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Guide to Irish pubs in Jackson

The Hal's St. Paddy's Parade is quickly approaching and whether you’re a native to Jackson or have just been here a few times, one thing you know is there is no place like Jackson during St. Paddy's!

We know that *technically* St. Patrick's Day was last weekend, but we are celebrating a week late with Jackson's "green Mardi Gras" the Hal's St. Paddy's Parade and Festival.

Some people come from all around to enjoy all the festivities of this Irish holiday. Here are some Irish pubs located in Jackson that will be more than happy to keep your cups full and help you have a good time all year round!

Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Jackson
Keep the party going at the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Fenian's Pub.

Fenian's Pub

Established in November 1996, Fenian’s Pub & Restaurant is locally owned and operated. We are dedicated to the celebration of Irish and Celtic heritage and history.

The name originates from the legendary band of warriors led by Finn McCool. Legend has it that Finn McCool was a giant of a man who possessed all the knowledge of the world. It is said that he lies sleeping beneath Dublin and will awake in Ireland’s most dire hour of need.

Fenian’s Pub & Restaurant is a full service, sit-down restaurant as well as your local neighborhood pub. We have a fine staff of bartenders, servers and cooks all dedicated to making your experience at Fenian’s fun and relaxed.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. / Saturday: 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. / Sunday: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Where: Fenian’s Pub – 901 E. Fortification Street

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Green beer, Jameson, and great jams will be flowing at Fenian’s Pub Saturday! 
Green beer, Jameson, and great jams will be flowing at Fenian’s Pub Saturday! 

St. Patrick’s Party @ Fenian’s

Green beer, Jameson, and great jams will be flowing at Fenian’s Pub Saturday! Whether you’re looking for traditional Irish grub, a pint of creamy stout or a dram of one of our 55+ Irish whiskies…we’ve got you covered!

The traditional Irish pub starts the day with their pre-parade Irish breakfast buffet starting at 9 a.m. You can make your way to the parade route or just kick back with traditional Irish grub, a pint of creamy stout, or any of their 55+ Irish whiskies while you listen to some sweet jams!

And if you feel the need to keep the celebrating going through Sunday, Fenian’s is the place to be starting at 11 a.m. Traditional Irish music, outdoor games, giveaways, and specials will have you saying “Irish it was always St. Patrick’s Day!”

When: Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 2 a.m. / Sunday – 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Where: Fenian’s Pub – 901 E. Fortification Street

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Martin's Downtown
Martin's Downtown

Martin's Downtown

Martin’s Downtown story begins in 1953 when Martin Lassiter opened the doors to Martin’s Downtown for the first time on the corner of Silas Brown and State Street. It started out simple with a small grill and only serving breakfast and lunch.

In 1973, Martin’s Downtown moved into the old Anthony’s Steak House location, on State Street, and within four months their doors were opened as a bar serving beer only and brown-bagged the liquor. But they weren’t one of your typical late-night bars seeing as they closed at 8:30 p.m.! In 1976, Calvin Stodghill became a regular visitor and a really good friend of Martin Lassiter. Martin’s Downtown eventually acquired a liquor license and became a full-service bar in 1977.

In 1984, Martin’s Downtown made one last move and relocated to their current location at 214 South State Street. Shortly after the move Martin Lassiter became ill and needed to sell his beloved restaurant and bar. It was important to Martin that the place continued to grow and stay within the “family,” so Calvin Stodghill purchased Martin’s Downtown in 1997.

Since then, Martin and Calvin’s legacy has lived on, and Martin’s Downtown is a staple of the Jackson community. Although renovations and changes have occurred over the years; Joseph Stodghill, Calvin’s son, now owns the restaurant and music venue, we’re still your neighborhood hangout.

Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. / Sun 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.  

Kitchen Open: Lunch –  Mon-Sat 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Dinner: Mon-Sat 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Martin’s Downtown – 214 State Street

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Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Jackson
Keep the party going at the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Martin's Downtown.

Martin’s Downtown St Paddy’s Party

You will NOT want to miss Martin’s Downtown’s Annual St. Paddy’s Day Party. With musical guests Afroman, Epic Funk Brass Band, DJ Young Venom, DJ Nasty Show and much more, you will be partying into the night at the downtown Jackson hotspot.

Martin’s is the perfect spot, right on the parade route, to spend your entire day celebrating during Jackson’s Green Mardi Gras. They will be serving up live music and libations from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.

DJ Young Venom and DJ Nasty Show will have music earlier in the day, Afroman will headline the post-parade party. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. This event is for adults 18 and up and tickets can be purchased online HERE or at the gate.

When: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Martin’s Downtown – 214 State Street

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Ole Tavern on George St
Ole Tavern on George St

Ole Tavern on George St

Ole Tavern on George St can be found on the National Register of Historic Places.

The historic 1910 building located on George St in downtown Jackson has transformed from a Grocery to a Restaurant/Bar in 1973 where many famous musicians have graced Ole Tavern with their talents. They also have a lingering ghost who likes to cause mischief from time to time!

In 2008 Jason & Shannon Cockrell purchased the building and renovated to what is now know as Ole Tavern on George St.

They have captured the essences of the South’s unique culinary flair and good old fashioned home cooking inspired by the tantalizing flavors from Jackson to New Orleans.

Cuisine ranges from fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese fritters, seared tuna sandwiches, King George burgers, shrimp & grits, Cajun gumbo, red beans, and rice to fried catfish.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. / Saturday: 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Kitchen hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. / Saturday: 2:30 p.m. – until

Where: Ole Tavern on George Street – 416 George Street

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Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Jackson
Keep the party going at the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Ole Tavern on George Street.

10th Annual St. Paddy’s Block Party

The 10 Annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party kicks off at Ole Taven on George Street at 2 p.m. Saturday and the party goes until 2 a.m. rain or shine.

They will have the patio open with live music from Calvin Webster, The Whiskey Barrels will be upstairs and DJ Glenn will be providing the dance party.

$8 food specials, many drink specials, and swag are what wait for you at Ole Tavern. There will be door prizes from Jägermeister, so come early and grab your ticket to win one of two single bottle dispensers.

When: 2:00 p.m.

Where: Ole Tavern on George Street – 416 George Street

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Stop by these great pubs on, before, and after St. Patrick's Day and enjoy the authentic Irish feel that each one of them has to offer!

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