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Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Today, New York City is home to the largest number of Irish Americans than any other city in the United States. And, their long history in this metropolis is still evident throughout the Big Apple—with a number of historic establishments still open to visitors. With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner on March 17, Pierre S. Delgado, Concierge at The Chatwal New York, shares his top picks for venerable venues to celebrate the holiday. Established in 1854 as an Irish workingman’s saloon, McSorley’s Old Ale House is one of the oldest and most historic Irish pubs in New York City. “They brew and sell their own beer, which is available in light or dark varieties,” Delgado says. “It boasts a friendly atmosphere and a great ambience.” The list of patrons who’ve enjoyed a pint at this East Village watering hole include everyone from Abraham Lincoln to John Lennon. In Midtown East, P.J. Clarke’s has virtually remained unchanged since its opening in 1884. “Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy and countless others—famous, infamous and unknown alike, have passed through,” Delgado says. “It has a charming, old-school feel and it's a nice little nostalgic venue.” In Midtown West, The Playwright Irish Pub is lauded as one of the best sports bars in the neighborhood—with several flatscreen TVs tuned in to popular sports channels. “There are various Irish-themed maps and pictures on the walls,” Delgado says, adding that it has a friendly atmosphere.