St. Patrick’s Day in the City
St. Patrick’s Day in the City
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which means there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy in NYC. Here are a few below.
The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Of course, your St. Paddy’s Day festivities should include a trip to the annual parade—a celebration that began in 1762. The parade, which honors St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York, will begin at 11 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and travel north along the thoroughfare to 79th Street, ending at about 4:30 p.m. Along the way, spectators can see 200,000 people march along the avenue, including the 69th Regiment, Irish societies of NYC, schools, colleges, Emerald societies and more.
Lively Libations in the Financial District
The Dead Rabbits were a 19th-century Irish American gang that influenced politics and society during the rough-and-tumble days of Old New York. Today, a world-famous watering hole in the Financial District bears the name of this historic group. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog features the Taproom on the ground floor (the go-to, casual spot for craft beer, bottled punch and whiskey) and the Parlor upstairs (a venue that places a spotlight on communal punch and historically accurate cocktails). From 3 to 4 p.m. today, Tullamore D.E.W.—the brand of blended Irish whiskey—will host a complimentary cocktail hour (complete with Irish whiskey cocktails, brew pairings and pours of whiskey) at the destination. This free event is open to the general public, ages 21 and older. The Dead Rabbit will host its L'Heure Verte, or “green hour” in the Parlor from 5 to 7 p.m. During this time, bargoers can enjoy $1 oysters and specially priced Pernod Absinthe cocktails. If you want a little music with your libations, DJ Kenny Matthieson will play a mix of soul, funk, hip-hop and more in the Taproom from 8 p.m to 1 a.m.
Bagpipes in Midtown and Movies in Brooklyn
A little farther uptown in Midtown East, the storied Roosevelt Hotel will feature a live bagpipe performance by The Rockland County AOH Edward V. Larkin Memorial Pipe Band in the lobby at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The band will also perform in the Vander Bar at 12:15 p.m. If you want to start the celebration early, St. Patrick’s Day-inspired food & beverage specials (think Guinness-braised corned beef, cabbage and new potatoes; Irish bangers and mash; Jameson Pickle Backs; and Short & Stouts) will be featured at Madison Club Lounge and Vander Bar starting at 10 a.m.
If your plans take you to Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, you can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day-themed cocktails at Syndicated—the restaurant, bar and indie movie theater all rolled into one. The creative concoctions include the Peppermint Paddy, with Jameson Irish Whiskey, green citrus and peppermint oil; and the Jamo Roy, featuring Jameson, Carpano Sweet Vermouth, Dolin Dry Vermouth, bitters and a brandied cherry garnish. Visitors can also enjoy the green beer-shot special, Irish Blues, which includes an Oskar Blues beer and a shot of Jameson. Both the spirit and the bubbly brew are, you guessed it, colored green. The venue will screen the 1993 horror flick Leprechaun today, with tickets priced at $3. For show times and more info, click here.
Photo Credits: Peppermint Paddy at Syndicated by Kenneth Vanhooser