Going green: The best St. Patrick’s Day events in Brooklyn

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The Saint is marching in!

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so your celebration of Ireland’s patron saint can last all weekend. The Guinness will be flowing at every Irish pub in Brooklyn, but we’ve put together a list of the best events on St. Paddy’s and beyond, so you can dedicate your time to washing down some corned beef with a pint or five:

My green Haven

Beloved neighborhood pub the Irish Haven will host a full weekend of festivities to celebrate St. Patrick, opening at 8 am on March 17 for those who want to throw back some Guinness before heading to Manhattan’s parade. And starting at 2 pm, help yourself to the bar’s free corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes — it is all gratis as long as you buy a drink. Saturday boasts drink specials and an Irish rock cover band playing tunes by Thin Lizzy, the Pogues, and Van Morrison. The weekend will culminate with traditional Irish band the Brooklyn Bards, who will hit the stage on Sunday at 7 pm.

Irish Haven (5721 Fourth Ave. at 58th Street in Sunset Park), March 17–19. Free.

A Wicked time

Bay Ridge’s most elegant Irish spot, the Wicked Monk, celebrates the holiday by holding its weekly Sunday session of traditional Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day itself, starting at 5:30 pm. Sip a stout and enjoy the music — or if you can play the fiddle, feel free to join in!

Wicked Monk [9510 Third Ave. between 95th and 96th streets in Bay Ridge, (347) 497–5152.]. March 17 at 5:30 pm. Free.

Ballads and booze

Spending St. Paddy’s day getting hammered plays to a ridiculous stereotype of the Irish — one that drinking and singing group Three Pints Shy plays right into! The five-member band performs both new and traditional drinking songs, and its repertoire includes the boozy tunes that “Whisky in the Jar,” “Donald, Where’s Your Trousers?” and “I’ll Never Drink Again.” Bands the Rascals & Rogues and the Waysties follow, and the bar will have Jameson drink specials all night.

The Way Station (683 Washington Ave. between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place in Prospect Heights, (347) 627–4949,]. March 17 at 8 pm. $5 suggested donation.

Green screen

Take a break from boozing for a silly, semi-Irish flick featuring Ice-T taking on an evil leprechaun played by Warwick Davis. “Leprechaun in the Hood” will screen at Nitehawk Cinema just after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

“Leprechaun in the Hood” at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave. at Berry Street in Williamsburg,, March 17 and 18 at midnight. $12.

Slainte Slope

Park Slope’s 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will hit the streets on the Sunday after St. Patrick’s day. This year’s procession will be led by James Houlihan, the owner of Windsor Terrace institution Farrell’s Bar and Grill, and the parade will feature plenty of bagpipes, kilts, and brogues.

Park Slope St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Starting at 15th Street and Prospect Park West,, March 19 at 1 pm. Free.

Bay’s big day

Bay Ridgites will have an extra week to build up their supply of Irish pride, since the enormous annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off on March 26 this year. The 30-block procession will include floats, marching bands, and (of course) plenty of bagpipes.

Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Starting at Third Avenue and Marine Street in Bay Ridge,, March 26 at 1 pm. Free.

Updated to replace a canceled event.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Pat from Marine Park says:
Corned Beef. Yuk !!
March 13, 2017, 3:07 am
Tony Caputo from Red Hook says:
This post is for those of us who remember
Finbar Devine
March 16, 2017, 4:50 pm

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