Some students may be looking to “get there green on” as cheaply and efficiently as they can on Saturday, when Manhattan observes the annual unofficial holiday of Fake Patty’s Day.
Many Aggieville bars will have different drink specials, and will operate on a wristband system for the fake holiday. These wristbands, usually taking the form of silicone bracelets, act as a cover for many bars. The prepaid admission permits re-entry later in the day and special parties in the morning at some bars.
Wristbands are offered early and in limited quantities, so buying them as early as possible will guarantee the lowest prices and wait times. For the best deal, check out some of the partnerships the bars have formed. Prices and V.I.P. levels vary throughout Aggieville, so be sure to compare the specials in the list below.
Some bars are doing away with the wristband admission system entirely, like Kathouse and Aggie Central Station in favor of waiving a cover charge. Some bars choose to stick to their normal operations, offering minimal specials and a laid-back atmosphere against the rush and revelry happening outside. So Long Saloon is one of these places, closing early at 9 p.m.
The following can help students navigate Aggieville celebrations on Saturday.
2014 Wristband Partnerships:
Johnny Kaw’s, Shot Stop and Bomb Bar
Kite’s and Rusty’s Last Chance Saloon
Salty Rim, Porter’s, Drinx and O’Malley’s
2014 Drink Specials:
Aggie Central Station (no cover):
$3 Neon Leprechaun shots
$3.50 LWPs and GWPs
$5 green aluminum bottles
$6 – 25 oz. “big beers”
Buffalo Wild Wings:
$3.50 Coors Light draws
$3.75 Luck of the Irish lager
$5.25 Black and Green
$7 Sour Irishman
Dirty Dawg’s Saloon:
$5 general admission band
$10 V.I.P. access band
$1 Fireball shots
Fat’s Bar and Grill:
32 oz. fishbowls
“It’s a 23-ounce drink,” Dan Milligan, Fat’s manager, said. “That’s Smirnoff Ice, a shot of liquor and liqueur.”
The Ice-A-Rita will have flavors like Willie’s Girl, Cherry Limeade, Bourbon Street Blue, Vegas Trip and Spring Breaker.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (no cover):
$4 Fuzzy’s Black and Tan (Guinness and Pacifico)
$3 Corona Light drafts
Giveaways throughout the day
Johnny Kaw’s, Shot Stop, and Bomb Bar:
Free sunglasses for the first 4,000 people
$5 general admission band (increases to $10 at the door)
$10 band gets entrance to pre-party from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
$1 green beers
Discounted shots, bombs and drinks
$20 band gets all of the above plus line jumping
“Our wristbands are reusable,” said Brett Allred, owner of Johnny Kaw’s, Salty Rim, Shot Stop and Bomb Bar. “You’re going to get discounted drinks on Fake Patty’s Day and discounts for the rest of the semester.”
Kathouse Lounge (no cover)
$5 Irish Car Bombs
With 24 Irish whiskeys available, Keltic Star may be the most traditional Irish experience
$2.50 lager and blacks – beers with black currant syrup
$5 20 oz. British imperial pints
$10.50 authentic fish and chips, wrapped in newspaper for easy transport throughout the Ville
Kite’s and Rusty’s Last Chance Saloon
Kite’s will open at 8:30 a.m. to avoid a rush at 9 a.m., when it officially becomes legal to sell alcohol.
“Right when 9 a.m. hits, you can have your drinks instead of all bombarding the bar,” Vickie Belnen, bartender, said.
Purchasing a $20 wristband gets wearers two green beers, two food items and a chance to catch T-shirts thrown from the roof.
Green Bud Light and green aluminum bottles
Mojo’s Beach Bar
$1 rummy bears
$5 double wells
$2.50 pounders from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
General admission wristbands $5 and $10 the day of the event
Changing Happy Hour specials throughout the day
$2 Jell-O shots
$4 domestic pints
The Salty Rim
Green aluminum Bud Light bottles
Wabash Bar and Grill (no cover)
$2 shots from shot girls’ trays
$4 pounders, wells, draws and shots