Sure, there’s the famous Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pearl River on Sunday, and the even more famous New York City event on Saturday, but if you want to celebrate all things Irish with simply green beer and good cheer, there are plenty of options for that, too. Dozens of bars, pubs and breweries in the Hudson Valley are hosting St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this year, including several parties at authentic Irish pubs.
“It’s always fun to party with the natives of [Ireland],” said Penny Maher, the manager at Maggie Spillane’s in Mount Vernon.
While St. Patrick’s day falls on a Sunday this year, many of the locations are holding their celebrations on Friday and Saturday, or as many places are calling it, “St. Patrick’s Day Eve.” Here are 16 parties open to all, listed alphabetically within the region where they’re held.
Brodie’s Pub: Brodie’s Pub markets themselves as “Irish all year round,” so it only makes sense that they would do a little something extra for St. Patrick’s Day. The pub will serve Irish food, including shepherd's pie, lamb stew and corned beef, throughout the weekend. They’ll also provide some special Irish-themed entertainment: Irish step dancers from the Kerry Kelly School of Irish Dance will perform on Saturday, March 16, the Siobhan N. Moore Step Dancers will take the stage on Sunday, and bagpipers from the Westchester Police Pipes and Drums will provide music both days. As manager Kevin Moriarty put it, “this is our special tribute to the Irish culture for the weekend.” Info: 3262 E. Main St, Mohegan Lake; 914-215-1805; brodiespubny.com
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company: The popular Elmsford brewery will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for the first time with Bollock’s Fest ‘13, a Sunday, March 17 event featuring live music, food and drink specials and a raffle. The Captain Lawrence team has created three new drinks to be served exclusively at this event, the most unique being the “Gimmicky Green,” which is a green beer that gets its festive shade from an organic supplement called spirulina, not food coloring. In another twist on tradition, the party will feature Irish-inspired hot dogs, such as the corned beef dog, from Village Dog in Tarrytown. To round out the day, which runs from noon to 5 p.m., Burke’s Revenge, a band made up of local residents, will perform a variety of Irish music, and raffles and prizes will be given out. Info: 444 Saw Mill River Rd., Elmsford; 914-741-2337; captainlawrence.com; $20 cover
Maggie Spillane’s: On Saturday and Sunday, visitors to this Mount Vernon pub will be treated to an Irish celebration that includes traditional Irish fare, $5 Guinness beers and $3 shots of Jameson, and a four-hour acoustic Irish music set from The Baldy Monk. The party begins at 11 a.m. each day. Info: 571 Gramatan Ave., Mount Vernon; 914-699-8900; maggiespillanes.com
Mickey Spillane’s: Maggie Spillane’s sister pub will hold its St. Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday. Starting at 11:30 a.m., visitors can join the crowd and watch the annual Manhattan parade on TV while enjoying Irish food and $5 pints of Harp. The pub will also serve up the Zesty Irishman, a specialty cocktail made of Irish whiskey, triple sec and ginger. As the parade winds down, the celebration gets going with Irish dancers and bagpipers performing at 6 p.m. Info: 431 White Plains Rd., Eastchester; 914-395-3838; mickeyspillanes.com
New York Firehouse Grille: While this Peekskill venue has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all month long, you can still catch the final weekend of Irish food, drink and fun. Friday through Sunday, the venue will serve its corned beef special and Guinness Beer brats along with specially priced Irish drinks, including Guinness, Jameson and Devlin Whiskey. If you’re “lucky like a leprechaun,” as owner Alex Asadoorian put it, you may get one of your drinks for free by finding one of several green coupons hidden throughout the Grille. On Sunday, local bagpipers will put on two performances, at 3 and 7 p.m. Info: 63 Welcher Ave., Peekskill; 914-788-0808; newyorkfirehousegrille.com
Peekskill Brewery: This recently relocated brewery will host its annual Kegs N’ Eggs event starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 16. “It’s one of our most fun days of the year,” said brewery partner Kara Berardi. Guests at this celebration can enjoy a full Irish breakfast along with the brewery’s unique breakfast stout, which is made with coffee beans from Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown, plus a two-hour performance by The Parting Glass band from Newburgh at 9 a.m. The afternoon session starts at noon with an Irish lunch, which includes corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread.The pub will close from 3 to 5 p.m. and then reopen for dinner. To end the night, The Spinn Band, a rock and pop group from Westchester, will perform cover songs at 9 p.m. in the upstairs pub. Info: 47-53 S. Water St., Peekskill; 914 -734-2337; peekskillbrewery.wordpress.com
Rory Dolan’s: Rory Dolan’s will host its 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day party -- one of the biggest in Westchester -- at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The celebration features Irish music, Irish dancers from local schools and traditional Irish food (like up to 2,000 pounds of corned beef). If you can’t make it to Rory Dolan’s on the actual holiday, you can still celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with them on Saturday, March 23, as they help host the second annual McLean Avenue St. Patrick's Day’ parade. Featuring Irish Music by The Narrowbacks, this outdoor party is expected to draw more than 10,000 guests this year, so you might want to plan on getting there early. Info: 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers; 914-776-2946; rorydolans.com
Antoine McGuire’s: Guests have two chances to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year at Antoine McGuire’s. At 7 p.m. on Friday, March 15, the pub will hold its St. Patrick’s Day party, which will feature traditional Irish food and Irish music performed by Dirt Simple. It will also offer three special drinks for the event: Molly McGuire’s Martini, Irish Eyes and the Irish Car Bomb, made with Mother’s Milk Stout and Jameson. If you’re looking to celebrate the holiday in a more conservative way, Antoine McGuire’s will host an all day long Irish-themed Sunday Supper. The three course meal will feature Irish staples like corned beef; it costs $29 per person. Info: 19 Main St., Haverstraw; 845-429-4121; antoinemcguire.com
