ITHACA — St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect excuse to get out of the house Friday after spending the week cooped up and digging out of the blizzard all week. Whether you’re looking for whiskey at 8 a.m., live Irish music or a corned beef and cabbage dinner, there’s plenty to do in and around Ithaca.
Here’s a quick list of some events. If there’s something going on that we missed, add it in the Facebook comments.
Because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, there’s a lot of live music to choose from including a few groups who are playing traditional Irish music.
Traonach — Playing from 6 to 9 p.m. at Argos Inn. Traonach plays traditional Irish tunes and is playing in Ithaca for St. Patrick’s Day for the first time in more than 10 years.
Se Leigheas (shuh-lay-us) — Playing from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ithaca Bakery. The session band started in 2012 and plays mostly Irish, some Scots and old-time tunes. Ithaca Bakery has a special food menu and happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. (No cover)
Three Stone Fire — Playing from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hopshire Farm & Brewery in Dryden. Three Stone Fire is a four-person group playing songs from Ireland and Scotland. Dryden Cafe will be serving corned beef and cabbage.
Clancy Bros and Tommy Makem tribute featuring Bill Ring from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Silver Line Tap Room in Trumansburg. Enjoy some Irish sea chanteys and drinking songs.
The Grady Girls will perform traditional Irish music at 3 p.m. Sunday at Danby Town Hall. (Free)
And there’s a lot more live music, too.
Ponder the Giraffe, Poppa Squat and Donner Dance Party from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Lot 10. ($5 cover, 10 p.m. start)
Small Kings from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Range. (No cover)
Spacetrain from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Westy
The Blind Spots will play at The Haunt. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $15.
Dapper Dan at Atlas Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight
Lovely morning for a Guinness
If drinking Jameson at 8 a.m. is your thing, here you go. Slainte!
Kilpatrick’s Publick House will open at 8 a.m.
Rulloff’s will open at 8 a.m. with “Be Irish and Be Here Breakfast.”
Loco Cantina will open at 8 a.m.
The Ale House will open at 8 a.m.
Monks on the Commons has a special St. Paddy’s Day menu that gives classic St. Patrick’s Day dishes a Southern flair. One of their dishes is a smoked corned beef sandwich with Alabama slaw, Irish whiskey barbecue, Dubliner cheddar and pancetta potato salad.
Get corned beef and cabbage dinners at the Ithaca Elks Lodge ($15), at the American Legion on Danby Road from 5 to 7 p.m. ($10) and at Maxie’s Supper Club.
St. Patrick’s Day Rave from 9 pm. to 1 a.m. at the Nines. ($10 admission)