Go green this March 17 — Kelly green, that is!
All you really need to do to have a grand Saint Patrick’s Day is to head down to your local boozer and order a few pints. But many of Brooklyn’s finest Irish bars are offering something special on the big day (and the preceding weekend, as Saint Paddy’s falls on a Monday this year) — live music, free corned beef and cabbage, and drink specials abound across the borough. We have put together a exhaustive guide to the bars across Brooklyn going above and beyond.
This laid-back Greenpoint Irish bar will have a DJ spinning tunes from the Emerald Isle on Monday, and serving up corned beef sandwiches from 8 pm.
[130 Franklin St. between Milton Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Greenpoint, (718) 389–3888, www.shayzl
Whiskey-soaked Williamsburg bar and music venue Spike Hill kicks its celebrations off early, with a special weekend menu — including corned beef and cabbage, beef and Guinness stew, shepherd’s pie, and an Irish fry-up — starting Saturday morning. On Monday, there will be drink specials, DJs, and live music.
[186 Bedford Ave. between N. Sixth and N. Seventh streets in Williamsburg, (718) 218–9737, www.spikehill.com].
Technically more of a Scottish bar, on Monday this Williamsburg bar is nevertheless offering live traditional Irish music from 5–9 pm, alongside corned beef sandwiches and drink specials.
[180 Grand St. between Driggs and Bedford avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 384–5008, www.ionabr
Soccer-mad public house Banter plans on having traditional music starting Sunday afternoon — including one of its bartenders playing the bagpipes! It will also be selling a pint of Guinness and a pie for $10 on both Sunday and Monday.
[132 Havermeyer St. at S. First Street in Williamsburg, (718) 599–5200, www.banter
The ideal location to engage in some hair of the dog, this bright-green Boerum Hill Irish bar will have Irish music at 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday nights, then open early at noon on Monday, with live music at 3 pm plus prizes and giveaways.
[191 Smith St. at Warren Street in Boerum Hill, (347) 643–9911, www.ceolpub.com].
Fort Greene’s hippest sports bar will be serving up a special Irish menu, with dishes including corned beef and cabbage and beef and Guinness stew. It is also selling Irish coffees for $6 ever hour on the hour for the whole month of March, and will have more drink specials on Saint Patrick’s Day itself.
[71 Lafayette Ave. near Fulton Street in Fort Greene, (718) 797–7606, www.mullan
For those who want to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with a song, this Red Hook bar is offering live music all weekend, including Ireland’s the Young Wolfe Tones at 8 pm on Saturday, and locals the Lost Tribe of Donegal at 8 pm on Monday.
[34 Van Dyke St. at Dwight Street in Red Hook, (718) 246–8050, www.rockys
Line your stomach for free at this Sunset Park neighborhood favorite, which will be offering complimentary servings of corned beef and cabbage on Monday.
[4721 Fourth Ave. at 58th Street in Sunset Park, (718) 439–9893].
Sunset Park gets back to its roots at this Irish-owned bar, which will spend Monday serving up complimentary corned beef and cabbage and potatoes, with Irish music on the jukebox.
[6004 Eighth Ave. at 60th Street in Sunset Park, (718) 439–9336].
This 81-year-old Windsor Terrace cop and firefighter bar — known for its giant Styrofoam cups — will be serving up free corned beef sandwiches on Monday.
[215 Prospect Park West at 16th Street in Windsor Terrace, (718) 788–8779].
This newish Park Slope sports bar boasts New York City’s only stand-alone Guinness tower — which it will be pouring into 20-ounce pint glasses and serving with corned beef and cabbage on Monday.
[274 Fourth Ave. between First and Carroll streets in Park Slope, (718) 222–0280, www.brookl
Ditmas Park’s 773 Lounge is putting on a jam-packed weekend of Irish-themed events, kicking off Saturday with a shepherd’s pie-making throwdown, followed by live music from Michael Malley at 9 pm. On Sunday, there is an Irish trivia contest at 8 pm, followed by specials on Irish whiskey. Then on Monday, the bar will begin serving up corned beef and cabbage at 4 pm, proceeded by music from Hiram Kings at 6 pm. The bar also promises to have a special guest leprechaun pouring drinks behind the bar!
[773 Coney Island Ave. between Courtelyou and Dorchester roads in Ditmas Park, (718) 462–9746, www.773lounge.com].
Can’t get enough pipe music? Head down to this Kensington bar after the Park Slope parade on Sunday to hear even more pipers piping. The live music continues on Monday, with Jimmy O’dea performing at 8:30 pm. Free corned beef and cabbage sandwiches will be on offer both days.
[802 Caton Ave. at East 8th Street in Kensington, (718) 633–3689].
A big crowd typically packs this tiny Madison Irish bar for its free corned beef and cabbage on Monday.
[2943 Avenue S between Nostrand Avenue and Haring Street in Madison, (718) 627–6100].
Perhaps Brooklyn’s most handsome Irish pub, Bay Ridge’s the Wicked Monk will have Irish rock bands at 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, then acoustic acts earlier in the evening on Sunday and Monday. The bar will also be serving up corned beef and cabbage on Saint Paddy’s itself.
[8415 Fifth Ave. between 84th and 85th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 921–0601, www.wickedmonk.com].
Recover from any Saturday night celebrations at this popular Bay Ridge brunch spot, which is hosting guitar and tin whistle duo the Brooklyn Bards for a set of Irish tunes on Sunday at 4 pm. Then recover from your workday on Monday evening, when a live DJ will be playing.
[8902 Third Ave. at 89th Street in Bay Ridge, (718) 745–9619].
Forgo this Bay Ridge bar’s staple burgers and wings on Monday in favor of complimentary corned beef from Kansas City, which one bartender describes as “the filet mignon of corned beef.”
[9701 Third Ave. between 97th Street and Marine Avenue in Bay Ridge, (718) 833–1183].