By Kelly Baughman

No matter what your heritage, everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! So channel your inner leprechaun, put on your green from head to toe, and be sure not to miss all the festivities the area has to offer!
St. Paddy’s Day at The Hangout, 101 E Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores –
Enjoy live music from 10 am until 10 pm with the Kilted Kings, Magic Johnson’s, and Pop Fiction. While you’re there soaking up the sun and entertainment, try some traditional Irish fare like The Hangout’s special corned beef Reuben served with fries and a pickle, or their corned beef and cabbage served with red potatoes and corn bread. Sip on a Leprechaun Juice, a magical recipe sure to get you in the mood to party. But the party doesn’t end at 10 pm! Stick around for the late night party from 10 pm to 2 am with a live DJ, boiler room style. For more information, call 251-948-3030.
Cosmo’s Restaurant & Bar, 25753 Canal Rd., Orange Beach –
The debauchery begins at 11 am with $1 green beer, drink specials, and live music with Brittney Bell. Irish specialties like corned beef and cabbage and boxties will be served, and be sure to wear your best Irish inspired outfits for a chance to win fabulous prizes. For more information, call 251-948-9663.
Live Bait St. Patrick’s Day, 24281 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach –
Maybe Irish music isn’t your thing. Then dress in green (or don’t) and head over to Live Bait for DEPARTURE, the Journey tribute band. DEPARTURE has become the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation. DEPARTURE replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80’s rock super group. DEPARTURE performs over two hours with no break, highlighting all the hit songs that everyone knows and loves, to give the audience the true concert experience. Tickets are on sale now for $15 or $30 for VIP tickets. Day of the show, $18 and $36. You must be 21 to drink, and 18 to party. For more information, call 251-974-1612.
The Flora-Bama St. Paddy’s Day Celebration, 17401 Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola –
Don’t get pinched this year! Get green and party like you’re Irish at The Flora-Bama Lounge. Featuring drink specials like Irish Car Bombs, Flora-Bama Slammer shots, Irish Pat’s Coffee, Green Beer, and of course, Green Bushwhackers, there’s something to tickle everyone’s Irish fancy on the menu. Delicious Irish fare will be on hand like Get n Lucky Oysters, Irish Whiskey Steak Sandwiches, Irish stew, Shepard’s Pie, and corned beef and cabbage. And while you get your fill of Irish fare and spirits, stick around for the live entertainment on three stages and St. Paddy’s Day themed games and contests for prizes. For more information, call 850-492-0611.
Perdido Key Sports bar, Perdido Key Dr., Pensacola –
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day early and help man’s best friend at the same time! Join the Perdido Key Sports Bar on Friday, March 15th at 7 pm for their annual Come Save the Underdogs event, this year featuring the music of Crystal Shawanda. Winner the Juno Award for CCMA Female artist of the Year, artist on the Contemporary Blues Chart for 39 weeks, and Top 20 Artist on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, Shawanda will kick off the St. Patrick’s weekend with a bang. There will be plenty of food, drink specials, and raffles for prizes like local art, gift cards, and more. Raffle tickets are on sale for $5, and three coolers full of booze to be given away, are sure to get you feeling Irish all weekend. All proceeds benefit to help Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome abused and abandoned dogs. For more information, call 850-332-6403.