5 Ways To Find Your Inner Leprechaun In NYC

Good beer, Irish whisky, pubs, and lots of green. Yes. We all follow these traditions but what is St. Patrick’s Day really about? The first thing we can all do to find out inner leprechaun here in NYC is to educate ourselves!

The History

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish celebration of Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was actually not an Irish native. He was born in Roman Britain and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16-years-old. He later escaped but returned to make his mark on history. The legend goes that Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and explained the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of the Irish clover, the Shamrock. The celebration has been going strong since the day of Patrick’s death on March 17th, 461.

The Feast

On St. Patrick’s Day all lent prohibitions are lifted including meat and alcohol consumption. The traditional meal of celebration is corned beef and cabbage. The Landmark Tavern on 11th Ave at West 46th Street is known for their traditional Irish style including this traditional dish. On Monday nights, they bring the Irish tunes to you live from 8pm to 11pm.

The Beer

If we don’t know anything else about St. Patrick’s Day, we all know that the beer is immensely important. Mustang Harry’s is known as one of the best sports bars in the city but there is so much more to offer with their motto “good food and good spirits”. The Irish owned and employed bar is filled with think Irish accents and Irish Whiskeys and beers.

The Music

Traditional Irish music is a great portion of the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar on 2nd Ave is the place to be for all traditional Irish music. Each day has a specific theme at Paddy’s and each day has one thing in common: it’s live! Steven Duggan has been dedicated to bringing authentic Irish music to NYC since 1986; even the knotted flooring was transported from an Irish hotel! Paddy’s is a comforting environment for all musicians of all levels. This is the perfect place to find some Irish culture through music and a couple of beers.

The Celebration

The Saint Patrick’s Day parade has been marching down 5th Ave on Saint Patrick’s Day for over 250 years! Run entirely by volunteers, the parade has become a non-profit organization for all New Yorkers to enjoy.  The parade will begin at 11am on 44th street and will continue on to 79th street.  If you cant make it, the parade will be streaming live on the website and on NBC channel 4.  There’s honestly no better way to celebrate!

What are your favorite ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day?  Share below!


By: Denise Pina



This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox.





23 Comments on “5 Ways To Find Your Inner Leprechaun In NYC

    • Oh and I’ve always wanted to spend Christmas in the UK!:-) Let’s swap! xx

    • Did you do any Irish meals for St. Patty’s?:-)

    • Haha, don’t feel bad, I live just a few blocks from it and totallllyyyy missed it last night, too! Bad New Yorker:-)

    • I know, it got SO cold again today! I think we were spoiled by that one 60 degree day;-) Happy St. Patty’s, Marcia!

  1. So glad you got your facts right about the shamrock! Really bugs me when people celebrate St Patrick’s Day brandishing a four leaf clover – completely different thing and doesn’t even make any sense when you know the whole story!
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    • Thanks Catherine!:-) We’re some true blooded Irish gals over here!;-)

    • Hi Marisol! Hope you guys have a great St. Patty’s Day!

  2. Ya know, I hadn’t heard about the actual history behind St Patrick’s Day in forever! Good refresher, Jess. That corned beef looks absolutely mouthwatering. Funny thing is I have never had green beer. My usual plans for 17th….stay away from the folks getting crazy ha, ha :)
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    • Haha, I was actually just wondering myself if green beer is as easy as dropping food coloring into it?! Maybe I’ll give it a try;-)

  3. It’s tough when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday. When I was younger I used to just go to an Irish bar in mid-afternoon and take it from there, but it’s hard to take off in the middle of the day now. Now I’m pretty much limited to things like eating green cookies. Plus, this year I stupidly made a doctor’s appointment for Monday evening at 8 pm. Sigh. But I do what I can. :) NYC is definitely one of the best places to celebrate St. Patty’s . . .
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    • Agree, weekday St. Patty’s celebrations are just not the same as a Saturday. But cheers for green cookies!

    • The city gets pretty rowdy around the parade route, and all the Irish pubs along the way!

    • That is definitely THE luckiest birthday!:-)

    • Those smiling Irish eyes are the best!:-)