The 15 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Maine!
Maine might not have the deep Irish roots that Boston has, but we sure do know how to celebrate this holiday in style. From Irish music and pints of Guinness at one of the many Irish pubs to parades to an ocean dip, put on your green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Maine this year.
1. St. Patrick’s Day Plunge, Portland, ME
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by jumping in the cold Atlantic Ocean at 6 a.m. to support the Portland Firefighter’s Children’s Burn Foundation. After waking up to cold water, head to Ri Ra Pub for a free breakfast and a charity auction.
The Kerrymen Pub in Saco is a popular Irish pub to celebrate the holiday. Serving authentic Irish foods like shepherd’s pie and Irish boiled dinner, you find a great beer and wine list, too. But, that doesn’t matter since you’ll be drinking Guinness anyway.
On every St. Patrick’s Day, the Maine Irish Heritage Center raises the Irish flag in Portland’s old Irish neighborhood. Afterwards enjoy coffee, tea, and Irish soda bread in the Center.
On March 16, paint your own beer steins in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day at River Tree Arts in Kennebunk. Ideas and stencils will be provided along with a fun time.
Brian Boru is Portland’s quintessential Irish neighborhood pub with a popular St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Start your day with a traditional Irish breakfast at 6 a.m. and finish the night off with a pint and some Irish music and dancing.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Maine’s largest city north of Portland at Geaghan’s Pub. Enjoy a locally brewed craft beer or a pint of Guinness. Wear your green and enjoy the laughter and food.
No one wants to run on St. Patrick’s Day, so get your exercise in before the drinking starts. The Irish Road River 5K is a fun and popular running race in downtown Portland.
Owned and managed by Irish native, John Bohill, this small Irish pub in the lake regions is a great place to enjoy a glass of Irish whiskey and a slice of Guinness chocolate orange cake. Don’t miss the authentic Irish music either!
With pubs in Bath and Brunswick, Brynes Irish Pub is a popular bar amongst the locals. Both pubs were opened on St. Patrick’s Day so the owners know how to throw a good party. Enjoy delicious traditional Irish dishes like bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie.
10. Portland St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Portland, ME
Usually held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, the Portland St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates Irish heritage along Commercial Street from the Fish Pier to the Ferry Terminal. There is often traditional Irish music and Irish dancing from local musicians and dancers.
Located in the heart of Wells, Feile Irish Pub and Restaurant is owned and operated by Limerick, Ireland natives Joe and Tracy Ryan. The menu includes traditional Irish staples and traditional pub foods. They also have the largest selection of Irish whiskey in the state of Maine.
Looking for authentic Irish items for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration? Head to Celtic on Maine in Ogunquit jewelry, Irish sweaters, Irish flannel, and, of course, Guinness.
This Irish pub and Mexican Cantina is the perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Wear your green, dance to some Irish music, and enjoy some tacos.
With the only Irish pub in all of northern Maine, if you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Aroostook County then you need to head to the Irish Setter Pub in Presque Isle. The pub offers a solid selection of beer and food.
Bars can open early on St. Patrick’s Day and Bull Feeney’s takes advantage of that law by offering a delicious Irish breakfast starting at 6 a.m. on March 17. There is live Irish music all day and the staff will be in kilts.