By: Stefanie DiMartino
St. Patrick’s Day is here again, and everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right? Luckily, NYC is home to countless Irish pubs and restaurants, perfect for celebrating! Below are my top picks for the top 17 best places in NYC to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.
Top 17 Best Places in NYC to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
MCSORLEY’S OLD ALE HOUSE
15 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
McSorley’s is a part of New York’s history. It was founded in 1854, making it the city’s oldest pub! It’s an old-time bar that stays authentic with Irish bartenders pouring only 2 ales (McSorley’s Light Ale and McSorley’s Dark Ale) and sawdust coating the floors. McSorley’s is an NYC staple and definitely worth a visit!
LORELEY BEER GARDEN
7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Loreley Beer Garden might be German, but they are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all week long, until Sunday, March 20! Need some extra green to get into the Irish spirit? You can get Green Beer and festive Green Frozen Margaritas! And of course, what’s St. Patrick’s Day without Guinness, Jameson Perfect, and Irish Coffees? Different specials are offered every day of the week. Loreley has Indoor & Heated Outdoor Beer Garden with their beautiful spring floral installation ready to go.
Pier 15, 78 South Street, New York, NY 10038
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than on the pier! At Watermark, you can enjoy water views inside private “glasshouses” or outdoors. There will be special decorations, traditional Irish beers, green beer on tap, specialty cocktails, custom food menu items, and mini kegs!
THE DEAD RABBIT
30 Water Street, New York, NY 10004
The Dead Rabbit is a “multi award-winning Irish bar in NYC, renowned for its exceptional hospitality, cocktails, Guinness and legendary Irish Coffee.” Not only can you enjoy the inviting atmosphere and drinks, but you can also enjoy traditional Irish dishes such as bangers and mash, Irish lamb stew, and lamb shepherd’s pie. They’ve also recently introduced seven drinks and a new punch to their Taproom. “Five of the seven are Irish whiskey-based (yes!), there’s a rum drink, the fantastic Apple Martini and the punch that features gin, cachcaça and lemon.” The Dead Rabbit is the perfect spot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
THE IRISH AMERICAN PUB
17 John St, New York, NY 10038
The Irish American Pub is a great local spot offering traditional Irish fare and other pub classics. They also have an extensive drink menu. They offer indoor and outdoor dining, plus karaoke Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
THE CAULDRON MAGICAL PUB
47 Stone Street, New York, NY 10004
For a unique and different experience, you don’t want to miss the festivities at The Cauldron Magical Pub! “Running now until March 20th is our exciting, green themed St Paddy’s Day Potion Making! With added extras and Irish classics, celebrate in style at The Cauldron!” – The Cauldron
- Welcome Irish Beer or Cider, poured by magic wand from The Tree of Life
- Irish Sourdough Bread, Ballymaloe Relish, Aged Stout Cheese, Sweet Butter
- Irish Flag Shot
THE LANDMARK TAVERN
626 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
The Landmark Tavern opened in 1868 as an Irish Waterfront Saloon. “As one of the oldest continually operating establishments in the city today, The Landmark Tavern still retains its classic old New York charm.” They offer an extensive menu mixed with traditional Irish fare and pub fare, along with an impressive whiskey list, and plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails!
NIALL’S ON 52ND
218 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
Niall’s is the perfect neighborhood pub for good drinks and good fun! You can enjoy pub classics such as Guinness Irish Beef Stew and home-made Shepherd’s Pie.
PETER MCMANUS CAFE
152 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Peter McManus Cafe has been around since 1936 and is one of the oldest family-run bars in NYC. It may look familiar to many people as it has been featured in various television shows and in movies. Peter McManus Cafe has award-winning burgers and corned beef, along with an impressive whiskey list and plenty of other drink options.
CONNOLLY’S PUB & RESTAURANT
121 West 45th St, New York, NY 10036 AND 14 East 47th St, New York, NY 10017
“Connolly’s Pub & Restaurant is a family owned and operated traditional Irish pub with locations in the heart of midtown and Times Square. It has come to be known as NYC’s premier venue for great food in a traditional Irish atmosphere.” – Connolly’s
MOLLY’S SHEBEEN PUB & RESTAURANT
287 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Molly’s Shebeen Pub & Restaurant has been hailed as the most authentic Irish bar in NYC. Molly’s has now reopened for spring, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and offers spacious indoor seating, and heated outdoor seating. Molly’s was founded in 1960 and is “the most traditional Irish bar in New York, complete with sawdust on the floor and a log-burning fireplace. Renowned for its Shepherd’s Pie, hamburgers, and steaks, all for reasonable prices, Molly’s is a long-time favorite with locals and a destination for newcomers.” – Molly’s
AN BEAL BOCHT CAFE
445 West 238th Street (Graystone Avenue), Bronx, NY 10463
An Beal Bocht Cafe is a neighborhood staple and provides an authentic Irish experience. They are open for indoor dining and offer outdoor seating. Their menu offers not only great drinks and food, but also Irish specialties such as shepherd’s pie and beef stew. In addition, they also serve traditional Irish breakfast for brunch everyday. An Beal Both Cafe is a “premiere venue showcasing both Irish and local music, poetry, comedy, theatre and art exhibits. Friendly staff serves a hearty menu and tasty drinks to make sure you enjoy your time at the cafe.”
CRONIN & PHELAN’S
38-14 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103
Cronin and Phelan’s was established in 1902, making it Astoria’s longest standing traditional Irish pub. They offer an extensive menu, with the best pub fare around including traditional Irish items like bangers & mash, Irish Shepherd’s pie, and Jameson chicken!
4202 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103
Doyle’s Corner is a proper local Irish pub offering great food and drinks. Doyle’s has a relaxing vibe and is considered a hidden gem. You don’t want to miss out!
1614 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302
“O’Neill’s Irish Pub is your taste of the Old World from the comfort of Staten Island. They offer a variety of traditional Irish fare and a diverse assortment of beers and whiskeys to satiate your palate. With handcrafted woodwork on the booths and bar, candle-lit hearth and large screen televisions, O’Neill’s quaint tavern is the perfect spot enjoy a meal with family or watch a sports game with friends.” – O’Neill’s
THE WICKED MONK
9510 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
The Wicked Monk has a special St. Patrick’s Day menu and is not just your traditional Irish Pub. “When you walk through the door of this neighborhood pub, you are suddenly transported back to a Gothic Irish Monastery. This beautiful bar with its original wood and stained glass were shipped direct from the chapel in Greenmount Monastery (Gallows Green), Cork, Ireland, which was built in 1897.” – The Wicked Monk
THE CRAIC PUB
488 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Craic Pub is open and serving on a first come, first served basis. The Craic has an upscale, but warm and inviting vibe. It’s an Irish public house “serving cocktails, craft beer, and good times.”
In conclusion, these are the top 17 best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC. Have fun, stay safe, and Sláinte!