With locations in both Poughkeepsie and New Paltz, Schatzi’s serves up dynamic pub grub on both sides of the river. The Schatzi burger, famously voted No. 13 burger in the nation by Buzzfeed, is stacked with pork belly, potato cake, cheddar cheese, and Schatzi sauce on top of a half-pound burger served on a pretzel roll. The menu at Schatzi’s is eclectic; options like the veggie Reuben, schnitzel, and poutine make it a great choice if everyone is in the mood for something different on game day. There are more than 16 craft beers on tap — and yes, they come in pints.
36 Main St, New Paltz. 845.255.1203
A local favorite, the Hurley Mountain Inn is for multitaskers. Boasting 20 screens (one of which is “massive”), the sports bar is the real deal — much like the St. Patrick’s celebration, for which it churns out astounding amounts of food (12,000 pounds of corned beef in six days). The menu covers a lot of ground, with Southern-fried dill pickles, specialty burgers and sandwiches, steak, seafood, and practically anything else you can think of. In addition to the sports bar and restaurant, Hurley Mountain Inn also has a room stocked with arcade games, so bring the kids along. Nightly drink specials start at 9 p.m.
106 Old Rte 209, Hurley. 845.331.1780
Sweeney’s celebrates St. Patrick’s Day each year with “Kegs and Eggs,” a live breakfast show that broadcasts on 101.5 FM and includes – wait for it – bagpipers. Yet with Irish Night every Wednesday from 6 p.m. until close, the spirit of the Emerald Isle lives on year-round here. Irish Night means 20 oz pints of Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Harp for $4, while, from Monday–Friday, happy hour gets everyone $1 off all drinks. Menu offerings include shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash, as well as an Irish Guinness stew available only from October–May. Sweeney’s offers an authentic experience, as owner Gary Sweeney originally hails from Ramelton on the northern coast of Ireland.
33 Orange Ave (Rt 208), Walden. 845.778.3337
With a St. Patrick’s Day celebration all weekend long from Friday to Tuesday, Mahoney’s earned its 2019 readers’ pick title of “Best Irish Pub” in our Best of Hudson Valley contest. Throughout the course of the holiday weekend, stop by to revel in live, traditional Irish music, bagpipers, step dancers, and fare that ranges from staples like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage, to more innovative takes like Reuben spring rolls or Jameson BBQ stout ribs. As always, Mahoney’s welcomes visitors on Monday nights with pub trivia at 7 p.m.
35 Main St, Poughkeepsie. 845.471.7026.
With 18 beers on tap and live music nearly every weekend, Publick House 23 specializes in camaraderie. Locals regularly pack the place. Publick House treats diners to fish and chips, NYC deli Reubens, and pretzels with house-blended beer mustard or cheese sauce.
5 Maggiacomo Ln, Pleasant Valley. 845.635.3100
P&G’s of New Paltz is ready to host any green beer-drinking leprechauns passing through. Start the celebration early with corned beef and cabbage sandwich and platter specials, which are on offer for a few days prior, and pitchers of beer for only $4.50 on the weekend. If you happen to stop by on a Friday, there are $1.50 slider specials for a tasty cheeseburger, pulled pork, or veggie burger bite.
91 Main St, New Paltz. 845.255.6161
Juan Murphy’s is an Irish pub—with Mexican grub! This match made in heaven fuses the two cuisines together, resulting in Mexican Shepherd’s Pie (adding homemade chili to the traditional recipe), Reuben spring rolls, and Knockaverry fries that are piled with crispy chorizo, cheddar jack cheese, and jalapeños. If standard pub fare bores you, Juan Murphy’s is the perfect destination to shake things up. Roll the dice during game nights on Wednesdays, or rock out to live music every weekend.
796 Main St, Poughkeepsie. 845.473.1095
If you’re looking for the authentic Irish pub experience on St. Patrick’s Day, take a drive (or a taxi) to Darby O’Gills in Hyde Park. Although the bar celebrates the luck o’ the Irish throughout the year, it goes all out with entertainment and food and drink specials in honor of March 17. The festive fun begins at 11 a.m. with $5 beer, Adrian O’Leary hitting the state at 3:30 p.m., and bagpipers throughout the day. As for food specials, they run the gamut from Irish potato soup and corned beef sandwiches to shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage. Before you ask, yes, the beer is green.
