Maybe it is Easy Being Green: The HAT Tavern is Hot Spot to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

'Full Irish Breakfast'
It's not easy being green.
It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things.
"It's Not Easy Being Green" - Kermit The Frog

With all do respect to one of THE most esteemed members of The Muppets, we heartily disagree. In fact, there is one day each year when it is not only easy to be green, it is expected and celebrated.
Yes, while we always look to Valentine’s Day to start ushering in the end of winter and the beginning of the soon to come spring season, it is really St Patrick’s Day that kicks off a new season filled with celebration and general enjoyment among friends and family in America and in the country of Ireland.

What began a religious feast day of the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating the rich culture of the country through its penchant for dancing, food, and gathering to recognize the culture and tradition of this great country.

At the Grand Summit Hotel you know the holiday is right around the corner when the annual Friendly Sons of St. Patrick event is hosted at the historic Hotel. The event has been an annual tradition going on two decades now, and it is one the Hotel cherishes.

“The group of guys that comes to the hotel for this event every year is very special,” says long time Grand Summit Hotel Director of Catering Jimmy Thornton. “The relationships we have with many of the attendees have been established over may years, and the result has been countless weddings and other large social events that have spun off of this great annual event.”

The Hotel jumps at the chance to host an event that brings so many people from so many diverse backgrounds of business and public service. The event includes people from the public and private sector who come together in the name of this great Irish tradition with an element of charity at its core. With St Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday this year, the merriment of the event the night before should be even more special.

One of the key elements behind customers choosing the classic hotel is the ability to keep the party going through the evening in the hotel’s signature HAT Tavern that closes at 1 a.m. The Tavern’s aggressive push to be ahead of the curve on the craft beer scene five years ago when it opened has made it a major player with the loyal and new experience seeking beer set.

The most popular craft and traditional beers currently being served in the HAT on a nightly basis include private label Kane Head High, Ommegang Witte, Sixpoint The Crisp, and of course Guinness. This St Patrick’s Day will feature Founder’s Nitro Stout, Stone Pataskala Red, and Demented Orcus. Green Coors Light will also be on tap.

On the menu side, the March Burger of the Month is the St Paddy LaFrieda Burger featuring the HAT’s signature LaFrieda blend topped with Corned Beef, Irish Guinness Cheddar and Jameson Barbecue Sauce for $14. HAT Trick Specials, another way of saying fun tapas and appetizer items, will include Corned Beef, Cabbage, Parsley Potatoes - $14, Bangers & Mash - $14, and Irish Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness - $14.

Acoustic Guitarist Michael Montemurro will entertain the crowd at the HAT on St Patrick’s Day -- Friday, March 17 -- from 7 - 10 p.m. Come and join us for a night filled with celebration. As they say in Ireland “May your home be too small to hold all your friends!”

And, if you are feeling especially lucky, try the night's signature drink -- 'Full Irish Breakfast', which includes:

1oz Jameson
1oz Calvados
1/2 Green Apple Liquor
1/2 Lime Juice
1/2 Simple Syrup
1 small egg white


With 149 guest accommodations and over 10,000 square feet of recently-renovated event space, The Grand Summit Hotel -- the shining star in the town of Summit -- remains one of the area’s most prestigious addresses for social and corporate events.

The hotel’s culinary reputation is unmatched in the area and has been extended to the wildly popular HAT Tavern in the hotel’s lower level. The management team built on this success recently with the grand opening of the Arts and Crafts Lobby Bar serving private label coffee and espresso, Ironbound Nitro Brewed Iced Coffee, a selection of hard to find craft beers, and wine.

The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue in Summit, New Jersey 07901. For more information call the hotel at 908-273-3000 or visit our website at   

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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