Nyack Pour House: Owner Heidi Nolan says the Nyack Pour House’s St. Patrick’s Day party is “like no other event in Rockland County.” The bar will celebrate the holiday all day Saturday, but the party really picks up in the evening with bagpipers and Irish music from 5 to 10 p.m., followed my music from DJ’s Dennis Ciallela and Phaded. Food and drink options will include free corned beef and cabbage at the bar between 7 and 9 p.m., and signature drinks, like the “Shamrock-arita,” a traditional margarita with Midori and a green sugar rim. Patrons who wear the most green will be rewarded, as the bar will give away gift cards and other prizes to the most festively dressed. Info: 102 Main St., Nyack; 845-722-7687; nyackpourhouse.com
The Dubliner Irish Pub: Voted one of the Irish Echo's top 50 Irish pubs for three years straight, The Dubliner Pub is an excellent spot to enjoy an authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The pub will open at 10 a.m. Sunday for an Irish breakfast, which will include white and blood pudding and rasher bacon. Throughout the celebration there will be a variety of musical performances, including bagpipers and Irish step dancers from the Broesler School of Dance. The Dubliner is also proud to serve Guinness from 23 taps, which have special pressure and temperature settings to ensure that the beer is just right for drinking. As employee Marty Thomas-Beard said of owner Brendan Daly: “That Irishman is very particular about certain things, especially the Guinness!” Info: 769 Main St., Poughkeepsie; 845-454-7322; dublinerpubny.com
Hyde Park Brewing: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year with a Sunday party, the Hyde Park brewery will offer a special menu of traditional Irish food, including corned beef and lamb. The brewery will also offer specials on green beer as well as Irish-themed drinks of their own creation. To round out the night, local one man band Mooncoin will perform a three hour set from 6 to 9 p.m. Info: 4076 Albany Post Rd., Hyde Park; 845-229-8277; hydeparkbrewing.moonfruit.com
Irish Eyes Pub: Starting at noon on Sunday, this small Wappingers pub will serve homemade shepherd's pie, Irish Soda bread, and, while it lasts, complimentary corned beef and cabbage. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy some traditional Irish music and, of course, green beer. Info: 850 Rte. 376, Wappingers Falls; 845-227-7368; irisheyespubwappingers.com
Keegan Ales: Keegan Ales will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year on Saturday and Sunday with good drinks and live music. Starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Keegan Ales will host its second annual St. Patrick’s Day eve party featuring music from Irish rock group McGroovin’. On Sunday, put on your dancing shoes and swing to The Big Bang Jazz Gang, a 14-piece ensemble that will take the stage at 7 p.m. Both shows are free to attend. While the pub will serve up plenty of corned beef and cabbage, they’re avoiding serving green beer. Instead, they’ll serve two new and unique brews that have been developed to celebrate Keegan Ales’ 10th anniversary. Guests who visit the bar on Saturday can try the Swarming Hive, which is made with vanilla, porter and honey collected from bees kept on the Keegan Ales roof. On Sunday, owner Tommy Keegan will unveil The Belgian Trippel, made with orange peel, coriander and Belgian candy sugar from Michael’s Candy, which is across the street. Info: 20 Saint James St., Kingston; 845-351-2739; keeganales.com
Mahoney’s Irish Pub: For the 9th year, Mahoney’s will host a weekend-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration. From 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, local radio station WRRV will do a live broadcast from the pub, which is expected to have some giveaways during the event. Later in the evening, Phillip the Meatbox and DJ Smiles will provide music. Both Saturday and Sunday will start off with a full Irish breakfast, including traditional items like bangers and black pudding, from 6 to 11 a.m. Each day will also feature performances from local Irish musicians Vince Fisher and the McCana Brothers as well as Irish step dancers and bagpipers. If you aren’t able to drive yourself home, Mahoney’s has partnered with Safe Ride; guests can call 845-505-7026 for a ride home. Info: 35 Main St., Poughkeepsie; 845-471-7026; mahoneysirishpub.com
McGillicuddy’s: This New Paltz bar will host its 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day parties on Saturday and Sunday. At 10 p.m. on Saturday, DJ Joe Fresh will spin some tunes and at 11 p.m., local radio station K104 will provide entertainment and host some giveaways. When the clock strikes midnight, it’s officially St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s only fitting that McGillicuddy’s will start serving the traditional green beer. Starting at noon on Sunday, guests can enjoy homemade corned beef and cabbage as well as some Irish draughts while enjoying a variety of music all day long. Newburgh band The Lounge Lizards will perform a two-hour acoustic set of Irish music, after which local radio station WDST will broadcast live from the bar. Later in the evening, Adrian O’Leary will once again entertain St. Patrick’s Day crowds with bagpipes and singing and SUNY New Paltz DJ HITTAMIXX will close out the party. Info: 84 Main St., New Paltz; 845-256-9289; cuddysny.com
Newburgh Brewing Company: This recently opened brewery will host its first St. Patrick’s Day Party this year, which kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Instead of corned beef, the brewery will serve corned pork, with organic meat that is butchered in-house and provided by Fleisher’s Grass Fed and Organic Meats in Kingston. The corned pork is served with the traditional sides of potatoes and cabbage, which are grown locally at Madura Farms, as well as Irish Soda Bread, baked fresh by Beacon bakery, All You Knead. In addition to locally sourced food, there will be two special drinks available for $3, a dry Irish stout and a newly concocted chile lime stout, which is brewed with lime and Mexican chilies. While you enjoy the food and drink, Brian Tice and John Bendy, a Mumford and Sons-style band from Middletown, will provide entertainment beginning at 9 p.m. Info: 88 South Colden St., Newburgh; 845-569-2337; www.newburghbrewing.com