Downtown Bangor is a hopping place on St. Patrick's Day, and even though the holiday falls on a Sunday this year (March 17), 2013 will be no exception (although there will be more people calling in sick on Monday.) Here are a few of the best places in the city to have a drink or two to celebrate the Irish in us all.

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    Paddy Murphy's

    26 Main St., Bangor (207) 945-6800

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    Paddy Murphy's opens before sunrise on Saint Patrick's  Day and if you're an early riser waiting for the doors to open, you'll have plenty of company. Right in the heart of West Market Square, the Irish pub hosts many revelers starting their evening in the downtown.

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    Geaghan's Pub

    570 Main St., Bangor

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    Geaghan's Pub is open at 7 a.m., and has been a favorite place to sit back and relax since 1975. It is well worth the short drive from the downtown to take in the atmosphere, and many Bangorians contend Geaghan's may just have the best boneless wings in the city. Just ask for the reserve (not on the menu.) Plus, it's right next to Hollywood Casino if you're feeling the luck of the Irish.

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    Nocturnem Draft Haus

    56 Main Street, Bangor

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    Nocturnem is a high-end beer bar just up Main Street from West Market Square with beer from all over the world, an ever-changing selection of draft beers and locally sourced food, including their popular burgers. They're bound to offer something special for St. Patrick's Day, so we'll keep you posted. Don't forget the live music. Nocturnem is known for it.

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    Luna Bar & Grill

    49 Park St, Bangor

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    Luna makes a mean martini. Of that there is no doubt.  But beyond that, the restaurant is known for its cool atmosphere and fine food. Just a short walk from downtown, it's a popular stop on any St. Patrick's Day pub crawl.

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    Sea Dog Brewing Co.

    26 Front St., Bangor (207) 947-8009

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    Sea Dog Brewing Co., as its name implies, brews its own beer (in the English style) and has been been a staple on the city's waterfront. It's a short walk from downtown and the Sea Dog is bound to be hopping on St. Patrick's Day.

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