3969 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. 845.229.6662
There’s no cat and mouse feud at this Irish house – just delicious food and a good time. TJ’s sampler platter has a taste of all your faves, and the Irish spud skins are smothered in melted cheddar, Monterey jack, and bacon. On the healthier side, the buffalo calamari salad or the shallots and sun-dried tomato-filled gorgonzola salad are perfect for a light bite.
987 NY-22 Brewster, 845.278.8900
Start the St. Patrick’s Day festivities early at Nanuet’s Growler & Grill gastropub and bottle shoppe. The pre-party on Saturday, March 13 has live music starting at 7 p.m. and Irish beer choices alongside the 26 taps of fresh craft beer. No stools at the bar might confuse you at first —but the lack of seating is meant to encourage sampling of the several bottles of beer available. Diners are welcome to check out G&G’s cheeseboard picks, which range from rich, zesty Manchego to delicate Pecorino di Vino.
148 Rte 59, Nanuet. 845.507.0899
Heading to Copperfield’s in Montgomery is like taking a trip to Dublin for the day. The Irish Victorian Kildare pub is decked out with imported furniture from the motherland, with a Cliffs of Moher nook and Irish Study Dining Room. And that’s just the atmosphere! Enjoy a crab cake or broccoli cheddar bites to start, but save room for traditional Irish favorites like the Lily White bangers and mash, served on a bed of mashed potatoes and topped with Guinness gravy. St. Patrick’s Day kicks off with traditional bagpipers, seven Irish beers on tap, and corned beef specials served all day long. Stop in the following Saturday to catch The Ramblers on the bagpipes.
93 Clinton St, Montgomery. 845.457.5257
Ever experience March Madness on an 8.5-foot mega-screen? Lynn’s Uptown Sports Tavern is the perfect spot for everyone’s favorite basketball tournament. With access to some of the top sports packages and 20 TVs, every hour is happy hour at this fun-loving spot. Try one of the chef’s daily specials or build your own burger and top it with chili or blue cheese crumbles.
15 Colvin Ave, Albany. 518.453.1566
Don’t forget to hit the mighty Lionheart Pub on your St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl. Not only does it offer 45 premium draft beers and high-end handles, but its English steel-tip dart boards get so much attention that there are even dart-throwing leagues. Munch on free popcorn as you toss a dart and sip a celebratory beer.
448 Madison Ave, Albany. 518.818.0921
The Pearl St. Pub’s annual parade day party takes place at its usual spot in the downtown Albany entertainment district. Known for its inviting atmosphere and generous portions, the pub is a perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a drink and a bite to eat for a fair price. Lunch starters include the smokehouse nachos and the popular Longhorn burger, stacked with house-smoked pulled pork, fried onions, and drizzled with BBQ sauce, which will have you drooling before the plate even hits the table.
59-61 N Pearl St, Albany. 518.694.3100
This pub is the place to go this St. Patrick’s Day with over 50 brews to choose from as well as a tasteful selection of wines and seasonal cocktails. All year long, enjoy live music from Thursday to Saturday and open mic nights on Wednesdays. Grab a seat and feast on the usual fare of Irish fish and chips or order a Fisherman’s Platter, which gives you the choice of beer-battered oysters, fried scallops, or fried and buttered shrimp. For land lovers, the Reuben is made for hearty appetites.
10 Schoolhouse Rd, Salisbury Mills. 845.496.3615
Owner Bobby O’Connor is from Blarney, County Cork, Ireland, and he features carefully selected Irish fare on his menus. As an appetizer for the more indecisive, order the “can’t decide” platter, which has everything from fried pickles to broccoli cheese bites. The Reuben sandwich is made with melted Swiss, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing nestled between two slices of marbled rye. On St. Patrick’s Day, stop by to enjoy a bite while Irish step dancers perform an Irish jig.
6 Broad St, Pawling NY. 845.289.0666.
Named after the 1950s movie filmed in the village of Cong, Ireland, this eatery will leave a good impression on any Irish-American, or anyone for that matter. The menu has everything one can imagine: fish and chips sliders, Guinness mussels, Irish spring rolls, Irish nachos, an all-day Irish breakfast, mum’s beef stroganoff, bangers and mash, steak and Guinness pie, and that’s just to highlight a few. This is a must-try after the annual Peekskill St. Patrick’s Day parade.
15 N Division St, Peekskill. 914.930.8230