7 Best NYC Bars for St. Patrick’s Day

The St. Patrick’s Day parade which started more than 300 years ago as a religious holiday, is now considered to be the straight version of the Gay Pride parade. As you know, in 2015 St. Patty’s Day is going to fall on Tuesday, March 17. Now that we’ve cleared that up, it’s time to move on to more important matters, like the best watering holes to spend St. Patrick’s day at while in New York. So, without further ado, let’s dive right into it.

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Best Bars for St. Patrick’s Day


As Greek as that sounds, the restaurant and bar is as New York as a Jets fan. Located at 58 Stone Street or 95 Pearl street, Financial District (whichever one you find first) Ulysses’ is an entertaining place to relax and enjoy some of the best beer the city has to offer. If you’re looking for a little Irish celebration, the live band performances should do the trick.

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Rocky Sullivan’s

At 34 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn, you will find Rocky Sullivan’s. The Brooklyn-Irish pub that offers all you will need to St. Patrick’s Day, from ice cold beer to good food and live music. They also serve traditional Irish plates like mash or shepherd’s pie, but is more famous for their buffalo wings. Damn, those wings are good!

Molly’s Pub and Shebeen

If you’re searching for authenticity, it doesn’t get any more authentic than this place at 287 3rd Avenue, Gramercy Park. As the name implies, Molly’s Pub and Shebeen was established over a hundred years ago in 1895. The pub has survived through the years and especially with other joints mushrooming up all over the place, but Molly’s still remains the favorite for those who value Irish traditions, like St. Patrick’s Day. The place is very popular amongst locals so expect a crowd at all parts of the day.

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Paddy MaGuire’s Ale House

Located at 237 3rd Avenue, Midtown, Paddy MaGuire’s Ale House is a real NYC Irish Pub (not that the first ones are fakes). The pub has Irish owners and Irish bartenders as well to make you feel right at home if you’re from Ireland. And unlike other pubs, this is the only place where only drinks are served, and no food, making it the perfect destination to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. You might want to have a snack before you come though!

Kinsale Tavern

At 1672 3rd Avenue, Upper East Side, Kinsale Tavern is a local favorite and is not jam-packed with tourists like the rest. It’s basically an Irish sports bar that features huge flat screen LCDs to catch the game on. Kinsale Tavern offers Irish plates along with the standard bar foods. Tip the bartenders well and you could even score a free beer, something which is unheard of in New York City.

McSorley’s Old Ale House

Located at 15 East 7th Street, East Village, McSorley’s is another old timer pub that was established back in 1854. Like, Mollys’ the pub has stayed true to its fine quality and the pure Irishness of its ambiance. Not much has changed since its beginnings as a working Irish man’s bar. MSorley’s Old Ale House is famous for its lager, so if you don’t like large crowds, you might want to avoid dropping in during the weekends. The pub has cozy surroundings, sawdust covered floors and friendly staff. If you like meeting new people this St. Patrick’s Day or otherwise stop by at Mc orley’s Old Ale House, you won’t regret it!

Ending Note

The St. Patrick’s Day parade will start at 11AM from 44th Street, and will march all the way up to Fifth Avenue, past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street and up to 79th Street, before ending at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street at around 5PM.

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