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Celebrate St. Patrick at These Hudson Valley Bars and Irish Pubs

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Here are the Irish pubs to toast St. Patrick and enjoy fresh taps of local beer and tons of traditional Irish fare and American comfort food.

By Steve Fowler, Maeve Allen, and Jake Mauriello

Albany County

 

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Lynn’s Uptown Sports Tavern

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 or St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 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 

 

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O’Slattery’s Irish Restaurant and Pub

Are you in the Valley or Ireland? At O’Slattery’s, it’s hard to tell. Designed with the intention of replicating the style of authentic Irish pubs, O’Slattery’s will be fully stocked with Jameson and corned beef for the holiday. Its daily menu features Irish onion soup topped with Tipperary cheese and the popular Guinness brisket chili. There are also plenty of burgers to pair with your pints, as well as hearty bangers and mash and the Dublin Gobbler—oven-roasted turkey, sharp cheddar, Granny Smith apple slices, and cranberry mayo piled high on multigrain bread.

318 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Dutchess County

Darby O’Gills

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. 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. Plus, the Mona Lisa’s pizza concept is absolutely delicious (and the perfect pairing for a pint).

3969 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park 

Erin O’Neill’s Pub and Grill

The newest addition to the Valley pub scene is Erin O’Neill’s, which is planning to celebrate its first St. Patty’s since opening last July. So far, the Poughkeepsie spot has wowed customers with banger rolls (Irish sausage-stuffed pastries) and Dublin poutine, which replaces the traditional gravy with Irish curry. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the crispy duck and corn wontons, filled with duck bacon and street corn salad. While holiday menu details were being finalized at press time, one thing is for certain: the family recipe of Irish Curry Half & Half—chicken or shrimp simmered in a coconut milk curry sauce and served with white rice and fries— is a must-try.

135 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie

 

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Juan Murphy’s

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 

Mahoney's Irish Pub and Steakhouse

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Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse

With a St. Patrick’s Day celebration all weekend long, Mahoney’s earned its readers’ pick title of “Best Irish Pub” in our Best of Hudson Valley contest for the past three years in a row. Throughout the course of the holiday weekend, stop by to revel in live, traditional Irish music, bagpipers, step dancers streamed across 29 TVs, 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 barbecue stout ribs.

35 Main St, Poughkeepsie 

O’Connors Public House

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.

6 Broad St, Pawling 

Publick House Bar and Camaraderie

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Publick House 23

With 18 beers on tap and a warm atmosphere, Publick House 23 specializes in camaraderie. Locals adore this spot. 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 

Schatzi’s Pub & Bier Garden

With locations in both Poughkeepsie and New Paltz, Schatzi’s serves up dynamic pub grub on both sides of the river. The Schatzi burger 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
202 Main St, Poughkeepsie 

Traghaven Whiskey Pub

If there’s one pub to visit for the booze—it’s this one, which was named after Traghaven Road in Cork, Ireland. Boasting the largest selection of Irish whiskey in the country, the pub stocks smooth delights like Cúchulainn, Tullamore, and the elite Midleton Barry Crockett. There’s also plenty of excellent Irish single malts, single potstills, ryes, scotch, and bourbon. Operated by the Hurley family—whose history in the bar business stretches back a century—the pub also offers small plates like the Irish Alley Cat (whiskey caramelized onions and Dubliner cheese), and classic entrees including Shepherd’s pie and fish ‘n’ chips.

66 Broadway, Tivoli

Greene County

Freehold Country Pub

Loyal readers might be familiar with this Freehold favorite: it was voted best pub in 2014’s Best of Hudson Valley issue. Boasting 11 flat screen TVs, karaoke, pool tables, a game room, and a piano in the dining room, it’s no surprise this spot puts the green in Greene County. (Make sure you have “Danny Boy” committed to memory, just in case.) The menu is extensive, with classic starters like wings, jalapeño poppers, mozz sticks, and killer sandwiches, from hot and juicy French Dip and Reubens to club-style ham, roast beef, salami, or turkey. Treat yourself to the carrot cake before you head home (or move on to the next bar).

3667 County Road 67, Freehold

Murphy’s Law Public House

Murphy’s Law may say that anything that can go wrong, will—but trust us, you can’t go wrong celebrating at this Northern Catskills grill. There’s an extensive menu on St. Patrick’s Day and all weekend, including an Irish Car Bomb Burger, Reuben fritters, and Irish soda bread pudding (in addition to classic dishes like corned beef and cabbage). The baked mac ‘n’ cheese with Kilcoyne Farms brisket doesn’t disappoint. There’s a charming inn attached to the pub if you’re looking for a Catskills getaway.

