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Pub Crawl 

Scene rates some of the area's best known Irish joints.

Sullivan's homey decor approaches but does not - cross the line into kitschiness. - WALTER  NOVAK
  • Walter Novak
  • Sullivan's homey decor approaches but does not cross the line into kitschiness.
On a scale of shamrocks, Five Shamrocks means excellent, Four Shamrocks good, Three Shamrocks fair, Two Shamrocks poor, and One Shamrock a bleedin' mess.

The Harp

4408 Detroit Avenue; 216-939-0200

Hours; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Bar stays open later.

Food: Five Shamrocks

Bar: Four Shamrocks (11 beers on draft; wine and cocktail menu; selection of Irish whiskeys)

Ambiance: Four Shamrocks

The Guinness Challenge: Pass

St. Patrick's Day Events: Open at 8 a.m. Limited menu served inside and in heated outdoor tent; Irish band Portersharks play 7 to 11 p.m.

Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant

13368 Madison Avenue, Lakewood; 216-529-8969

Hours: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Food: Three Shamrocks

Bar Selection: Five Shamrocks (16 beers on draft; impressive, annotated 33-item scotch and whiskey menu)

Ambiance: Four Shamrocks

The Guinness Challenge: Pass

St. Patrick's Day events: Open at 9 a.m.; traditional Irish band Smash the Windows plays at 5:30 p.m.

The Claddagh Irish Pub

25389 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst; 216-691-0534

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday; bar stays open later. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

Food: Five Shamrocks

Bar: Four Shamrocks (13 beers on draft; large selection of Irish whiskeys; small wine list)

Ambiance: Three Shamrocks

The Guinness Challenge: Pass

St. Patrick's Day events: Open at 9 a.m. Beer and shepherd's pie served in heated outdoor tent; regular menu available indoors. Live music beginning at noon.

Nighttown

12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights; 216-795-0550

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Bar stays open later.

Food: Three Shamrocks

Bar: Four Shamrocks (9 beers on draft; comprehensive wine menu; large whiskey selection)

Ambiance: Three Shamrocks

The Guinness Challenge: Fail

St. Patrick's Day events: Open at 11 a.m. Menu features corned beef and cabbage. Traditional Irish folk band The New Barleycorn performs at 5:30 and 8 p.m.; tickets are $20; reservations required.

Brendan O'Neill's

30006 Detroit Road, Westlake; 440-892-7825

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily.

Food: One Shamrock

Bar: Four Shamrocks (17 beers on draft; large selection of scotch and Irish whiskeys; moderate wine list)

Ambiance: Three Shamrocks

The Guinness Challenge: Fail

St. Patrick's Day events: Opening at 6 a.m. Live music starts at noon. Limited menu, with focus on Irish specialties.

Flannery's Pub

323 Prospect Avenue; 216-781-7782

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Food: Two Shamrocks

Bar: Five Shamrocks (27 beers on draft; 20 single-malt scotches; 10 Irish whiskeys; small wine list)

Ambiance: Two Shamrocks

The Guinness Challenge: Pass

St. Patrick's Day events: Open at 6 a.m. Live music from The Plastic Paddys scheduled to begin around 3 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m.

Merry Arts Pub & Grille

15607 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood; 216-226-4080

Hours: noon until 2:30 a.m. daily.

Food: Two Shamrocks

Bar: Three Shamrocks (8 beers on draft; 6 styles of Irish whiskey, and 2 styles of scotch)

Ambiance: Two Shamrocks

The Guinness Challenge: Fail

St. Patrick's Day events: Open at 8 a.m. for breakfast; corned beef and cabbage available later. Giveaways and Guinness specials throughout the day. Bagpipers.

Mullarkey's

4110 Erie Street, Willoughby; 440-946-7181

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Bar stays open later.

Food: Two Shamrocks

Bar: Three Shamrocks (Guinness, Harp, and Killian's on draft; 8 Irish whiskeys)

Ambiance: Two Shamrocks

The Guinness Challenge: Fail

St. Patrick's Day events: Open at 8 a.m. Irish Surprise performs from noon to 5 p.m. Mossy Moran performs from 7 p.m. to closing. Bagpipers perform throughout the day.

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