As New Yorkers begin primping to paint the town green this St. Patrick’s Day, city publicans and festival planners are once more stirring up a pots of Irish spirit (alongside the corned beef) to fuel the fun. Join in at these 6 events and venues.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Now in its 255th year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade remains the centerpiece of the city’s celebrations and is also the world’s oldest. Starting from 44th Street at 11 am, more than 300 groups (151 of which are marching bands) head up Fifth Avenue to 79th Street over 5 ½ hours. Expect crowds to be dense, boisterous, green, and occasionally several sheets to the wind.
Whiskey Ice Cream Flight at Odd Fellows
175 Kent Ave., 347-599-0556
Pouring whiskey over your ice cream may not initially seem like a good idea, but this beloved Williamsburg shop will make you a believer. The $10 flight, available until the end of April, comes with three flavors—“Dead Rabbit’s Irish Coffee,” made with Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey; “Knappogue Castle,” made with the brand’s 12-year single malt Irish whiskey; and “Little Boo Boo Marshmallow,” also with Knappogue Castle 12-year single malt.
Irish New York Tour
Tour begins at St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway, 888-606-9255
You don’t need to have seen Gangs of New York to know the Irish played a significant role in the history of New York City. On March 19th, dig deep into the tall tales of Tammany Hall, Mayor Al Smith, and the legendary Five Points in the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side with Big Onion Tours.
Irish Whiskey Tasting and Tour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
299 Sands Street, Bldg 121, 347-689-4211
New Yorker passion for whiskey exploded into violence in the mid 19th-century, when moonshiners took up arms against government troops dispatched from the Brooklyn Navy Yard by President Ulysses S. Grant. Learn the amazing history on March 17 and taste samples from Kings County Distillery, the first in the city since Prohibition, which now (ironically) makes its home in the building.
St Patty’s Day Pub Crawl
Multiple locations, 888-0998-6609
If tying one on is indeed your favorite Irish tradition, slap on a wrist band and join the annual St. Paddy’s Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl for a full-day of libations at Irish pubs in East Village, Murray Hill, Chelsea, Midtown West, and beyond. A provided map shows the path, as well as drink specials at each stop and the times (until 2 Am) available.
Bohemian Beer Hall and Garden
29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, 718-274-4925
There might not be much Irish in the name, but New York’s oldest and largest beer garden, which holds up to 800 people, knows how to throw a good party, especially if the weather’s good. Irish food and drink specials start the 17th, but the 19th includes three hours of live music on the outdoor stage.