Shamrocks and Shenanigans… What to do on St. Patrick’s Day in Westchester

Let’s take a break from wine for a minute, shall we? While there is nothing wrong with a little vino on St. Patrick’s Day, the majority of Westchestorians will be chugging green beer, scarfing down corned beef and cabbage while singing When Irish Eyes are Smiling… or at least wishing they were. So if you would like to turn that imagery into a reality here are a few fun spots to hit around town for some good old fashioned St. Patty’s Day shenanigans.

Rory Dolan’s on McLean Ave in Yonkers is probably the most well known Irish Bar and Restaurant in town, and with good reason. It offers up a large number of brews on tap (yes they have Guinness) and the food is a step above your standard Irish pub fare. The celebration will be going from 9 am to 4 am over at Rory’s where you can expect Live Irish music all day, Irish Breakfast, Corned Beef and Cabbage and beer flowing like water. They will also be featuring the Ireland vs. England Soccer match enhancing the full Irish Pub experience…just watch out for the random scuffles.

If you are looking for something a little more sophisticated without losing that pub feel, then head on over to the TapHouse in Tuckahoe. Their beer selection is stellar and the “gastropub” fare is outstanding. Plus if you are looking for something other than the standard St. Patrick’s Day grub their apps and entrees are vast and delectable. It’s also right across the street from the Tuckahoe train station, in case you plan on having more than just a couple of pints.

If it ends up being a nice day out there’s probably no better place to be than on Mamaroneck Ave in White Plains. The main drag has almost a dozen different bars that you can bounce around from all afternoon and into the wee hours of the morn. Depending on what you are looking for there is a little something for everyone. My favorite still tends to be The Lazy Boy for their astounding beer selection and somewhat tamer crowd. Hudson Grille and Brazen Fox have some of the best eats on the strip with Brazen being a great spot to watch a game as the bar is loaded with flatscreens.

And then there’s The Candlelight Inn. This iconic establishment on Central Ave across from the freaky European Health Spa structure that has been abandoned for decades has some of the best bar food in town… and it’s cheap! On St. Patrick’s Day they whip up a mean batch of Corned Beef and Cabbage for under $10. They also still serve pitchers for under $10 so if budgets are tight this year, then the Candlelight is definitely the move.

Or you can stay home and just pick up some Guinness at Target for $13.50 a 12 Pack and cook up the traditional Irish fare on your own. Sometimes that ends up being the most fun way to celebrate anyway.

Céad Míle Fáilte!


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