. “Starting at noon, live Celtic music all day & followed by traditional Irish group The Red Wellies (pictured) at 8 p.m. for a $7 cover. Terrific Irish food and drink specials,” reveals the Web site. Also look for the launch of Greenman brewing’s new stout.

• O’Malley’s On Main (172 North Main St., Waynesville, 246-0898) also goes all out for the occasion with The New Celtic Knot Band performing Scottish, Celtic and folk tunes from 4-8 p.m., followed by Irish karaoke.

• Craggie Brewing Company (197 Hilliard Ave., Asheville,  254-0360) hosts a St. Patty’s Day celebration with Lew Gelfond and Roger Gold (a.k.a. The Jig Is Up) on Irish fiddle and guitar, and the unveiling of Meet Your Maker barleywine. 4 p.m.-midnight.

• Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782) promises an all day St. Paddy’s party.

Flat Rock Wine Shop (2702 Greenville Hwy., Suite C, Singleton Ctr., Flat Rock, 697-6828) offers a special St. Patrick’s Day Menu (Beer and Chedder Soup, Guiness Stew and Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse Pie among other options). Festivities start at 5 p.m., Irish music by Heath Patrick during dinner followed by an open mic jam at 9:30 p.m.

• The New French Bar Courtyard Cafe bucks tradition with a St. Patrick’s Day DJ dance night, kicking off at 5 p.m.

• Fairview Tavern (831 Fairview Rd., Asheville, 277-7117) welcomes Florida-based blues act Damon Fowler Group who open for George Thorogood at The Orange Peel the following night.

• Tallgary’s College Street Pub (4 College St., Asheville, ) holds its own St. Patrick’s Day party with Celtic rockers Pipapelli. 8 p.m.

• Stella Blue (31 Patton Ave., Asheville, 236-2424) throws a party with roots, acoustic acts Baby Cowboy and Lyndsay Wojcik. 9 p.m. 

• The Emerald Lounge (112 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, 232-4372) celebration features The Trainwreks playing rock, country and blues. 10 p.m.

—Alli Marshall


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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