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Monday, March 18, 2013

What It's Like to Bartend in Dogtown on St. Patrick's Day [PHOTOS]

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Corned beef hash at Nora's. - LIZ MILLER
  • Liz Miller
  • Corned beef hash at Nora's.

Nora's opened for business around 9 a.m. on Sunday -- though some of its employees were at work as early as 7 a.m. -- and intended to stay open till 6 p.m., but heavy rain following the parade cleared the streets prematurely, and the shop called it quits at 4 p.m.

Gut Check arrived at Nora's around noon, just 30 minutes before the parade began. Though the shop's team told us the morning had been slow, by the time we arrived Tamm Avenue was flooded with people.

We stuck around for the entirety of the parade until Nora's packed it in for the day. We witnessed how much poise, patience and politeness it takes to serve St. Louisians in Dogtown on St. Patrick's Day -- and also how fun that experience can be. We also learned from Nora's bartenders that the date to verify legal-drinking age is now March 17, 1992, lest we forget how old we truly are.

The following pages offer bartender views of St. Patrick's Day in Dogtown. Thanks to Nora's for allowing us to observe the festivities from its front door, and for the party-potato soup, which we'll be thinking about long after we sober up.

Schlafly, Budweiser and Bud Light made-up the beer selection yesterday at Nora's. - LIZ MILLER
  • Liz Miller
  • Schlafly, Budweiser and Bud Light made-up the beer selection yesterday at Nora's.

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