O’Charley’s: “Irish music will play all day”

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JOLIET, IL – There was no fun on St. Patrick’s Day last year for longtime owners of the popular Joliet O’Charley Irish Pub, 117 N. Center St. In 2020, the pandemic struck. Illinois bars and restaurants were forced to close on March 16, St. Patrick’s Day.

This meant that O’Charley’s had to cancel its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. For years, O’Charley’s was the center of the party on March 17th. This is one of Joliet’s favorite stops for families, friends and colleagues to have fun on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Everything here is Irish,” manager JR Alonzo told Joliet Patch on Tuesday afternoon. “You don’t get much more Irish than O’Charley’s. He has the most Irish heritage behind him.”

And whether you are a regular or just for fun one day of the year you can pretend to be Irish if you are not, you are always welcome to grab a Guinness and share cheers inside the bar or in the heated tent.

“I hope we have a good big turnout,” said Alonzo.

O’Charley’s Irish Pub is bracing for a big crowd on St. Patrick’s Day. The fun lasts from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Image via John Ferak / Patch

So, what’s in store for St. Patrick’s Day at O’Charley’s?

O’Charley’s will have a DJ playing favorites from the Clancy Brothers, Dropkick Murphys and many more.

Irish music will be playing all day in our heated tent,” remarked Alonzo, whose uncle Tommy Charley is the owner.

On St. Paddy’s Day, O’Charley’s will be offering 16 oz Guinness and 16 oz Harp lagers for $ 5; cans of domestic beer will be $ 3. Corned beef dinners and corned beef sandwiches will be served from approximately 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

O’Charley’s will open at 11 a.m. and close at 2 a.m.

And next Saturday, O’Charley’s will repeat St. Patrick’s Day and stay open until 3 a.m., its manager said.

O’Charley’s has been on the corner of North Center and Oneida streets since 1988. Prior to that, O’Charley’s was downtown, near the Will County Courthouse.

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