Bars and pubs around Hartford will be serving up bands, beers and bagpipes all week long. Whether you're in the mood for a traditional corned beef dinner with a properly poured 'Black and Tan,' or a burger with a green Bud Light – Hartford has plenty of places offering the Irish spirit.

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Here are spots worth visiting if celebrating St. Paddy's Day is your aim.

The Half Door
270 Sisson Ave
(860) 232-7827

The Half Door is as authentic an Irish pub as Hartford has. One of the state's largest selections of European ales on tap, regular performances by bands from Ireland and a cozy wood paneled interior give the Half Door its genuine character.

Irish acts including Seven Nations -- on Tuesday and The Bards on Wednesday highlight a week of 18 or 19 bands at The Half Door.

Guinness is just one of 72 beers served at The Half Door, most of which are from Europe. With so many to choose from, the friendly and knowledgeable bartender is happy to assist even when the place gets crowded.

And the place does get crowded. Everyone from University of Hartford students to business people commuting back to the suburbs come to the Half Door. A testament to its authenticity is the number of first and second generation Irish who frequent the bar.

The bar opens at 8 a.m. Sat., March 12 and will be serving a traditional Irish breakfast before the parade. Performances by five bands will follow.

Parade day draws a young crowd, but families having lunch or dinner will also feel comfortable and welcomed.

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McKinnon's Irish Pub
114 Asylum St
(860) 524-8174

McKinnon's is a parade day hot spot. "We have a lot of fun here," said manager Brandon Harper.