Philadelphia bars, restaurants ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

"We officially missed two St. Paddy's Days. I'm so stoked about it," said O'Neals Pub owner Spoonie O'Neal.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia bars and restaurants are looking for their biggest business day since COVID-19 began two years ago.

McGillin's Olde Ale House is ready for St. Patrick's Day. Their doors open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

"It's our 162nd year of St. Patrick's Day, so we've been doing this a lot of years. If you remember last year, it was all outside -- a much different feel. Inside, there's more history, more ambiance," said owner Chris Mullins.

They have quite the party planned after a two-year hiatus. McGillin's chocolate leprechaun martini is on deck and kegs of green beer are being chilled in the basement.

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At O'Neals Pub on South 3rd Street, they'll be serving up all kinds of Irish fare.

Of course, no masks or vaccine cards will be required. Their outdoor space will be open as well.

"We officially missed two St. Paddy's Days. I'm so stoked about it," said owner Spoonie O'Neal.

Our last stop on Wednesday night was Fergie's Pub in the 1200 block of Sansom Street.

Owner Fergus Carey says the past two years were difficult.

"I was in here being photographed by news people by myself in my own bar in the dark," recalled Carey of St. Patrick's Day during the early days of the pandemic.

But on Thursday, they too will be serving up great food and drinks. Fergie's is expecting standing room only.

"We're open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. We'll be here," said Carey.

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