The green of spring is around the corner, meaning the green of St. Patrick's Day is upon us.
The balmy forecast is just what the doctor ordered for one local watering hole looking to spruce up its allure. Flint, which opened about a year ago, is half a year overdo opening its swank patio. But then Oklahoma's wicked weather is wont to weasel with the best laid plans of anyone who dares tempt it with outdoor attractions.
The patio portion of the bar at Flint will be host to nightly celebrations from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, including live DJ to go along with the libations that's helped make Flint a go-to stop on Thunder game nights.
The Sobe in OKC is green enough to satisfy any leprechaun and the water and fire features and cozy confines overlooking the Myriad Gardens are a surefire draw with temperatures expected to tickle 80 degrees. Toss in music spun by DJ Brian Frejo to complete the experience.
If you're looking for a more traditional St. Patrick's Day experience, opportunities abound in the Oklahoma City metro.
The two busiest spots in town will be Sean Cummings Irish Pub, 7523 N May Ave., and James E. McNellie's Public House.
Owner/chef Sean Cummings' festivities have become so popular, he's expanded the event to two days. Saturday will be family day with the St. Paddy's Day Great Race of the Great Plains, which begins at 10:15 a.m. on Lake Hefner's East Wharf. The 8k, fun run and leprechaun races will offer plenty of color and pageantry of the Emerald Isle and kid-friendly youth races. For more information go online to stpaddysrace.com.
The pub will open at 4 p.m. Saturday, beginning a succession of partying that will take a break only from 2 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday. Cummings will offer a shortened menu, but says it's not unusual to produce seven times the volume of food from the kitchen on the holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, bagpipers and crooners will pass the microphone throughout Sunday as the black-and-tans, properly poured Guinness, Smithwick's and Harp wash down traditional bangers and mash, fish and chips and meat pies.
Over at McNellie's, 1100 N Classen Dr., green-clad crowds will line up early and stay as late as the law allows. McNellie's will serve its house-made corned beef and gallons of Guinness. You won't find green beer at either Sean Cummings or McNellie's.
Irish beers are on special all month at McNellie's Public House and its little brother in Norman, Abner's Ale House, 121 E Main St. Festivities start at 10 a.m. at both locations.
At Saints Pub, 1715 NW 16 St., every day is St. Patrick's Day. Shepherd's pie is made with ground lamb as is traditional in the mother land. Baked courgettes and rashers and hash are on the menu this weekend and every other. Ploughmen, Irish meatloaf and potatoes are offered daily.
But yes, there will be a party at Saints on St. Patrick's Day, and this is the spot most likely to play host to Wayne Coyne for a spot of Jameson and a pint of Guinness.
Tapwerks, 121 E Sheridan Ave., will host an outdoor bash on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and will include live music, food trucks, and plenty of Murphy's and Guinness along with local beer from COOP Ale Works, Choc, and Mustang.
If you're looking for green beer, then you need to head for Baker Street Pub and Grill, 2701 W Memorial Rd. On Sunday, Baker Street celebrates with a DJ and performances by Drive, Avenue and Crossland.
For more information, go online to facebook.com/bakerstokc, or call 751-1547.
If you're looking for something more subdued and foodcentric, check out the Irish whiskey and Beer Dinner at Hensley's Top Shelf Grill, 1551 Garth Brooks Blvd., in Yukon. Chef David Sullivan will serve his special menu at 5 p.m., beginning with an hors d'oeuvres spread of mini corned beef and cabbage sandwiches with Murphy's Red Ale.
Dinner begins with barbecued shrimp with toasted pine nuts and mango, paired with Jameson Irish whiskey. Next is a pan-seared filet of pork tenderloin with grilled red onions and a bacon-horseradish compound butter, plus Tullamore Dew 12-year. The main course is garlic and pepper rubbed salmon with Colcannon and a grilled lemon butter sauce with Red Breast 15-year. For dessert, Bailey's and dark chocolate mousse with toasted pecans and a Guinness Irish Stout.
Cost is $65. Call 265-4076 to reserve your place at the table.