Patch hunted around for St. Patrick's Day events in Middletown and came up with nothing, surprisingly. So we reached into our neighboring towns for some recommendations. What do you say? Got a favorite place to be on St. Pat's? Know of an Irish band? Give a shout out in the comment section below and tell everyone about it! I the meantime, check out some of our nearby picks.
Parades, rain or shine ...
2011 Keyport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 19: Beginning at 1 p.m. just next to St. Joseph's on Maple Place, this parade route stretches all the way along Maple Place, down Broad Street, turning at West Front Street and will end at Fireman's Park. Expected to top last year’s march, 2011’s parade should be an extravagant show of Irish pride.
2011 Highlands Parade Saturday March, 19: Watch for bagpipers, floats and plenty of green around 2 p.m. in Highlands. The parade will begin at Huddy Park and continue down along the waterfront.
2011 Keansburg Parade Saturday, March 26: The parade begins at 1pm featuring Irish drum and pipe bands. Parade will begin at Main and Beach streets, continuing all the way to Main Street and Raritan.
Irish pubs with great fare ...
The Dublin House 30 Monmouth St., Red Bank: Specials running every week. Irish specials that run every 2nd and 4th of the month. Menu features a “Taste of Ireland” every Monday featuring things such as Shepard’s Pie as well as a delicious Corned Beef Melt.
McDonagh’s Pub & Grill 2 West Front St., Keyport: Will be open and running all throughout the day of the parade offering Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. every weekday. Traditional Irish band Willie Lynch Trio plays at 1:30 p.m. Every Friday is Irish Beer night so don’t forget to celebrate your Irish pride here!
Maloney’s Pub & Grill 119 Main Street, Matawan: With a fine menu and really extensive beer selection, Maloney’s Pub and Grill is sure to please. They will be open and operating during the parade day. You can try 75 beers on tap, and over 400 varieties in bottles. Eventually the owner intends to rotate 160 different drafts. Corned beef and cabbage will be offered.
A little Irish song and a swig of coffee ...
Espresso Joe’s 50 West Front St., Keyport: Offering open mic night every Wednesday of the month, it is sure to please. Friday, March 18 will be St. Patrick’s Day night featuring the musical talents an Irish traditional music, ceili, with Vinny Kyne, Mary Shannon, Mike Lawrence and many more. The event begins at 7 p.m.