St. Patrick’s Day Favorites in New York City
March 17, 2014
NEW YORK, US – If you didn’t wear green today, no doubt you’ve been in a “pinch” to find something emerald hued to head out in for St. Patrick’s Day festivities tonight. And if you happen to be in New York, oh what a festive night it’s shaping up to be! The Irish have a hearty history in the city dating back to waves of immigration in the 1800s. Traditions like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Fifth Avenue and serene mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral put New York in a “green” state of mind. But nothing beats the beer-soaked after-hours revelry at some of our favorite Irish haunts.
One of the oldest is McSorley’s Old Ale House, where Irish beer has ruled since 1854. Things are pretty basic here; there’s sawdust on the floor and only two drink choices: light or dark brew. Expect a dedicated, wall-to-wall crowd on St. Patrick’s Day. Old timers and Irish expats also dig the traditional vibes at Molly’s, a cozy, casual pub dating back to 1895. The original log-burning fireplace makes a warming backdrop for hearty classics like the shepherd’s pie (washed down with Guinness, of course).
On the more refined end is Lillie’s near Union Square, which opened in 2009 but boasts 19th century charm with decor elements like marble fireplaces, gold-framed mirrors, and delicately carved wooden furniture. Knock back some Irish whiskey (they’ve got one of the best selections in town) at the antique bar, which was extracted from a Victorian mansion in Belfast. The atmosphere is lively yet unpretentious, and the kitchen feeds revelers until 2:00am.
Oh, and if you’re still on the hunt for something green, you might want to hit up Irish jewelry designer Tom Binns Megastore in the West Village. His “punk chic” bejeweled necklaces are simply gorgeous. And we can’t think of a more spectacular way to slip a hint of green into our outfit than one of his tiered creations with emerald-colored stones. Here’s hoping your night goes off without…a pinch!
Read more about these Irish spots in our New York Guide.