St. Patrick's Day, for some people, is about drinking green beer, and bars give their patrons an early start on the festivities.
■ O'Neill's Irish Pub, 2051 Richmond Road, opens at 6 a.m. Wednesday with kegs and eggs. The cost is $15 for all the green beer you care to drink. Menu items for the day include shepherd's pie, Guinness stew, and corned beef and cabbage. Bagpipers and an Irish band will entertain. Call (859) 266-4488 or go to www.oneillsirishpubky.com.
■ The green beer wagon opens at 6 a.m. Wednesday at Lynagh's Irish Pub & Grill, 384 Woodland Avenue. It's $15 for all the beer you care to drink. The menu features traditional Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage, and colcannon. Call (859) 255-1292 or go to www.lynaghsirishpub.net.
■ Shamrock's Bar and Grill opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday with drink specials. The menu will include traditional Irish fare and a bagpiper will entertain. Locations are 154 Patchen Drive, (859) 269-7621, and 4750 Hartland Parkway, (859) 245-9504. Go to www.shamrocksky.com.
■ Beef O'Brady's Bar and Grill, 129 Towne Centre Drive, starts the party at 3 p.m. Wednesday with pints of green beer for $1.75. Live entertainment is 6 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 288-0078or go to www.beefobradys.com.
■ Mulligan's Gardenside Café, 1804 Alexandria Drive, will be open regular hours, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Wednesday. The menu includes corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, and fish and chips, for $8.95. Call (859) 277-0071.
■ Ramsey's Diners will observe the holiday with green beer and an Irish menu, including slow-cooked corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and soda bread. Desserts from Missy's Pie Shop include Bailey's Irish cheesecake. Locations are 496 East High Street, (859) 259-2708; 3090 Helmsdale Place, (859) 264-9396; 4053 Tates Creek Road, (859) 271-2638; and 4391 Old Harrodsburg Road, (859) 219-1626.
■ The celebration begins on Saturday at Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 Cheapside, for parade-goers. The bar opens at 11 a.m., and the fare includes Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, Irish potato and leek soup, hand-cut corned beef Reubens and drink specials. Call (859) 254-0046 or go to www.cheapsidebarandgrill.com.