March is a grand time of year on the Grand Strand, kicking off on the 9th with the Coastal Highland Games in downtown Myrtle Beach. This inaugural event celebrates Celtic culture with athletic contests, Border Collie demonstrations, cold beer, live music and dance performances, and face painting for the wee ones. Then on March 16th, head to North Myrtle Beach for the 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival starting at 9AM. This one-day, rain or shine event brings approximately 30,000 to celebrate being Irish and welcome the coming of spring. Following the parade, the festival will feature three stages of live music, 150 vendors displaying crafts, goods and services, and a children’s area with rides and amusements. A bit south in Myrtle Beach, the 9th Annual Irish Fest will take place on March 16th and 17th at Grand Park in the Market Common. Enjoy tasty eats, craft beer, vendors, live entertainment, and a kid’s zone at this family-friendly event.
Here is a list of some of the best Irish Pubs on the Grand Strand:
Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
1701 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach
This festive establishment by the beach offers Irish-American pub fare and ample patio seating. Menu items include the Emerald Isle Steak Sandwich, Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Guinness Beef Stew. They also serve up a traditional Irish Breakfast and a rotating list of seasonal beers.
421 Main St., North Myrtle Beach
Housed in a former jail, this bustling tavern has a homey atmosphere, complete with a beer garden and Irish tunes. Favorites include Irish Potato Pancakes, Bangers and Mash, Liver and Onions, Shepherd’s Pie, Potato Crusted Grouper, and Seared Irish Cod. Or try the traditional Corned Beef Sandwich, or Bully Boy smothered with Guinness gravy.
3873 Renee Dr., Myrtle Beach
A great place to kick back and relax with friends, this pub has plenty of seating and a covered, heated outdoor patio. Entrees include Meatloaf, Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, plus typical pub fare. Happy hour is from 4-7PM daily, serving up draught beer and pub mixers like the Black and Tan (Guinness Stout with Bass Ale), the Snakebite (Harp Lager with Woodchuck Cider), and the Irish Car Bomb.
1005 Withers Dr., Myrtle Beach
Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, The Ole’ Irish Pub offers up authentic Irish food with a modern twist. Whether you like traditional Shepherd’s Pie or Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins, this place has you covered. Other options include Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, and Irish Egg Rolls stuffed with corned beef, cabbage, potato, carrot, and onion.
501 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Myrtle Beach
This popular establishment has a warm and friendly ambience and a huge outdoor patio. They make their corned beef fresh daily, and their menu is packed with pub fare featuring creative Celtic names. Appetizers include Hurling Sticks, Tralee Rings, and Loaded Shamrocks (otherwise known as mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and jalapeño poppers). Other fare includes Irish Stew, Fish and Chips, and the Blarney Stone Burger.
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