Cue the leprechauns—St. Patrick’s Day is upon us again! In honor of our favorite green holiday, we’ve rounded up 24 ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC this year, from bar crawls and boat cruises to the beloved St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Grab a pint of Guinness and get ready to celebrate this holiday the right way.
May the luck of the Irish be with you!
1. Head to the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world—the first one was held on March 17, 1762! Today, the NYC Parade marches up 5th Avenue and has become a tradition that is enjoyed by all! Click here for more information.
When: Thursday, March 17th
Where: The parade begins on 5th Ave at 44th Street and ends on 5th Ave at 79th Street.
2. Enjoy Irish whiskey galore at The New York Irish Whiskey Festival
The New York Irish Whiskey Festival gives Irish whiskey its moment. This festival showcases big whiskey brands while also giving lesser known brands the opportunity to step into the spotlight. Enjoy live Irish music, tasty bites, and over 25+ Irish whiskey brands. Get more info here.
When: Saturday, March 12th
Where: The View at The Battery – 1 Battery Pl
3-5. Go on an Irish pub crawl with your friends
Nothing will put you in the festive mood quite like pub hopping with some of your best friends! Drink pints of green beer, dance along to local DJs, and enjoy no covers while you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend in NYC. To make organizing a little easier, check out the best pub crawls to buy tickets to below:
- St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl – March 17 at 5 pm (6 hour crawl)
- Kiss Me, I’m Irish! NYC St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl – March 17 (6 pm – 2 am) and March 18 (2 pm – 2 am): Participating bars include The Hairy Lemon, Kelly’s Sports Bar, The Skinny + more
- Shamrock Stroll Bar Crawl – March 18 at 12 pm (8 hour crawl): Participating venues include The Ugly Duckling, The Ainsworth, Bar 13 + more
Buy your tickets to a pub crawl above before they sell out!
6-7. Celebrate in style on a St. Patrick’s Day Party Cruise
Why not spend St. Patrick’s Day cruising around the city, instead of in the thick of it? Board this St. Patrick’s Day Cruise for Irish drinks (like green beer!), Irish tunes, and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Whichever admission you choose, you’re guaranteed indoor seating, access to the sky deck for panoramic Manhattan views, and of course, an unforgettable St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Check out your cruise options below:
- St. Patrick’s Day Party Cruise – March 17 at 7 pm (3 hour cruise)
- I’m Feelin’ Lucky St Patrick’s Day Party Cruise NYC aboard the Avalon Yacht – March 17 at 6 pm (4 hour cruise)
8. Drink green beer and frozen margaritas at Loreley Restaurant & Beer Garden
Loreley Beer Garden is extending the St. Patrick’s Day to be a full week long! From March 15-19, head over to this LES spot to enjoy green beers, green frozen margaritas sporting St. Patrick’s Day rubber ducks, Guinness pints, and Jameson Irish coffees. Seasonal décor will get you in the mood and sets the perfect backdrop to party all week long!
Where: 7 Rivington St
9. Enjoy 6 hours of Celtic cabaret at 40 Shades of Green
The New York Irish Center is one of the city’s most prominent Irish organizations, and this year they are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration titled 40 Shades of Green! It’s a 6-hour Celtic Cabaret featuring traditional music and dance, contemporary dance, Broadway singers, Irish Tenors, opera singers, and more. The event will feature over 40 performers (hence the 40 Shades title) and will happen on March 17 from 3 – 9 pm. Over 40 performers will take the stage (hence the 40 Shades title). For more info head here.
Where: 1040 Jackson Ave, Queens
10. Stop by Black Tap to try a Luck of The Irish CrazyShake®
Are you on the hunt for a one-of-a-kind boozy Irish dessert? Stop by one of Black Tap’s NYC locations from March 12-19 to try out their new creation, Luck of The Irish CrazyShake®. In collaboration with Black Irish by Mariah Carey, the global superstar’s premium Irish Cream liqueur brand, you’ll be able to try out a delicious treat like never before. The dessert consists of a classic Black Tap CrazyShake®, with a Black Irish buttercream frosted rim, Black Irish caramel sauce, Black Irish whipped cream, and topped with a Guinness cupcake.
SoHo – 529 Broome St
35th St – 45 W 35th St
11. Attend Clinton Hall’s St Patrick’s Madness Weekend
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at any Clinton Hall all St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. They’ll be handing out branded wooden tokens from pots of gold ahead of the fun, offering different promotions to redeem all weekend long. Food specials going on include the $12 Irish Nachos, made with waffle fries, Dubliner cheddar cheese sauce, bacon, sour cream, chives and a choice to add corned Beef for $5. Deals you could score include free half nachos, half off any burger or specialty, free dessert with your order, $10 and $20 vouchers, and a chance to win 20% off your bill.
FiDi – 90 Washington St
Midtown – 16 W 36th St
Midtown East – 230 E 51st
The Bronx – 601 E 189th St
Williamsburg – 247 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
12. Have a laugh at a St. Paddy’s stand up comedy night
Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day date night idea perhaps? It’s no secret that we have some great comedy clubs here in NYC, but this St. Patty’s Day-themed performance is perfect for a night of chuckles and drinks. There will be two different showings (March 11 + March 17), and comedians will range in talents from across the Northeast (some who you may have seen on America’s Got Talent, Netflix, MTV, and more). Amazing drink specials will be available too!Buy your tickets here!
