SLAINTE!

Sip a pint, kick up your heels, savor Irish cuisine at Maui pubs and restaurants on St. Paddy’s Day

Mulligans on the Blue gang Tanja Valentine, (from left, hugging the leprechaun), owner Mike O’Dwyer, Amanda Schmillen and Bartender Dustin Shelton gear up for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Thirsty for that pint of fun at the end of the Maui rainbow?

Then say, “Slainte!” Irish for “to good health!” at St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in select establishments island wide. Do wear green, or you may just get pinched. And brush up on famous Emerald Isle songs such as “Molly Malone,” “Whiskey In A Jar” and “Danny Boy.”

Party central on island for St. Paddy’s Day tomfoolery will be Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. Also throwing bashes will be Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kihei and Pint & Cork in The Shops at Wailea. Maui rotary clubs will present fundraisers at Royal Lahaina Resort and Kihei Charter School.

Make sure you have a designated driver or catch a taxi or Uber if you imbibe in a dark and velvety Guinness or three.

“As Oscar Wilde once said, ‘I can resist everything but temptation.’ And who could not be tempted to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?” asks Mike O’Dwyer, Mulligans on the Blue owner and a Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland, native.

Irish lamb stew, brown bread and Harp-battered fish ’n’ chips will be among the authentic offerings. Mulligans on the Blue photo

“While St. Paddy’s Day officially falls on March 17, which is Sunday this year, we’ll kick it off Saturday morning with our 10th annual Bocce Ball Tournament at Mulligans benefitting Maui Food Bank’s BackPack Buddies,” O’Dwyer says.

“Then at noon on Saturday, the Willie K St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament will tee off on the Wailea Blue Course,” O’Dwyer adds. “All proceeds will go directly to the Willie K cancer fund. All golfers are welcome, from single leprechauns to foursomes. Wearing of the green is mandatory. The hole-in-one first prizes are a car from Jim Falk Motors and a trip to Las Vegas by Gus Hoeft of the former Hapa’s. To register, call the Willie K hotline at 250-8288.”

As luck would have it, the Mulligans party continues through Saturday night.

“If you golf in the tourney, the Mulligans party is free,” says O’Dwyer. “Otherwise, it’s $125 per person.”

On Sunday, Mulligans will celebrate its 17th annual St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza from opening to closing.

Proceeds from The Willie K Golf Tournament on Saturday help pay for his cancer treatments. For reservations, call 874-1131 or 250-8288. Photo courtesy the artist

“It will be our biggest one yet,” O’Dwyer anticipates. “Doors open at 10 a.m., and the first 15 people in the door get free T-shirts. Admission is $10 before 4 p.m. and $25 per person afterwards. Kick up your heels to nonstop music and corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, bangers and mash and our famous vegan veggie curry.

“It truly takes an army to prepare the feast. We will have 30 cases of corned beef slow cooked and prepared to perfection, 300 pounds of mahimahi ready for the Harp Lager battering of our fish and chips and 100 pounds of lamb for Irish stew,” adds O’Dwyer. “All of our Irish food would make the angels sing.”

The corned beef, for instance, is thickly sliced and served with braised Kula cabbage, mashed potatoes, parsley and stone-ground mustard cream. The lamb stew is braised in a rich Guinness stock with carrots, parsnips, onions and potatoes.

Live music kicks off at Mulligans at 11 a.m. Sunday with David Connelly “straight from Dublin,” he says. “At 12 o’clock, the Celtic Tigers will roar, followed by Island Soul Band at 3 p.m.”

There are no reservations after 2 p.m., it’s first-come first served.

Moose McGillycuddy’s principal partner George Watson (standing) gets ready for the St. Paddy’s Day revelry with Restaurant Manager Tessa Caskey, Chef Carlos Magolhaes and Scott Watson — showcasing green beer and corned beef sliders. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

“At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Celtic Tigers will come on again. The ‘Mad Bagpiper’ Roger McKinley will perform at 7:30 and then the full Willie K band will rock the house down at 8 p.m. Of course, we will be serving Irish food and drink all day.”

Shepherd’s pie is the comfort food special at $10 all day until it runs out. Plus, Proper Twelve Irish house whiskey is $5 per shot.

“As we celebrate Irish ways and customs, you may sip Guinness Stout and Jameson’s Irish whiskey, Kilkenny and Harp beers and Tullamore Dew, Powers, Midleton, Paddy and more will all be flowing like the River Liffey. And we’ll feature Magners Cider on draft from my home town of Clonmel,” says O’Dwyer. “It is the best apple cider in the world. To finish with another Oscar Wilde quote, ‘Work is the curse of the drinking class.’ So come ‘slainte’ to your health as we say back home.”

In Kihei, Moose McGillycuddy’s will be Dublin your fun with food and beverage specials from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday for St. Paddy’s Day with the bar open until at least midnight.

“Moose’s celebrates St. Paddy’s Day like no other place,” says Restaurant Manager Tessa Caskey. “Come and drink green beer, eat traditional Irish food and be silly.”

The Pint & Cork Executive Chef James Wilfong will blend whiskey in 1,000 Island sauce. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Imbibe in Irish Car Bombs, Black & Tans, green Bud Light drafts and Irish Chi Chis — all tempting you to kiss the Blarney stone. Oops –it’s in Ireland.

As one of many signs on the walls reads, “Carrots are good for your eyes, but booze will double your vision.”

Beer and drink specials will run all day, and Irish food specials will be served from 11 a.m. until gone.

Executive Chef Carlos Magolhaes will prepare his famous Guinness beef stew by slow-roasting chunks of beef in Guinness Stout beer and seasonings to make Moose’s most popular St Paddy’s Day dish. It often runs out by 7 p.m.

“Shepherd’s pie is made with our famous Guinness beef stew and topped with mashed potatoes,” says Magolhaes. “This favorite is truly amazing.”

Other specials will include fresh roasted corned beef with au jus and steamed cabbage and carrots, and corned-beef sandwiches on grilled rye bread. In addition, from 4 to 10 p.m. each and every Friday, it’s Irish Night with fresh corned beef dinners and Guinness and Irish whiskey specials.

“We’ve got 22 beer taps up here,” says Managing Partner Penny Joe Putnam. “It’s a really nice addition and there’s something for everyone.”

“Moose’s is the largest sports bar in Kihei with over 30 TVs and big screens to watch every game,” she adds.

“Moose’s is a family restaurant that hosts weekly events such as Monday night bingo that is free with great prizes for everyone of all ages. We have free Wednesday Trivia Night. Bring your brain and a creative name for your team with from one to six people per team welcome.”

For more details, call the restaurant at 891-8600.

At The Pint & Cork, one of the island’s premier gastro pubs and sports bars in The Shops at Wailea, drink specials will flow from 11 a.m. Sunday all the way to 2 a.m. the next day with Guinness and Guinness Blonde on tap along with dozens of fine Irish whiskeys and many others.

“We have enough fine whiskeys to choke a horse,” says Managing Partner Scott Pacer about the selection.

Speaking of horses as well as whiskey, Executive Chef James Wilfong moved here from Kentucky, where he ran the kitchens of Churchill Downs.

“We catered to 176,000 people on Derby Day,” he says. “This is my first St. Paddy’s Day here, and I’ll make Irish nachos with house potato chips, top it with corned beef and drizzle it with 1,000 Island dressing made with whiskey sauce.”

Kamaaina with valid ID get 20 percent off food from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call The Pint & Cork at 727-2038.