Five shades of green: Your guide to Saint Patrick’s Day in Brooklyn

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It’s the time of the year for green beer — Saint Patrick’s Day is on Tuesday — and you may be overwhelmed by the number of bars offering it alongside Guinness, corned beef, and cabbage. To ease your sense of vertigo, we have drafted a handy list of standout pubs and what they have planned for the occasion.

For the music lover

Irish Haven

Sunset Park’s Irish Haven is hosting live music on Sunday and opens at 8 am on Saint Patrick’s Day, but head back on March 22 for a performance by musician Sean Sands, brother of the legendary Irish republican Bobby Sands, from 8 pm to 11 pm.

[5721 Fourth Ave. at 58th Street in Sunset Park, (718) 439–9893]

For the aesthete

Wicked Monk

There may be no better-looking Irish pub in Brooklyn than the Wicked Monk, but that is not the only reason to celebrate your Irish pride (or indulge your curiosity) at this Bay Ridge bar. The Monk will be getting in the spirit of the holiday with live music every night from March 13 until the big day, including a traditional Irish seisiun on Saturday 14 from 4 pm to 7 pm.

[9510 Third Ave. between 95th and 96th streets in Bay Ridge, (347) 497–5152,]

For the hungry

Mullanes Bar and Grill

When it comes to food, Saint Patrick’s Day means one thing: corned beef and cabbage. Okay, and bangers and mash. That’s four things. Come get nostalgic to traditional Irish music on the stereo and soak up the beer with the Fantastic Four of Irish cuisine, like your mum, real or imagined, used to make.

Consider it a way station between ragers.

“We’re not going to do anything too outrageous, but we’ll have plenty of Irish flair,” said manager David Finnegan.

[71 Lafayette Ave. at S. Elliot Place in Fort Greene, (718) 797–7606,]

For the laid-back

Kitty Kiernan’s

Looking for a low-key way to celebrate the holiday? Head to Kitty Kiernan’s, which claims the distinguished title of “first Irish bar and lounge on Third Avenue.” For the holiday weekend, the bar will have the same Guinness pints and jukebox as ever. What more could you ask for? If you have an answer to that, head to one of these other places.

[9715 Third Ave. between Marine Avenue and 97th Street in Bay Ridge,, (718) 921–0217]

For the seriously Irish

Rocky Sullivan’s

If you want to get a heavy dose of Irish pride, as opposed to Irish-American pride, head over to Rocky Sullivan’s in Red Hook. The watering hole holds regular talks on Irish culture and the Irish language, and is home to the studio of “Radio Free Eireann,” a WBAI show with an Irish republican bent, which records each Saturday at noon. The Sullivan’s celebrations include a parade honoring the Irish language. It leaves from the bar at 7 pm on March 15.

[34 Van Dyke St. at Dwight Street in Red Hook, (718) 246–8050,]

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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