Ah yes, St. Patrick's Day is finally upon us! The only day I can be convinced to do shots of Jameson and Irish car bombs. Like any other religious holiday, I have a feeling the origin and true meaning behind it will make us all feel bad about ourselves and the way we actually celebrate it. Take this little Easter excerpt from my childhood, for example…
3rd grade teacher: "Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and honor his promise of eternal life".
Dara: "So Jesus has been resurrected in the form of chocolate bunnies and Marshmallow Peeps? Or do the glittery eggs hatch and Jesus comes out?"
I'm paraphrasing slightly, but the moral of the story is that I'm not exactly religious. Therefore I will ignore the real meaning behind this holiday and just support it the way most American's do: by eating and drinking. A lot. Almost every bar in the city will be having SOME kind of St. Patty's Day special, and fortunately for me and you, New York Mag's Grub Street has compiled a nice list of them. Bonus: they even give you a map so you can plan your own little bar crawl if you so choose. I have yet to decide where I'm going, but I have a feeling I won't remember it the next day anyway, so it doesn't really matter.
11th Street Bar
510 E. 11th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-982-3929
When: March 18–20, 4 to 9 p.m.
What: $2 off all drinks
53 E. 13th St., nr. University Pl.; 212-979-6677
When: March 17, 8 to 11 p.m.
What: $45 open bar
15 Beekman St., nr. Nassau St.; 212-732-7333
When: March 17
What: $2 Miller Lites and a full Irish fare menu
218 E. 53rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-355-6607
When: March 17, 9 to 4 a.m.
What: $7 Jameson shots, $7 Guinness, $10 car bombs, and $5 green beer
538 Ninth Ave., nr. 40th St.; 646-684-3657
When: March 17, 5 to 8 p.m.
What: Two-for-one drinks and $5 sixteen-ounce Bud and Bud Light bottles
55 Little W. 12th St., nr. Washington St.; 212-675-6686
When: March 17, 11 to 4 a.m.
What: Full Irish menu and surprise drink specials