Saint Patrick’s Day is less than a week away and I intend to have a full agenda for celebrating this wonderful holiday. If you will be in NYC this weekend, below are a few events that should get you into the spirit! I’ve also included a list of my favorite Irish Pubs. How will you be celebrating?
Events for the Sophisticated Whiskey Drinker (or the drinker that doesn’t feel like standing in a Parade of madness!)
St. Patrick’s Weekend Irish New York Tour
A special tour for St. Patrick’s Weekend. Explore the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side, between City Hall and Houston Street as we examine the tremendous role of Irish immigrants in the history of New York City. This “family friendly” tour will explain why St. Patrick’s Day is more popular here than in Ireland. Stops could include: the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Al Smith’s home, the Five Points, the first Catholic church in the city, and sites associated with Tammany Hall, Thomas Addis Emmet, and many others.
Slainte: Irish Whiskey Cocktails and Cheese
For those of you who enjoy a fine whiskey food pairing, join Anthony Caporale (host of the Art of the Drink Web series) for a night of handpicked craft Irish whiskey cocktails paired with world-famous cheeses from Ireland. In addition to tasting you will get a 101 on mixing cocktails like the Zesty Irishman (Bushmills, Drambuie, triple sec) and the Jameson-spiked Buena Vista Irish Coffee. Each drink will be paired with fromage selections from Murray’s Cheese Shop.
The Man, the Legend and the Whiskey
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Astoria Whiskey Society and Tullamore D.E.W. at Hell Gate Tiki. Festivities will kick off with a VIP tasting exclusively for Astoria Whiskey Society members from 2 – 3:30PM. Tim Herlihy, Brand Ambassador for Tullamore D.E.W. will walk you through their exciting portfolio. After that, get the party started with $3 Tullamore D.E.W. shots and $6 “Luck of the Irish” cocktails. Enjoy live music and get your grub on with an Irish BBQ beginning at 4PM!
Now on to my favorite watering holes…
Irish Pubs to Add to Your Library
1. Molly’s Shebeen
3. The Dead Poet