Ask an Irish Bartender: How to best celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Sean Gormley, owner of Gormley's Pub and The Irish Barber in Rocky River, answers our questions about the do's and don'ts of Ireland's big USA holiday.

How do you best celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Ask an Irish Bartender.

Sean Gormley, originally from Derry City in Northern Ireland, pulls double duty with his two careers: barber during the day, and bartender at night.

Gormley is the owner of Gormley’s Pub (19500 Center Ridge Rd, Rocky River). The pub is housed in a former drug store from the 1914, and has remained untouched in many aspects, from the original tin ceilings to the hardwood floors. You can, of course, order a draft of Guinness stout, and snack on Tayto crisps (a favorite potato chip of Ireland), but there are plenty of other drafts and whiskeys to slake your thirst.

The Irish Barber, also run by Gormley, is located next door. The two businesses used to share the same space for fifteen years, with the pub being a smaller part of the barber shop. Three years ago, he moved the barber shop into its own space. The shop offers the classic barber shop experience, with antique chairs, clipper and scissor cuts, and even a hot towel and straight razor shave available.

We asked Gormley some of the “do’s and don’ts” of celebrating the biggest Irish holiday in the United States. Check out what he told us in our video interview.

We aren’t getting one this year, but relive the good times of Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day parade from 2019.