How a Christian feast day devolved into an Irish drinking holiday, is open to debate. It was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century, observed by the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. 

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland and is celebrated annually on March 17th, his traditional death date. One cause for the revelry of eating and drinking is that Lenten restrictions on eating and alcohol were lifted for the day. 

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Bars across Southwest Michigan will all be focusing on the Irish spirit, but there are only a handful of Irish pubs that focus on the Irish culture. A full offering of Irish cuisine can’t be guaranteed, but an order of Corned Beef & Cabbage is a possibility. 

Here are 5 Southwest Michigan pubs that come closest to offering a traditional Irish pub atmosphere. 

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