By Gary Nager
I may not be Irish, but I do have green eyes, so I’m excited about two upcoming local events for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Yes, the day for the “Wearin’ o’ the Green” is actually Sunday, March 17, but in this space I’ll tell you about some local hangouts that aren’t waiting until Sunday to begin the festivities.
I’ll also tell you about two local car services who can get you home safely.
Great Food At Winners For St. Patrick’s Weekend!
Right here in the Wesley Chapel Village Market (Bruce B. Downs Blvd. at S.R. 54), our buddy Gerry Malynowsky at Winners Grill promises outstanding Irish cuisine all “St. Patty’s Weekend,” Fri.-Sun., March 15-17.
Winners will have great prices on truly delicious, traditional Irish corned beef & cabbage, Guinness hot dogs, Irish corned beef tacos, authentic Colcannon potatoes, Shepherd’s pie (photo) and corned beef Reuben sandwiches. There also will be plenty of green beer and other special drinks.
For more info, call 973-7474 or visit Winners at 5429 Village Market.
All-Weekend Bash At Mulligans At Pebble Creek Golf Club
St. Patty’s Day will be a family-friendly two-day celebration for the Irish and “wanna-be Irish” when St. Patrick’s Days arrive at Mulligans Irish Pub, located at the Pebble Creek Golf Club (PCGC), on Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17. Green beer will be flowing and there will be lots of great Irish eats, including corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish & chips and more, plus $5 Guinness pints, prizes, and live bands.
On Saturday, PCGC will host a St. Patty’s Golf Tournament, followed by live music in the evening. Then, there’ll be more contemporary and Irish bands (including a bagpipe player), plus an Irish buffet at Mulligans’ all-day Sunday St. Pat’s Bash, which will begin at noon and will stay hopping late.
More than 1,000 people attended last year’s Bash, which will spread from the pub and banquet room to the outdoor veranda and oak-shaded courtyard overlooking the Pebble Creek Golf Course, so this year’s 7th Annual BASH is sure to be a blast! There is no cover on Saturday and just a $5 cover on Sunday, although kids under 12 will be admitted free and there will be free parking, too.
Mulligans Irish Pub is located at 10550 Regents Park Dr., off Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., opposite Wal-Mart. For info, call 973-3870, x225.
St. Patrick’s Weekend Extended To Fri. At PJ Dolan’s!
Meanwhile, a few miles south of Mulligans, PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub & Grill, located on E. Bearss Ave. (just west of BBD), will begin celebrating St. Patty’s Day on Friday, March 15, and the festivities will continue all day Sat.-Sun..
The fun begins at 3 p.m. Friday, with green beer, corned beef & cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, fish & chips, bangers & mash and Guinness brats. There also will be karaoke on Friday night, 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m., when you can sing everything from “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” to your favorite U2 song with no cover charge.
Then, a full Irish breakfast will be served Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. On Saturday night, Funkin’8 will play live, beginning at 8 p.m., and there will be a $5 cover charge beginning at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, breakfast will be served 8 a.m.-noon and the celebration will resume at 3 p.m., with a $5 cover, unless you bring in the ad on page 52 of this issue, which will allow you free admission for you and a guest. There will be great free door prizes throughout the night and a great time is virtually guaranteed for all.
For more info, call PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub & Grille (2836 E. Bearss Ave., in the Palms Connection plaza) at 374-2338 or visit PJDolans.com.l
Get Me Home Safely!
Of course, local law enforcement will be out in force all weekend, so if you can’t drink responsibly or designate a driver over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I suggest calling either of the car services that advertises in this publication to get you home safely.
Don’t take unnecessary risks. Instead, call my buddies Ace Jenkins at Ace in the Hole Car Service (810-5446) or Jay at Glow Wheels (966-1530) and tell them the New Tampa Neighborhood News sent you!