On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone can lay claim to being at least a wee-bit Irish. Whether you are looking for something to do with the family, want to get outside, or hit up a local Irish pub, there is fun for everyone. We have compiled a list of our favorite St. Paddy’s Day events and Irish pubs in Boston, NYC, and Portsmouth, NH. So have fun, get your Irish on and forget about driving; C&J can take you there.
Explore the Irish Heritage Trail
Celebrate your Irish Pride with a walk along the Irish Heritage Trail. This self guided trail will direct you to landmarks of all sorts of Irish-American artists and heroes from the 1700s to present day. The Trail is divided into three sections: 20 sites in downtown Boston and Back Bay, covering over three miles: and over 50 other landmarks in Boston neighborhoods, cities and towns throughout the state. Download trail coordinates to your GPS device.
Boston Irish Pub: The Druid
The Druid with its perfectly pulled pints of Guinness, bartenders who hail from the Emerald Isle, and a brunch that features black-and-white pudding, it’s hard to find a truer Irish pub in Boston than the Druid. This Inman Square watering hole satisfies guests with tasty meals and weekly live Irish music. Located at 1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge 617-497-0965.
Get your Irish on at the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world. On Monday March, 17th, join the crowds up Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street, to watch performers from all across the globe! Bagpipers, marching bands, assorted merrymakers, and more! There is something for everyone at the NYC parade. The parade starts at 11am and typically ends between 4:30 and 5pm.
NYC Irish Pub : McSorley’s Old Ale House
McSorley’s Old Ale House is the oldest ‘Irish’ tavern in NYC. Take a step back in time when you enter this pub as old photos and newspaper clippings line the walls, the floors are still deep in sawdust, and the bartenders are still rough, Irish, and capable of carrying massive amounts of foaming beer mugs. The house brew is still just two varieties, light and dark, at $5 for two. On weekend nights with a loud all-ages group of patrons, all down for a boozy chat or raucous sing-along. New York magazine considered McSorley’s to be one of New York City’s “Top 5 Historic Bars.” Located at 15 E 7th St., between 2nd and 3rd Ave. New York, NY 212-473-9148.
Sweat it out at the St. Paddy’s Five Miler
Calling all runners: Be part of the seacoast’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day running event with your friends and family! Benefitting local charity, New Heights Adventures for Teens, the St. Paddy’s Five Miler has become one of the premier running events in the area! For runners who like swag…included with the entry fee are: High quality long sleeve technical shirt race shirt to the first 900 registrants, a commemorative pint glass & finisher beads, one beer for runners over 21 with ID and Race Bib, amazing professionally catered food including sandwiches and hot soups, all with a fun and festive St Patrick’s Day Atmosphere & Music.
Portsmouth Irish Pub: The Press Room
For over thirty years, The Press Room has been the Seacoast’s live music source. This cozy little Irish pub offers a variety of pub fare and drink served by a friendly staff. The pub has become a second living room for many of its patrons, offering live music seven nights a week including blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and folk. Friday and Saturday the full menu is available beginning at noon with a live music Irish Jam session to accompany lunch. This is the place to come grab a bite and a pint, throw darts, listen to great live music or relax with friends. Located at 77 Daniel St, Portsmouth, NH 603-431-5186.
Wherever you end up deciding on for St. Patrick’s Day, let us take you there. Parking in Boston and NYC can be a nightmare on a good day. We’ll get you to and from without the stress and hassle of driving. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!