This year there are some new spots to check out. EagleMonk Pub and Brewery in Delta Township offers a variety of craft beers, as well as homemade wines, sodas and specialty pizzas. Bar 30 in Lansing Township will be keeping people hopping just north of the Eastwood Towne Center, while BAD Brewing Co. will be celebrating suds down in Mason. It may not be new, but downtown Lansing's Midtown Beer Co. (formerly MBC Lansing) has a new name and a new tap list of Michigan beers, and if you have a craving for imported brews, head to Crunchy’s or Beggar’s Banquet in East Lansing or REO Town Pub in Lansing.
If you need to take a break from all the mayhem, check out the Broad Art Museum and their Student Performance Series as they activate a student-designed Rube Goldberg machine, a chain reaction art piece set to the tunes of a vibraphone (alas, not bagpipes). There’s also a St. Patty’s Day parade in Grand Ledge and even an opportunity to be charitable with the Michigan State University Tower Guard’s annual 5K Shamrock Run-Walk-Roll on March 16, which benefits students with disabilities at MSU.
So take a stroll down Grand River Avenue in East Lansing and party with the college kids or head to Washington Square in Downtown Lansing to see the grown-ups who like to party like college kids. Either way, you’ll be in good company.
11th Annual Shamrock 5K Run-Walk-Roll
If you’re a student at Michigan State University and of legal drinking age, you will no doubt be clad in green and visibly wasted come St. Patty’s Day. With that in mind, on the day before the booze orgy, why not doing something good for yourself — and the community?
At 11 a.m. Saturday, the MSU Tower Guard will host its 11th Annual Shamrock 5K Run-Walk-Roll. The race starts and ends at Conrad Hall on the campus of MSU. The Tower Guard is an honors society that is dedicated to helping out disabled students in the community, and all proceeds from the event will go to the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.
For more information including how to register for the race, go to runningfoundation.com/Shamrock_5k.html. The event costs $25 and is open to everyone. And hey, free T-shirt.
Grand Ledge Loves St. Patrick's Day
In 2002, a handful of neighbors in Grand Ledge threw together an impromptu St. Patrick’s Day parade for their neighborhood. Eleven years later, the event has morphed into a full-blown, citywide celebration. There’s a parade, the crowning of a St. Patty’s Day queen, a parade float contest and multiple events before and after the parade. However, all events take place on Friday and Saturday, meaning no actually partying goes down on St. Patrick’s Day — guess they need a day to recover. For a full list of all events, go to glstpats.org/events.html
Broad Art Museum Student Performance Series-Rube Goldberg Machine
A Rube Goldberg machine is a purposely over-engineered system of chain reactions designed to complete a simple task — think of the game Mouse Trap or OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass” video. (If a leprechaun made a Rube Goldberg chain reaction machine, he’d probably have it pour a pint of Guinness.)
As part of the Broad Art Museum’s Student Performance Series, Michigan State University student Steve Price will build a machine and set it off for curious onlookers. What Price’s machine will do is being kept under wraps, but it could have something to do with the concurrent vibraphone performance that will be conducted by fellow MSU student Kelsey Tamayo.
The performance will take place 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the museum’s Education Center. As always, admission is free. Broad Art Museum, 547 E. Circle Drive on the campus of MSU. (517) 353-9836.
St. Patty's Events & Specials
The Avenue Caf' Featuring Boogie Bob Baldori, 4 p.m. Hours: Noon-midnight. 2021 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 853-0550.
BAD Brewing Co. Two new beers on tap. 440 S. Jefferson St., Mason. (517) 676-7664.
Bar 30 Hours: 4 p.m.-midnight. 2324 Showtime Dr., Lansing Township. (517) 485-0030.
Beggar’s Banquet Drink specials. $2 Jameson and green beer. Hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m. 218 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-4540.
The Black Rose Food and drink specials: $7 corned beef and cabbage, $2 green beer, $4 green eggs and ham. Live entertainment. Hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m. 101 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 371-8700.
Blue Gill Grill Drink specials, green beer and live entertainment featuring The Tenant, 11 a.m. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 1591 Lake Lansing Road, Haslett. (517) 339-4900.
Buffalo Wild Wings (East Lansing) First 100 customers get free T-shirt. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 360 Albert Ave., East Lansing. (517) 333-2999.
Buffalo Wild Wings (Lansing) Jameson and ginger, $4.50. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 718 Delta Commerce Dr., Lansing. (517) 886-9464.
Center Stage Restaurant and Lounge Noon-8 p.m. 1785 W. State Road, Lansing Township. (517) 482-2280.
The Claddugh Irish Pub Brunch, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Music, 10 a.m. Irish dancers and bagpipers. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 2900 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing. (517) 484-2523.
Coach’s All American Pub and Grill Green beer. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 6201 Bishop Road, Lansing. (517) 882-2013.
