NYC Bars to Hit After St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Landing on a Saturday this year, St. Patrick’s Day festivities can last a little longer than usual. After celebrating Irish culture at the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade—the largest in the world—make a stop in one of Manhattan’s beloved Irish pubs. Sport your best shamrock attire and head to any of these nearby favorites for Irish grub and drinks.

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Doc Watson’s

Doc Watson's

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This cozy Irish pub has been an Upper East Side favorite since 1996. The lengthy menu with Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie is a great reason to stop in for a bite after the parade. Pair the grub with one of dozens of beers—that includes Guinness and harder to find Irish ones like Magners Ciders. The casual family-friendly spot also has a sidewalk cafe, a backyard beer garden and live Irish music every week. Address: 1490 2nd Avenue | Phone: 212-988-5300 Click to go

The Perfect Pint

“An Irish experience” awaits at any of the two locations of The Perfect Pint. Sip on Irish beers like Guinness, Smithwicks, Harp, Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale and Magners. Chow down on Irish fare including chicken pot pie, beef stew and Harp battered fish & chips. And if the weather is nice, head upstairs to the outdoor rooftop overlooking Times Square at the West Side location. West Address: 123 W 45th Street | Phone: 212-354-1099 || East Address: 203 E 45th Street | Phone: 212-867-8159 Click to go

McFadden’s Saloon

McFadden's Saloon NYC


Located near Grand Central Station, McFadden’s is a casual pub serving Irish-American comfort food and a boozy brunch on the weekends. The spot is gearing up for its annual Kegs N Eggs party on St. Patrick’s Day. The fun kicks off at 8am with mimosas and domestic draft beer until 11am and a breakfast buffet until 10am. Expect a DJ, face painter and bagpipers. Address: 800 2nd Avenue | Phone: 212-986-1515 Click to go

Finnegan’s Wake

Around since 1972, this Upper East Side spot dubs itself “the neighborhood’s oldest and most authentic Irish Pub.” It’s a few avenues over from the parade, but regulars will tell you it’s worth the trip. They rave about the Guinness and the food—the juicy burgers and the fish & chips are winners. Finnegan’s Wake also has a green awning, outdoor seating, interior woodwork and Irish bartenders. Address: 1361 1st Avenue | Phone: 212-737-3664 Click to go

The Irish Exit

The Irish Exit

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The name alone is a reason to stop in. The lively atmosphere and authentic Irish bites are another. Think shepherd’s pie baked in a crock and Irish bangers and mash (mashed potato and Irish sausages). The pub attracts a large crowd each year by taking the St. Patrick’s Day festivities up a notch. Last year, it served green beer and had bagpipers perform. Address: 978 2nd Avenue | Phone: 212-755-8383 Click to go

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