The Do’s and Don’ts of St Patrick’s Day in NYC

Get ready to party like the Irish.

As soon as March rolls around everyone’s thoughts turn towards leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and green beer. That’s right, we’re talking about St. Patrick’s day. Everyone has their own way of celebrating, whether it’s chowing on corned beef and cabbage or eating a myriad of green foods. NYC certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to partying like the Irish, yet there are some things you should be aware of if you plan on spending the day decked out in green and hopping around the city. Here are some do’s and don’ts so you can celebrate St. Paddy’s (NOT Patty’s, there’s tip one) day in New York City the right way.

DO: Look into buying tickets for bar entry in advance.

Lots of bars offer “tickets” that you can buy in advance in replace of a cover charge the day of. The lines for ticket holders usually end up being a lot shorter than if you’re trying to get in normally and some even offer all you can eat and drink specials.

DON’T: Go to Irish pubs along the parade route (between 44th & 79th on Fifth Ave).

These pubs will be packed (not that others won’t be) so if you want a slightly less crowded atmosphere raise a glass somewhere else.

DO: Find bars with live Irish music.

Many bars around Manhattan offer live bands featuring some traditional Irish music. There’s no better way to get into an Irish state of mind.

DON’T: Stick to only bars.

There are lots of other experiences that have to do with Ireland and its culture that shouldn’t be missed. Check out the Irish Hunger Memorial downtown, get spooked at a special St. Patrick’s Day ghost tour at the Merchant House Museum, or go on the Irish Outsiders tour at the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side.  

DO: Drink at least one Guinness.

You might not like the taste, but the classic Irish beer needs to be had at least once during your escapades if you want to truly celebrate the culture.

Mackenzie Diamond

Content Editor

Mackenzie is a Connecticut native who loves finding the next big adventure. She enjoys cooking, dogs, and relaxing on a beach with a great book. If you want her heart, you find it on top of the Duomo in Florence.

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