Philadelphia's St. Patty's Day Bar Crawl Bonanza
The full breakdown of Philly's wild St. Patty's Day Crawl

Calling all crawlers: Brace yourselves Philly residents, the ironman of Bar Crawls has arrived for St.Patty’s Weekend. Aptly dubbed the “Crawl for Gold”, this exercise in drinking calisthenics takes two forms: 1) A one day  (Saturday March 17) Holy Grail of Bacchanalia entitled the “St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle”, which showcases  7-10 venues doling out liquid goodness; or, 2) The pantheon of drinking endeavors: a 3-Day ode to the legacy of beer, Gaelic pride, and the color green. Not for the casual reveler, this 3-day fest encompasses both a “Pre St. Patty’s Kick Off Party” on Friday, March 16th, as well as a “Post St. Patty’s Day March Madness Party” on Sunday, March 18th. Wedged between these two jamborees of debauchery is the crown jewel of the weekend, the previously mentioned “St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle” on Saturday, March 17th.  

Whether a grizzled veteran of crawls past, or a green noob cautiously testing the waters, the Philly Crawl provides you with two enticing ticket options: 1) A $15 one day pass for the “St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle”, or 2) An All Access $20 ticket for the entire 3-day shebang—choice is beautiful!


With the pleasantries observed, we move to more pressing matters: The day-by-day breakdown.


Day 1: “Pre St. Patty’s Day Kick Off"

            When: Friday, March 16th, from 5pm-2 am

            Where: McFadden's 

            Cost: $5 single day admission, or $20 with 3-day All Access Pass


Day 2: “St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle”

            When: Saturday, March 17th, from 11am- 9pm

            Where: 7 Venues Currently, with potentially more to come (full list below)

            Cost: $15 single day admission, or $20 with 3-day All Access Pass


1) McFadden's








Location: 461 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123  

Contact: 215-928-0630, www.mcfaddensphilly.com

Potpourri: Home base for all things crawl related, McFadden's is one of two registration points available to crawlers. A priority pit stop, be sure to pick up the essentials: the wristband and cup that allow for the utilization of the day's drink specials.

2) Philadelphia Bar Restuarant







Location: 120 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106   

Contact: 215-925-7691, philadelphiabarandrestaurant.com/

Potpourri: Operating under the moniker of "PBR", Philadelphia Bar Restaurant, located in Olde City, provides an impressive aresenal of brews--a perfect choice for the day's festivities.

3) Mad River Bar and Grille







Location:126 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106   

Contact: 215-923-5553, www.madriverphilly.com

Potpourri: Also located in Olde City, Mad River offers a welcoming atmosphere ideal for a good old fashioned brew-fest. Be sure to pair Mad River and PBR for maximum efficiency on your St. Patty's Weekend.

4) The Raven Lounge








Location:1718 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103   

Contact: 215-840-3577, www.ravenlounge.com

Potpourri: Located in Rittenhouse Square, the Raven Lounge adds some spice to the typical crawl fare. More than just your average pub, the Raven Lounge is sure to add some panache to the day's activities. 

5) Tavern on Board








Location:200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102   

Contact: 215-546-2290, www.tavernonbroad.com

Potpourri: As the second of two registration points, Tavern on Board provides an alternative to registering at McFadden's in Northern Liberties. Located in Midtown Village, Tavern's close proximity to both Tabu Lounge and Blue Bear Tavern makes it an ideal vaulting point for steadfast inebrieation.

6)Tabu Bar and Sports Lounge








Location:200 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107   

Contact: 215-964-9675, tabuphilly.com

Potpourri: Tabu provides another stop on your drinking tour of Midtown Village. A natural segue from either Tavern on Board or Blue Bear Tavern, Tabu is a must hit on your quest for drinking glory.

 7) Blue Bear Tavern 








Location: 216 S. 11th St., Philadephia, PA 19107

Contact: 215-922-3427

Potpourri: A relative newby in the Philly bar scene, the time is nigh to live dangerous and explore some potentially uncharted territory. Let the emerald haze enfold and embolden you--check it out on your journeys!

Day 3: “Post St. Patty’s Day March Madness Party”

            When: Sunday, March 18th, from 12pm- 6pm

            Where: McFadden’s

            Cost: $5 single day admission, or $20 with 3-day All Access Pass


There you have it; a fine smattering of drinking establishments for the pinnacle of liquid holidays. Best of luck, be safe, and be sure to keep your survival guide handy!