St. Patrick’s Day Pub N’ Club Specials

St. Patrick’s Day is the Feast of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day during the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church. However St. Patrick’s Day is also a time to celebrate Irish heritage, and as the saying goes, everyone is Irish on March 17th, or thereabouts. One of the most famous aspects of Irish culture is the quality of their whiskey and beer, and everyone loves to partake, at least this one time a year. They also know how to whip up a delight for the tummy – no drinking on an empty stomach! To help you prepare your personal St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl and some pick-me-ups throughout the month, the following are some special pubs and clubs that are either fancy, to impress a date or treat yourself, or down to earth and relaxed. Whatever your mood requires.

Woodbine’s Craft Beer & Kitchen (47-10 Vernon Blvd) will be running St. Patrick’s Day food and drink specials all day on 3/17. They will be serving traditional Irish dishes such Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bangers and Mash, and Guinness Irish Stew. Guinness on tap, including Guinness Blonde, will be flowing; also Magners Cider on draft for snakebites; and on special, have the Short and Stout featuring a 20 oz. pint of Guinness and a shot of Jameson Caskmates, or the Absolut Lime Mule for variety. With their creative menu, St. Paddy’s Day might become a holiday more known for dining like a king, with items at Woodbine’s like the Scotch Egg; Mojito Shrimp Lettuce Wrap; Bourbon BBQ Wings, Spicy Scallion Wings & Cashew Teriyaki Wings; Chicken Curry with peppers, and Irish curry sauce over fluffy rice; Fish and Chips with beer-battered cod, house fries, home-made tartar sauce, Irish coleslaw; Truffle Lobster Mac n’ Cheese; the Slider Trio: Irish cheddar, bacon & slaw | pepperjack, pico de gallo & avocado | goat cheese, sauteèd onions & mushrooms; and the Lamb Burger on a brioche bun, topped with red wine caramelized onion, and goat cheese… mmm.

Raven’s Head Public House (38-04 Broadway) will be having specials on pints all day (11 am- 11 pm) on St. Patrick’s Day. Raven’s Head boasts showing every major sports game throughout the year, Happy Hour, Tuesday Trivia, and feasting like there’s no tomorrow. On the menu are the Irish Chicken Curry (sautéed chicken, onions & peas over rice & topped with Irish curry sauce) or Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef, sautéed carrots, onions, peas & green beans topped with mashed potato crust) in addition to a lot of other fine dishes such as Raven’s Head Nachos; Raven’s Head Chicken Wings (Buffalo, BBQ, Asian or Teriyaki Sauce, served with bleu cheese or ranch); Cheese Quesadillas (flour tortilla filled w/cheese, topped w/cowboy caviar, guacamole & sour cream, and you can add chicken or steak); the California Burger; Poe Burger (topped with candied bacon, cheddar cheese, sautéed onions & comeback sauce); desserts such as Oreo Mousse Cake; New York Cheesecake (raspberry sauce & fresh whipped cream); Tiramisu, and much, much more!

Cronin & Phelan (38-14 Broadway) Never fails to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day right. In fact, every day might as well be St. Paddy’s Day at this iconic Irish restaurant-bar. Cronin & Phelan is the place to go for heartwarming, delicious food and drinks, served with traditional Irish friendliness. Check out their Chicken Wings with Honey Jameson sauce (or Buffalo, Thai Sweet Chili); Beer Battered Onion Wings; Irish Nachos with Dubliner cheese and Irish bacon, for appetizers and a great variety of burgers, including the Veggie and Dubliner; but wait, there’s more: the Jameson Chicken; Bangers & Mash; Irish Style Chicken Curry; Fish & Chips; Mixed Grill; Shepherd’s Pie; Nan Peacock’s Famous Potato Salad; Irish Baked Beans; or Mushy Peas will make you feel as though you are visiting the Emerald Isle. They also provide their own twist on American, Cajun, Mexican, Italian and French dishes.

The Irish Rover (37-18 28th Ave) will be having a special event on 3/16, at 9 pm: Dreams of Freedom with the Kerry Lads for traditional Irish ballads, folk, and rebel music and dancing. They always have “tons of TVs showing all. the. games,” Guinness, Ms. Pacman, and games such as Giant Jenga and Giant Connect Four to help you have some good ol’ fun with your friends.

The Bonnie (29-12 23rd Ave), described as a “cozy brick-and-wood gastropub with cocktails & upscale pub fare,” will be hosting the Queen’s Cup VII Circus on 3/25 at 7 pm. The theme of this year’s cocktail competition is Teeling Irish Whiskey & the Circus! They will be featuring 13 unique libations, only available during the event. Their regular offering of cocktails will make your head spin, so for St. Paddy’s we thought we’d just list for you The Bonnie’s fine selection of beers on draft (we’re sure you don’t mind!): Bitburger Pilsner, Narragansett Lager, Doc’s Hard Apple Cider, SingleCut Prog! 2XDHIIPA, Ommegang Witte, LIC Coded Tiles American Pale Ale, Finback Grapefruit Crush DIPA, Bell’s Two Hearted IPA, Von Trapp Helles Lager, Collective Arts Pineapple Tepache Berliner Weisse, Guinness Irish Stout, and Allagash Saison Ale.

—Annette Alberts and Scott Lakeram

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