St. Patrick’s Day 2013: the Tilted Kilt in Novi

March 6, 2013

At most bars, corned beef sandwiches and specialty Irish drinks signal that St. Paddy’s Day is near. At the Tilted Kilt, they’re everday offerings.

The pub-restaurant, which opened Dec. 1 in the Novi Fountain Walk near the Twelve Oaks Mall, is part of a chain that also has locations in Ohio and Indiana.

“Green beer, Irish and Scottish food offerings, Irish and Scottish music” is what revelers will get Sunday says the Tilted Kilt’s Sean Cahill. “It’s going to be a big day.”

The 380-person bar will open at 7 a.m. WRIF-FM (101.1) will broadcast live from 8 a.m. to noon and WKQI-FM (95.5) will be in the house from 1 to 4 p.m. Also part of the fun: a DJ and a 6,000-square-foot outdoor tent with a bar.

“I think it will be jam-packed on St. Patrick’s Day,” says 42-year-old Kevin Smothers of Brighton, who stopped by the Tilted Kilt late last week with his friend Kevin Sanders. “I’ve been here a few times. I have a good time every time I’m here. It’s a fun atmosphere.”

Sanders, 31, of Northville, who was visiting for the first time, said, “I definitely think they have that club-ish flair.”

Nearly every inch of the 8,000-square-foot bar is covered by photos, movie posters, knickknacks and flat-screen TVs. Not even the orange ceiling above the oversized square bar escapes adornment.

Menu offerings range from traditional bar food to Irish fare like Olde Dublin Irish Stew, Maggie Mae’s Fish and Chips, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie and Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake. Notable on the list of drinks are Baby Irish Stout, Celtic Drops (fruit-flavored vodka with sour mix, agave nectar and fresh lemon juice), Tilted Tea (the Tilted Kilt’s version of a Long Island Iced Tea) and Celtic Crush (an adult twist on orange soda).

“The food’s awesome, the servers are always here with a smile, and it’s a good place to come for St. Paddy’s Day,” says server Lisa Dunn, 28. “The reason it’s the place to come for St. Patrick’s Day is we’ve got the best-looking Guinness in town.”

Dunn, who estimates that men make up 80% of the clientele, then explained that “Guinness” is how she refers to the servers, who wear plaid skirts, matching plaid push-up bras, white tie-front crop tops and knee-high socks.

The flirty uniforms, which give those of Hooters girls a run for their money, are the reason Chrystal Brown decided to get a job at the Tilted Kilt. “It’s been really fun,” says Brown, who has worked as a server since February.

“I love the staff,” says 29-year-old Ryan Vojtkofsky of Farmington Hills, who has visited a handful of times. “I like the uniforms, but it’s more than that. They’ll sit down and chat with us. They’re great.”

Can’t make it out to the Tilted Kilt on Sunday? The bar holds regular St. Practice days on the 17th of each month with food and drink specials, including green beer.