13. Sip on a festive green cocktail at Jackdaw
Get into the Irish spirit at Jackdaw, an Irish-owned and operated gastropub offering all sorts of St. Patrick’s Day festivities and drink deals. Enjoy delicious shared plates and seasonal green cocktails by the fireplace while you listen to traditional Irish music from 4 pm – 7 pm on March 17. Alongside Guinness on tap (plus many more beers and wines), they’ll be proudly serving their Irish Pear & Elderflower Mojito (Served over crushed ice, 1.75oz of Gunpowder Irish Gin, .25oz of Elderflower Liqueur, 1.25oz of Housemade Pear Syrup, 1oz of Lime Juice and Mint. Garnished with Dried Pear and a Mint Sprig.)
Where: 213 2nd Ave
14-16. Sip on a pint at an authentic NYC Irish pub
Head to a true Irish NYC pub to celebrate authentic Irish culture and heritage and, of course, enjoy a Guinness or shot of whiskey. Three of our favorites include:
- McSorley’s, East Village
- The Dead Rabbit, FiDi
- Peter McManus Cafe, Chelsea
See our other favorites here.
17. Try out an “Irish Made” cocktail at The Landing at PENN 1
Stop by The Landing at PENN 1 on the 17th in order to try their elevated fare and delicious cocktails in a “private club” style room. The main highlight as shown above is the “Irish Made” Cocktail (Jameson whiskey, cucumber, elderflower, lime juice, honey, and mint. Garnished with dried cloverleaf ) as well as the Corned Beef & Cabbage Special (house-made corned beef served with braised cabbage, marble potato and bacon).
18. Chow down a collaborative treat from Billy’s Bakery
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Billy’s Bakery has partnered with the craft Irish distillery, Glendalough to serve limited edition treats starting March 13 – 17 at their Chelsea location. Choose between the savory Double Barrel Biscuit (made with Irish Cheddar Cheese) or the sweet Double Barrel Cupcake (made with chocolate, Glendalough Irish whiskey-salted caramel and flaky sea salt). The biscuits are $4.25 and the cupcakes are $4.75 apiece.
Where: 184 9th Ave (btwn W 21st & W 22nd St)
19-20. Hit a sunset party and dance the night away
NYC knows how to party for St. Patty’s Day and that mean green-themed parties! Check out some of the clubs and rooftop hosting sunset parties below!
- Somewhere Nowhere: Irish jig in the clouds at this club in the sky during their St. Patrick’s Day Sunset Party on Friday the 17th.
- Dream Downtown: Stop by the Lobby Lounge on Friday the 17th for $10 Guinness Cans, $50 buckets of 6 Guinness, and $10 shots of Jameson. On Saturday, attend the Sunset Saturdays party at PHD Rooftop for the same deals + $8 Irish Car Bombs. Music by Lohrasp Kansara.
21. Taste the “Green Grass, High Tides” cocktail at Malibu Farm
From March 17-19, stop by Malibu Farm New York in Seaport who will be offering the “Green Grass, High Tides” cocktailmade with Dewar’s Blended Scotch, Green Chartreuse, Limoncello, Midori, and Lemon, complete with a microgreen garnish!
Where: 89 South St
22. Treat your tastebuds to a Lucky Green Frrrozen White Hot Chocolate
Celebrate St. Patty’s with a limited edition Lucky Green Frrrozen White Hot Chocolate at Serendipity3! Featuring a lucky blend of mint-infused white chocolate, topped with a cloud of whipped cream, shamrock sprinkles, a glitter clover and gold covered chocolate coins, you simply can’t go wrong.
Where: 225 E 60th St
23. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Edge
Take in the green holiday 1,131 feet in the air at Edge on March 17 from 12 pm – 10 pm! The famous NYC observation deck will be celebrating with festive bites, specialty St. Patrick’s day themed cocktails, Irish beer, Irish music and more! Guests can enjoy performances by Irish step dancers from 12 pm – 2 pm as well as live Irish music from New York City-based guitar player Matt Stapleton, from 2 pm – 5 pm.
Where: 30 Hudson Yards
24. Grab a free Irish Coffee from a Teeling coffee truck
To celebrate the 17th, whiskey brand Teeling and Brooklyn-based coffee roaster Variety have teamed up to make a collaborative Irish coffee to keep you buzzing all day long! On March 17, they will be offering free samples of the drink to try via a food truck! Located in both FiDi and SoHo throughout the day, attendees will also be given a token that can be exchanged for a full Irish coffee at a participating bar (The Dead Rabbit, Ulysses, Underdog, Beyond The Pale, Mother’s Ruin, Milady’s). Be sure to stop by!
FiDi – Truck parked at Pearl & Broad St (11:30 am – 3 pm)
SoHo – Truck at Spring & Lafayette St (4:30 pm – 8 pm)