10 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in New York

Ready to find your pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day? The bars and parties planned in New York might not make you rich, but they can help you feel like you struck the jackpot by finding the best place to celebrate. Start planning your holiday weekend at these 10 best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York! 

McSorley’s Old Ale House, New York City, NY

If you want an iconic place to debate light vs. dark ale, look no further than McSorley’s, which has been a gathering place, a watering hole, the subject of art and literature, and the center of a Supreme Court controversy. Established in 1854, it’s New York’s oldest continuously operating saloon. Try its famous ale, enjoy the parade, and see if you can spot any history in the making. 

LAX on Lark, Albany, NY

Their highly-anticipated Kegs and Eggs event is one of the most delicious and unique St. Paddy’s celebrations in the state. Start with an egg breakfast at LAX on Lark, then head to your choice of a massive list of bars for an unforgettable bar hop celebration.

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Molly’s Shebeen Pub, New York City, NY

Molly’s Shebeen has the honor of being the most traditional Irish pub in New York, complete with sawdust on the floor and a log-burning fireplace. It has the traditional Irish food to boot, including its renowned shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and steaks (all for reasonable prices). If you’re looking for a Gramercy classic, Molly’s Shebeen is the way to go. 

Buffalo St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Buffalo, NY

This time-honored tradition is an event that families and friends look forward to each year. It’s a tribute to Irish heritage in every sense of the word and offers a little something for every age and interest.

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Colony, Woodstock, NY

For an area rich with music history, it’s no surprise there’s an epic Irish music celebration happening at Colony. New World Celtic Band will be taking the stage on St. Patrick’s Day, bringing all the spirit and sound of the Eire to fill your ears. 

An Beal Bocht Cafe, Bronx, NY

Some places are worth venturing out of Manhattan for—An Beal Bocht is one of them. In fact, it’s one of the most authentic Irish pubs in the whole city, offering live music, poetry readings, and comedy shows from local and Irish artists almost nightly. Grab a plate of Irish comfort food, make your selection from the generous bourbon, whiskey, and Scotch options, and settle in for a great night. 

Angry Orchard, Walden, NY

Three words: Celtic Cider Celebration! This the quintessential way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in New York, especially since entry to the event is free and they’re offering a 10 percent discount on retail items if you’re wearing green (which you totally will be!).

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Kevi’s Treats, Syracuse, NY

If you’re looking for something more family-friendly than green beers and Irish car bombs, Kevi’s Treats is hosting cooking classes for kids. This green-themed event focuses on St. Patrick’s Day treats that you’ll be eager to devour when class is over. 

Iron Smoke Distillery, Fairport, NY

If you’re looking for something to do after the parade in Fairport, head to this whiskey distillery to continue the party. They’re throwing down with live music and food, along with all the Irish whiskey you could want.

The Dead Rabbit, New York City, NY

The Dead Rabbit has a way of casually accruing titles like “The World’s Best Bar” on numerous occasions. But don’t be intimidated: the Dead Rabbit is an ode to an Irish pub, one you’ll enjoy immensely. Go to the taproom for beer and an enormous whiskey list, or head to the second floor for cocktails. 

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