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2017 Mother’s Day In Nashville!


• Guests can chose from a section of baked goods, cold offerings such as fruit and cheese or smoked and cured seafood, hot dishes including cornmeal pancakes with local honey, grits with poached eggs and Benton’s bacon, biscuits and gravy, and an assortment of sweets to delight the family
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Price: $38 for adults, $21 for children 12 and under
Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-340-0012


• Pancake bar, spring cocktails, carving stations, and countless desserts by chefs Jonathan Waxman and Travis McShane
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1210 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-988-9700


• Savory specialties like crab-avocado toast or a grit bowl with house-made chicken chorizo, poached eggs, mushrooms, leeks, and a bourbon demi-glace
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
132 46th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209; 615-942-0866


• Specialty items from Double H Farms, complimentary mimosas, a raw bar, omelet station, Southern-inspired carving stations, traditional sides, and fantastic homemade pastries
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: $67.50 for adults, $37.50 for children twelve and under
The Hermitage Hotel, 231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219; 615-345-711


• Regular brunch menu, plus specials like Vindaloo Chilaquiles (poached eggs, provel cheese, kachumbar, and cilantro lime crema), Biscuits & Lobster (lobster salad with arugula, poached egg, and moilee curry), and Naan French Toast (cinnamon sugar naan with key lime cheesecake and salted caramel)
Hours: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
123 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-242-8426


• Featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet of brunch favorites created by executive chef Garrett Pittler, live jazz music from the Nashville Jazz Orchestra Quartet, and more
Hours: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Price: $42 for adults; $5 for kids
609 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-324-1010


• The Martin Family Circus will headline a morning of lively music and delicious Southern food; plus, brunch tickets include entry into the museum, a complimentary family photo, and a mimosa for adults
Hours: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Price: $65 for adults, $25 for kids 6 – 12, free for kids 5 and under
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-416-2001


• $39 Crab Stuffed Lobster Tail, $12 Strawberries & Rosé ‘Mom’osas
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1201 Demonbreun St, Ste 1108B, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-742-5503
207 Franklin Rd, Brentwood, TN 37027; 615-928-6159


• Brunch specialties including croissants, coffee cake, quiche du jour, spicy chicken benedict, breakfast quesadilla, and more
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3790 Bedford Ave, Nashville, TN 37215; 615-988-0332


• Eggs made-to-order, soups and salads, entrées, chilled seafood, carving station, dessert display, and more
Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Price: $50 for adults, $25 for children 6 – 12, free for children 5 and under
Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-761-3700


• Chef Brandon and his team have created some exciting features, including Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, a Low-Cal Egg White Frittata, and Belgian Waffle with Fresh Strawberries and Candied Pecans
Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-321-1990


• Mother’s Day specialty menu items including a Hot Chicken and Mille Crepe Cake, Hot Chicken and Egg Sardou, Chocolate Tower Dessert, and Fried Strawberries
Hours: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
719 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-624-8255


• Chef-prepared hand-carved beef and ham stations, salmon with gorgonzola, and stuffed chicken with white cream sauce; plus, breakfast favorites including smoked bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, made-to-order omelets, and eggs benedict
Hours: 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Price: $32.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 10 and under
601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-248-2888


• All of Sinema’s new bottomless brunch offerings, plus a few holiday extras
Hours: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Price: $25 per person, $12 for children 12 and under
2600 Franklin Pk, Ste 102, Nashville, TN 37204; 615-942-7746


• Live bluegrass, bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary bar, and brunch menu
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
2600 Franklin Pk, Ste 109, Nashville, TN 37204; 615-840-6124


• Menu created by chef Chris Cheung, including items like the Shanghai Shrimp Spring Roll (traditional shanghai crispy rolls stuffed with onions, cabbage, and shrimp), Roast Pork Char Sui Bao (slow-roasted pork shoulder seasoned with sweet chili in a sweet bao bun), and Roasted Pork Belly (slow cooked Berkshire pork, Shanghai street cart fried bread rolls, hoisin, and chili)
Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
121B 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-782-6786


