After Boston and Butte, Montana (trust us), New York might be the most St. Patrick-ingnest city in the country. "I'm beginning to think you do St. Patrick's Day better than we do," says Tullamore Dew brand ambassador Tim Herlihy.
So there's no shortage of spots for you to get your Green on this weekend, or on March 17 when the big day actually takes place this year. Still, it's nice to know what options are out there beyond your corner bar, so we've rounded up a bunch:
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Stout: You could go the traditional route, ordering Guinness or Harp or (shudder) green beer. Or you could hunt down this innovative stout made with Scottish malts, roasted barley and Super Styrian hops, then aged with whiskey-infused oak chips in I&G's signature "Oakerator." You can buy cans at the store, or find it on tap at St. Andrews (140 W 46th St), Highlands (150 West 10th St) and The Ginger Man (11 E 36th St).
Astoria Whiskey Society St. Patrick's Day Tasting: Well, it's on Sunday, March 16 but this devoted and casual collective of whiskey fans meet once a month. This time it was a no-brainer to team with Tullamore Dew for a St. Patrick's Day blowout at Hell Gate Tiki. AWS members will start with a VIP tasting of the Tullamore Dew portfolio. They'll then be joined by general revelers for $3 Tullamore Dew shots and $6 Luck of the Irish cocktails while enjoying live cocktails and an Irish BBQ from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Space is limited for the free VIP event so an RSVP (and free AWS membership) is required. 12-21 Astoria Blvd, 718.204.8313 hellgatetiki.com For the VIP event, astoriawhiskeysociety.com
Louro: This West Village contemporary American spot might not pop into your head for St. Patrick's Day, but chef David Santos is taking advantage of the date landing during his weekly Monday Night Supper Clubs. On the 17th he'll present an Irish-inspired meal with dishes like shepherd's pie with braised lamb and potato foam, Dublin Coddle, Irish whiskey and cheddar soup, his interpretation of corned beef and an Irish coffee dessert. It's BYO on wine and beer, but Louro's bar is always open. 142 W 10th St (between Greenwich and Waverly), 212.206.0606, louronyc.com/march-17
STK: If Irish whiskey isn't your thing, consider the Green Intensity served up at both NYC locations of this sleek steakhouse/nightclub combo. Made with Absolut Elyx, simple syrup, lime juice, basil and jalapeño, the vibrant green drink will still get you singin' "Danny Boy" throughout the night. Pair with STK's insanely good bread with chive oil and you've got the night covered. 1114 Avenue of the Americas (646.624.2455) or 26 Little West 12th St (646.624.2444) togrp.com/togrp-stk
Virgil's Real Barbecue: The Times Square classic BBQ spot will be ready for the chaos with a special cocktail. The Left Handed Cherry Bomb is made with Left Hand Brewing Co's Stout, Bailey's Irish Cream, Jameson and topped off with a cherry. 152 W 44th St (between 6th and 7th Aves), 212.921.9494, virgilsbbq.com
Lexington Brass: This gem of a restaurant located, unexpectedly, in Midtown East, is serving up an unusual dessert treat for St. Patrick's Day. The Irish Cereal Milk consists of Jameson, simple syrup, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch milk. That is, milk that's been soaked in the revered kid's sugar cereal. The whole thing is topped with fresh, crunchy Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal bits and a cinnamon stick. Because, why not? 517 Lexington Avenue (at 48th St), 212.392.5976, emmgrp.com/restaurants
Four Points by Sheraton Hotels: From 5 p.m. through 11 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day, you'll find special offerings. The new 312 Urban Pale Ale from Goose Island (the brand's first national Pale Ale release) along with signature seasonal Best Brews will be on tap. And at the Four Points Manhattan Chelsea location (160 W 25th St), you'll find traditional Irish meals served all day long at the Westside Brewhouse. Options include corned beef with cabbage and potatoes, shepherd's pie, Jameson's whiskey fish and chips, and specials on shots of Jameson and pints of Guinness. Bartenders at all three locations will be wearing Four Points St. Patrick's Day rugby shirts, and there will be plenty of big screens with big games. Multiple locations around town.
Thirsty for more? Check out National Spirits Examiner or NY Drinks Examiner.
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