JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House – Let It Pour
Mar15

JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House – Let It Pour

When Irish eyes are smiling, they are usually up to something and JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House has some smiling eyes as they are getting ready to kick off their annual St. Patrick’s Day bash on Saturday, March 17. They will be open all day and all ages are welcome until 7PM so be sure to bring the littles for some family fun under the tent. There will be live music from 12 to 11 PM and admission is only $5! For those of you wanting to check out the bar and toast St. Patty with an Irish brew, the pub will be 21 and over only. And if you are in desperate need of a kilted bagpiper, be sure to check out The O’Tooles, who will be dropping in for a few performances. Check out all you need to know about the upcoming celebration here. While JK O’Donnell’s will be full of Irish cheer this Saturday, they have a lot more to offer than St. Patty’s Day shenanigans. One of their most recent changes is a newly vamped menu. Check out our interview! What inspired you to choose these dishes?  We have to change it for us and the customer.  There are dishes that will always be standards here but there’s a desire to keep things fresh and interesting. How often does the menu change? About every 6 months. It used to be that we would change the menu once a year, but I would like to see us on a more predicable timeline to provide heartier, comfort food in the colder months and then provide more lighter options during the warmer months. What are the gluten free/vegan/vegetarian options? Our hummus is gluten free and vegan.  Our veggie burger is now served on a pita which makes the dish both vegetarian and vegan.  We offer gluten free buns as an option on any of our sandwiches. Several of our other dishes can be made gluten free or vegetarian with minor adjustments. Are there any other changes you’d like to highlight? What precipitated the menu change? We have been getting a great response from all of our new dishes.  The mussels are a great addition as well as the lamb meatloaf.  The chicken bacon mac and cheese has been a huge hit. Any new drinks to highlight?  We specialize in a providing a wide variety of craft beer along with ciders and meads. Our large selection of drafts and bottles is designed to provide an option for almost everyone, while highlighting some of the more unique craft beer creations. Check out the menu and hours on their website. May your...

Read More
Getting into the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit
Mar15

Getting into the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day and we are hoping to bring a little luck o’ the Irish to you when it comes to finding somewhere to celebrate. While the rivers run green and the Irish pubs are full, many of local establishments are serving up some great deals, festive treats, and awesome entertainment to keep you in good spirits. Three Rivers Distilling Company St. Patty’s Day at the Distillery March 17, 12pm-11pm What to expect: Drinks $5 – Emerald Isle: Summit City Gin and crème de menthe $7 – Pot of Gold: Harvester Vodka with a touch of elderflower, splash of ginger beer $6 – Irish Eyes: 122 Unaged Corn Whiskey, crème de menthe, and heavy cream $6 – Irish Lady: melon infused Harvester Vodka with OJ and sparkling grape juice on draft $7 – Sparkling Shamrock: Cucumber and pear infused Harvester Vodka, touch of elderflower, lemon juice and simple syrup served on draft Food Corn beef and cabbage Shepherd’s pie Irish stew All of their other amazing food options. Pedal City Starting at 8am for Mad Ant’s Pub Crawl Pedal City is having live music and a free tasting on St Patrick’s day! The tasting starts at 8 am with a free Irish whiskey sampling and lots of giveaways! The live music starts at 1 pm with Blake Blurry until 5 pm then again with Dan Smyth starting at 10 pm!! What to expect: Drinks $3 Paddy’s Irish Whiskey $4 large (22 oz) Green Beer $4 Irish coffee $4 Coffee with Irish Cream Food Shepherd’s pie Twice baked potatoes Reuben sandwich Corn beef and cabbage HT2 March 17, 3pm-12am While they aren’t having a party like other local bars, they are sticking to their signature craft drink charms! What to expect: HT2 will be serving a special drink called Magic Milks. This drink is a Lucky Charm Marshmallow infused vodka with almond milk Hamilton Public House March 17, 8pm to 11pm Hamilton Public House is hosting the Summit City Saints among other wonderful things tonight to celebrate that little Irishman in us all. What to expect: Green beer Live music Various food and drink specials “The Black Stuff” Guinness 16oz Cans. We’ll have the patio open to those ages 21 and older. Two EE’s Winery March 13-21st While most people are out looking for green beer, Two EE’s is putting a green spin on one of their popular items! What to Expect: $7 Green, vanilla slushies! Hop River Brewing Company March 17, noon – 12:30am Great, Not Green: Know What’s in Your Glass! Learn about beer on the day you enjoy it most. Interactive brewhouse tours...

