It only takes a drop of food coloring to make regular beer into green beer. Ready, set, St. Patty's Day is near.

As the only "Irish pub" in town, McCarthy & Bailey's has the goods from green beer to short kilts specially made for the event along with its steady stream of Irish beers and whiskeys and menu full of those cabbage-filled goodies.

SoHo Kitchen & Bar and Ickey Nickel will bolster their menus for the St. Patty's Day weekend offering cabbage and meat-filled goodies ready for devouring.

Get ready for green beer, Jell-O shots, car bombs and plenty of whiskey shots at Sioux City's favorite locales.

Booze cruise

McCarthy & Bailey's will have $3 green beers on Saturday and Monday -- the bar will be closed on Sunday.

McCarthy & Bailey's also has Guinness, Smithwick’s, Harp, Killian's and Kill Kenny Irish Cream Ale and 20 different kinds of Irish whiskey. For a St. Patty's Day specialty, it will have $3 Irish apple shots with Jameson Whiskey and Apple Pucker.

SoHo Kitchen & Bar also will have those Ireland-imported favorite. The restaurant and bar will hang up its sign, "The Home of the Green Mile," and serve its $8 Irish flight. The drink has three sample-sized Irish beers (green beer, Swithwicks and Guinness) and a shot of Jameson. Pace yourselves, kids. 

"I love St. Patrick’s Day," said owner Julie Schoenherr. "I like it so much better than any other night.”

 The burger joint also will have $4 Guinness, Killians, Smithwicks and Harp as well as $3 Jameson shots. The bar will serve any domestic as a green beer and Irish flag Jell-O shots for $2.

It also will have Guinness and Jameson Irish car bombs for $5, and an Irish shake with Jameson, Guinness and chocolate ice cream blended into a shake.

Green beer will abound at Castle Pub, 4400 Singing Hills Blvd. The bar will turn any of its draft beers green. The bar has 30-ounce beers for $4 and bottles of Killians.

Ickey Nickel will have green Jell-O shots for $1 a piece, three for $2, and green beer. In the morning, the bar will have Irish coffee, and by afternoon, Irish car bombs for $5 and four-leaf clover and lucky bombs for $4 a piece will abound.

Get corny

Your celebration doesn't have to be all about the booze. St. Patty's Day has plenty of associated food groups as well.

SoHo Kitchen & Bar claims to have the best corned beef and cabbage in town. It also has a full menu of those Northern European favorites for St. Patty's Day weekend with Irish stout stew, Reuben sandwiches and Shamrock pockets, beef and cabbage stuffed into puff pastry.

McCarthy & Bailey's always has Irish goodies ready and waiting. The pub's menu includes corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd's pie, fish and chips, Reubens, Irish nachos and Leprechaun balls (those are really big meatballs with mozzarella cheese in the middle).

The Ickey Nickel also has St. Patty's Day goodies for its customers. This weekend, the bar also will have corned beef and cabbage and Reuben sandwiches. On Monday, St. Patrick's Day, it'll have a twist on Reuben soup.

Dance like a leprechaun

After Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade, Gypsy Lover will take the stage at Chesterfield, 1225 Fourth St. Rock N Roll Damnation will perform later.

The No. 7 Band will perform at McCarthy & Bailey's from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. On Monday, local musicians Mike Oetken will perform 4 to 7 p.m. and Weston Frank 8 to 11 p.m.

After the show, the bar will have free green eggs and ham.

At Castle Pub, Wavelength will perform '70s and ‘80s classic rock at 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.