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How St. Patrick’s Day Became Associated With Drinking

By March 2, 2020 No Comments
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St. Patrick’s Day will be quickly upon us. It’s a great half-holiday (meaning no one gets a day off work to celebrate it). It lands in mid-March, where the temperatures are finally beginning to warm up. It can be during spring break where lots of people go on vacation, often to warmer climates and to beaches. And it’s a great occasion to indulge in some adult beverages. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is the fourth most popular drinking day in America, and Guinness (a dark Irish dry stout that has been served in Ireland since 1759) is served 819% more on St. Patrick’s Day than any other day of the year. And, of course, right here in Chicago, the Chicago River is dyed green on this day.

Bounce Sporting Club is a sports bar and corporate event venue in Chicago and NYC. Offering a great space to gather, including private rooms to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or to have your next corporate event in. We not only offer Guinness and many other libations, but we also offer a great food menu, including wings, tacos, salads, burgers, and much more. Below, we’ll take a look at just how St. Patrick’s Day became associated with drinking. Visit your local sports bar today!

Who Is St. Patrick?

Many people don’t know much about Saint Patrick, outside of the fact that he was a saint. Saint Patrick was born around 385 AD in Britain. He wasn’t a huge believer in Christianity although his father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest. However, he writes in his book Confession of Saint Patrick that he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland where he was enslaved. It was during this time that he converted to Christianity. He eventually escaped, returned to Britain, and became a priest. He then returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary, converting thousands. Today, he is the patron saint of Ireland.

Many of the stories you hear about St. Patrick are that — just legends and stories that can’t be proven true. One such story is how St. Patrick used the three-clover shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to unbelievers. The story of St. Patrick banishing snakes from the island of Ireland also is a legend, as there is evidence that snakes had been absent from Ireland before that. Many say it was just a story where the snakes represented druids, or paganism, in Ireland. March 17th is believed to be the day he died, which is why that day is now St. Patrick’s Day and the date celebrated as his Feast Day.

Why Do People Drink on St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day began as a feast day where Christians were allowed to put aside their Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol on this day. When you have abstained from something for a period of time, which you do in Lent, you often overindulge when you get the chance. Hence, since St. Patrick’s Day usually falls a few weeks after Lent begins, many people drink excessively since it’s been so long since they had a drink.

There is also another legend involving St. Patrick where it is said that when he was given a cup of whiskey at a pub that was not full, he told the innkeeper a devil was in the cellar cheating people of drink. In order to banish the devil, the bartender had to pour everyone’s drink to overflowing. This drinking of a “full measure” became known as “Pota Phadraig” or Patrick’s Pot.

Eventually, over the 1,000 years since St. Patrick’s feast day began, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a bigger celebration than just the patron saint of Ireland. It celebrates Irish culture, history, and many traditions. Americans began the tradition of parades on St. Patrick’s Day when so many Irish immigrated to the United States.

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday. However, it was primarily a religious holiday, the pubs being closed on March 17th. However, the Irish government saw dollar signs (or euros) and began allowing the pubs to be open on March 17th to cater to the tourists. Now, St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is a huge festival, complete with parades, concerts, fireworks, and of course, lots of beer.


Bounce Sporting Club is already preparing for St. Patrick’s Day with a great lineup of live artists at both our Chicago and our NYC sports bars. The celebrations actually start the weekend before on Saturday, March 14th. You can also expect fantastic drink specials on Irish liquors and beer, as well as amazing Irish food specials.

If you are looking to celebrate with a bunch of friends and family, or you want to hold your corporate event here, then call us today for our event venue availability. We have a variety of Chicago event venues to suit your needs. For example, our Field House holds 300 occupants with ample seating, over 20 flat screen TVS, and a DJ booth. If you are looking for a smaller setting, our Clubhouse holds 150 people and features a full bar and a private entrance off the back for privacy and exclusivity. If you are looking for a more intimate setting, our Sky Box only holds 45 people and makes a great corporate event venue space.

In New York, our corporate event venue holds 45 in the Library, a semi-private corporate event space, or you can have your corporate event in our main room for 250 people. Both have great seating options and tons of screens for the big game.

Thus, after you attend the parade and watch the Chicago River flow green in Chicago, you can head on over to Bounce Sporting Club for lunch and relax. We offer food items for the whole family to enjoy, even those with specialty diets.

Bounce Sporting Club is your go-to club for St. Patrick’s Day and all of the corporate events or personal milestones you wish to celebrate with others. Our mission is to offer you a comfortable space where you will be taken care of. Contact us today to book!


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