Read More
LFW Weekly Fun File
Mar16

LFW Weekly Fun File

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Slice of Knowledge Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Fire Police City County Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President Casey Mitchell will discuss the dos and don’ts of buying a car during this free event … at Pizza Hut. Go eat pizza and learn useful stuff. 2. Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations: We have a whole host of events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this weekend! Here’s some of the grown-up things to do (21+), click the links for more details! Fleet Feet St. Paddy’s Pub Run & Walk: Will Run For Beer Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. Clover Classic – St. Patrick’s Weekend Celebration at Deer Park Thursday, March 16 – Saturday, March 18 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at JKs Friday, March 17 St. Patricks Day Party at Summit City Brewerks Friday, March 17 St. Patty’s Day at Trubble Friday, March 17 Saint Patrick Drinking Abuncha Car Bombs Day! at Pedal City Friday, March 17 Mason Dixon Line at Rusty Spur for St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17 at 10 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Party at Harley-Davidson Saturday, March 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 3. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the greatest ballets of all time. 4. Black Swan Ball Friday, March 17 from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. After opening night of Swan Lake, head over to a masquerade party in the house of Von Rothbart. Enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. There’s even a prize for the best disguise! 5. Civic Theatre Presents: One Foot in the Gravy Runs Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 26 “A cultured but jaded middle-aged woman, talks her lover, Ned, into disguising himself as a female nurse in order to care of her wealthy skinflint husband, Frank, who is reportedly on death’s doorstep. Tired of waiting for Frank to die, Ned steps into action which sets off a series of madcap events.” – sounds delightful! This was the winner of the playwrights festival! 6. St. Catty’s Day at Black Pine! Saturday, March 18 from 1 p.m. to...

Read More
LFW Weekend Fun File
Mar17

LFW Weekend Fun File

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com   1. Next Women of Country Tour Thursday, March 17 at 6 pm         Sponsored by K105, Jennifer Nettles will be at the Embassy, and she’s bringing some wonderful, talented ladies with her. It should be a great show, and yes, I know it’s country, but we do live in Indiana. Drive your truck downtown and check it out! 2. Gala Gone Wild Saturday, March 19 at 7 pm             Not your typical gala. This should be so fun! There will be pop-up entertainment, dueling pianos, and fun performances. Snack on some hors d’oeuvres and enjoy the cash bar while you watch the out-of-the-box entertainment. 3. “La Fille Mal Gardee“ March 18 & 19 at 7:30 pm March 18 & 19 at 2:30 pm               Fort Wayne Ballet’s latest show. It’s about a young girl, her mother’s ideas of who she should love, and her finding her one true love. I’m excited about it, I heard it’s great! 4. Grassroots Baby Grand Opening                 ATTENTION moms. There’s a natural parenting store in Fort Wayne. Did you know that? It was running out of Java Mama, but now it has its own storefront! Support these local shop owners who want what’s best for our babies and check out their grand opening! 5. Impractical Jokers Saturday, March 19 at 7 pm and 10 pm               “Where’s Larry?” Tour is at the Embassy. We love the show, we should love the live performance. 6. WIT Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm Friday late performance at 10 pm                 I heard this show was amazing from several different people. They said they laughed, they cried, they had all the feels. It’s closing weekend, so I put it at the top of my to-do list! 7. Women Make Movies Sunday, March 20 at 4pm and 8 pm     In celebration of Women’s History Month the IPFW Women’s Studies Program sponsors a showing of films created by women. It’s free at the Cinema Center. 8. FAME Festival March 19 and 20 — Time varies       It’s a...

Read More
LFW Weekend Fun File
Mar10

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com   1. Second Chances Art Exhibit and Auction Fri, March 11, 6pm – 9pm         Community artists were paired with Blue Jacket graduates to create artwork to tell the graduates’ stories of triumph. Some pieces of art will be auctioned off, and proceeds of the benefit go to Blue Jacket. There will be a cash bar and lots of fun! 2. Karaoke Classics Live Fri, March 11 at 7 p         It’s karaoke night for Heartland Sings! From Britney to Journey, the Heartland Vocal Artists channel your favorite artists by performing their hit singles accompanied by the instrumental combo. Audience members are encouraged to sing along, and a free drink is included in the ticket price. Good food, good eats, good music, fun songs — perfect night! 3. Creative Cocktails Saturday, March 12 at 5:30 p         This month’s Creative Cocktails event is at Club Soda. Meet some friends, and have a drink and a great time before the Axis Dance Performance! 4. AXIS Dance Performance Saturday, March 12 at 8 p         World-Famous, AXIS Dance troupe is performing at the Arts United Center! After the performance, there will be an audience Q&A. Don’t miss this great event!     5. St. Catty’s Day at Black Pine Saturday, March 12 at 1 p             Black Pine is open for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Dress in green, grab the kids, and enjoy bottomless hot chocolate and beautiful animals! 6. Get Green Saturday, March 12 all day         Family fun all day long! There’s a 5k, the firefighters are turning the river green, and there are tons of other activities for all ages (Lucky Charms eating contest, anyone?). It should be a beautiful day, stop by! 7. St. Monci Art Opening at Fancy & Staple Saturday, March 12 at 5 p             Great art from St. Monci. Ron Ostlund, of Ostlund Custom Works and G2G Jewelry/Metal Couture, will also be there, and there will be food from Bird Food and drinks from CS3! 8. Throw a Pi(e) in the Face of Cancer Saturday, March 12 at 6 p           There’s an art show and...

Read More