BY ANTHONY O’REILLY
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, everyone is a little bit Irish. The culminating event of St. Patrick’s Day weekend is the 251st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan. The city-wide parade will take place on Saturday, March 16 this year. It will start on 44th street at 11 a.m, and marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street to 79th Street, where the parade finishes at around 4:30 to 5:00 pm.
If heading into Manhattan doesn’t sound like an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day, here are some celebrations that are closer to home.
Austin’s Ale House, located at 82-70 Austin Street in Kew Gardens, will start the party early on Thursday, March 14. For Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the House will be providing complimentary Corned Beef & Cabbage at the bar as well as live music from the Irish band, the Sporting Paddies on Saturday evening. A Traditional Irish Breakfast will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday. The tap room offers a choice of over 20 draughts, many from local breweries and another 40 bottled of domestic and imported beer labels. The restaurant will be serving traditional Irish dishes including: corned beef & cabbage, oven baked shepherd’s pie, banger’s and mash and fish & chips with dessert offerings of bailey cheesecake and a sherry trifle. For a list of all events, visit their website.
Bourbon Street, located at 40-12 Bell Boulevard in Bayside, will be offering a variety of events during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The kickoff party will start on Thursday, March 14, from 7-10 p.m. with a live performance by the Sporting Paddies. Free corned beef and cabbage will be offered during common hour on Friday, March 16, from 4-7 p.m. You can watch the Manhattan parade at the bar with free corned beef and cabbage from 3-5 p.m. and a live bagpipe player from 8-9 p.m. On Sunday, March 17, from noon-4 p.m., a “Hangover Brunch” will be offered, including traditional Irish breakfast specials. Live Irish music from the band “Uncorked” will be played from 6-9 p.m.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, located at 29-19 24 Avenue in Astoria, will have live music as well as drink specials on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. Live music starts at 3:30 p.m. From 2-6 p.m., buy a $20 mug of beer and get free unlimited refills. All day long drink specials include: $4 Bushmills shots, $5 Jameson shots, $6 Jager bombs and $7 Irish car bombs. $12 corned beef and cabbage served with potatoes and carrots. Plus, more specials and events. Free admission.
The Garden @ Studio Square, located at 5-33 36th Street in Long Island City, will hold a post parade party from 2-6 p.m. $40 at the door gets you unlimited beer, wine and sangria, corned beef and cabbage and a Rocky Patel Premium cigar. On Sunday, March 17 drink specials will be offered starting from noon. $2 Jameson shots, $5 Irish car bombs and $5 corned beef and cabbage. An $18 Lucky Charms special gets you a pitcher of Killians Irish Red and three shots of Jameson.