Do you love the color green? Are you under the impression that there’s no sound more beautiful than bagpipes when enjoyed over a cold (possibly green) beer? Do you look good in plaid? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you’re in luck. Or, as some might say, you have the luck of the Irish. Not only is St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, chances are you’ll find a fantastic Irish bar there as well. So on March 17, put on your best green shirt and head out to one of New Jersey’s Irish pubs to raise a pint. And as they say in Ireland, “Slàinte!”
St. Stephen’s Green Publick House
Location: 2031 Route 71, Spring Lake
Details: Head to St. Stephen’s Green (named after the famed park in Dublin) for deals on your favorite Irish drinks and some awesome live music from two of New Jersey’s best Irish bands. Stop by on March 5 to celebrate the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the Bantry Boys and beer specials throughout the day. On the 17th, St. Stephen’s goes all out with a double session of The Snakes from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and deals on Jameson, Guinness, Harp, Killian’s, and more. It’s the perfect spot to get your green on!
More info: www.ssgpub.com or call 732-449-2626
Location: 43 Route 35, Neptune City
Details: Kelly’s Tavern estimates that it sells nearly eight tons of corned beef in the month of March alone. If that’s not Irish enough for you, then nothing is. Bagpipers will be on hand all day on both March 5 (Belmar parade day) and March 17, and if you swing by on St. Patrick’s Day you’ll run into Lou & Liz from 94.3 The Point, who will be broadcasting live from Kelly’s. This Jersey Shore staple is sure to be jam-packed with fellow revelers just waiting to have a beer with you.
More info: kellystavernjerseyshore.com or call 732-775-9517
Location: 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
Details: The Cloverleaf Tavern doesn’t limit its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to just one day; the party lasts all week here. Highlights include an Irish Sunday brunch on March 12, live entertainment on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, bagpipers, and authentic Irish soda bread. And if you’re thirsty after your soda bread, the Cloverleaf serves beer straight from Toms River’s own Rinn Duin Brewing Company. This is a must-visit for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
More info: www.cloverleaftavern.com or call 973-226-9812
The Irish Pub
Location: 164 Saint James Place, Atlantic City
Details: The Irish Pub keeps its celebrations as simple and as classic as its name. Stop here for to listen to Irish music blasting through the speakers all day, and periodic visits from local bagpipers. With a special menu featuring traditional Irish-American fare (think corned beef and cabbage), the Irish Pub is the place to go for an Atlantic City-style celebration at the boardwalk.
More info: www.theirishpub.com or call 609-344-9064
Connie Mac’s Irish Pub
Location: 8000 South Crescent Boulevard, Pennsauken
Details: If you’re of the opinion that the whole month of March should be dedicated to beer, bagpipes, and the Irish jig, then look no further than Connie Mac’s. Beginning March 1 and running through the whole month, Connie Mac’s is offering a special Irish menu packed with delicious options including Guinness BBQ wings, bangers and mashed, and a Killarney fish sandwich to name a few. There will also be specialty Irish cocktails available, and on the big day Connie Mac’s will have live entertainment all night.
More info: www.conniemacs.com or call 856-910-1255
Location: 343 Park Avenue, Hoboken
Details: If you’ve ever been to Hoboken for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, you know it’s kind of a big deal. If you’re looking to go wild with hundreds of strangers on March 4, this is the spot. O’Nieal’s will have live music starting at 3:00 pm and is offering all three of their menus all day. Brunch for dinner? Yes, please. Pro tip: get here before 3:00 pm to skip the cover charge at the door. On the 17th, O’Nieal’s is offering $5 Guinness and shots of Jameson all day, in addition to some Irish food specials. So go big on the 4th or wait until the 17th when most of the local revelers will have gotten their St. Patrick’s Day spirit out of their system.
More info: www.oniealshobo.com or call 201-653-1492
Location: 274 Fairview Avenue, Westwood
Details: Head to PJ Finnegan’s on St. Patrick’s Day for the most classic combination around: bagpipers and Irish dancers. The party starts early, with the entertainment beginning at 11:00 am, so be sure to get there on time. I’m sure your boss won’t mind if you squeeze in a quick Guinness on your lunch hour.
More info: www.Facebook.com/PJFinnegansNJ/ or call 201-664-7576
Location: 6 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes
Details: Thatcher McGhee’s has no need for a special menu for St. Patrick’s Day; their daily menu is already jam-packed with traditional Irish options. Shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and an Irish breakfast are just the start of this expansive menu. On St. Paddy’s Day there will be green beer on hand to add a little holiday spirit, and some local bagpipers will be in and out throughout the day.
More info: thatchermcghees.com or call 973-839-3377
Biddy O’Malley’s Irish Bistro and Bar
Location: 191 Paris Avenue, Northvale
Details: Biddy O’Malley’s is the spot to class up your St. Patrick’s Day. Known more for it’s delicious meals than the raucous bar atmosphere, this gastropub is sure to satisfy your every Irish craving. They’re even introducing a special St. Patrick’s Day menu to supplement their everyday offerings.
More info: www.biddyomalleys.com or call 201-564-7893
Hailey’s Harp & Pub
Location: 400 Main Street, Metuchen
Details: Welcome to the home of the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade runs out one of Hailey’s doors and in through the other, and it’s populated by all of Hailey’s St. Paddy’s guests (which will hopefully include you). With music starting at 11:00 am and bagpipers and Irish dancers stopping by, there’s always something fun happening on the big day. A bonus: Hailey’s will be giving away a bunch of prizes, including T-shirts, beads, and some larger surprise items. Don’t miss out on the ultimate St. Paddy’s party!
More info: haileysharpandpub.com or call 732-321-0777
Maloney’s Pub & Grill
Location: 119 Main Street, Matawan
Details: Head to Maloney’s for all the craft beer you can drink. Seriously, there are more than 125 taps at this place, so good luck trying to choose your brew. And do you know what goes great with a freshly poured pint? Corned beef and cabbage and some bagpipes. So grab your green and get to Maloney’s!
More info: www.maloneyspubnj.com or call 732-583-4040
Location: 4 Pine Street, Morristown
Details: The Dublin Pub has one of the best atmospheres around. Murals of Dublin, original lampposts, and a smattering of antiques bring the warmth of Ireland to Morristown. Dublin Pub offers a delicious menu of Irish-American fare all year-round, but there’s something about St. Patrick’s Day that makes even the tastiest of corned beef sandwiches just that much better. Head here to feel a little bit closer to Dublin this St. Paddy’s Day.
More info: www.dublinpubmorristown.com or call 973-538-1999
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