Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but these three traditional NYC Irish pubs are Irish year-round, which means friendly atmosphere and great beer and ale. They just get extra friendly and extra crowded on St. Patrick’s Day.
- See my article for the Orbitz Travel Blog on the biggest, best and most unusual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the USA, including skydiving Leprechauns, and the blockbuster NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s largest.
McSorley’s has been at the same location in the East Village since 1854, and hasn’t changed its decor or style since. The wooden bar has been burnished to a deep shine by generations of elbows, and the walls are cluttered with museum quality memorabilia, including an original ‘wanted’ poster for Abe Lincoln’s assassination. McSorley’s is at 15 E 7th St., between Second and Third Aves.
Also in Manhattan – Playwright’s in Midtown.
Mug’s Ale House is an old-fashioned neighborhood bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with a modern list of draft beers and ales that includes local micro-brews like Bluepoint Toasted Lager and imports from Germany, Belgium, and — of course — Irish Guinness. Mugs is at 125 Bedford Ave. at North Tenth Street.
What’s your favorite traditional Irish bar? On St. Patrick’s Day or any day?