There’s more to New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration than the standard parade. Several (authentic!) Irish spots around the city are throwing all-day bashes on the 17th — complete with Guinness, traditional music, hearty Irish breakfasts and, of course, a whole lot of green.
Tir Na Nog
It doesn’t get more authentic than this Herald Square-area pub — even the interior was designed by a team from Ireland. On St. Pat's, bands will play Irish music from noon until midnight. Between rocking out, grab some corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash or fish and chips, as well as some brew — we suggest the Tir Na Nog stout.
Opens at: 8 a.m.
5 Penn Plaza,
The Celtic-hip-hop group Seanchai and the Unity Band will be on hand to set the mood at this go-to Red Hook Irish pub, which was located in midtown east until 2007. Chow down on traditional Irish fare and classic pub grub.
Opens at: 11 a.m.
34 Van Dyke St., Red Hook, Brooklyn,
On regular days, Ulysses and its neighboring bars on Stone Street are crowded with fun-loving 20- and 30-somethings, so you can imagine what the 17th will bring. Pending severe weather conditions, revelers can celebrate outside at Ulysses’ wooden tables — perfect for enjoying a complimentary Irish breakfast (8:30-10 a.m.), beer, Jameson coffee and a carvery lunch. The Canny Brothers hit the stage at 6 p.m., with a DJ set to follow.
Opens at: 8 a.m.
95 Pearl St.,
McSorley’s Old Ale House
Established in 1854, McSorley’s takes credit for being New York City’s oldest ale house. It has survived through Prohibition and more than 150 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Check out this nostalgia-inducing spot for its two varieties of beers — dark and light — and no-nonsense feel. Make your way to the East Village as soon as you roll out of bed — McSorley’s is likely to be packed.
Opens at: 7 a.m.
15 E. Seventh St., 212-474-9148
Prefer a pub crawl?
Multi-taskers can meander through the streets decked out in green in one of the city's biggest pub crawls on the 17th. The event — featuring drink specials, music and all-out celebrating — snakes through several venues in midtown east. Go to pubcrawls.com or call 646-450-PUBS to find out where you can meet the crew. Starts at 11 a.m., $20