Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard

Mike Benjamin will play for a St. Patrick's Day crowd at The Newes From America. — File photo by Susan Safford

You don’t have to go to Southie to get a green beer, corned beef, and hear Irish music today. So far, the line-up of Irish celebrations includes parties at Seasons, The Newes From America, Offshore Ale, both Sharky’s locations, The Wharf, and a day of Irish dining at the Harbor View Hotel.

Mike Benjamin plays at The Newes tonight from 7 to 10 pm, and St. Paddy’s Day menu includes corned beef, cabbage, and boiled potatoes, potato and leek soup, Guinness Irish stew, Irish fishermen’s pie, Irish-style fish and chips, corned beef sandwich, and bread pudding with Bailey’s Irish Cream.

Live Irish music with Gregg Harcourt and Mary Wolverton begins at Offshore Ale at 5:30 pm, and co-owner Colleen McAndrews gives us a glimpse into the traditional Irish fare menu: In addition to corned beef and cabbage, there will be shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, a salmon and brown bread appetizer, and the brewer is making Meyerside red ale, a traditional red ale, which they’ll keep on the beer menu until it runs out. Ms. McAndrews also notes the potato pizza currently on the menu began years ago on St. Patrick’s Day, so those looking for an Irish-style pizza may want to indulge in that.

Season’s celebrates with A Taste of Ireland from 3 pm to 1 am, with classics such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Guinness Irish stew, and a brisket sandwich, Irish nachos, “Pot of Gold Wings,” and Bailey’s Irish Cream pie. If you’re drinking, they have green beer, Guinness on draft, Jameson’s Irish coffees, and green Jell-O shots.

Having just re-opened Wednesday, March 16 after a month-long break, The Wharf will serve corned beef and cabbage all day on the holiday, and your choice of Irish-style beverages.

The Harbor View Hotel and Resort is serving Irish breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The traditional Irish breakfast comes with black pudding, Irish bacon, roasted tomatoes, beans, and toast ($13). Try fish and chips for lunch ($13), and a corned beef and cabbage supper, including slow braised corned beef with roasted cabbage, baby potatoes, ale mustard, and natural jus, for $24.

Even Sharky’s is getting in to the holiday spirit: all week long, try the corned beef stuffed quesadilla with Dos Equis beer braised cabbage on melted Swiss cheese.