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St. Patrick's Day in Norman

Two great places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all day in Norman are O’Connell’s Irish Pub and Grille at Campus Corner and McNellie’s Pub: An Abner Ale House in Downtown Norman.

O’Connell’s Irish Pub and Grille has been in Norman since 1968, originally located at the corner of Lindsey St. and Jenkins Ave. (with a football stadium in their parking lot, their radio tag line said once upon a time). Since relocating to Campus Corner, the holiday celebration has continued to grow.

Its St. Patrick’s Day party attracts people from across the region, eager to fill their jumbo-sized commemorative glass mug with bright-green beer.

The fun starts early with green eggs and ham breakfast at 7 a.m. Live music performers will include Aaron Newman Band, John the Franklin, 100 Bones Band, Southern Shine, Born in November, Superfreak, Jason Young Band, Dalton Domino along with Jason Boland and The Stragglers.

Even if you are not a beer drinker, popping over to Campus Corner to partake in the atmosphere can get you swept into the unforgettable revelry. Souvenir T-shirts are available as well. For any newbies wanting to try out the O’Connell’s St. Patrick’s Day experience: a word to the wise would be to arrive early to get your breakfast and your mug.

Newer to the Norman’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration scene is McNellie’s in Downtown Norman which opens at 10:30 a.m. Serving its regular menu and its extensive beer selection, Abner’s Ale House presents a variety of Irish specialties, like its corned beef.

P.S. As the day progresses, both pubs will begin collecting a cover charge in the afternoons.