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Denton pubs have ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day

If you want to get your Irish on this weekend, a few downtown venues plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Dan’s Silverleaf presents Forgotten Space in “A Greenful Dead St. Patrick’s Day Experience.” We’re not sure how close the relationship between the Emerald Isle’s patron saint and a Grateful Dead tribute band could be, but the band means to strike up a jig-inspiring tune at 4 p.m. Sunday at Dan’s.

Now, Hares on the Mountain has the Celtic punk-danger folk business down. If the band brings on a murder ballad, complete with poetic allusions to love affairs gone deadly, the snakes bedding in the souls of Denton no-goodniks will probably get driven out of North Texas. Hoist a pint to the pub rockers at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Local Celtic band County Rexford (Rex Emerson’s side project) plays from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub, 101 W. Hickory St. Do your duty and be Irish for the day — buy a round for the band. (We can also recommend the cottage pie, the fish and chips and a pint of Guinness if you want to keep it in theme.)

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern doesn’t have any special music planned — and after sending off a successful 35 Denton run, the staff deserves the rest. But the restaurant promises drink and food specials to pay tribute to the saint. Sweetwater is located just off the Square, at 115 S. Elm St. Dusty’s Bar, at 119 S. Elm, also reports St. Patrick’s Day drink specials.

Banter Bistro will host a St. Patrick’s Day jam session from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday — and the bar has always had Guinness on tap.

— Lucinda Breeding