Area bars go green this weekend for St. Patrick's Day

Tunica’s Fitzgerald’s Casino is not the only place where Mid-Southerners can get a bit of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here is a rundown of other noteworthy commemorations:

Cooper-Young’s Celtic Crossing (903 S. Cooper, 901-274-5151) kicked off their four-day celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday with their annual Irish beer dinner. Festivities continue Friday when the bar hosts a fundraiser for the YMCA’s “We Build People” campaign from 5 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, ’80s cover band Walrus performs at 9 p.m. Cover is $5.

Then on Sunday, the party starts early with Reel McCoy playing the patio bar at 11 a.m. followed by Celtic Crossroads at 4 p.m. and Kings of the Delta at 8 p.m. There will also be music in a special party tent beginning at 1 p.m. with Jason Evans and Tony Boyd, the Bluff City Backsliders at 5 p.m., and Craig Davis and Chris Johnson at 9 p.m. Cover is $10. For more information, visit

Memphis’ two Dan McGuiness Pubs, which are run by the same people who operate the TJ Mulligans and TJ Pubs bars in town, will also be partying all weekend, with drinks and authentic Irish food specials Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

At the East Memphis location at 4698 Spottswood, entertainment includes the East Memphis Trio Friday night, Basket Case and Six Sting Lovers on Saturday, and Nuttin’ Fancy and Charvey McLemore on Sunday. Call 901-761-3711 for times and cover charge.

At the Southaven location, 3964 Goodman Road No. 117, music will be provided by the 5th Kind on Friday, Aquanet on Saturday, and Twin Soul on Sunday. Call 662-890-7611 for times and cover charges.

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One of the area’s newer Irish-themed bars, the Dublin House just west of Overton Square at 2012 Madison, marks its third St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday with live music by the Super 5 from 3 to 7 p.m. The bar will also be serving samples of new brews as well as holding hourly Irish whiskey tastings. Cover is $5. Call 901-278-0048.

Arguably Memphis’ oldest St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Midtown’s Murphy’s (1589 Madison, 901-726-4193) marks it 37th anniversary on Sunday. This year’s event follows tradition with Memphis’ unofficial ambassador to Ireland Silky “O’Sullivan” Sullivan and his group of indignant dignitaries the Irish Eyes of Memphis performing the ritual blessing of the kegs at 3 p.m.

Live music kicks off at 2 p.m. with new acts, roughly, on the hour. The lineup, tentatively in order of appearance, includes: “Delta” Joe Sanders, Bottom O’ the Bottle, Big Betsy, the Rough Hearts, Big E & the Mississippi Boys, Objectum Sexuals, Special Victims Unit, and Special Shoes. Admission is free.

Having recently spun off two of its stores into TJ’s Pubs, the once ubiquitous TJ Mulligans franchise will be concentrating its St. Patrick’s Day festivities among three locations. TJ Mulligans in the Pinch Downtown (362 North Main, 901-523-1453) Cordova (2821 North Houston Levee Road, 901-377-9997), and at 6635 Quince Road (901-753-8056) will each offer Irish food and drink specials — including green beer — all weekend. Also, there will be crawfish boils at the Downtown Mulligans Saturday afternoon and at Cordova on Sunday.

A to-be-determined cover charge gets you a wristband good for admission into any TJ Mulligans on all three days. In Cordova, the music includes the Super 5 on Friday, Twin Soul and the Wolf River Rednecks on Saturday, and the Mudflap Kings and Y’ Alternative on Sunday. Downtown has Trunk Monkeys on Friday; the Po’boys, Marie Mann, and 3 Way on Saturday, and Memphis Yahoos, No Hit Wonder, and authentic bagpipers on Sunday. And the Houston Levee Mulligan’s will have White Noise Theory on Friday, Adrenalin, and the Mudflap Kings on Saturday, and 240 Loop and the Wolf River Rednecks on Sunday.

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