1147 Main Street, Leeds

Orange County

Copperfield’s Kildare Pub

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.

93 Clinton St, Montgomery 

 

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Halligan’s Public House

This firefighter-themed pub is sure to spark some magic on March 17. Named after a multipurpose, firefighting tool, Hal’s has been serving up plenty of Jameson- and Tullamore Dew-based drinks, famous wings, and community events (like Trivia Night or DJs on Fridays and Saturdays) for almost two decades. The sandwiches are unmatched—we’re particularly partial to the Frank Drebin—sun-dried tomato focaccia piled high with fried chicken, bacon, cheddar, and garlic mayo—and the Johnny Utah—sliced turkey, avocado, bacon, pepper jack, and chipotle mayo on a hero. We hear the Reuben quesadilla is top-notch.

22 West Street, Warwick

Loughrans Irish Pub

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. 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 

Sweeney’s Irish Pub

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. Over the years, many top-tier bands, including Drop Kick Murphy’s, have performed at Sweeney’s Irish Pub. 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 seasonally. 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 

Putnam County

 

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Fiddler’s Green Pub

This spot has been serving up unbeatable Irish-American fare in Putnam since 1981. Hosting weekly trivia and frequent live music nights, Fiddler’s knows how to throw a party. If the holiday bash is anything like last year, expect five full days of Irish music and bar food staples like baskets of wings, fries, and onion rings, and juicy burgers. If Guinness isn’t your speed, the $10 Tullamore Dew cocktails are worth sipping, with interesting combos of the signature Tullamore (ginger beer and lime), Gold Faithful (peach Schnapps, orange juice, lime), Sour Dew (soda, sour mix, cherry) or Lahinch lemonade. FYI: it’s cash only.

1870 US-6, Carmel

Tom & Jerry’s Irish House

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 

Rockland County

Curley’s Corner

Owned by the Mayor of Suffern, Curley’s Corner is a homey neighborhood bar. The Irish pub features a variety of nosh to pair alongside fresh craft pours. Disco fries, zucchini sticks, loaded nachos, and skirt steak sandwiches round out the approachable comfort food.

84 Orange Ave, Suffern

Growler & Gill

Start the St. Patrick’s Day festivities early at Nanuet’s Growler & Grill gastropub and bottle shoppe with Irish beer choices alongside the 24 taps of fresh craft beer.  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 

Sheeran’s Restaurant and Pub

Danny Sheeran came to New York in the 70s after growing up in a small town in Ireland’s County Offaly. He and his wife opened the first iteration of Sheeran’s in 1992. Over a decade later, they closed the Pearl River spot and moved to Tomkin’s Cove, keeping their classic Irish pub alive. Grab a seat in this spot and enjoy a cold pint of Guinness with a steaming hot shepherd’s pie. Live music, traditional cuisine, and a friendly atmosphere define the experience at Sheeran’s. 

337 North Liberty Dr, Tomkins Cove

T.F. Noonan’s

This cozy Pearl River pub borrows its name from the movie State of Grace. 16 taps and nearly two-dozen bottled beer selections provide the perfect pint for any palate. Come hungry for the giant burgers, spicy chicken wings, and an assortment of sports bar fare. Even on a chilly day, enjoy a drink outdoors on their heated patio. On game-day, grab a seat with a view of one of 15 flat screens in the beer garden.

16 E Central Ave, Pearl River

Ulster County

 

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Hurley Mountain Inn

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.

106 Old Rte 209, Hurley 

P&G’s

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 $5 on Fridays. If you happen to stop by on a Friday, there are slider specials for a tasty cheeseburger, pulled pork, or veggie burger bite.

91 Main St, New Paltz 

Westchester County

 

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Dunne’s Pub

Considered a gem of White Plains, Dunne’s is the epitome of an Irish pub. A tricolor flag flaps in the wind over its front door and lively (and perhaps amusingly rowdy) conversations can be heard from down the block. It’s no surprise this neighborhood favorite’s tagline is “your local, friendly Irish pub, where everyone knows your name!” There’s Guinness on tap, of course, plus plenty of other beers. Daily Irish fare includes a corned beef Reuben, grilled Irish bangers, Shepherd’s pie, and Gaelic steak in cream sauce. If you’re planning to celebrate St. Patty’s at home, order from Dunne’s’ family-style, pick-up menu.

15 Shapham Place, White Plains

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