It’s that time of year again – the weather is warming up and spring is in the air. And it’s time to put on all of your green attire, throw on some shamrocks and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! And what better place to spend the holiday then at Myrtle Beach! Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, there are two days of fun – how lucky you’ll get multiple opportunities to celebrate this year along the Grand Strand. We’ve come up with two itineraries for each of the days to help you maximize your Irish fun!
Saturday, March 11th
First Stop: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
At 9 am St. Patrick’s Day officially commences with a parade on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Floats decorated with sparkly green and gold will process down the street, tossing out candy and goodies. A festival follows the parade with vendors selling crafts, food, and more. This is a family friendly event and there will be a children’s area with rides and lots of amusements. Three stages will be set up along Main Street, with bands playing all day – so grab a green beer and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the 29th St. Patrick’s Day Festival on Main Street.
Second Stop: Flynn’s Irish Tavern
If you’re looking for more of a traditional Irish meal, check out Flynn’s Irish Tavern on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. The tavern has the authentic look and feel from the owner’s birthplace in Ireland. They serve traditional Irish cuisine including Reuben and fresh Irish cut fries – and of course Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s right on the Main Street, located by one of the three main stages, so grab a pint of Guinness or a Black and Tan and enjoy their outdoor seating – the perfect place to relax and listen to the sounds of the band and watch the dancing crowd.
Third Stop: Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
Heading south along Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, you’ll find another Irish Pub, Molly Darcy’s located oceanfront. If you didn’t grab lunch at Flynn’s, this is another spot where you can order traditional Irish cuisine such as Bangers and Mash, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, and even Guinness Beef Stew. There will be live music and you can enjoy the sounds of the North Myrtle Beach Pipe Band, Paul Grimshaw Band, and DJ Alex. Molly Darcy’s is a great place to grab a pint of cold beer and sit outside and enjoy the views of the ocean and ocean breeze.
Final Stop: The Market Common
Round out your day of festivities at the 8th Annual Irish Fest in Valor Park at The Market Common. There will be Irish beer as well as various vendors selling crafts and food. The event runs from 11 am to 7 pm, so if you want to skip any stops in-between, feel free to skip right to this festival. Live entertainment will be happening all day and there will be activities for the kids including face painting, inflatables, and more.
Friday, March 17th
First Stop: Sea Captain’s House
Start your afternoon with lunch at Sea Captain’s House. Although it’s not your typical Irish Tavern, they’ll be serving a traditional Irish meal of Thyme and Mustard Glazed Corn Beef with Slow Braised Bacon Cabbage and Root Vegetables. You can enjoy eating your festive meal with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Second Stop: Finn McCools
If you didn’t get your fill at lunch, there will be plenty of Irish cuisine at this authentic Irish Pub and Tavern. They are known for packing the house and throwing the most outrageous St. Patrick’s Day celebration on the Grand Strand! Finn McCools brings in world-renowned artists for authentic Irish music entertainment. The beer will be flowing, pipe band music will be playing and there will be plenty of fun to be had at this authentic Irish pub!
Final Stop: The MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet
You might spot a few Leprechauns at the “Luck of the MarshWalk” that begins at 5 pm on St. Patrick’s Day. Be sure to where your best and most green costume because there will be a costume contest with a $1300 cash prize. There will be tons of live music and drink specials at each of the restaurants along the MarshWalk. Each of these restaurants will be competing against one another to see who has the best St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail made with Paddy’s Irish Whiskey! The following restaurants will be participating in “Luck of the MarshWalk”: Wahoo’s Fish House, Bubba’s Love Shak, Drunken Jack’s, Bovine’s, Creek Ratz, Dead Dog Saloon, Claw House, and The Wicked Tuna.
So whether you’re traveling with your family or a group of friends, follow the end of the rainbow to Myrtle Beach this St. Patrick’s Day week where there will be plenty of activities to celebrate this Irish holiday. Book your stay Brittain Resorts and Hotels and don’t forget to pack something festive and green to wear!