• Union Station’s Living Southern Brunch will feature a free drink for moms; coffee, tea, and water; Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar ($18 per person for bottomless); and brunch favorites, including a personal waffle station, carving station, benedict bar, and a sweetly Southern dessert bar. Families will also be able to enjoy live music and a flower station for kids to make their own special bouquet for Mom
Hours: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Price: $50 per person, $15 for children 12 and under
1001 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-726-1001


• Items include the restaurant’s famous Anson Mills Grit Soufflé, Lobster Bisque, Cinnamon French Toast, Flat Iron Steak & Farm Eggs, Hickory Grilled Lamb Tenderloin, St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake, and more. Guests can choose to add items from the raw bar such as oysters, shrimp, and lobster, or sides like grits, potatoes, sausage, and bacon for an additional charge; plus, there will be a kids’ menu available upon request
Hours: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Price: $49
507 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-254-2000

For more information, please visit NashvilleLifestyles.com.

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Mother’s Day Brunch in St. Louis 2017

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14.  There’s still time to make plans to celebrate your mother this year, as restaurants  across St. Louis are serving special Mother’s Day menus to help you make this a perfect day for mom. Here are some places in St. Louis you may want to take mom and treat her to a delicious brunch.


5700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 361-7313
Bixby’s at the Missouri History museum is open for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14. You may RSVP for seating at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. Cancellation policy: $100 charged to card if cancelled after Wednesday prior or no show.

7036 Clayton Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 932-7818
Boundary is offering a special brunch menu with the freshest locally sourced ingredients on Sunday, May 14. Reservations are available on OpenTable from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Café Madeleine
4256 Magnolia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 575-5658
Café Madeleine will host brunch on Sunday May 14. You may RSVP for seating at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. Cancellation policy: $100 charged to card if cancelled after Wednesday prior or no show.

The Chase Park Plaza Saint Louis
212 N. Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 633-3000
The Annual Mother’s Day Brunch awaits you in the Starlight Room Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

3701 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108.
(314) 881-4308
The Coronado will serve brunch on Sunday, May 14. You may RSVP for seating at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. Cancellation policy: $100 charged to card if cancelled after Wednesday prior or no show.

Eckert’s Belleville Country Restaurant
951 S. Green Mt. Rd.
Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 233-0513
On Sunday, May 14, Eckert’s Belleville Country Restaurant is open for a meal with mom from 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Four Seasons St. Louis
999 N. 2nd St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 881-5759
Cielo Restaurant & Bar will offer a gourmet brunch featuring a raw seafood bar on Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call to make reservations.

Gateway Arch Riverboats
50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63102.
All aboard for a wonderful Mother’s Day cruise along the Mississippi River and while enjoying the St. Louis skyline. Delight in a catered brunch and uplifting beats of live music. Boarding is at 12:30 and the cruise is from 1-3 p.m. Parking is available on the levee in front of the boats. When approaching from the south, use Chouteau Avenue to access this parking area.

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-0200
Enjoy Mother’s Day at Sassafras on Sunday, May 14, in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Café. Reservation times are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Price includes same-day admission to the Garden. Reservations are required.

Moulin Events
2017 Chouteau Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63103
(314) 241-4949
Moulin Events will offer a special brunch on May 14 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Piccione Pastry
197 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 932-1355
Piccione Pastry will host Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14.  You may RSVP for seating.

Ritz Carlton St. Louis
100 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 719-1433
The Ritz-Carlton will present a Mother’s Day brunch buffet with a photo station on Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris
1 N. Brentwood Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 783-9900
Ruth’s Chris will serve Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 14. Reservations begin at noon and brunch will last until 3 p.m. Their regular menu will also be available.

Sqwires Restaurant & Annex
1415 S 18th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 865-3522
In the Annex, the buffet includes a variety of brunch favorites. Seating in the in the Annex for the buffet is by reservation only. There are two seating times: 10:15am and 12:45pm.  In the Restaurant, there will be a Famous Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar open and guests can order off of an a la carte brunch menu from 8am-3pm. Reservations are recommended.

