Cupid's Pulse Article: Date Idea: Bar Crawl Party!Cupid's Pulse Article: Date Idea: Bar Crawl Party!

By Kristin Mattern

What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a bar crawl? Grab your leprechaun love and something green — because on St. Patty’s Day, everyone is a little Irish! Make a day of it and start the morning off by viewing a parade with your sweetie. Then head over to the local strip to tour the bars. Once you and your cutie are tired of the bar scene, head back home to keep the party going with your friends. The two of you are sure to strike a pot of gold with this fun date idea!

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Many towns have their own St. Patty’s Parade, but if your’s doesn’t, look up parades in cities nearest you. In Chicago, they even dye the river green for the occasion! What a sight to see. If you’re in New Orleans, you might just get a kiss or set of beads from a green-costumed parade goer. Set out for adventure with your love as the two of you get to see bagpipers, leprechauns, all manner of floats, and, of course, men in kilts. Get really decked out with shamrock necklaces and “Kiss me, I’m Irish” shirts. It’s the perfect excuse to plant one on your honey as you watch the parade!

After all the floats have made their way to the end of the parade, get your babe and friends together for a bar crawl. Some cities have guided tours you have to book ahead of time. Visit to find one in a city near you. The advantage to booking a pub crawl is you and your group are guided around a pre-determined route, don’t have to pay covers, and sometimes get one free drink included in the price of the tour. Also, you might be able to avoid some of the longer lines.

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However, if you like to fly by the seat of your pants and the luck of the Irish is on your side, plan your own bar crawl ahead of time. Map out your route so you know where you and your cutie are headed. You might even want to call ahead so you know if the bars have covers or if they are only open to tours that day. Then go wild and drink some green beer in honor of St. Patrick! Just make sure someone is the designated driver or you have plans to ride public transportation home.

When you and your crew have sampled all the Irish Car Bombs and Guinness you can stomach, head back home to keep the party going. Play traditional Irish melodies at home, or toss on the Dropkick Murphy’s or Flogging Molly to reach your inner Irish Rocker. You and your partner can host an Irish dinner party by serving up some Corn Beef and Cabbage, easy to make in a crock-pot, and provide green cupcakes and other green-dyed goodies for dessert. Or serve up a traditional Irish Soda bread. Make Irish Coffee to compliment your delicious end to your Bar Crawl Party date with your honey.

Erin go bragh to you and your partner on this fun St. Patrick’s Day date!

What are your St. Patrick’s Day plans? Tell us in the comments below!