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Mother's milk: The Great Guinness Toast

Tucson offers several enticing locales at which to hoist your pint of stout

The Great Guinness Toast will go down Friday at several Tucson bars and clubs.

Started in 1993 in Pittsburgh, the Great Guinness Toast has become a worldwide event. Guinness plans to count the quaffers in each official venue, with the hope of setting a record for their other enterprise, "The Guinness Book of World Records." The official worldwide toast is at 10 p.m. Tucson time. The celebrations start early and go all night.

At Club Congress, the evening's entertainment kicks off with a plaza concert from Dallas band The Killdares, whose Celtic-flavored pop should provide for a raucous evening of drink and dance. The band's most recent album, "Secrets of the Day," features both upbeat, rocking Celtic tunes and lovely instrumentals like "Glasgow," which blends traditional and contemporary sounds.

Opening for The Killdares will be local duo The Dusty Buskers, whose renditions of traditional Irish songs have a rough authenticity. The Buskers sound almost as if one were in a Galway pub, seated at the next table over, listening to old music being played by old friends.

At 10, the Congress event moves indoors for the comedic Celtic stylings of the McZsaZsas, who promise their usual zany antics, this time with a Gaelic flair. The McZsaZsas promise to take audience requests; the idea of frontman Milos McSucrose delivering a rendition of, say, "Carrickfergus" is alternately intriguing and horrifying, but surely after a few pints will bring the mayhem.

If live music is not your scene, head to the Auld Dubliner. The brewer is bringing a spokesmodel who might be persuaded to dance with you to the DJ. There will be Guinness and Harp specials from 8-10 p.m.

O'Malley's regulars need not fear; their toast will be officially counted as well, with drink specials and giveaways from Guinness.

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If you go

 The Great Guinness Toast, Friday Feb. 19

  • Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St. 622-8848
  • Auld Dubliner, 800 E. University Blvd. 206-0323
  • O'Malley's on Fourth, 247 N. 4th Ave. 623-8600