For more information, please visit ExploreStLouis.com.

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20 of the Coolest Places to Get Married in St. Louis

The day you tie the knot should be anything but ordinary — which is why we’ve dug up some of the most amazing places in St. Louis for you to get hitched. From holy to hipster, quirky to cool, the venues are the perfect backdrop for saying your vows. You’ll be saying “I do” to one of them before you know it.

Schlafly Tap Room
Yes, one of your favorite local breweries has the ideal space for your wedding. The Club Room at Schlafly Tap Room not only has its original indoor brick walls and its own private bar — it also has a balcony and 12-foot windows showing off a gorgeous skyline.

The Butterfly House
If you’re a fan of nature’s only appealing insect, you can get hitched in a house full of them! Located in Faust Park, The Butterfly House in Chesterfield will make your wedding a beautiful change of pace.

The Magic House
If you want a fun-filled wedding where you can even let out your inner child at the reception, hit up the Magic House. You remember going there as a child; now spend the day you will never forget there as well. With beautiful indoor and outdoor venues and plenty of interactive activities, the Magic House will make for the perfect wedding venue for the kid at heart.

The Corner Gates
Equal parts unique and stunningly beautiful (just check out that 13-foot chandelier!), the Corner Gates makes for a perfect space for private events — including your wedding. Located in the Lemp Brewery Complex, the Corner Gates served as the stables for the brewery back in the 19th century. You’ll get a dose of history along with a touch of elegance when you set the scene for your wedding here.

Peabody Opera House
Take center stage in St. Louis’ historic Peabody Opera House. Named one of the best wedding venues in America three years in a row by Brides Magazine, the Peabody Opera House is certifiably a great location for any couple looking to feel fancy on their special day.

Union Station
Who wouldn’t want to get married at the Greatest Station in the Nation? With indoor venues like the luxurious grand hall or outside with a grand view of the historic train station, St. Louisans will feel right at home having a wedding here. Plus, the renovations coming to the train park in the next year will enhance the experience even more.

Centene Center for the Arts
With equal parts art, history and awesome architecture, the Rialto Ballroom and Atrium at the Centene Center for the Arts will easily win your heart. Admire the detailed iron work and Italian marble corridors as you head up to the forth floor, where there will be plenty of room for dinner and dancing. And did we mention the rooftop terrace, which has a view of the St. Louis skyline? Yeah, you’ll love that, too.

The Science Center
Having a wedding under the stars is nearly impossible to do in a city full of lights like St. Louis, but once again, science can provide the solutions to our problems. The St. Louis Science Center features the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, which will put your wedding directly under 9,000 sparkling stars and even glowing planets.

Botanical Gardens
The appeal of most outdoor weddings is that you are surrounded by nature — and it doesn’t get much more natural than the Botanical Gardens. Home to some of the most stunning plants in the world, this venue will make your wedding day a breathtaking showcase of nature — though we don’t recommend it for those with bad allergies.

Koken Art Factory
Art shows, comedy, live music — Koken Art Factory does it all. So it should come as no surprise that this unique event space also makes for the perfect quirky-cool venue for your wedding.

The Weingarten
If having the ceremony and reception in the same venue is high on your priority list, a winery just might be your perfect fit. Missouri is full of great wineries thanks to Hermann and Augusta, but we’re also big fans of The Weingarten in Belleville. Surrounded by woods, cornfields and a lake, The Weingarten will make for a beautiful venue and stunning photos. Top the whole affair off with excellent wine, and it makes for the perfect day.

The Gateway Arch
Gateway to the West? More like gateway to a lifetime of happiness! There is not a more St. Louis thing you could do than get married under the most significant monument in the city.

Jefferson Underground
If you’re all about a good view, Jefferson Underground may just be your place. This rooftop party venue is anything but typical with decor inspired by Mississippi River folklore and Greek mythology. With both indoor and outdoor spaces, a stage, an open-hearth fireplace, a bar, a dance floor and a catering area, Jefferson Underground has it all.

