St. Patrick’s Day is the most highly-anticipated holiday of the year for revelers from the white cliffs of Dover to the sandy shores of New England! From the pubs of the Emerald Isle to the taverns of Rhode Isle, this is a day of celebration, parades, pageantry and lots of partying. No day could be more joyous than St. Patrick’s Day for the family and staff of Pawtuxet Village’s own O’Rourke’s Bar & Grill.
This March 17th marks the tavern’s 13th year in business and its 14th official St. Patrick’s Day. It was March 16th, 2006 when the late Michael O’Rourke held up the equivalent of a “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” ~ the coveted and long-awaited liquor license that would allow his newly renovated tavern to celebrate their first St. Patrick’s Day in style. Now, all these years later, Michael’s legacy lives on in his namesake, the ever-popular O’Rourke’s Bar & Grill ~ and if he were here today, he would be raising a glass with the best of them!
All are invited to join in the festivities at O’Rourke’s where owner Laurie O’Rourke has pulled out all the stops for celebrants near and far. There will, of course, be plenty of libations to go around. In addition to their usual selection of beers, Laurie has added ten hand-picked draft beers to the list including Harpoon Craic, an Irish red IPA. Some classic Irish and St. Patrick’s Day traditional favorites will be served this day ~ there will be Corned Beef sandwiches, Reuben sandwiches and Grilled cheese sandwiches to satisfy every craving. All. Day. Long.
Bag pipers and Irish step dancers will also make an appearance throughout the day and the afternoon will be highlighted by the Irish tunes of Shawn Reilly (beginning at 1:00pm) and the Hilldale Boys at 6:00pm. There will be live entertainment going on all weekend at O’Rourke’s and the second floor will be open to accommodate any overflow. The weather should hold so tables and chairs will be open on the patio for service under the pub’s cheerful Guinness umbrellas.
O’Rourke’s Bar & Grill is one of historic Pawtuxet Village’s most recognizable landmarks and popular destinations. Every year, Laurie makes this tightknit community even more special by festooning the village with the 32 county flags of Ireland. These brightly colored banners fly high, marking the day when the great St. Patrick arrived, introducing Christianity to that verdant island country.
Come to O’Rourke’s Bar & Grill on 23 Peck Lane in Warwick, right in the Cranston city line. For more information, including hours, you can find them on their website at www.orourkesbarandgrill.com or at 401-228-7444. You will also find them on Facebook and Instagram. To reserve Breffny’s for your next private function, call Laurie at 401-499-706.
O’Rourke’s opens at 9:30 on St. Patrick’s Day! Extra parking will be available at nearby Aspray Boat House.