Contrary to popular urban myth, St Patrick’s Day or the ‘Feast of St Patrick’, is not a celebration of Guinness but rather the commemoration of the death of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage in general, and OK, yes, Guinness too!
However, you choose to acknowledge March 17, acknowledge it you must! So with some Gaelic flair here’s some suggestions about where to soak up the St Patrick’s Day craic. Slainte!
Arts & Crafts Beer Parlour
This is a proper beer parlour. In fact, it’s just like an extension to your living room, it looks feels and smells exactly like a proper pub, exactly how it should be for drinking beer on St Patrick’s Day. Mothers Milk, Delirium Tremens and Pork Slap…still with us?...are among some of the fine ales and beers that have been on the rotating guest list of ales.
Food? Of course, but essentially being a pub expect to enjoy a ‘smart dog’, some ‘sloppy Jose sliders or ‘pork belly pops’!
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Grass Roots Tavern
A true gem. Think cozy, created by wooden walls, worn wooden tables (well worn), wooden chairs and wooden floor. You like wood, right? Oh and then there's the non-functioning wooden phone booth, with its shelf on the side from which you can thumb through the yellow pages! And the stunted, Wild-West-like bathroom doors! Most impotantly, they serve Guinness and the craic is fantastic. What more do you need?
If savoring the true Irish experience and craic is absolutely non-negotiable and you won’t compromise (we have those moments too), but you don’t have time to fly six hours across the pond, then fly down the 6 train to Bull McCabe’s on 29 St Marks Place. You’ll find everything you want in an Irish pub, most importantly, proper Guinness!! Oh and did we say St. Marks is just a really cool place to visit anyway, St Patrick’s day or not.
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Do you want your St Patrick’s night to go on and on? Who doesn’t, its only once a year! Yes, you say! Then the perfect place to wrap up your night is the Reservoir Bar on 70 University Place where you can commemorate Paddy until 4.00am. The bar has that kind of retro divey Village feel which makes the experience so great. Your Accountant will love it too (yes, really), pints start at $4 and burgers and wings for less than $10. Deal!
For more information, swig here.
St Marks Ale House
Just wanting to keep it simple. We hear you. St Marks Ale House on 2 St Marks Place has a great range of ales, lagers and full food menu. With a great range of sports constantly being screened it’s a great bar to be whether your commemorating St Paddy or not!
For more information, slug here.
George owns Whiskey Social. George was born and raised in Ireland. George knows a thing or two about Irish whiskey, and has created one of the best bars in the Village. From Bushmill to Knappouge Castle to Killibigan you’ll enjoy whiskeys from every corner of Ireland. And when you’re ready, cross the pond to enjoy Canadian and American delights too whilst eating well with pork shank, steak frites or good ol’ mac & cheese.
For more information, sip here.