The Jewel Box
If a breathtaking view is what you’re looking for on your wedding day, look no further than the Jewel Box in Forest Park. This greenhouse displays thousands of varieties of both local and exotic plants. The all-glass windows and ceiling allow the perfect amount of sunlight in, making any couple shine as they take their vows.

Busch Stadium
The home of the Cardinals is obviously a great place to get a beer and watch a great game, but Busch Stadium is also a great place to get hitched. With a number of packages offered, saying “I do” in the coveted home of baseball’s best team is more of a reality than you would think.

City Museum
The most fun place in St. Louis could also be the most meaningful to you. The City Museum downtown offers 4 unique sections of the museum where you can tie the knot. Whether it is in their elegant vault room or on the legendary first floor mezzanine, the City Museum can be the perfect wedding destination for any couple.

St. Louis Zoo
The zoo isn’t just the best place in St. Louis to see animals from around the world — it’s also a prime location to tie the knot! With 11 different serene venues offered throughout the zoo, this location is bound to make your wedding an unforgettable experience.

St. Francis Xavier College Church
While there is certainly no shortage of gorgeous churches in St. Louis, St. Francis Xavier College Church is one of the most architecturally brilliant and beautiful churches this city has to offer. If you are looking for a more traditionally religious ceremony, then this church located on St. Louis University’s campus may be the perfect place.

Third Degree Glass Factory
Third Degree Glass Factory is just too cool of a space for any event (we should know — RFT has hosted an event here, too). From rehearsal dinners to ceremonies to receptions, Third Degree Glass Factory has you covered. You can even take the traditional unity ceremony to a new level with a glass ceremony.

Four Seasons St. Louis
The Four Seasons offers banquet room options for your wedding. The coolest venue at the hotel, however, is on the 8th floor terrace right outside of the restaurant Cielo. With elegant pools and canopies, along with a picture-perfect view of the Arch right behind you, your outdoor wedding will be unforgettable.

For more places to get married in St. Louis, please visit RiverFrontTimes.com.

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Limousine Facts You Probably Never Knew

Riding around in cars is fun, but riding in a limousine is even better! Why not let VIP Enterprises get you where you need to be in style? And while we’re at it, here are a few facts you probably never knew about limousines.

Go long

Although “technically” the first limousine was built in 1902, it was little more than a luxury car designed to be driven by a chauffeur. It was not until 1923 that a vehicle was built that can truly be considered the heir to the phallic ego props we know today. Built in Arkansas, these first “stretch” limousines became popular with the big bands like the Glenn Miller orchestra for their ability to transport people and equipment in comfort, and as a result acquired the nickname of “big band busses,” although it sounds like “musician’s mini-van” would have been a more apt description.

Stay cool

Put a bunch of celebs in the same space and you get a lot of hot air, so it’s no surprise that a limousine was the first vehicle to be equipped with air conditioning. The Packard motor company was the first to offer AC in 1940, although it was large and took up half the trunk space. In true modern limo style, though, it was more about saying you had it than making life comfortable, because that early system had no automatic temperature control. But hey, at least it gave those early passengers something to complain about.

Now we’re flying

Limos are pretty expensive, but not as expensive as a Boeing 727. Unfortunately you can’t land a 727 in downtown Los Angeles without causing major disruption and death, so a Mexican limo company has come up with a solution. By cutting off the wings of a Boeing 727 and mounting the fuselage on a bus chassis, this company has created…something. Sporting a full bar and even a dance floor, this luxury vehicle sure checks the boxes on the inside. But while cutting off the wings and adding wheels might have sounded pretty good on paper, in practice the result is less private jet and more private parts.

Wings come as standard

One limo that doesn’t need to pretend to fly is the presidential limo, colloquially known as Cadillac One. Because as well as being the nearest thing to the Batmobile in the real world, with smoke grenades, armored glass, and several quarts of the president’s blood in the trunk, Cadilac One also comes with its own plane. The leader of the free world also represents American car companies, and since the hands of the president have certain “Midas” like endorsement powers, you know he can’t take a seat in anything that isn’t built in America. So when POTUS travels to another country, Cadillac one goes too in a Globemaster C-17 transporter.

