Pat O'Brien's in St. Clair Shores is known for its friendly, comfortable atmosphere, great service and its extensive whiskey selection – in fact, the bar was named "Best Whiskey Selection" in Real Detroit Weekly's Best Of issue for 2013 – Pat O'Brien's is pretty much everything you could want in an Irish neighborhood bar.
Their selection of Irish whiskeys is indeed huge. They've got them all – your mandatory Jameson in multiple different flavors ("flavors" being the 12-year-aged special reserve and 18-year-aged limited reserve, because whiskey does not come in flavors beyond "less whiskey face" and "more whiskey face"), Knappogue Castle, Michael Collins, Paddy, Tullamore Dew ("Tullie"), Feckin and more. Haven't heard of it? Just shut up and drink it: that is the Irish way.
Beer drinkers won't be bummed, either. Pat O'Brien's has multiple tap handles dedicated to imports and craft beer (and of course they carry all your favorite national products as well). Get your Guinness and McSorley's because, hi, Irish bar, but also enjoy the Sam Adams seasonal, Magic Hat #9, New Belgium's Fat Tire (the new go-to beer of craft drinkers which can usually be found at even the most non-craftiest of bars), Right Brain Brewery's CEO Stout, Founders Centennial IPA, plus more from the likes of locals like Kuhnhenn and Dragonmead.
Pat O'Brien's isn't just a straight-up bar, but also a popular restaurant. Fridays during Lent are especially busy since they're known for having the best perch in town: one of their loyal customers says she's been coming in for the perch for over 60 years. (They opened in 1948.) In addition to perch and plenty of other seafood as well as American bar food, Pat O'Brien's has "Crabby Mondays" with Alaskan crab legs available after 4 p.m. by 3/4 or 1 1/2 pounds. This place is also family-friendly and kids eat free on Mondays with a magician in the house from 6 to 8 p.m.
Come in for a cheeseburger and fries for only $3.95 plus $1.50 domestic bottles every Monday through Friday until 4 p.m. Happy hour is every Sunday through Thursday 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Fridays 4 to 7 p.m. with $1 off mixed drinks and bottles.
St. Patrick's Day is being observed for pretty much the whole weekend, starting on Friday, 3/15 with green beer on their covered patio. Then on Saturday, 3/16, 97.1 The Ticket will be broadcasting live, the tent (which will overtake the whole parking lot) will be open starting at 4 p.m., and DJs Mike Scroggs and William Novah will be spinning dance and top 40 with no cover before 8 p.m.
But Saturday is just the warm-up for Sunday, so try not to overdo it Saturday night because this is one Sunday Funday you won't want to sleep halfway through! On St. Patrick's Sunday the doors open at 7 a.m. and they kick off with a free Irish breakfast. The tent opens at 10 a.m., there's no cover before noon, and there will be a live band playing traditional Irish music inside. 106.7 The D will also be broadcasting live.