Of all the St. Patrick's Day fêtes thrown in this city, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub's is undoubtedly the biggest. Touted as "home of the largest St. Patrick's Irish Festival in the Northwest," the bar hosts a weeklong celebration that reaches its peak on March 17 when it joins forces with neighboring bar Post to provide 500-plus patrons with t-shirts, live traditional Irish music on four different stages, and even a massive outdoor tent. (Cover: $20 with t-shirt).
The revelry runs from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. -- for those of you who struggle with math, that's 17 hours. Is it possible for a diehard St. Patrick's Day partier to survive open to close? "I really hope not," Kells owner Patrick McAleese says. "I don't want see that guy!" His words of advice to those attending this Saturday: "Don't wear your favorite shoes."
From three years of personal experience, this reporter knows exactly what to expect at Kells on March 17. Here are some tips you must remember to get through the day/ night.