7 Best Bars to Throw Down in NYC This St. Paddy's Day

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Get out your shamrocks and bright green garb, because this Friday is St. Patrick's Day!

Time to show off your Irish heritage, whether you're Irish or not.

Whether you're celebrating your heritage or claiming to be Irish for just the day, there are plenty of places to get your Paddy on properly in New York City for this festive holiday.

Sure, you can get probz get a pint of Guinness at any old pub, but why settle when here in NYC, you can have the best?

Here are the places that are at the end of our rainbows for this St. Patrick's Day.


1. McFadden's Saloon (800 Second Avenue)

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One of the things almost everyone is looking for on St. Patrick's Day is, you guessed it, green beer. There's no better place to get your fill on that magical brew than at McFadden's. And with a long list of festive events all through the year, this place knows how to throw a party.

But St. Paddy's is their biggest day of the year, where they throw the mother of all parties, complete with giveaways, a live DJ, bagpipers and surprises throughout the day. The party starts at 8 a.m and will go all day until 4 a.m. Happy drinking!

Get your ticket for the all-day unlimited beer bar here!


2. SideBAR (118 East 15th Street)

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SideBAR takes the well known Irish pub game and raises the stakes with their Kegs N' Eggs party on Friday, March 17th as well as Saturday, March 18th with an Irish themed green breakfast and open bar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feeling lucky yet?

For the sixth year in a row, SideBAR's St.Paddy's Day celebration kicks-off with green eggs, green pancakes, green bagels and, a childhood favorite, Lucky Charms. Plus, they're pouring unlimited green Bud Light drafts to wash it all down.

Tickets are $24 with promo code "LUCKYU", so get yours here!


3. Treadwell Park (1125 1st Avenue)

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Get your Irish on at Treadwell Park, the Upper East Side beer hall, which will serve up Irish beers on draft from The Porterhouse Brewing Company. Apart from the Irish eats and drinks, Treadwell Park supplies the ultimate gaming space with Pinball, Ping-Pong and Foosball, not to mention free popcorn.

Treadwell Park’s regular menu will be offered with selections such as in-house smoked beef brisket sandwiches and smoked crispy wings, plus a special St. Paddy's corned beef sandwich. You can also try one of their ice cream "Beer Floats," which is exactly what it sounds like.


4. Union Square Cafe (101 East 19th Street)

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If you're looking to celebrate the holiday but want to find a spot that's not overrun by an overly drunken and rambunctious crowd, class it up at the Union Square Cafe. This bi-level eatery is featuring a new cocktail using Usquaebach whiskey, which in Gaelic translates to "the water of life."

Find a cozy seat and ask for their special Highlands Redhead, which uses 15-year-old Premium Blended Usquaebach Whiskey, Amaro Lucano and two dashes of orange bitters. It's all the booze and none of the boisterousness for a chill yet swill St. Patrick's Day.


5. The West End Lounge (955 West End Avenue)

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This one's for the late night crowd who isn't afraid to show off their lucky charms. Nightlife mavens Justin Luke and Bobby LaSalle are throwing an epic St. Patrick's Day Underwear Party, hosted by NYC drag queens Brita Filter and Bella Noche with DJ Scotty Rox spinning all night.

With a lucky $5 cover to get in until 11:30 p.m. ($10 after), a free clothes check and $6 drinks for the guys who strip to their skivvies, there's no end to the St. Paddy's shenanigans that are going down. So bring some gold coins and get ready for kissing under the shamrocks at this festively fun affair.


6. Village Pourhouse (64 3rd Avenue)

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If you're all about St. Patrick's Day, why not start a day early? The downtown tavern Village Pourhouse is kicking off a three day boozy Pub Crawl. On Thursday, March 16th through Saturday, March 18th, be merry and green with various drink specials like $4 drafts, $5 bottles and $6 well drinks and shots.

At the Pourhouse, you'll get hooked up with an exclusive St. Patrick's Day wristband and the full map of other venues participating, as well as the list of drink specials that's sure to keep the good times flowing as you track your crawl. The festivities begin at 5 p.m.

You can secure your drinking spot here


7. Cafe Wha? (115 MacDougal Street)

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Rock out this St. Patrick's Day at downtown hangout Cafe Wha? for their tribute to Irish rockers U2, featuring Colin Smith and Amadou Gaye. The band is playing U2's hits from "The Joshua Tree" and that album that suddenly showed up on people's iPhones everywhere, plus deep cuts for the true fans.

All of this goes down in the signature "Cafe Wha?" style, which has stayed true to its roots and remains one of the best places in the city to see live music since the days when Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Allen Ginsberg used to hang out there. 

Lighters up, NYC.

 
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