The JFK blues

Back in the days before Kennedy was shot, presidential limos were just standard cars—and Kennedy liked his to be blue. No president before or since has been seen in anything that wasn’t black, and because TV was mostly black and white in the 1960s, most people thought JFK’s Caddy was black too. After Kennedy was shot presidential limos started getting armor. And in an ironic twist, that armor nearly cost president Ronald Reagan his life, because when Reagan was shot in 1981, the one bullet that hit him out of the six that were fired was a ricochet off the armor of his limousine.

Waste not, want not

It is standard practice in the 21st century for the presidential limo to be replaced every four years, the old ones getting passed down to the vice president and other lesser mortals. But back in the day when Kennedy was shot, the Secret Service wasn’t so quick to waste a good car. After JFK’s very public and messy death, you might expect that car to be replaced, because who would want to use that car again? But no, it was painted black, had a roof added and a little more protection from bullets, and it was hauled out three more times to carry Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter.

Getting nowhere fast

It seems no crime is too great for the “hey, look at me!” crowd, because someone has desecrated a Ferrari 360 Modena by converting it into a limo. And while the new prancing dachshund can get eight passengers to their destination at 170 miles per hour in a streak of Ferrari red, these “gains” are somewhat undermined when the occupants try to exit—because nothing says class like exposed underwear and bumping heads on gull-wing doors.

Gold plated ego

As if hiring a limo isn’t attention seeking enough, why not have one gold-plated? And not just any limo: the Sultan of Brunei clearly wanted to make a statement for his wedding, because he bought a Rolls Royce Silver Spur stretch limousine, and had it plated in 24-carat gold. And here’s hoping that wedding lasts, because that’s one $14 million wedding feature that you definitely can’t use twice.

Prius limo

It’s hard to imagine a limo being described as environmentally friendly, and it’s equally hard to imagine a celeb actually caring so long as people are looking at them, but someone obviously does—because that same someone has built a limo out of a Prius. And while we should probably applaud any effort to reduce the impact of inflated egos on the environment, any success in that direction achieved by using the Prius is probably outweighed by the inevitable increase in smug.

Elvis was a good tipper

According to an anecdote once told by Larry King, Elvis might be the world’s best tipper. After performing at the Miami convention center, he took a limo on his way back to Miami International airport. And while most celebs might throw out a casual “thank you” as they get out of the car, it seems Elvis was a little more generous with his gratitude. When he got out of this particular limo Elvis asked the driver “do you own this limo or do you work for the company?”, the driver responded “I work for the company”. So Elvis says “you own it now” apparently gifting the driver the car—you can bet that driver was all shook up (sorry).

For more limousine facts, please visit Grunge.com.

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The Five Best Irish Bars in Nashville

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Nashville is famous for music, mostly of the country style. However, Nashville has a good selection of Irish bars that may just have some bagpipe music to go along with the hearty Irish ales. These five different bars give Nashville locals and visitors alike the chance to have a touch of the green as part of an evening of good food and great drinks.

Fleet Street Pub

The Fleet Street Pub is in the heart of the world famous Printer’s Alley. No live music or karaoke here: this is a pub for serious consumption of great beers. The list of imported drafts include the famed Harp Lager and Guinness Stout direct from Ireland. Imported bottled brews come from the best breweries in England. Enjoying a couple of beers in a quiet setting is what to expect at Fleet Street.

Dan McGuinness Irish Pub

The first Dan McGuinness Irish Pub was built in Memphis. The Nashville version is located on Demonbruen Street. Holding true to the original pubs in Ireland, Dan McGuinness puts you in Ireland right here in Nashville. A wonderful menu of Irish fare compliments the great lineup of beers on tap. You will find all your favorite brews here.

McCreary’s Irish Pub and Eatery

Located on Main Street in Franklin, McCreary’s Irish Pub and Eatery is a fun and friendly pub. Enjoy a good selection of Irish beer on tap. The pub offers late-night happy hours, breakfast on the weekends and Celtic music live on Friday and Saturday nights. This is a great Irish pub with a very nice menu to go along with your choice of brews.

