South Floridians will have plenty of choices for where and how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Norma Shelow and husband Mike, owners of Mike’s at Venetia near downtown Miami, advise partygoers not to go to their Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day without wearing green. That is, unless you don’t mind being pinched.
The Shelows, like most owners of Irish pubs at this time of year, are prepping for the lucky day. Shelow said her pub and restaurant had its grand opening on St. Patrick’s Day of 1986, and has been keeping the Irish tradition ever since.
“I guess it’s just a day for family and friends to get together and hang out,” Shelow said. “Our party will start from the minute our doors open, til the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes, we even have a bagpiper.”
Corned beef hash, shepherd’s pie, cabbage and Irish beer are essentials for any authentic Irish party, and Bill Richards, owner of Three and Out Irish Tavern and Grill in Kendall, said his bar will have all of the essentials. He wants to draw out the debauchery by having a pre-party on the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day.