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Irish On Ionia

Irish On Ionia St. Patrick's Day Festival Set For Downtown Grand Rapids

HopCat, McFadden's, Stella's Lounge and The Viceroy Team Up For 1st Annual St. Patrick's Day "Irish On Ionia" Celebration.

Press Release:

On March 17, four downtown bars owned by Mark & Michele Sellers of Barfly Ventures, LLC are joining forces to create a signature St. Patrick's Day celebration on Ionia Street. The event, named Irish On Ionia, will offer guests Irish-inspired live music, craft beer, cocktails and food at four different bars; HopCat, McFadden's, Stella's Lounge and The Viceroy, plus an outdoor beer tent. A wristband, purchased for $10, will be required for entry.

"We'll have some great live music from bands The Lash and An Dro, as well as others. Bands will do two sets, playing at HopCat and also in an outdoor beer tent next to McFadden's. We'll also have DJs, drum & pipe bands, and Irish drinking songs throughout the day at all of the bars," said Garry Boyd, "Ringleader" for Barfly Ventures. Boyd continued: "There will be lots of green beer flowing, plenty of authentic Irish drafts and locally-made Irish-inspired craft beers, not to mention some great Irish lunch and dinner features at all of the bars. This year, Ionia Street is going to be THE place to be on St. Patrick's Day."

Irish on Ionia officially begins at 7am on Thursday, March 17th at McFadden's Irish Saloon with their annual "Kegs & Eggs" Irish breakfast, and at HopCat, where iconic Grand Rapids radio personality Kevin Mathews will host his WLAV morning show. Both McFadden's and HopCat have different events planned throughout the day. HopCat is focusing on live Irish bands and Irish craft beers. McFadden's has also has plenty planned during the day, including the 2nd annual "Shamrock, Paper, Scissors" contest in the Pearl Room. Both bars will feature Irish-inspired food features.

The Irish On Ionia Outdoor Beer tent opens at noon, with live bands and DJs, an Irish Dunk Tank, contests throughout the day, and a Green Car Giveaway. All profits made from the beer tent will go to local non-profit The Dwelling Place, an organization that has been about affordable housing, supportive services and neighborhood revitalization in downtown Grand Rapids for 30 years.

Stella's Lounge and The Viceroy will open at 11am with their signature Giant Stuffed Burgers available to hungry revelers. Stella's stocks more than 30 Irish whiskies and 170 whiskies from the rest of the world. Stella's will also feature Irish punk rock all day long. The Viceroy bartenders will be making hand-crafted cocktails featuring Irish whiskies.

In lieu of cover, "All Access" wristbands will be sold. These will be good at all four venues. The "All Access" wristbands ($10), as well as VIP Irish On Ionia t-shirt / "All Access" wristband bundles ($20 - limited availability) are available in advance starting on March 8th at McFadden's, HopCat, Stella's Lounge, or The Viceroy. They will also be available throughout the day at each of the venues for $10 while supplies last, so buy them in advance or come out early. After 10am, a wristband will be necessary for access to this event.

BarFly is very excited to be working with its partners, WLAV, WHTS "Hot FM" and Baker Tent & Party Rental on this event.

Irish On Ionia. Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

HopCat is located at 25 Ionia St. SW, downtown Grand Rapids. For more information, please check their website (,) check them out on Facebook or contact Garry Boyd by phone (616) 451-4677 or email

McFadden's is located at 58 Ionia St. SW, downtown Grand Rapids. For more information, please check their website (,) check them out on Facebook or contact Shane Philipsen by phone (616) 454-9105 or email

Stella's Lounge and The Viceroy are located at 53 Commerce St. SW, downtown Grand Rapids. For more information, please check their website (, or,) check them out on Facebook or contact Linsday Fussman by phone (616) 742-4444 or email

The Irish On Ionia Beer Tent is located in the parking lot next to McFadden's on Ionia St. SW. For more information contact Shane Philipsen by phone (616) 454-9105 or email


GRNow Guide to St. Patrick's Day


Thursday, March 17, 2011
07:00 AM
12:00 AM



25 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Garry Boyd
 616 4514677 
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