Oh Danny boy, the pubs, the pubs are calling!
St. Patrick’s Day is finally here, and Bay Ridge is the best place to celebrate! Don your green outfit and call in Irish to work — we’ve got all the festive fare you can handle, and it starts on Friday afternoon.
On a day dominated by black brew from Ireland, spice up your pub crawl with a few more colors. Start your St. Paddy’s at the Harp Bar (7710 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets) with a pint (or two, or four) of Flying Dog’s “Lucky S.O.B.” Irish red ale brewed with real four-leaf clovers. The brewer doesn’t dump pounds of clover into the beer, but adds five four-leafers to each batch for a crisp sweetness. Next, gambol over to the Hideout (8415 Fifth Ave. between 84th and 85th streets) at 4 pm for a wee set by folk guitarist James Riley as you sip on the Harpoon Brewery’s “The Craic,” an Irish red IPA. Then walk a block over to Public House (8309 Fifth Ave. between 83rd and 84th streets) for the American tradition of $4 green beers!
And once you’ve worked up an appetite, stumble to the Bean Post Pub (7525 Fifth Ave. at 76th Street) for Friday’s all-day “Eat, Drink, and be Irish” event, with a buffet of traditional fare including corned beef, cabbage, and shepard’s pie, which we recommend you wash down with plenty of Guinness. The revelry kicks off at 11 am, but it runs until 4 am the next morning.
For the rest of the weekend, the party continues just north of the Ridge, at Irish Haven (5721 Fourth Ave. between 57th and 58th streets), where you can sham-rock on Saturday night at 9 pm with Irish Rock ’n’ Roll Revue, a band playing tunes from Emerald Isle bands the Pogues, Thin Lizzy, and Stiff Little Fingers. And on Sunday, the pub will bust out the tin whistle and guitars with the Brooklyn Bards, playing traditional Irish tunes at 7 pm.