Raise a Glass! 7 Great NYC Pubs and Bars to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Raise a Glass! 7 Great NYC Pubs and Bars to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Enjoy the intimate atmosphere of Fiddlesticks this St. Patrick's Day (Courtesy Fiddlesticks)

Though the main purpose of St. Patrick’s Day is to honor Saint Patrick, this holiday has become synonymous with drinking. If you’re in need of somewhere to celebrate on the day, here are seven NYC bars and pubs to grab a pint and have a rollicking good time with your friends:

Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill (West Village): This homey Irish bar serves up pints of Guinness and bottles of Mangers Irish Cider, among the dozens of alcoholic beverage choices. The menu features Irish favorites like Guinness beef stew, shepherd’s pie, fish & chips and Irish breakfast, in addition to sandwiches, salads, burgers and more.

St. Dymphna’s Bar & Restaurant (East Village): Named for the patron saint of mental illness, this neighborhood bar has been pouring perfect pints of Guinness since 1994. Also on tap—Smithwick’s (Ireland’s popular ale that has been brewed since 1710). As it’s always wise to not drink on an empty stomach, in honor of the holiday I recommend you munch on a full Irish breakfast, fish & chips, bangers & mash or shepherd’s pie.  

McSorley’s Old Ale House (East Village): This Irish saloon has been around since the 1850s, but only started allowing women to be patrons since 1970 after a court ruling found the bar guilty of violating the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Come for the ambiance and the history—your beverage choices are light or dark McSorely’s Ale.

McGettigan’s (Midtown West): This Irish bar is newer to NYC, having only opened here in June of 2015. It’s a popular spot to catch sporting events and grab pub favorites like porter Irish beef stew and fish & chips. On St. Patrick’s Day, come here for a breakfast special (Irish breakfast with a pint/Irish coffee/hot whiskey) for just $18. There’s also a special St. Patrick’s Day menu all day long, live music starting at 5 pm and a DJ from 11pm-close!

Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room (Midtown East): Though not an Irish bar or restaurant, Atwood definitely has the Irish spirit and is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with an all-day Happy Hour, as well as $6 Fireball shots, $8 for a shot of whiskey & green beer and $15 pitchers of green beer. (There’s no Irish eats on the menu, but the macaroni and cheese was voted best in NYC by Time Out New York in 2015, so if you’re going to soak up that alcohol, you may as well do it with highly rated carbs.)

The Grafton (East Village):  This neighborhood bar is a great spot to watch European football and rugby. Guinness, Mangers cider and Irish coffee are featured on a lengthy libations menu. Great Irish brunch options include the Grafton full Irish (a veggie version is available as well) and fish & chips, but The Grafton is best known for its custom burgers if you need something savory to go along with your drinks.

Tir Na Nóg (Times Square and Midtown West by Penn Station): This Irish pub has an extensive whiskey list and Irish beers like Guinness among its generous selection of adult beverages. While you’re at it, tuck in to some corned beef and cabbage, ale-battered fish & chips, sheperd’s pie and some Irish bangers & mash.

Get a pint of Guinness at Tir Na Nóg! (Courtesy Tir Na Nóg)

For more great restaurants to enjoy Irish cuisine and drinks, click here.

For cultural and historical spots around NYC to celebrate the holiday, click here.

Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!

(please drink responsibly)

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