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5 Irish Pubs to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

Looking for a bit of craic (Irish for "fun") in New York City this St. Patrick’s Day? Celebrate this March 17th by visiting these authentic Irish pubs with all of your friends and a designated driver. Here are five spots where you can go out on the lash (Irish for "night out") and have some Guinness, wear green, and rejoice in the ending of lent.

McSorley’s Old Ale House

For over 150 years, the oldest Irish tavern in New York City has stayed true to steering clear of IPAs or 100 calorie beers. Located in the East Village, McSorley’s, one of the last “Men Only” pubs until the 1970s, still keeps the place charmingly old school. Complete with a coal-fueled fire, Irish servers, and sawdust floors, this pub serves up mugs of house-brand ales in pairs – one light, one dark – and they also make a platter with hunks of raw onion and sharp cheddar.


The space where Molly’s currently inhabits was first established as a bar in 1895. During prohibition, the storefront operated as a grocery store, and following the repeal of prohibition, the space once again began to serve alcohol. In 1964 an Irish family bought and designed the Tudor style pub and restaurant that exists today, serving traditional Irish and American pub fare to the lovely Gramercy neighborhood.

Puck Fair

Home to 25 beers on tap and 60 different varieties of bottled beers, this three-story pub offers plenty of comfortable space to hang out and enjoy Guinness served in an imperial glass. This isn’t just any pint of Guinness either – their high end Kilkenny cooling system allows the beer to taste as good as it would in Dublin. They also serve up shepherd’s pie, a traditional Irish stew, and beef nachos that are fully loaded with piping hot cheese, cilantro, jalapenos, and dollops of sour cream.

Paddy Reilly’s

Named after a famous Dublin singer and guitarist, Paddy Reilly’s has featured live Irish pub music in Midtown East since 1986. The friendly bartenders greet guests, pour pints, and serve Guinness on tap. Paddy’s creates an authentic County Cavan experience and features flooring from an antique Irish hotel. This year, the pub is celebrating its 30th anniversary, so it’ll surely be alive with the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.


Husband and wife team David and Deirdre Finnegan opened this Fort Greene joint in 2006. If the weather is on the sunnier side, take a seat on the patio for an excellent spot to people watch. If you’re more into a cold beer and watching the game, there are eight sizable plasma TVs and an array of beers on tap. Plus, most of their menu items are made from scratch, so anything from a Cobb salad to mac n’ cheese is ready to be served up.

Know you’re going to be too tired to take the subway and find your way home? Want to book a party bus? Enjoy a safe ride home with Luxor and all of your friends after the fun festivities.

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