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The Ultimate Guide To Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in NYC

Updated On 03/12/2018 at 05:48PM EST Updated On 03/12/2018 at 05:48PM EST
Saturday
Mar 10
Union Square
Overeager to celebrate the holiday? Kick things off early at this Irish whiskey tasting, which is likely to be the cheapest St. Patrick’s Day event you’ll find. From 2pm-5pm, Union Square Wines & Spirits will offer samples of 16 different whiskey options for free.
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Monday
Mar 12
Midtown West
If your idea of entertainment doesn’t include frat bros puking outside a bar, hit the Opry City Stage to see members of musicals such as Waitress, ONCE, and Carousel perform to raise money for VH1’s Save the Music Foundation in a night of live music and storytelling. The event has no cover, but it’s recommended that you call to make a reservation ahead of time: 212-388-5565.
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Thursday - Sunday
Mar 15-18
Lower East Side
This heated outdoor beer garden is getting into the Irish spirit with an entire weekend of celebratory events. Thursday night kicks off with a ceremonial green beer tapping and St. Patrick’s Day Eve includes happy hour from 6pm-8pm, with $7 Guinness, green lager, Jameson, and Jager, followed by a free Guinness glassware engraving.
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Friday - Sunday
Mar 16-18
Various locations
Want a good excuse to day drink and neighborhood-hop? Join in on this annual pub crawl, which gets you access to drink specials at 50+ locations around the city, all weekend long. It’s just $20 for a three-day, all-access pass.
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Saturday
Mar 17
5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day if you didn’t see at least one bagpipe. Take a break from all the imbibing to embrace the crowds and catch the annual parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue from 11am-5pm.
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Saturday
Mar 17
East Village
Don’t let the holiday pass by without stopping in for a glass of either “light” or “dark” beer (your only options) at this storied Irish pub that’s been around for over 150 years.  
King's County Distillery
Saturday
Mar 17
Brooklyn Navy Yard
As a tribute to the 19th-century “whiskey wars,” in which Marines from the Brooklyn Navy Yard prohibited illegal whiskey distilling, Kings County Distillery will open its doors for a special 90-minute St. Patrick's Day tour, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes look at distilling and offering whiskey tastings. The tour kicks off at 4:30pm, and tickets are available for $20 here.
Saturday
Mar 17
Lower East Side
Hit this LES bar from 2pm to 10pm for a two-story dance party featuring several DJs and drink specials. The bar will also be raising money for the Bowery Mission, so you can feel good about all those afternoon shots.
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Saturday
Mar 17
Gowanus
Need a vessel for all that beer you’re consuming? Get crafty and make your own beer mug at this glass-working class, which kicks off at 11am. Tickets are over here.
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Saturday
Mar 17
Financial District
If a pub that reeks of stale beer isn’t exactly your vibe this St. Paddy’s Day, hit this acclaimed cocktail haunt for the bar’s famed Irish Coffee (made with French press-brewed coffee) and a (potentially) quieter, more comfortable place to sit.
Saturday
Mar 17
Bushwick
It’s just $10 in advance (or $15 at the door) to attend this Bushwick warehouse party, which promises plenty of DJs, dancing, and art. Get your tickets here.
Saturday
Mar 17
Various locations
Want a slightly smarter St. Paddy’s Day experience? The Irish Arts Center will be handing out free books by Irish and Irish-American writers at pop-ups throughout the city, so you can grab some new subway reading material and learn a little bit more about the Irish experience in the process. Check their site for updates on where they’ll be handing out books.
Courtesy of Haven Rooftop
Saturday
Mar 17
Midtown West
Put on your most obnoxiously green outfit and make your way to the sure-to-be-rowdy Haven Rooftop, where they’ll be pouring Jameson shots, Car Bombs, a $5 “special green shot,” and Guinness, starting at 12pm.  
Molly's Shebeen
Saturday
Mar 17
Gramercy
Need something to soak up all that booze you’ve consumed? Skip the dollar slice and lean into the holiday by heading to this classic Irish dive -- which first opened in 1895 -- for traditional corned beef and cabbage (and a pint, of course).
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Sunday
Mar 18
Prospect Park West
If you missed the Manhattan parade, fret not: You have another chance to catch all the bagpipes and bare legs when the Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade hits Prospect Park West, beginning at 1pm. The route will kick off at 15th Street and PPW.