In Chicago, you never forget when it's St. Patrick's Day. The celebrations actually start the weekend before. I went to see Gaelic Storm last Saturday. The green party stuff was out in force. As for ther actual day, there isn't a single store/bar/restaurant/office that lets you forget it. My friends and I decided to go to Celtic Crossings, a 'traditional' Irish pub on Clark St... i was told that 4pm should be early enough to get a table and be happy... now, of course, the folks planning this outing had NO idea how seriously St. Patty's Day is taken here. I got there AT four and there were people already drunk off their a***s. I had to wait 45 minutes to get a table, and that was once I had my first Guinness (and finished it). One of the other group members joined me, and we got a table. Then we were ushered out of there by the rest of the group who didn't want to wait five more minutes to get inside, and decided to go across the street to Clark Street Ale House. So, we eventually got a table there, after an hour... impatient twits...
I had four pints of Guinness last night... now if I got true hangovers, I'd be wanting to kill something right now... as it is, I just want LOTS of coffee. And chocolate.
I'll never drink four of them again... ugh *thud*