Where to eat, drink and be merry this St. Patrick’s Day

Welsh band Calan will perform at CSPS Saturday. — press photo

It’s a precious thing when St. Patrick’s Day, a day of frivolity and stout-drinking, lands on a Saturday. Enjoy drink specials, live music and green-colored merriment at these area gatherings.

Cedar Rapids

Chrome Horse Saloon, NewBo

1201 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Saturday at 9 a.m. to Sunday at 2 a.m.

Food: Brunch starting at 9 a.m.

Drink: Bloody Mary bar from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Music: Well Lit (2 p.m.), Black the Sun (7 p.m.)


1103 3rd St SE
Saturday, 8-11 p.m.

Music: Calan

“Calan brings together the remarkable talents of five young musicians, each adept at giving a fresh, vibrant sound to Welsh musical traditions. Their lively, contemporary approach breathes new life into old customs, conjuring up sparkling melodies, tunes to set your foot tapping, and their own spirited, championship step dancing. Calan’s unique instrumental blend features not only fiddles, whistles, guitar and bagpipes, but the pibgorn, a traditional Welsh reed instrument incorporating a wooden pipe and the horns of a bull. A typical show sees the band blasting their way through beloved old reels, jigs and hornpipes, then melting into the most beautiful and haunting song and ballads imaginable.”

Della Viti

203 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Saturday from 3-6 p.m.

Dick’s Tap & Shake Room

1602 E Ave NE, Cedar Rapids
Saturday at 9 a.m.-Sunday at 2 a.m.

Pub 217

217 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Saturday at 8 a.m.

Food: Breakfast from 8-11 a.m., lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

$4.00 Domestic Tall-Boys
$5.00 Bloody Marys
$5.00 Cherry/Jager Bombs
$3.00 Mimosas
$6.00 Car Bombs
$5.00 Jameson

Fiddle Music at Brewhemia

1202 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Saturday at 3 p.m.

Music: In the Attic, Piper McGee and Tanner Parks (Waystoke), will be playing original and Irish fiddle music. The event is free and open to the public.


2013 16th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Saturday at 8 a.m. to Sunday at 2 a.m.

Food: Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. For the rest of the day, corned beef, cabbage and Irish stew will be added to the menu

Lion Bridge Brewing

59 16th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids
Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Food: Bangers & Mash from The Sausage Foundry.

Drink: Brewhemia’s Olde No. 17 Dry Irish Stout (“the official beer of the Sapadapaso!”) will be featured

Music: Kellen O’Cullom (3:30 p.m.), a Cedar Rapids-based Irish music act, playing standard pub tunes with a twist.

The Map Room

416 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Food: Corned beef and cabbage burgers, loaded fries

Drink: $4 Irish whiskey

Music: Irish musician Kellen O’Cullom

WineStyles Edgewood

4201 42nd St NE, Cedar Rapids
Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Food: Reuben Pizzettes

Drinks: Green Mimosas, Green Sangria, & Green Beer

Wear green to get $1 off wine and beer by the glass

Iowa City

Big Grove Brewery and Taproom

1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City
Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Food: Brunch (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) including corned beef and cabbage, potatoes O’Brien and pancakes, oatmeal bar, bacon and spinach frittata

Drink: Beer releases (9 a.m.): Calf-einated Zadar! Nitro Milk Stout: with JBC Roasters’ Rock the House and the easy-drinking Irish-Style Dry Stout

Games: Must be 21 and older

12 p.m. – Three-legged race
1 p.m. – Cabbage shot put
2 p.m. – Stein holding contest
2:30 p.m. – Forrest Gump ping pong
3 p.m. – Corn hole tournament


110 E College St, Iowa City
Saturday at 7 a.m.-Sunday at 2 a.m.

Studio 13

13 S Linn St, Iowa City
Saturday at 12 p.m.-Sunday at 2 a.m.

Food: Free food starting at 12 p.m., available while it lasts

Drink: $3 Guinness and Jameson

Music: St. Patrick’s Day drag and dance party (8 p.m.)

Trumpet Blossom

310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City
Saturday from 8:30-11 p.m.

Music: “A night of filthy riffs for the masses.”

Barren Heir of Chicago
DRYAD of Iowa City
ZUUL of Iowa City

Admission is $5

Uptown Bill’s Coffee House

730 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

Food: Potluck

Music: Irish music session

Uptown Bill’s annual St. Patrick’s Day potluck is one of the more family-friendly March 17 gatherings

Yacht Club

13 S Linn St, Iowa City

Music: St. Patrick’s Massacre 14

Aaron Kam and the One Drops
6 Odd Rats
The Commanders
Knights of the Turntable

Coralville, North Liberty and beyond

Backpocket Brewing

903 Quarry Rd, Coralville
Saturday at 11 a.m.

Food: $8.99 Rueben Baskets

Drink: $10 Pot of Gold (Gold Coin pitchers)

“Let’s eat, drink, and be Iowish!”

Kalona Brewing Company

405 B Ave, Kalona
Saturday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Food: Special menu items:

Reuben Sandwich
Irish Potato and Leek Soup
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Corned Beef Hash with Fried Eggs
Stout Chocolate Cake with Sour Ice Cream and Caramel

Drink: A new oatmeal stout will be released

Call ahead to reserve a table at (319) 656-3335

Amana St. Patrick’s Day Bash

Price Creek Event Center, 4709 220th Trail, Amana
Saturday, 4-10 p.m.

Food: P.H.A.T. Daddy’s will be serving an Irish themed buffet with corned beef, ham, cabbage, Irish stew, carrots and Irish potatoes ($12.99 for adults)

Drink: $2 draws

Music: SaLOONatics, a Cedar Rapids cover band performing ’70s & ’80s classic rock

Marquee Pizzeria

920 E 2nd Ave #123, Coralville
Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Food: In-house cured corned beef and hash with fried eggs and Calabrian hollandaise; pizza with corned beef, potatoes, leeks, mozzerella, ricotta and horseradish cream

Drinks: $3 Jameson however you like it, Gueuze Tilquin (Draught Version), Lion Bridge Olde #17 Irish Stout, Evil Twin / Westbrook Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break

Music: Brian McKenzie, Irish and Scottish bagpiper

Reds Alehouse

405 N Dubuque St, North Liberty
Saturday at 11 a.m.-Sunday at 2 a.m.

Food: Corned beef and cabbage made by Chef Abe

Drink: Green beer; a lucky coin flip could earn half-priced drinks

Music: DJ Jon

A bags tournament will be hosted in the morning

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