Green people out in droves. Lines all over. Covers for bars that normally are empty. Couples fighting wearing green antlers and shot glass necklaces…normal? On Hoboken St. Patty’s (or Leprecon), it is.
While a lot of Hoboken residents complain about this type of debauchery, I can’t lie - if you’re in the right mood and with the right people, it’s not horrible. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!
Last year I wasn’t into it, this year, I found myself enjoying it a little bit more, especially with some fabulous friends in town. There are some tricks of the trade, however, which comes with experience. In my 26 years (and 5 years being of age), I’ve discovered a few things while frolicking in green all around the city. Let’s just say I’m a seasoned St. Patrick’s Day Celebrator:
1. Eat a Big Carboloaded Breakfast
First stop? Green eggs and some Irish soda bread with The Bloginista. You MUST eat beforehand. It’s a rule. Heavy on the bread. Not going gluten free on Leprecon, that’s for sure. I’m glad I have friends who like to make breakfast…
2. Try to Not to Be Ridiculous and Go Crazy within the First 4 Hours.
I was out most of the day at several house parties and bars, but lasted the whole day with no hiccups…literally. Impressed?
Well, except when we start a limbo at Kolo Klub. Oops.
3. Hydrate. And Eat. Again.
Water, Cocktail, Water, Cocktail. FOOD.
4. Drink in Moderation, Part 2.
House party alternated with bar means that you have to break from guzzling cocktails in order to navigate your way to the next location. Going from Pilsener Haus to a party on 1st and Willow meant a nice breath of fresh air and refreshment from the crazy Kolo Klub that we had just left. Definitely a plus. I’d also opt AWAY from shots if I were you. Liquor + day drinking never mix.
5. Whatever You Do, Don’t Pee on CDs at Tunes.
Seriously, some idiot drunk girl actually did this yesterday. REALLY? Come on. It totally gives the rest of us who partake responsibly a bad name. What an idiot. CDs have a hard enough time getting sold withOUT pee on them.
6. Eat a Good Dinner.
Depending on who you’re with, you can eat at a nice place or more of a dive/fast food joint. We were all in relatively good shape around 6pm, so we opted for a delicious Italian dinner at Grimaldi’s, one of my favorites. It was soooo good. I ordered a calzone, and lots of pizza was shared.
6. Don’t Be Stupid. I Repeat, Don’t Be Stupid.
SWAT team was here just in case. 7 arrests by 6pm.
Better than last year as far as arrests go, but just don’t be dumb and get a $2000 fine.
7. Don’t Wear Sunglasses at Night
It makes you look drunk. Bouncers will be watching. In general, I always opt for a hint of green, not a full out green suit. Like the girl I saw wearing a legitimate full-body shamrock outfit. It’s all about moderation on Leprecon day…isn’t it?
8. Go to Bed at a Reasonable Hour
The darker it is, the more creepy stuff that goes on. Make sure you are safe and sound inside before it’s too late out. Let’s say 9pm is the witching hour. I was in my pjs by 10pm – that’s a record for even a weeknight! How about you?
9. Get a Delicious Brunch in the AM
Brunch is a must. Recap + delicious food = necessity. We ate uptown at Turning Point, right on the water. Since we got there early (930, I know, who ARE we? there was barely a line). By the time we left, it would have been an hour to wait. Make sure you go early!
How did you survive Leprecon? Did you partake in festivities?