3/14/2012 12:15:00 PM

St. Patrick's Day Drink Guide: 11 Spots to Get Sloshed

This weekend, the entire New York City population becomes Irish, so what better way to celebrate than with traditional fare, Irish whiskey and green beer? Lots and lots of beer that is. Good ol’ St. Patrick hits town on Saturday, and whether you are headed in to watch the parade or just to drink it up, here are some suggestions to get you properly tipsy. Note: as the day goes on and your Irish eyes go bleary, please remember - leprachauns don't exist, so don't go chasing after any pots of gold.

Blarney Stone (Midtown East): A popular St. Patty’s Day dive, this Irish pub is serving up the classics like CBNC (corned beef and cabbage) and fish and chips, but get here early because the crowds can get large and rambunctious. They open at 8 AM if you want to stop by before work (710 Third Ave.; 212-490-0457).

GO Burger: For those wanting something more than the traditional Irish fare, this UES bar and grill is serving up a St. Patty’s Melt – a classic GO burger with a twist by adding Irish cheddar, diced cabbage and thinly sliced corned beef. Wash that patty down with a “Kiss Me I’m Irish Shake” combining Irish booze, ice cream and green coloring topped with whipped cream and a shamrock cookie(1450 Second Ave.; 212-988-9822).

McGee’s: While you enjoy yourself some traditional Irish fare like Shepherd’s pie or corned beef and cabbage any day of the year at this pub, we think it just tastes better on St. Patrick’s Day. This UWS pub is keeping the classics on the menu and will happy hour specials available, including $4 pints(opens at 9 AM; 240 W. 55th St.; 212-957-3536).

McSorley’s Old Ale House: Established in 1854 (“they were here before you were born”) this Irish ale house is opening at 6 AM on St. Patty’s Day for your drinking convenience. Note to those wanting a seat at the bar: set that alarm and get there when they open, there’s usually a line out the door later in the day (15 East 7th St.; 212-473-9149).

NYC Pub Crawl: For those wanting to experience NYC pubs the right way, join in on this Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl and work your way through over a dozen bars, all of which will be sporting generous drink specials for crawlers. Can’t wait until Saturday to start celebrating? This crawl is starting Friday and last the whole weekend ($40 per person for a 3-day all access pass; register online here).

Park Avenue Tavern: With doors opening bright and early, and only two blocks from the start of the parade, this tavern is dishing out a traditional Irish breakfast, including bangers, rashers, black and white pudding, scrambled eggs and potatoes along with a pint of Guinness or a Bloody Mary to get your Irish eyes smiling early in the AM (breakfast served from 8 AM-12 PM, $20.12 per person; 99 Park Ave.; 212-867-4484).

Playwright Irish Pub: This pub is serving up hot plates of traditional fare all day long, and they’ll be adding an Irish breakfast to their menu in honor of the holiday. Come for lunch and catch the Ireland vs. England rugby being shown live at noon and enjoy Irish tunes being played all day. Want a head start? They’ll be offering $5 car bombs Friday night from 9-10 PM (27 West 35th St.; 212-268-8868).

The Plaza Food Hall: Todd English is doing leprechauns everywhere right by serving up a corned beef brisket entrĂ©e, “bubble and squeak” and potato-leek soup. He'll also put a sin on some classics like his corned beef sandwich topped with tangy pickled cabbage, gruyere cheese and creamy Thousand Island dressing (One W. 59th St., 212-986-9260).

Southern Hospitality: Both locations of this barbecue will be having a daytime drinking fest with $3 green Jell-o shots, $4 Guinness drafts and $5 shots of Jameson. Be careful with that last one - if you need some grub to soak up the hooch, classic corned beef will be served. The deals go down from noon to 6 PM (multiple locations).

Village Pourhouse: Start your morning at this downtown location with Kegs and Eggs, a green breakfast of champions. You know how your day is going to go after this one - just sayin' (64 Third Ave.; 212-979-2337).

Ulysses Folk House: Want to do an Irish jig to celebrate the holiday? Join the Canny Brother for some rockin’ Irish music at this folk house while enjoying yourself a perfect pint, traditional fare, and an Irish breakfast served early (live entertaining starting at 6 PM; 95 Pearl St.; 212-482-0400).

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