St. Pattyâ€™s Day celebrations â€“ Slainte!Â
Portland, ORÂ â€“ For those who plan to paint the town green, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds you to celebrate responsibly this St. Patrickâ€™s Day weekend.Â St. Patrickâ€™s Day falls onÂ Monday, March 17; however, many celebratory events are scheduled to start as early asÂ Friday.
â€œGreen beer, Irish whiskey, and Irish cream liqueur are all popular beverages on the one day of the year whenÂ everyone is Irish,â€ says Merle Lindsey, OLCC Deputy Director. â€œWhether you choose to celebrate at home or at one of 7,000 bars, restaurants and taverns that sell alcohol across the state, we ask that you plan ahead for a safe night and not rely on the luck of the Irish.â€
Tips for St. Pattyâ€™s Day Celebrations:
- Pace yourselfÂ â€“ Enjoy water or a snack between beverages, it will help you make it to the pot of gold at the end of the night.
- Donâ€™t drink on an empty stomachÂ – A serving of corn beef and cabbage can help your body process the alcohol.
- Plan ahead for a safe ride homeÂ â€“ Save a gold coin or two to pay for a cab or ride public transit
- Thank your servers and bartendersÂ â€“ They have a responsibility to make sure that customers donâ€™t drink too much.Â If they take your drink away or offer to call you a cab â€“Â Thank them.Â They are doing it because they are responsible and they want everyone to be safe.
Liquor stores across the state will have normal business hours on St. Patrickâ€™s Day.Â VisitÂ www.OregonLiquorSearch.comÂ for store hours, directions, and available products.