St. Pat’s at the pubs

12 Mar


St. Patrick’s Day, the High Holy Day of the Irish year, is just around the corner, and plans to celebrate in the village are beginning to kick into high gear.

Webster’s newest pub, Ploty’s Hometown Tavern, will be joining the fun this year in a big way.

Owner Eric Plotzker has renaimed his establishment “McPloty’s” in honor of the holiday, and has rolled out some extra special t-shirts and beer cozies, plus LOTS of great drink specials to commemorate the pub’s new (albeit temporary) Irish-ness.

He’s hoping for good weather so patrons will also be able to enjoy his patio.

Ploty’s is located at 27 West Main Street, on the lower level (where the Vino Lounge used to be).

Webster’s very own, nationally-ranked Irish pub, Barry’s Old School Irish is also planning a big splash, of course, kicking off St. Patrick’s Day week on Tuesday March 13, when the pub welcomes its friendly Barry’s Runners group at 6:30 p.m. Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to join in for a wee bit of exercise and a lot of socializing. Participants will receive Guinness give-aways and free tastings after the run.  Plus, the Foxhunters will be hosting a traditional Irish music session, and the Rochester Academy of Irish Dance will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday March 14 is Trivia Night, sponsored by Guinness with prizes for first, second and third places, and best doodle. This is always a fun time and always packed with teams, so reserve your table by e-mailing

Thursday March 15 will feature a special menu, paired with selected Irish brews and whiskeys. At 7 p.m., a Jameson rep will be in the house, and from 7 to 10 p.m., the always entertaining Kenny Snyder and Bob Grocki will play some live acoustic rock.

Barry’s Crossing will provide entertainment on Friday March 16, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  Dancers from the Jamieson Irish Dance school will perform at 8:30 p.m., and there will be Guinness and Jameson giveaways all night.

Finally, on St. Patrick’s Day proper, Barry’s will be opening the doors at 8 a.m. and have a non-stop day of entertainment, good food and drink until 2 a.m. To accommodate the expected crowds, they’ve arranged to have the sidewalks barricaded so people can spill out into the (hopefully) warm weather.

Entertainment will be provided all day by The Foxhunters, Barry’s Crossing and Everheart; two Irish dance schools will perform, whiskey reps will be handing out samples, Bagpiper Jack will walk through sometime, and of course there’s going to be some great food and drink.

There’s so much going on that day that you have to check out the Facebook page for details.

Barry’s Old School Irish is at 2 West Main Street, at the village of Webster’s four corners.

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