There are plenty of Upper East Side watering holes where you can hoist a pint in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve gathered together some of the best neighborhood specials and checked out some on the other side of the park for Saturday’s celebration.
Mad River Bar & Grille
1442 3rd Ave. (betw. 81st & 82nd Sts.), 212-988-1832
Mad River Bar & Grille will begin the festivities at 9 a.m., serving “Kegs and Eggs,” which includes bacon, eggs, bagels and beer! After noon, the real party starts; Bushmills whiskey shots will be $3 and green St. Patty’s Day shots will cost $5. The day will also be complimented by waitresses serving jello shots.
1629 2nd Ave. (betw. 84th & 85th Sts.), 212-628-2364
Swig Bar is a down-to-earth pub and restaurant on the Upper East Side where soccer games on TV and good cooking are the norm. Besides a massive selection of Irish beers, Swig caters to those looking to enjoy delicacies such as homemade shepherd’s pie, $12, or the restaurant’s own Swig ale-battered cod and chips.
1303 3rd Ave. (betw. 74th & 75th Sts.), 212-452-2011
McKeown’s on the Upper East Side is the place to be if you’re looking for a night of great Irish cooking. The dishes range from Gaelic steak, a 12-oz. sirloin coated in peppercorns, pan-seared with mushrooms and onions in a Jameson Irish whiskey sauce and served with a choice of potatoes or rice and steamed vegetables, to Irish-style chicken curry, chicken breast and fresh veggies cooked in an Irish curry sauce served over white rice. McKeown’s is definitely the place to check out if you’re looking for a taste of true Irish culture.
250 W. 86th St. (betw. Broadway & West End Ave.), 212-580-8923
This traditional Irish pub and restaurant is hosting St. Patrick’s Day Week. Thursday, March 15 is “St. Paddy’s Beer Pong Mania,” with 10 full tables of beer pong and a $10 burger and beer special. Friday will have a corned beef sandwich and beer special for $12, coupled with a U2 tribute band warm up later that night. On Saturday, The Parlour’s kitchen will open up at 8 a.m. to serve up a traditional Irish breakfast. Following that will be a live rugby game at 1 p.m., Ireland vs. England, sure to heighten the fighting Irish spirit. At 3 p.m. will be Thirsty Paddy’s Irish Rebel band, followed by Ultra Violet. Saturday night, the U2 tribute band will play for all you drunken Irishfolk ’til the wee hours, then on Sunday morning you can nurse your hangover with another round of Irish breakfast at 8 a.m. during the Paddy’s Sendoff. At 10 a.m. that day will be the Scottish Communities Cup Final, Celtic vs. Kilmarnock. Right after the game will be a live stream of The Druids, a four-piece Irish rebel band, performing in Ireland.
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