What’s better than a day dedicated to drinking? Not having to take a day off work to enjoy a day dedicated to drinking. This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday; the next time it happens—2018—we’ll probably be able to teleport to a bar on the moon for last call. Which will be great for all those future college seniors who are only just starting high school this year, but as for 2012 we´ll have to keep our feet on the ground and stick to local establishments. So this year, take solace in the knowledge that if you want to spend an entire day drinking (and spilling) green beer, you don’t have to lie to your boss this year to get away with it.
Where to find green beer, free buffets and Irish rock
621. Free breakfast buffet starting at 7 a.m. Food specials, corned beef and cabbage, Jell-O shots and drink specials. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 621 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-2212.
Beggars Banquet. Opening at 7 a.m. for full bar and menu. Green beer & Irish whiskey. 7 a.m.-Midnight. 218 Abbott Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-4540.
The Black Rose. Live entertainment, food and drink specials, corned beef sliders, green eggs and green beer. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. 101 S. Washington Square, Lansing.
Bonnie's Place. Drink specials, green Jell-O shots and corned beef and cabbage. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 415 E. Saginaw St., Lansing. (517) 482-4404.
Brannigan Brothers. DJ playing dance music and drink specials. 9 p.m. 210 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 702-8001.
Claddagh Irish Pub. Opening at 7 a.m., free prizes, drink specials and DJ. 2900 Towne Centre Blvd., Lansing. (517) 484-2523.
Colonial Bar & Grille. Drink specials all weekend. Featuring Haphazard and corned beef and cabbage. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. 3425 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing. (517) 882-6132.
Connextions Comedy Club. Mike Stanley, comedian and writer. Featuring green beer and a leprechaun available for picture taking. 8 and 10:30 p.m. $15. 2900 North E. St., Lansing. (517) 374-HAHA.
Crunchy's. Opening at 7 a.m. and featuring green beer. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351-2506.
Dagwood's Tavern. Drink specials including Irish car bombs, Guinness, Jameson and corned beef dinner available. 11 a.m.-Midnight. 2803 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing. (517) 374-0390.
Dublin Square. Opening at 6 a.m. Featuring an Irish breakfast. 6 a.m.-2 a.m. 327 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 351-2222.
The Dugout Pub. Green beer $2.99, Jameson and open air bar. 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 267-7898.
Edmund's Pastime. Featuring live entertainment, drink and food specials, corned beef and cabbage and green beer. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. 101 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 371-8700.
The Exchange. Corned beef and cabbage buffet. $4 Guinness, Bass and Jameson. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. 314 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 319-4500.
Green Door. With Mix Pack, featuring live music all day. 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-6376.
Harem Urban Lounge. Free cover, live video with DJ Element and $4 Guinness and Jameson. 8 p.m. 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. www.haremnightclub.com.
Harris Nature Center. Families can connect with nature, enjoy a campfire and look for signs of leprechauns. 7 p.m. $7. 3998 Van Atta Road, Meridian Township. (517) 349-3866.
Kelly´s Downtown. Live entertainment, green beer and food and drink specials. 220 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 708-2007.
The Loft. St. Patrick´s Day rage, with green beer and music by DJ Rob Perry, DJ INOV8, Cognac Pee Machine and more. 6 p.m. $8. 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. www.theloftlansing.com.
Mac’s Bar. Featuring Black Jake and The Carnies. 9 p.m. $5. 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-6795.
MBC Lansing. Classic Irish food, green beer and Irish music. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. 402 S. Washington Square., Lansing. (517) 977-1349.
Moriarty´s Pub. Corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, great draft selection and live music. Featuring Guinness, Harp and Smithwicks on tap. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-5287.
NutHouse Sports Grill. Green beer $3, Irish car bombs, Jameson, dirty girl scout cookies and green Jell-O shots. 10 a.m. 420 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-6887.
P.T. O'Malley´s. Open for free breakfast with entry and green beer. 7 a.m.-2 a.m. 210 Abbott Road, East Lansing. (517) 332-2959.
Rum Runners. Entertainment all day long, green beer and drink specials. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 601 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-4949.
Spiral Dance Bar. A "Kiss Me I´m Irish" party featuring music and videos spun by DJ John Cruz. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 1247 Center St., Lansing. (517) 371-3221.
Tavern on the Square. Food specials, $3 green beer, drink specials, entertainment starting at 2 p.m. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. 206 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 374-5555.
Tin Can. The Big Deck will be heated, DJs will be spinning all day long on The Big Deck, Shamrock & Lucky Charms pudding shots and drink specials. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 414 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 202-1079.
Troppo. Drink specials and a St. Patrick´s Day feast. Noon-Midnight. $18. 111 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 371-4000.
Turner-Dodge House & Heritage Center. Irish Tea; celebrate St. Patrick´s Day with good friends, tea and treats. 3 p.m. $8. 100 E. North Street, Lansing. (517) 483-4220.
Unicorn Tavern. Frog and the Beeftones will be playing. 9 p.m. 327 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-9910.
Whiskey Barrel Saloon. Featuring breakfast at 11 a.m. No cover if you wear green until 7 p.m. Green beer and Jell-O shots. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 410 S. Clippert St., Lansing. (517) 351-5690.
Wild Beaver Saloon. All bombs $5, green beer, t-shirts, breakfast, open patio and more. 8 a.m.-2 a.m. 205 S. Washington Square, Lansing. (517) 374-1300.
Waterfront Bar & Grille. $4 Irish car bomb pudding shots, $4.75 Michigan crafted Irish pints and Irish food specials. 325 City Market Drive, Lansing. (517) 267-3800.