St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, so why not get out and celebrate this Irish holiday at any one of the local pubs? Find out the best places around the Garden State to get your pint of Guinness and some live Irish music this March 17 — and before then. From bagpipes to corned beef, the following bars are sure to deliver some Irish traditions this St. Patrick’s.
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Thatcher McGee’s – Denville, Fairfield, Pompton Lakes
With three locations, this authentic pub gets the party started early. So set your alarm clocks and enjoy a little brew with your breakfast! Taps start flowing at 8 a.m. Thatcher McGee’s also offers a menu of traditional Irish starters and entrees.
St. James’s Gate Publick House – Maplewood
Enjoy the sounds of the South Park Benefit Bag Pipers all day. The gastropub presents it once-a-year St. Pat’s menu and an afternoon filled with live Irish music. The bar opens at 8am. Located within easy walking distance of the Maplewood train station, you can drink ’til you see leprechauns without having to worry about driving.
Dublin Pub – Morristown
Join the fun as Marty McKernan, known as an “incredible one man band who plays bass keyboard, percussion while playing guitar or banjo as he sings and plays harmonica,” performs from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Kilkenny House – Cranford
The bar opens at 10 a.m. and the kitchen, serving up favorites like Fish & Chips, Shepard’s Pie, and Irish sausages, is open from 11:30 am until 9pm. No reservations or call-aheads will be accepted, so arrive early!
Mannion’s Irish Pub – Somerville
Mannion’s has got a whole host of St. Patrick’s Day festivities! You can join them on Friday, March 15th, or Saturday, March 16th, and see performances by of Irish Music, Bagpipers, and Step Dancers. Irish Robbie Doherty will also be performing Irish Music from noon to midnight on the 17th. See the full lineup here.
Tir Na Nog Kitchen & Irish Pub – Cherry Hill
Celebrate with the sounds of live music all day. There’s no charge and doors open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Check here for the lineup.
Egan & Sons – Montclair
It’s a full day of festivities at Egan and Sons! Check out the schedule below for the events at this pub in Montclair (tent opens at 11am):
12pm – Face painting
1pm – Irish dancers
1:30pm – Passing Notes a cappella group
2pm-4pm – Traditional Irish Acoustic Trio with Dave Brahm
4pm – Irish dancers’ encore
6pm-10pm – The Counterfeiters band performance
10pm-closing – DJ Bruce Ciccone
The Dubliner – Hoboken
The Dubliner will be running its “Get Shamrocked” event on Saturday, March 16th from 9pm until closing and promises drink specials and dancing.This tri-level pub with a rooftop bar will also be participating in that weekend’s Irish Stroll Bar Crawl in Hoboken.
Grasshopper Off the Green – Morristown
Grasshopper Off the Green is having a week-long celebration of the holiday,with live music, glass etching, and more. On the big day itself, there will be performances of traditional Irish music, step dancing, and more, as well as a special Irish food and drink menu — and a post-parade party as well, with doors staying open until 2am.
Zeppelin Hall – Jersey City
Zeppelin Hall will be celebrating from March 13th to 17th, with six different Celtic dishes on the menu – including a Blarney Stone Burger.
The Cottage Bar – Teaneck
The Cottage Bar’s menu offers Irish classics, like bangers and mash or a Gaelic steak, and is great for those who love sports and Guinness. In fact, they claim to have the best pint of Guinness in Bergen County!