Luck of the Badgers: Bar Crawls and More

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Madtown Lowdown | Ruby Keutzer | March 11, 2016

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If you’re reading this, it’s too late.

Hotels are already booked, and unless you’re in the minority of Badgers that don’t have two midterms and a paper due next week, the trip to Chicago this weekend isn’t gonna happen. Face it—bussing three hours into the city to spend Saturday (and probably most of Sunday, let’s not kid ourselves) wasted at the parade and bars downtown just to crash at an expensive hotel isn’t worth it.  How do they dye the Chicago River so green?  You won’t find out, because you don’t have a stack of cash and a killer fake ID. While a St. Patricks Day weekend in Chitown should still be high on your bucket list, I promise you that the opportunity to kiss some strangers and live with No Ragrets (or a few) will be there for years to come.  For now, embrace the college life and the creepy Facebook request you got from your neighbor and celebrate on State Street. From barcrawls to darties, definitely check out some of these options, and if you’re “22 from Connecticut,” at least try and memorize your zip code and state capitol.

Madison Leprecrawl

As one of the main events in Madison with SEVEN local bars participating and offering drink/food specials (as well as prizes like Brewers and Badgers tickets) this barcrawl promises to leave you hammered from way too much green beer. Drop the $20 for registration, and may the luck of the Irish be with you.

Register from 12-3 at Liquid
Saturday, March 12

Stops for the Day
Registration 12-3p.m. Liquid
2-3p.m. The Double U
3-4p.m. The Kollege Klub
4-6p.m. Whiskey Jacks Madtown (with live music from 3-5)
4-6p.m. Wando’s  *NOTE: Do not arrive at this venue before 5p.m.
4-6p.m. Mondays
6-8p.m. Red Rock Saloon Madison
6-8p.m. Chaser’s Bar & Grille

Madison Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Join the Regent Street residents on their FREE Pub crawl lead by bagpipers and leprecauns. Enjoy Bud Light specials all day, and with the money you didn’t spend on a ticket to the event, bet your friends who makes it the longest.

Saturday, March 12th
FREE Admission

1p.m. Lucky’s Bar and Grille
Ends at Buckingham’s Madison

St. Patricks Day Parade

If you’re an actual student and spend your weekend in the library to prepare for those midterms, you can reward yourself with this parade on the square Sunday afternoon.

10a.m. Shamrock Shuffle begins at the Overture Center
12p.m. The Dane County Shamrock Club Irish Flag raising in the Capitol rounds
1p.m. Contests are held at the corner of Wisconsin and Mifflin
1:30p.m. Madison’s 18th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade begins on the capitol square

The 2016 Madison Shamrock Shuffle

If, for some reason, stuffing your face with greasy food is not your gig or you no longer can drink 10 times your weight in beer, register to run in this 5k/10k. Or just watch your inspiring friend from the sideline with sunglasses on and a double shot espresso in your hands…it’s up to you.  The profits go to Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, so you’ve spent money on worse ideas.

Sunday, March 13th at 10AM Capitol Square
Online Registration is closed, but these locations still offer on-site registration:

  • 4-7p.m. March 11th at Fleet Fleet (Sun Prairie)
  • 9a.m.-4p.m. March 12th at The Orpheum
  • 8-9:45a.m. March 13th at The Orpheum

Self-Made (Drink Yo Self!) Bar Hop

Not looking for commitment? Can’t decide on one thing? Just visit some local Irish bars around Madison and taste test different ales. And no, a green Bud Light is not an Irish beer.

Some suggestions:

  • Brocach Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • Erin’s Snug Irish Pub & Restaurant
  • The Great Dane Pub and Brewing Co. (Emerald Isle Stout!)

Whatever you choose to do in Madison this weekend, whether it be wearing a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt and trying to get lucky, or working at one of those bars (God Help Us), make sure to at least walk around Madison and experience the chaos. Happy Early St. Patricks Day!

*featured photo courtesy of Wikimedia user Ardfern