Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! So why not get out and celebrate your heritage with fellow revelers? Sure, you could pour a pint of Guinness in your own home, but where’s the fun in that? Fortunately, there are plenty of great places to enjoy a green beer and some live Irish music this March 17. From bagpipes to corned beef, the following bars will transport you to the Emerald Isle without leaving the Garden State, and we’ll drink to that. Sláinte!
Zeppelin Hall – Jersey City
The biergarten has a special evening planned for St. Patrick’s Day. Starting at 9:30 p.m., hoist a pint while listening to live music from Irish rockers The Itinerants. There’s no coverage and free parking – so find your designated driver and make your plans now.
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.
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. 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 Tuckahoe Inn: Beesley’s Point
This South Jersey inn is the place to be for Irish food and drink specials throughout the day. Even if you start the festivities early, stick around to hear bagpipers at 7 and 9 p.m.
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 a.m. until 10 p.m. No reservations or call aheads will be accepted so arrive early!
Mannion’s Irish Pub, Somerville
It’s a full day of Celtic treasures. Enjoy Irish Robbie Doherty from noon to midnight, Irish step dancers at 1 and 6 p.m., and bagpipes at 8 p.m.
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.
Here’s the lineup:
DJ Mike Scott from open to close!
Tom Brett and Bill Felix 10am-12pm (Irish Band)
The Quiotxe Project 2pm-6pm
Birmingham 6 9pm-2am (Irish Band!)
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