So we’ve got the parade, and that’s great– can’t wait to see you there!– but it only lasts so long. How else will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? And how can you stretch the celebration out as long as possible? Here’s how:
The Park Slope Ale House (356 6th Ave) is holding its all-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, from noon to close (~3:00 a.m.). They’ve got corned beef and cabbage all day, as well as Harpoon Brewery’s Celtic Red on draft.
You can get in on some old-school style at Old Carriage Inn (312 7th Ave), where the St. Patrick’s festivities are running all weekend long. Owner Dorothy Beasley promises a good, rowdy time:
“Oh, it gets crazy. We’re right on the parade route so everyone stops in; it’s a good fun-loving crowd. The bagpipers have come in. I make corned beef and cabbage every year. Usually we’re doing the parade the weekend before or after St. Patty’s, but this year, actually on the day? It’s going to be fun.”
The celebration starts Saturday night, with karaoke and a crazy hat contest. Starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (“1-ish” according to the Facebook page) they’ll have live music, drink specials, corned beef cabbage, and shepherd’s pie.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find a few minutes to chat with Dorothy, whose family has been running Park Slope businesses since the 1930s and who herself has been running the bar for just about thirty years. She’s got some stories to tell. (Ask her about the time she aired her Sopranos grievances at James Gandolfini, or how she was almost on Wife Swappers, or, you know what, pretty much anything.)
Pork Slope (247 5th Ave) opens at noon on Sunday for their St. Patty’s celebration. They’ve got Guinness and Irish Harp on draft, in addition to their usual lineup, for $6. Their Slippery Slope house special– a beer and a shot for $5– will feature Jameson Black Barrel. Live music will start at 2:00 p.m., featuring The Buddy Hollers, Greg Smith, Pat Sheehan, and The Good Bad Guys. And, of course, they’re whipping up a most likely ridiculously delicious corned beef sandwich.
For a more, ah, adult celebration, the Bell House (149 7th Street) is closing out the night with St. Patrick’s Day for Sinners, an all red-head edition of the Wasabassco Burlesque. They promise “no green beer, no Pogue cover bands” but plenty of good whiskey, beer, and– the main draw– naked, dancing redheads. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $20 (available here), but redheads get in for free.
Leading image via Pork Slope