Following their popular "Jewish Saint Patrick's Day" Purim Party, the half Irish bar/half Jewish deli Star and Shamrock prepares to keep the momentum going with a multi-day celebration of the Saint Patrick's Day more familiar to many of us. This also happens to fall in the middle of their month-long Spring Shenanigans Simcha Festival. To pay homage to its Irish namesake the Star and Shamrock plans to deliver four full days of Ceilidh (Gaelic for party) for all music lovers, families, and fans of great food, beer and whiskey. The celebration kicks off Saturday March 14th and runs through the holiday (Tuesday, March 17th).
Said Star and Shamrock co-owner, Jason Feldman, “This is the reason a Jewish kid like me fell in love with all things Irish and dreamed of opening an Irish themed bar one day. I mean, come on, St. Pat’s is the party of all parties and everyone knows how much we love to throw a good party at the Star & Shamrock.”
The festivities begin at 9pm on Saturday, March 14th with Shamrocking Saturday, featuring live music by The MollyHawks, known for their annual St. Patrick’s Day performance at the White House. The tavern’s recently amped-up kitchen will be serving up menu specials including house-made “Irish Bangers and Colcannon Knish” with the bar offering to wash it down with $5 Irish Mule Punch and $5 Murphy’s Irish Red.
The MollyHawks are no strangers to the Star and Shamrock. In speaking about past experiences, frontman, Kenny Wolin said, “We wouldn’t want to play anywhere else on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, outside of the White House that is. Interestingly enough our ‘Come Out Ye Black and Tans/Hava Nagila’ medley has turned out to be one of our best sing-a-longs.”
On Sunday, March 15th from 3-5pm, the always family-friendly tavern opens its doors for its St. Paddy’s Family Sunday Funday. Designed to entertain parents and kids alike, this party’s set to deliver kid-centric menu specials like classic grilled cheese sandwiches--then $1 off beer and wine for moms and dads. The event will also offer live music and performances by the kid-engaged troupe The Shannon Dunne Dancers and fun balloon animal activities by Justin Hamilton.
The fun continues on Monday, March 16th with Irish/St. Patrick’s Day themed trivia by Trivia Kings at 8pm, and a reprise of the bar’s $5 Irish Mule Punch and $5 Murphy’s Irish Red specials.
Finally the extended celebration weekend ends with a not-to-miss bang on Tuesday, March 17th, with the deli/tavern’s St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday Booze Day. Always an H Street holiday hotspot, this year’s celebrations will build on Star and Shamrock’s longstanding St. Patrick’s Day party tradition of an 8am start time, with an all-day array of bar and menu specials including a classic house-cured Corned Beef and Cabbage platter, wide selection of some of the world’s best Irish Whiskey, and live music by returning artist Klezcentricity.
Specific scheduling and details for each of the Spring Shenanigans Simcha Festival’s celebrations, as well as various smaller parties in between, will be continuously updated on the bar's website. In addtion, look for more details on Star and Shamrock’s Facebook and Twitter (@StarShamrock) pages, or search (and use) hashtags: