In Ireland, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated as a religious holiday and is generally taken as a rather serious affair. In New York, however, things are quite the opposite. Many Irish citizens have made it a ritual of crossing the ocean and arriving in New York to celebrate a rather different atmosphere of the holiday. Between church services, parades or pubs, there is a wide range of exciting Irish events occurring around St. Patrick’s Day.
Primarily, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the streets and this is marked by a significant increase in the number of green seen around. New Yorkers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by going green – you will find green clothes, green hair, green hats, green flowers as well as some rather interesting delicacies such as green beer and green bagels??.
For those looking for a bit of spirituality on St. Patrick’s Day in New York, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the perfect place to visit. The Cathedral is located on 50th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan and is an impressive building, both inside and out.
If you are looking for a more traditional Irish pub atmosphere, then New York City is rich with celebration locations. It should be remembered though, that these pubs get extremely full on St. Patrick’s Day, so some forward planning and booking ahead could be useful.
A Handful of Some of New York’s Many Irish Pubs:
- Baggot Inn: An intimate Irish pub which hosts both live music and poetry readings, open from late morning to early morning, for ages 21 and up.
- Blarney Star: Specializing in local Irish talent and hosting Friday night concerts for visiting and local Irish bands. The pub also offers dining options and is open to all ages.
- Clancy’s: A relaxed, friendly Irish pub offering great American / Irish food.
- Dempsey’s Pub: Located in the East Village, this pub has traditional Irish music every Tuesday night. Wednesday night is Bluegrass music.
- Doc Watson’s: Known as New York’s best kept secret, it is a hot-spot for celebrating St Patrick’s Day.
- Kate Kearney’s: A combination between a bar and a restaurant, offering live traditional and Irish country music most nights of the week.
- MacMenamin’s Irish Pub: Offering imported drinks, quick pub food and outdoor seating.
- McSorley’s Ale House: The oldest pub in operation, celebrating a respectful 147 years, reputed as selling their own light and dark brewed beers.
- PJ Carney’s Pub: Located in the classy 7th Avenue, known for its great food, beer and atmosphere.
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