St. Patrick's Day in NYC: Things to do beyond the parade
On St. Patrick's Day, New York City makes it plenty easy to be green. In addition to joining the throngs of revelers marching in Saturday's parade up Fifth Avenue, there are ample opportunities to experience the luck of the Irish.
1. IRISH NEW YORK TOUR Explore the Little Ireland district of the Lower East Side, between City Hall and Houston Street, and discover its history on this family-friendly walking tour, which includes the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the home of four-time New York governor Al Smith, sites linked to Tammany Hall, the Five Points and many others.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 11 a.m., meet in front of St. Paul's Chapel, on Broadway between Fulton and Vesey streets
INFO $15-$20, 888-606-9255, bigonion.com
2. STREAMS OF WHISKEY It's doubtful that '80s Celtic folk-punks the Pogues will tour anymore, and their notoriously erratic lead singer Shane MacGowan can't be counted on to appear with his other group, the Popes, but Streams of Whiskey dutifully re-creates both U.K. bands' anthemic songs with just the right amount of mischief.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. Lucille's Bar & Grill (located inside B.B. King Blues Club), 237 W. 42 St.
INFO $15 in advance, $18 day of show, 212-997-4144, bbkingblues.com
3. CELTIC APPALACHIA More than 70 performers converge for a lively celebration of Celtic and Appalachian music, dance and storytelling, presented by the Irish Arts Center. The evening features performers Mick Moloney, The Green Fields of America, third-generation Carter Family member Dale Jett and scores of others.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
INFO $25-$50, 212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org
4. ST. PATRICK'S DAY FOR SINNERS The Wasabassco Burlesque troupe offers this party as a libidinous yet classy alternative for those looking to have some fun without suffering the obnoxious and inebriated throngs. Expect to be pleasantly surprised by the all-redhead cast. Bonus: If you're a redhead, you get in free. 21 and up.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m., (doors open at 7:30), The Bell House, 149 7th St., Brooklyn
INFO $20, 718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com
5. "THE IRISH SHOW" Loud and jovial, host Sean Donnelly effortlessly riffs on relationships, his schlubby appearance and neighborhood locals, often driving himself to exasperation. His affable, unassuming charm wins over the crowd over every time.
WHEN | WHERE Sunday at 10 p.m., Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway
INFO $20, 212-757-4100, carolines.com