Mar 16 2015

Signs of the Irish

Folly Beach was hopping this past Saturday with St Patty’s Day revelers participating in the Annual Pub Crawl. Hundreds of people celebrated up and down Center Street, and many bars and restaurants offered drink specials. Signs of the Irish were seen everywhere. Chants and loud exclamations of “Erin Go Bragh” were vehemently exhorted in the new Irish Pub, James Gate, where the Folly Beach Shrimp Company used to call home.

Fourteen bars and restaurants were involved in the event this year. Participants were invited to get a ticket stamped from each venue to participate in a raffle at Loggerhead’s at the end of the day. The Grill and Island Bar kicked off the day with an $8 Car Bomb, served with a shot made up of 1/2 Baileys and 1/2 Jamesun and a glass filled 2/3 with Guinness. We gladly dropped the shot into the Guinness and chugged the Bomb before heading to the next location.

The Surf Bar was packed to the gills with hipsters filing up to order drinks. Taco Boy’s nacho platters were on full display as people gobbled up delicious appetizers. PBR’s, beer favored by locals, were going for $2.50-$3.00 per can, depending on the venue. Woody’s Pizza pies were flying out the door like frisbees along with many of the low cost PBR’s, and nobody left Folly Beach hungry.

Rita’s offered three delicious cocktails for their celebration. The Bacardi Cuba contained Bacardi Libra Rum, coke and fresh lime wedges. A sweet Bacardi Peach Monitor mixed Bacardi’s Peach Rum, mint, lime, simple syrup and club soda. The peach nectar slid easily down our thirsty palates, and we investigated the third option carefully – the Lucky Lady, made of Oakheart Spiced Rum, Contreau Liquor, lemon juice, agave nectar and orange juice.

By the end of the day, most revelers gathered at Loggerhead’s for the finale. The band, Rawberry Jam, entertained the packed deck until just after 4pm when the raffle took place. By that time, everyone was in a joyful mood and enjoying the Springtime atmosphere that had overtaken the afternoon.

The event was a wonderful reminder that warm weather, sunshine, and time on the beach is headed our way again soon! We can’t wait for the Sun and Sand Festival coming up next. Make plans to join us for more Spring festivities on Folly Beach.



Bob Hart Author

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