How to Spend St. Patrick's Day in NYC: 2019 Edition
Many a city celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, but none quite like New York City. And okay, probably Dublin, too. Sure, people may wear some green, pinch those who don’t, and sip on a shamrock shake, but New York City has a habit of elevating any and every holiday to the next level - particularly those that cater to the bar-friendly crowd. Irish-Catholic or not, this year we’ve got you covered with our guide on what to do, where to eat, and where to drink in NYC on St. Patrick’s Day 2019.
What to Do
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saint Patrick’s Day isn’t all about green beer and pub food. In fact, it’s a holiday that at its root celebrates tradition. What better way to honor Ireland’s patron saint than with a bit of New York City tradition itself in the form of the 258th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Commemorating the day of Saint Patrick’s death (March 17, 461 AD), the parade will take place on Saturday, March 16th at 11am. The parade travels up Fifth Avenue from 43rd Street to 79th Street. Don’t forget to wear your green!
St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Cruise
At Music & Mojitos we love a good brunch, which is why were are super excited to share with you the Classic Harbor Line’s St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Cruise! We’ve only ever had positive experiences with the Classic Harbor Line (and their Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise), and we think this Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Brunch will prove more of the same fun. Board their yacht to the sound of bagpipes and be serenaded by an Irish fiddler while you eat delicious bagels, quiches with Irish cheddar cheese, corned beef hash, Irish soda bread, a Belgian waffle station, shamrock cookies, and an Irish themed dessert! Oh, and don’t forget the adult beverages, which include a lovely assortment of your Irish favorites such as Irish Coffee, Bailey’s, and a specialty “Emerald Isle Cocktail.” Take in the stunning views of the Manhattan skyline from the climate-controlled interior and start your St. Patrick’s Day off on the best foot possible.
9th Annual Irish Arts Center Book Day
Each year around St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Arts Center gives away thousands of free books by Irish and Irish-American authors, both new and old. The city-wide book giveaway begins at 8am on Friday, March 15th and includes an assortment of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, and books in translation. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and donors, you can pick up your free book at a myriad of popup locations around the city which you can find here on their website.
Irish Outsiders Tour at The Tenement Museum
For those of you with a historical interest in the Irish and their role and arrival in New York City, the Tenement Museum’s Irish Outsiders tour is an absolute must. Take a tour through an original tenement building in the Lower East Side - left largely untouched since its original construction in the late Nineteenth Century - and learn what life was like as an Irish immigrant in 1860s NYC.
Where to Eat
Midtown Manhattan isn’t usually known for its incredible food scene, but we couldn’t help but include gorgeous Irish pub Rosie O’Grady’s in our lineup. The quaint and inviting upscale pub decor creates a cozy atmosphere that welcomes a wide variety of people. While we can’t say enough about their excellent prix-fixe lunch menu, we’re stoked for their St. Patrick’s weekend spread. Menu items include traditional Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Irish sausages and mashed potatoes, beef stew, and fish and chips. If that doesn’t entice you to come to Midtown, I’m not sure what will.
Midtown is going 2-for-2 this year on St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re excited to take a deeper dive into Mustang Harry’s special menu. Located near Madison Square Garden, Mustang Harry’s is putting a contemporary twist on some classic Irish dishes for St. Paddy’s this year. Think crispy phytoplankton cod fillet fish and chips, savory shamrock beignets, steamed mussels, apple upside down cake with Irish caramel drizzle, and a special “40 Shades of Green” Irish cocktail.
We would be remiss if we didn’t include some sort of delectable dessert on our St. Patrick’s Day guide. Enter Comfortland, the offshoot of Queens Comfort in Astoria created by the famed diner’s Donut Diva herself. This weekend, the Donut Diva is serving up a Guinness stout cake with espresso cream cheese frosting. I mean…can it get any more sinfully delicious than that? Make a day of it and stop by Comfortland in Astoria on your way over to Bohemian Hall - your stomach will thank you.
Where to Drink
The Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall
Beginning Friday, March 15th at 5pm and lasting through the late hours on Sunday, New York’s oldest beer garden at The Bohemian Hall in Astoria is hosting St. Patrick’s Day festivities all weekend long. The Bohemian Hall Beer Garden is going all out on the festivities this year, offering free admission, traditional music, appetizer and shot specials, and your favorite Guinness, Jameson, and Irish Car Bombs. A quick 15-minute commute from Midtown and you’ve got all of Ireland at your fingertips.
Kiss Me I’m Irish Bar Crawl
Interested in sampling some of the best beers the city has to offer? Look no more than the Kiss Me I’m Irish Bar Crawl, which spans over two days and 12 bars. Register at Fat Buddha beginning on Saturday, March 16th to get a wristband. Your wristband gets you into any of the participating bars without a cover fee as well as access to a bevy of drink specials. Drink up!
Passage Irish Bar & Kitchen
Passage Irish Bar & Kitchen has double the reason to celebrate this weekend. Not only is it St. Patrick’s Day (which is like Christmas at an Irish Bar), but it’s also Passage’s 3rd Birthday weekend! Come celebrate both occasions all weekend long, beginning with live music and frozen Guinness Irish coffees on Friday. Then, step into Saturday with “Astoria’s biggest Paddy’s Day party in Astoria’s biggest Irish bar” featuring a special St. Patrick’s Day Menu.