Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2014 Safely in Michigan

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays some people celebrate, others pay little attention to. In Michigan, there is no shortage of things to do not only on St. Patrick’s Day, but in the days leading up to the holiday. Since it falls on Monday this year, no doubt many people will be celebrating over the weekend while they’re off work. Like many other holidays, this is one many will celebrate at local pubs or other events where alcohol and green beer flows freely. It’s fun to participate and have a good time, but don’t let yourself become the defendant in a DUI case!

Here are a few of the events going on in and around Michigan on St. Paddy’s Day 2014:

Ann Arbor offers plenty to do on Monday, including a special breakfast menu at Arbor Brewing Company along with morning Happy Hour until 11 a.m. At Haab’s Restaurant, you’ll find $2 a pint green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and more.

Sidetrack Bar and Grill in Ann Arbor will be featuring drink specials all day long on St. Paddy’s Day, no cover charge. You’ll also find corned beef and cabbage here, and some live Irish music including bag pipes.

Kalamazoo is where you’ll find a free performance by The Moxie Strings at 4 p.m. at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. In Hastings, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin downtown at 4 p.m.

In Grand Rapids you can enjoy karaoke and live music with Mr. Whooha at the American Legion. Karaoke starts at 4 p.m., music at 8:30 – and of course plenty of corned beef and cabbage at noon! All proceeds benefit local veterans.

If you enjoy dressing up in costume for St. Patrick’s Day, Chequers in Saugatuck will award prizes for the best dressed, and offers $2.50 happy hour all day along with Irish breakfast and dinner specials.

Kuzzins, Louie’s Bar, Mulligan’s, and McFadden’s are just a few of the other pubs and restaurants offering up great specials on food, green beer, and music on Monday.

Enjoy the green beer and other Irish offerings on Monday, but use common sense so that you don’t find yourself visiting the police station. Choose a designated driver before your group sets out for fun and enjoyment, or take a cab if you find you’ve had one too many green beers. Being arrested for DUI in Michigan can result in criminal penalties which include substantial fines, jail time, driver’s license suspension, community service, and more. Driving under the influence really IS a big deal, so take care and make it a fun, safe holiday!

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