St. Patrick’s Day With Playmates

Posted 3/15/2011 at 4:46 pm by Chris Silva

We all know that things can get a bit hazy on St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re first to arrive and last to leave your favorite Irish pub, too much of anything—green beer or Irish whiskey—is asking for a blackout. And all that green garb and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” paraphernalia…hey, to each his own.

But getting sauced up and having some “luck” on St. Patrick’s Day requires a delicate balance.

We talked to a veteran Irishman about the former and got the advice of a handful of Playmates for the latter.

Playmates’ Advice

What’s a typical St. Patrick’s Day celebration like for you, and what’s your most memorable one?

Jaime EdmondsonMiss January 2010 Jaime Edmondson

Typically I spend St. Patty’s Day with a few close friends. I’m not a beer drinker so we go to a place that’s known for both beer and a good martini. My girlfriend bought me the cutest T-shirt to rock this year. It looks similar to the MLB logo but if you look closely it has a four leaf clover in the logo and underneath it says “Major League Redhead.” I’m thinking the best party I must have attended in the past was when the last thing I remember I was hugging a tree.

Miss June 2010 Katie Vernola

For starters a yummy meal, then a fun night out with a group of girls. And don’t forget to wear some sort of green because the last time I forgot to wear green on St. Patty’s Day a guy thought it was okay to pinch my ass. Oh, no, no, no!!!

Amy Leigh AndrewsMiss April 2010 Amy Leigh Andrews

Every year for St. Patty’s Day me and a group of friends would drive down to Savannah, Georgia to celebrate. It is a huge party there! They close off all the streets, turn the river green, and everyone goes from bar to bar drinking and partying.

What type of advice – dos and don’ts – would you give to guys who are looking to get lucky with the ladies on St. Patrick’s Day?

Jaime EdmondsonMiss January 2010 Jaime Edmondson

Don’t breathe your pungent beer breath in the ladies faces—it’s not attractive! Do try to wear a T-shirt that has a cute Irish blessing or saying on it. Guys with a fun sense of humor are going to go a lot farther!

Miss June 2010 Katie Vernola

First off, if the girl isn’t wearing green, that doesn’t give you the “okay” to pinch her ass. But try wearing a few green beads and when you pass by a hottie put one around her neck. Who knows these days, maybe you’ll get lucky!?!

Amy Leigh AndrewsMiss April 2010 Amy Leigh Andrews

Guys looking to get lucky on St. Patty’s Day should make sure they look sexy in their green attire. Do not use cheesy pick-up lines! Be confident and funny!

How To Make Green Beer: For Dummies

If you don’t know how to make green beer, we suggest you keep that to yourself. Really, we just wanted to see the gorgeous Jaime Edmondson serve up a cold one in a little green outfit. And we wanted to hear her sexy voice. Disclaimer:  Jaime is not a real redhead, nor is she Irish. Not that it matters.

A Pro’s Take on St. Patrick’s Day

There’s nothing better than saddling up to a real Irish pub, putting back a frosty Guinness or seven and just enjoying the atmosphere.

Corcoran's Grill in Old Town, Chicago

Corcoran's in Old Town, Chicago

If you’re ever in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day, Corcoran’s Grill in Old Town is the place to be.

Owned by brothers and Cork, Ireland natives Eamonn and Kevin Vaughan, Corcoran’s on St. Patrick’s Day is as Irish as they come.

In business for 10 years, Corcoran’s covers the gamut for the Irish holiday: green beer, Guinness, Irish whiskey, Irish dancers, Irish music—basically all things Irish.

We caught up with Corcoran’s manager for the last five years, 31-year-old John Goodwin, who moved here many years ago from his hometown of Monkstown in the County of Dublin. John first visited Chicago during a summer break from college and enjoyed it so much he decided to call it home.

He’s an old pro when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

How would you describe a typical St. Patrick’s Day at Corcoran’s?

“It starts early in the morning and ends late at night. Everybody for the day is Irish. And the bar fills up real early, a lot of green beer, a lot of Guinness. A lot of people come here and spend the entire day at this bar. I get phone calls for tables. We actually put out more furniture. We have Irish music all day long. For the last eight years, we’ve had Irish dancers come in and dance on the stage. We also have bagpipers come in and play for the customers. They come on the parade day and St. Patrick’s Day.”

What type of crowd filters in—regulars, tourists, young, old, a mix?

“We have a lot of regulars for the day. It’s a very young to middle-aged crowd. It’s actually all ages. People travel in just for St. Patrick’s Day and come just to Corcoran’s for the day. There are lines often outside the door because people do want to come in here. We open at 9 a.m.”

How many kegs do you go through, roughly, on St. Patrick’s Day, and what are you planning this year?

“We’ll just say we go through an obscene amount of beer on a day like that.”

What’s the most popular beer poured on St. Patrick’s Day?

“It’s going to be your green beer and your Guinness. Some people will come in to have their first Guinness ever. Because it’s an Irish bar, you have to have the perfect pour—the three-quarter pour, then you wait. The way I was taught was a three-quarter pour. Then, when it’s almost settled, you pour the last part and then you wait till it’s settled before you can have a sip.”

What type of advice would you give patrons who are looking to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day from start to finish and actually remember what happened?

“The advice I’d give is soak up the atmosphere. Enjoy the day, enjoy the surroundings. Enjoy the people who are having fun around you. A lot of times on St. Patrick’s Day you are going to make new friends and enjoy the banter, as the Irish put it. Also, pace yourself. It’s a long day. You want to remember it all—you have to pace yourself. Some people want to last all day long. The mixing is solely up to them. One of the best things about St. Patrick’s Day here is it’s so controlled. There’s never a problem with too much alcohol.”

We know that serving Irish car bombs in an Irish bar can be a touchy subject. Do you guys serve them?

“They are served. They’re called car bombs, but I suppose you call them bombs instead of car bombs because of how they’re interpreted. All bombs, different kinds, are served, but the primary one is served with Guinness, Bushmills and Baileys.”

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