Irish Pub Merlins Rest on St. Patrick's Day in MinneapolisSt. Patrick’s Day is nigh, friends, and this year Paddy’s proper falls on a Monday. As such, we’re beginning our celebration of things on Thursday, March 13, and that will lead up to an early open on Monday, March 17, for a special St. Patrick’s Day brunch. Here’s the scoop:

* Thursday, March 13 – Various Irish activities in the evening will kick-off the long weekend of Irish celebrations leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

* Friday, March 14Special St. Patrick’s Day weekend Kilt Night!

* Saturday and Sunday, March 15 & 16 – Irish brunch served up 9 am – 2 pm.

* Monday, March 17 – ALL DAY!
** Celebrate with a special Monday brunch (8 am – 12:00 pm) with traditional Irish fare.
** At 11 am, we’ll have a whisky toast with our “Whisky Wench,” Fiona.
** During the afternoon, Wild Bill Watkins, our publican John Dingley, and local Irish dance leader Eileen Dahill take over. At 4 pm, a mini ceili session will take place.
** From 5:00 – 6:30 pm, Misplaced will provide the sounds.
** From 6:45 – 7:45 pm, there will be an Open Mic Best Singer and Story Teller contest with PRIZES!
** From 8:00 – 10:00 pm (and with time reserved later for the possibility of another set), we’re turning it over as we should to the women. The all-girl Irish music sensation “Garrigans Quarrel” will rule the roost, as will the Giggin Sheilas.

As for food in the afternoon and evening, we’ll serve up Irish Stew, Corned beef and Cabbage, Leak and Potato Stew, Irish Lamb, Bratwurst and more. Happy days, indeed! Join the hoolie, friends. You will not regret it!


The boys of Bedlam will be in the pub tonight to deliver Irish and Scottish folk influence and a general sense for firm well-being. If you haven’t heard them live, check it out. Bedlam provide fine music and fun banter, and they have a lovely following. Always a good crowd. Plenty of laughs and reasons to enjoy the evening. We’ll see you tonight.


Blue Potatoes in Ireland* Was the Battle of Britain written in the stars? The British studied Hitler’s astrological charts during World War II.

* Manchester Cathedral has introduced fair trade communion wine.

* Holy cats! The Irish are apparently tucking in to plates of blue potatoes.

* How much are derelict toilets worth in Fife? About £60,000.

* And the life story of Paul Potts (the Welsh cellphone salesman and prize-winning tenor) is to be made into a movie. Good on ye, Paul!

Here he is during his first of many amazing moments on the show Britain’s Got Talent.