Of all holidays that give us a chance to knock back a few beers, St. Patrick’s Day ranks among the most fun. Though the day is an Irish celebration at its roots, in New York the parties have no national boundaries — anyone can put on green and raise a pint with a toast of “Sláinte!” Since St. Paddy’s falls on Monday, March 17, this year, the celebrations go on all weekend long; a number of events kick off the Friday or Saturday before. Here are 10 places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York, ranging from civil Jameson tastings to all-day parties with shots and live music.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon
Can’t wait until Monday to kick off the celebrations? At McFadden’s in Midtown East, “St. Practice Day” starts at 9am on Saturday, March 15. Pay $25 up front and get your fill from the breakfast buffet — and unlimited beer until noon. 800 Second Ave., 212-986-1515, mcfaddens42.com
Shamrock Fest kicks off at noon on Saturday, March 15, taking over Webster Hall in the East Village with two Irish bands, plenty of Irish beer, leprechauns, bagpipers and an Irish-v-France soccer came — in case the holiday awakens your Team Irish spirit.125 E. 11th St., 212-353-1600, barcrawls.com
Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern
One of the city’s most storied drinking dens — in operation since 1762 — Fraunces Tavern was recently taken over by Porterhouse, Ireland’s biggest independent brewing company. As such, it’s a great place to celebrate St. Paddy’s downtown with a quality Irish beer, as well as live music all weekend: the Sean McNally Band, Irish and American folk music, on Sunday, March 16; the Cunningham Brothers, traditional Irish music, on St. Patrick’s Day itself. 54 Pearl St., 212-968-1776, frauncestavern.com
Sure, it’s nominally a New Orleans bar, but that doesn’t mean this Bayside tavern can’t get in on the St. Paddy’s good times. On Sunday, March 16, the St. Patrick’s Day Warmup Specials include $3 Jameson shots, $5 Guinness pints, and Irish step-dancing performances; on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a full menu of Irish fare all day, from Irish stout beef stew to corned beef and cabbage. 40-12 Bell Blvd., Queens, 718-224-2200, bourbonstreetny.com
The Bell House
At Wasabassco’s St. Patrick’s Day for Sinners, expect a night of professional burlesque, billed by host Doc Wasabassco as “an alternative to drunken douchebaggery” — promised are “naked redheads, good beer & whiskey’; and redheads get in free. 149 7th St., Brooklyn, 718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
St. Patrick’s Weekend starts on Friday, March 14, at this beloved Astoria beer garden, and it stretches straight through Monday. While admission is free, $20 gets you unlimited refills of selected beers, plus a St. Paddy’s mug; there’s live music, too, $5 shots of Bushmills and $6 Jameson. 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, 718-274-4925, bohemianhall.com
This TriBeCa cocktail bar’s weekly Whiskey Monday falls on St. Paddy’s this year, so it’ll feature Jameson — both with tastings from 8 to 10pm and cocktail specials all night long. Green apparel welcome. 111 Reade St., 212-240-9194, ward3tribeca.com
Tir Na Nog
At this Irish bar and grill just outside Penn Station, you’ll find music all St. Paddy’s week long — a different act each day, from March 13 through 17. On the holiday itself, the bar will open its doors at 7am, with traditional music from noon through midnight; $10 gets you admission and a drink included. 5 Penn Plaza, 212-630-0249, tirnanognyc.com
At this Midtown Irish pub’s Klub 45 Room, you’ll find live music all day with no cover charge — Jameson Revenge, Shilelagh, and Band of Rogues. 121 W. 45th St., 212-597-5126, connollyspubandrestaurant.com
For a less green-splashed, more New York night out, head to Spike Hill just off the Bedford L in Williamsburg, for its Soulful St. Patrick’s Day. Expect live music and DJs, drink specials, and 100-plus whiskeys behind the bar. 186 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, 718-218-9737, spikehill.com
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