The Tilted Kilt

The Tilted Kilt in Hendersonville is one of a very popular chain of Irish-themed pubs/sports bars. The food at this establishment is good with Irish-style meals and standard bar fare as well. The number of brews on tap is staggering, with multiple choices of lager, ale, stout and wheat. If you like it on tap, chances are good that Tilted Kilt will have it for you.

Findley’s Irish Pub

Findley’s is in the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Featuring live music, good food and a good selection of on tap and bottled beers, this is a good stop if you have business at the convention center. It is one of the many restaurants and bars in the complex.

For more information on the best Irish bars in Nashville, please visit AXS.com.

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St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis: 10 St. Louis Pubs to Get Your Irish On

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Pubs in Ireland are much more than drinking holes. These establishments are a place where you see friends and family, a low-key spot to spend the night enjoying yourself – a home, for some regulars, away from home.

And while an ideal St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis certainly includes Guinness and Jameson, Irish culture extends far beyond alcohol. So if you’re looking for a good corned beef sandwich or a hearty potato soup to complement that draught, here are 10 St. Louis restaurants that will make you feel like you’re back in the Old Country.

10. Helen Fitzgerald’s
This Syberg’s spin-off is the place to be for an Irish-American bash. The menu doesn’t scream authenticity, as the restaurant specializes in standard bar and pub dishes. But if you’re looking for a great time, flowing drinks and Syberg’s signature hot wings under a good-time Irish setting, this is the place to be. It’s a place to enjoy Irish drinking culture without leaving behind the American bar essentials. This grill has enough pub favorites to please any hungry and thirsty patron, and plenty of St. Patty’s specials to keep your celebration going through the weekend.

Helen Fitzgerald’s, 3650 S. Lindbergh Blvd., South County, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.984.0026, helenfitzgeralds.com

9. The Pat Connolly Tavern
The beloved bar known to many in Dogtown as Pat’s Bar and Grill has a new name – and is back under the ownership of the family who originally opened the place back in the 1940s. That means a pared-down menu of classic pub fare, as well as a roster of a brews with connections to either St. Louis or Ireland. Unusual among the city’s Irish bars, it also has an impressive list of classic cocktails; new owner Joe Jovanovich (grandson of the eponymous Pat) found the bar’s original drink menu in his mother’s attic and based the current list off it nearly word-for-word.

The Pat Connolly Tavern, 6400 Oakland Ave., Dogtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.647.7287, patconnollytavern.com

8. John D. McGurk’s
McGurk’s is more a Missouri mainstay than an Irish one (it was founded in Soulard back in 1978), but feels like it belongs on another continent in a more fun time. An eclectic mix of Irish music, extensive food-and-drink offerings, a vast layout that includes plenty of cozy nooks and a genuine up-for-anything vibe have made this bar a St. Louis mainstay. Musical guests from Ireland sometimes even fly out to perform here, while the giant outdoor garden makes this the place to party on warm days. A menu comprised of pub favorites and American standards is available, so there’s something here for both a family dinner or a raucous night out with friends.

John D. McGurk’s, 1200 Russell Blvd, Soulard, Missouri, 314.776.8309 and 108 S. Main St., O’Fallon, Missouri, 636.978.9640, mcgurks.com

7. O’Leary’s Pub
If you’re out looking for some hearty Irish cheer, look no further than O’Leary’s Irish Stew, a mix of carrots, Guinness and spices. The pub’s Potato Soup, topped with Cheddar and bacon, is another made-from-scratch option. A number of American favorites are alongside these Irish staples, so there’s something for every hungry party guest. Just make sure to come thirsty as well – this South County bar has drink specials every day of the week.

