You will have to wait six months to drink green beer, but in Bay Ridge, you can start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day right now!
The neighborhood’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is throwing its annual “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” fund-raiser this weekend, so we are bringing you a roundup of places to embrace your inner Celt in Bay Ridge this weekend.
The first order of business is paying your respects. On Friday, go say an “Ave” and pour out a pint in front of the former Killarney Pub (6911 Fifth Ave. between 69th Street and Ovington Avenue). The pub just closed after decades of suds-slinging, and by God we’ll miss her.
Then jog over to Soccer Tavern (6004 Eighth Ave. between 60th and 61st streets) and play a couple rounds on the tavern’s famed dart boards. While you’re there, say hi to former Killarney bartender Elizabeth Murphy, who has taken up pint-pouring at the Tavern.
Like St. Paddy’s Day, your Saturday night is coming early this year. Longbow Pub and Pantry (7316 Third Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets) is showing European soccer matches all day, starting at 7:45 am, and a bartender at the pub promises a full day of footy. Sure, it is technically a Welsh bar, but you can still get a Guinness, and you’ll be in good company.
Sunday is the big day. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is throwing its third annual fund-raiser at the Salty Dog (7509 Third Ave. between Bay Ridge Parkway and 76th Street). The Canny Brothers Band and Clann Eireann Pipe Band will pay tunes from the Emerald Isle, and of course the beer will be flowing — though it will sadly not be the green-hued variety. A $20 donation gets you in the door, and the celebration starts at 3 pm.
Erin go bragh!