Colonial Bar & Grille Corned beef and hash, drink specials. Haphazard, 9 p.m. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 3425 S. MLK Jr. Blvd., Lansing. (517) 882-6132.
Crunchy’s Sold out breakfast. Happy hour specials. Hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m. 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351-2506.
Dagwood’s Tavern Irish beer and Jameson specials, corned beef and cabbage. Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight. 2803 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 374-0390.
Dublin Square Breakfast, live entertainment with Huckleberry Grove. Bagpipes throughout the day. DJs at night. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 327 Abbot Road, Lansing. (517) 351-2222.
EagleMonk Pub and Brewery Wear green receive $1 off beer. Dance an Irish jig, receive a free bag of chips. Sing an Irish song, receive a chocolate no-bake oatmeal cookie while they last. Hours: Noon-8 p.m. 4906 W. Mount Hope Hwy., Lansing. (517) 708-7350.
Edmund’s Pastime Food and drink specials: $7 corned beef and cabbage, $2 green beer, live entertainment. Sunday hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m. $4 green eggs and ham. 101 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 371-8700.
The Exchange Tapping a Firkin of New Holland’s Mad Hatter IPA. $4 Jameson, Guinness and Bass drafts. Corned beef and cabbage buffet. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 314 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 319-4500.
Green Door Bands starting at noon. Hours: 8 a.m.-1:30 a.m. 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-6376.
Harem Urban Lounge No cover. $1 green beer, $5 Irish car bombs. Featuring Barstarr. Hours: Noon-8 p.m. 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing.
House of Eden Rock Fifty cent green beer starts at 7 a.m., goes up 50 cents every hour until 10:30 a.m.. Shot specials, games and Jell-O shots. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 205 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 374-1300.
Irish Pub and Grill Corned beef, cabbage and Irish stew. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 1910 W. Saginaw, Lansing. (517) 482-3916.
Jimmy’s Pub $3.50 bloody marys and screwdrivers. Hours: Noon-midnight. 16804 Chandler Road, East Lansing. (517) 324-7100.
Kelly’s Downtown Green beer, corned beef and cabbage, bagpipers and dancers. Hours: 10 a.m.-1:30 a.m. 220 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 708-2007.
Lou & Harry’s Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight. 16800 Chandler Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-0899. The Loft DJ Sammy, all day, no cover. Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 913-0103.
Mac’s Bar Live entertainment featuring The Devil’s Cut, 6 p.m. 18 and over. 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-6795.
Mark’s Watershed All weekend long celebration. Live entertainment. Sunday hours: 11 a.m.-Midnight. 5965 Marsh Road, Haslett. (517) 999-7433.
Mayfair Bar Drink specials, corned beef and cabbage. Hours: Noon-1:30 a.m. 1585 Lake Lansing Road, Haslett. (517) 339-3880.
Michael’s Pub (formerly J’s Pub/Brannigan Brothers) Drink specials. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 210 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 702-9150.
Midtown Beer Co. Drink specials all day. Hours: 8 a.m.-Midnight. 402 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 977-1349.
Moriarty’s Pub Drink specials. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-5287.
Nuthouse Sports Grill Breakfast burritos 9 a.m.-noon, Irish nachos and cake noon-midnight. Hours: 9 a.m.-2 a.m. 420 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-6887.
P Squared Wine Bar Drink specials, including $4 Guinness bottle and $3 peppermint patty shots. Irish music all day. Hours: Noon-midnight. 107 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 507-5074.
P.T. O’Malley’s Breakfast, 7 a.m. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 210 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 332-2959.
Rookies Restaurant and Bar Green beer, Guinness and Jameson specials. Corned beef and cabbage all day. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 1646 U.S. Hwy. 27, Lansing. (517) 487-8686.
Rum Runners Drink specials on green beer, Irish beers and shots. Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. 601 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-4949.
Spiral Dance Bar Green bra party and drag show. Hours: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1247 Center St., Lansing. (517) 371-3221.
Stober’s Green beer. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 812 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 487-4464.
Tavern on the Square Entertainment all day. $5 Irish car bombs, $4 Jameson, Irish food specials. Hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m.. 206 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 374-5555.
The Tin Can (DeWitt) Drinks specials. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 13175 Schavey Road, DeWitt. (517) 624-2078.
The Tin Can (Lansing) Drink specials, including themed frozen pudding shots. DJ on deck, weather permitting. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 408 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 708-3441.
The Tin Can (Westside) Drink specials, including themed frozen pudding shots. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 644 Migaldi Lane, Lansing. (517) 925-8658.
Waterfront Bar & Grill Irish beer specials. Hours: Noon-2 a.m. 325 City Market Drive, Lansing. (517) 267-3800.
What Up Dawg? Drink specials, $2 pints of green beer. Hours: 8 a.m.-3 a.m. 317 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351-3294.
Unicorn Tavern Irish car bombs, Jameson. Hours: 9 a.m.-2 a.m. 327 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-9910.
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