Friday 5: Pints for St. Paddy’s Day

March is a green month for many reasons — spring, new life, tax season (ugh) — but this weekend it is green for Ireland.  Many celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the United States with little reason other than its an excellent excuse to drink.  A lot.  Early.  (Cinco de Mayo seems to be a similar celebration… Is it just Americans that corrupt national celebrations?)

To help you navigate what will surely become hazy streets, I present my Top Pints 5 for an NYC St. Paddy’s Day. Cheers!


Every hour is happy hour at McSorley’s.


McSorley’s Old Ale House

Arguably the oldest watering hole in New York City, McSorley’s offers two ales – light or dark.  And every hour is happy hour, so you get two for one.  Worried about spillage?  No need – there’s sawdust all over the floor. Get there: 15 E 7th Street, between Cooper Square & Taras Shevchenko Place, East Village


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Grab a milk stout at The West.

The West

A cafe/bar dedicated to actress Mae West, The West place has it all – shots of espresso, shots of everything else, and most wonderfully: Left Hand Milk Stout.  Infused with lactose, this stout is thick, creamy, and makes you wish you had a bowl of cereal to go with it. Get there: 379 Union Avenue, Brooklyn

Dempsey’s Pub

“Finally!” I hear you cry. “Finally an Irish pub!”  And Dempsey’s Pub is one that won’t disappoint.  A classic American take on an Irish bar, it serves up a nice selection of beers and a packed house on the weekends.  Get there: 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd & 4th Streets, East Village

Radegast Hall and Biergarten

Forget pints — let’s try liters.  Radegast’s German-style beer hall has one of the largest selections of bottles in the city, ranging from traditional German beers, to Belgian lambics, to domestic craft beer.  Try a mug — and be sure to use both hands! Get there: 113 N 3rd Street, Brooklyn

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A little rough ‘n tumble with eggs at Baker Street.


Baker Street Pub

Serving up the best pint of Guinness, Baker Street Pub also provides a mean breakfast during rugby Saturdays, when they screen rugby matches happening in Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.  Guinness and breakfast, you ask?  Well, there’s a time difference between here and Ireland that we have to make up for. Get there: 1152 1st Avenue, Upper East Side