O’Leary’s Pub, 3828 S. Lindbergh Blvd. #118, Sappington, St. Louis, Missouri. 314.842.7678, olearysrestaurant.com

6. Seamus McDaniel’s
Dogtown has long enjoyed a strong Irish presence, and Seamus McDaniel’s is a key part of that. Through its community involvement, this bar has been at the forefront of keeping tradition alive in the area since the ’90s —the owners are even acting as grand marshals of the Dogtown festivities this year. The restaurant has plenty of specials the day of the parade, so there’s no excuse not to stop by. Grab a pint of the bar’s house-brand Irish ale while you’re at it.

Seamus McDaniel’s, 1208 Tamm Ave., Dogtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.645.6337, seamusmcdaniels.com

5. O’Shay’s Pub
If you find yourself in The Grove and fancy an Irish twist to your evening, the staff at O’Shay’s would be happy to accommodate. The restaurant’s casual approach to traditional dining features dishes such as Corned Beef Tacos, O’Shaypherd’s Pie and the “Kilkenny Burger,” a 1/2 pound corned beef patty with Swiss and horseradish sauce. The bar’s extensive selection of Scotch, whiskey and beer will take the edge off, while a fun sports bar vibe keeps the party going even after dinner service is over.

O’Shay’s Pub, 4353 Manchester Ave., Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.932.5232, oshayspub.com

4. Llywelyn’s Pub
Just about everybody in St. Louis has a Llywelyn’s Pub near them. With five STL locations, the restaurant is a popular drinking hole. But it also carries an extensive selection of Irish/Welsh dishes, which were just updated Monday. Llywelyn’s owner actually traveled to Ireland last year to see what pub fare was popular, and so contemporary Irish cuisine has influenced this brand-new menu. Thus Pub Curry, with a mix of vegetables, shrimp and rice doused in yellow curry, is now an option. The new menu also features some classic Irish ingredients served non-traditionally, like the Irish Breakfast Sandwich or Guinness-braised Steak Flatbread. Whatever you’re craving, there’s a location right around the corner to help make your dream a reality.

Llywelyn’s Pub has five locations in the St. Louis area, including 17 West Moody Ave., Webster Groves, Missouri, 314.962.1515, llywelynspub.com

3. Flannery’s
A variety of Dublin pub offerings and a traditional feel make this downtown St. Louis bar feel like a classic. Staple dishes include traditional Irish beef stew, corned beef hash, a reuben sandwich on hearty rye bread, Guinness-infused shepherd’s pie and even Irish nachos: thick-sliced potatoes (naturally) topped with Cheddar, onions and jalapeños, then toasted in a skillet and served hot with sour cream. The restaurant is also home to what might be the city’s greatest mashup of authentic Irish fare with a St. Louis staple – the Irish slinger features mashed potatoes and corned beef topped with eggs, chili, cheese and onion. Flannery’s is a go-to for the sports-watching crowd, but it’s also a great spot to catch live music every Wednesday.

Flannery’s, 1234 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.241.8885, flanneryspub.com

2. Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant
The Gaelic name says a lot even before you set foot inside this downtown bar. What roughly translates to “small cottage” accurately describes the environment that Tigrin has created for customers. OK, so it’s not quite a house in the traditional sense – no warm bed is on offer, alas. But we’ll settle for servings of Corned Beef & Cabbage, Blackened Chicken & Shrimp Boxty and Shepherd’s Pie. And since many menu items here are made with Guinness, including the barbecue sauce and cheddar bread, you’re not going to find a more festive setting unless you fly overseas. The restaurant has plenty planned on and around St. Patty’s this year, so a fresh pint just might be in order.

Tigin Irish Pub & Restaurant, 333 Washington Ave., Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314. 241.8666, tiginirishpub.com

1. Molly Darcys Pub
Located in the Seven Gables Inn, this pub traces its heritage back to a town in southwest Ireland called Killarney. The original Molly Darcys opened there more than 10 years ago, with this second location in the heart of Clayton following in September 2008. With its strong Celtic background, it’s only natural the restaurant serves authentic Irish dishes like lamb stew and pot pie. The quaint and welcoming atmosphere provides all the more reason to stop in and stay awhile.

Molly Darcys, 26 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.863.8400, mollydarcyspub.com

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