Area college students celebrated “St. Oney’s Day” on Saturday, and some local officials aren’t happy about the enthusiasm of a local bar for the “holiday.”
Barry Shaver, manager of the Red Jug Pub, said St. Oney’s Day is a makeshift holiday organized by college students two years ago when they discovered that their spring break would overlap with St. Patrick’s Day. The pub has become a hub of sorts for St. Oney’s Day, Shaver said.
The bar’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were abuzz during the week, dubbing the Red Jug the St. Oney’s Day “headquarters.” Shaver said the bar opened at 9 a.m. and business was steady all day. Highlights included green beer, and Irish food from neighboring restaurant Oneonta Hots.
On March 6, the Red Jug Pub posted a photo on its Instagram, with the following phrase printed over top a photo of a full glass of beer: “Me blacking out when I’m drunk is God’s way of telling me that what I do when I drink is none of my business.”
The photo was “liked” by 36 users and was accompanied by a caption by the Red Jug Pub: “Haha this is a St. Oney’s Day poster if we ever saw one!”
Common Council member Dave Rissberger said the longer he looked at the Instagram post, the angrier he became.
“As a parent,” Rissberger said, “it gives me the impression that my kid or a friend of mine could go into that bar and drink until they can’t breathe, and no one in that bar is going to do a damn thing about it.”
The post was “irresponsible and disturbing,” Rissberger said, especially for a successful local business.
As a respected establishment that sells alcohol, he said, the Red Jug Pub should be responsible for its patrons and their health.