Dubbed “the capital of Irish America,” Boston is brimming with all things Irish 365 days a year. With St. Patrick’s Day upon us, however, the city is looking especially green. This year, go beyond the obligatory green t-shirt and pint of Guinness and check out the myriad of local events that will help you get your “Erin Go Bragh” on.

Listen Up

Hometown heroes the Dropkick Murphys have shipped up to Boston for a set of shows at the House of Blues. Check them out on March 16. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Standing room tickets are $32.50, and reserved seating tickets are $60. 

Eat and Drink Up

If traditional Irish fare isn’t your thing, venture to Ole Mexican Grill in Cambridge and Zocalo Cocina Mexicana in Boston on March 17 to enjoy the very best of Irish-Mexican cuisine. Pair chef Erwin Ramos’ corned beef and cabbage tacos with baby Guiness shots and Irish tea. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at both locations. RSVP to Ole at 617-492-4495 and to Zocalo at 617-456-7849.

The Black Rose Irish pub will be opening its doors at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, featuring live Celtic music all day long.

Jamaica Plain’s Doyle’s Café will be serving up corned beef and cabbage alongside the tunes of the  Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums on March 16, and the Fenian Sons on March 17. Times TBA.

Head to America’s first Irish sports bar, McGreevy’s, on St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy a traditional Irish brunch (starting at 8 a.m.) and to watch the live streaming rugby match between Ireland and England at noon.

Step Up

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17 at Faneuil Hall features performances from The Bay State Pipers (11 a.m. to noon), O’Shea Chaplin Academy of Irish Step performers (noon to 1 p.m.), the Carlynton High School Band (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), the Wood School Of Irish Step Dancing (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.), and the O’dwyer School of Irish Dance (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off March 18th at 1:00pm.

Available all year, three miles of the Irish Heritage Trail might prove particularly interesting after a few drinks.

Sober Up

If all that celebrating has got you feeling “down,” head over to McGreevy’s for a Feeling Green Hangover Party on March 18, starting at 10:30 a.m. Nothing says “headache cure” like an ice cold beer and the NCAA basketball Touney. Top o’ the morning, indeed!

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Erin Kilmer is a Blast junior editor

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