NY – The first official St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City was held in 1762 by Irish military men serving in the American colonies. Today, the parade attracts two million spectators and over 215,000 marchers participate in the parade annually. Each year on March 17, New Yorkers, Irish or not, are enthusiastic revelers of St. Patrick’s Day. From attending the Parade along Fifth Avenue to having a traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage at home, visitors and locals truly enjoy the luck of the Irish!
Here are three of my “Kiss the Blarney Stone” inspired favorite pubs:
1. McSorley’s Old Ale House
Established in 1854, McSorley’s can boast of being New York City’s oldest continuously operated saloon. Everyone from Abraham Lincoln to John Lennon have passed thru McSorley’s swinging doors. Woody Guthrie inspired the union movement from a table in the front – guitar in hand, while civil rights attorney’s Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow had to take their case to the Supreme Court to gain access. Women were finally allowed access to McSorley’s in 1970! So belly up. Enter the sawdust strewn floors and history patched walls for a trip back through time. Share the McSorley’s experience with the spirits of 150 years!
2. The Thirsty Scholar
Originally called the Jolly Rodger, in 1999, this pub was born. Serving up 20-ounce Imperial Pints of Guinness, Six Point Bengali Tiger, Brooklyn Lager, Hoegarden Wheat, Stella Artois, Coors Light, and Goose Island IPA makes it a popular Happy Hour destination. During the Winter months they serve up some HOT BOOZE…Spiked Apple Cider (we recommend you ask for the Honey Jack Daniels), Hot Toddy and Irish Coffee…
3. Ceol Pub, Brooklyn
Pronounced Kee-Ole, owner Loretta Heaney wanted to do it right! Honoring the Irish traditions of Ceol Ol agus Craic (good music, good drink, good fun) this watering hole is definitely worth the trip to Brooklyn.
If the parade is too crowded and Irish bars are not your scene, then be creative and plan your own Irish feast at home using my ideas and recipes to cook up homemade Bubble and Squeak and Irish Stew.
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