Get Your Irish on at Happening Hudson Valley Bars
Here's where to go to toast St. Patrick (or watch the big game) locally.
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With locations in both Poughkeepsie and New Paltz, Schatzi’s now serves up dynamic pub grub on both sides of the river. The Schatzi burger, famously voted No. 13 burger in the nation by Buzzfeed, 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. 845.255.1203
A local favorite, the Hurley Mountain Inn is for multitaskers. Boasting 20 screens (one of which is “massive”), their sports bar is the real deal — much like their St. Patrick’s celebration, for which they churn out astounding amounts of food (12,000 pounds of corned beef in 6 days). Their 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. Nightly drink specials start at 9 p.m.
106 Old Rte 209, Hurley. 845.331.1780
Maggie's Photo By Eric Jonhough
Located across the street from SUNY Albany, Maggie’s Café & Sports Grill has a menu that branches out beyond its roots in Italian-American cuisine to include everything from Philly cheesesteak to grilled salmon to gourmet burgers, the likes of which include The Joe DiMaggio — with bacon, Swiss, and sautéed mushrooms — and The Babe — with bleu cheese, roasted garlic, and sautéed green peppers. For St. Patrick's Day, the spot keeps it classic with corned beef and cabbage. Happy hour beer bucket and draft specials run Monday–Friday from 4 p.m.–6 p.m., and nearly 20 HD televisions throughout the restaurant mean you’ll never miss a game. Swing by on Saturdays at 9 p.m. to sing your heart out at karaoke night.
1186 Western Ave, Albany. 518.935.2661
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. 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 only from October–May. 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. 845.778.3337
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With a St. Patrick’s Day celebration from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. every year, Mahoney’s earns its 2017 readers’ pick title of “Best Irish Pub” in our Best of Hudson Valley contest. throughout the course of the holiday weekend, stop by to revel in traditional Irish music, bagpipers, step dancers, 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 BBQ stout ribs. As always, Mahoney's welcomes visitors on Monday nights with pub trivia at 7 p.m.
35 Main St, Poughkeepsie. 845.471.7026.
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With 18 beers on tap and live music nearly every weekend, Publick House 23 specializes in camaraderie. Locals regularly pack the place. Check their weekly specials and you’ll find out why: Margarita Monday offers $5 margaritas or $15 pitchers; Tasty Tuesday brings with it $5 glasses of wine, well drinks, and select bites; Wing Wednesday gets you 10 wings and a domestic draft beer for $10; Therapy Thursday offers the comfort of a burger and beer for $15; Fridays and Saturdays are for live music; and $8 loaded Bloody Marys and $10 pub-style nachos will be waiting for you on Sundays. For St. Patrick's Day, Publick House treats diners to 8 a.m. kegs and eggs with green beer of all things.
5 Maggiacomo Ln, Pleasant Valley. 845.635.3100
With its recent expansion, 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 the full week prior, and with pitchers of beer for only $5 on the weekend. If you happen to stop by on a Friday, there are $1.50 slider specials for a tasty cheeseburger, pulled pork, or veggie burger bite.
91 Main St, New Paltz. 845.255.6161
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 jalapenos. 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. 845.472.1095
Whistling Willie’s is an American grill serving familiar cuisine, but with beer and shot specials on St. Patrick’s Day and over a dozen famous char-grilled burgers to choose from, it’s the ultimate March pitstop. For the more adventurous eater, there are the tuna poke bowl and Volcano shrimp appetizers, and for burger lovers seeking something new, there’s the decadent Wisconsin burger with smashed tater tots and jalapeno beer cheese sauce.
738 Rte 9, Fishkill. 845.897.0100
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Patrick’s Pub wants to present the hospitality and warmth of the Irish heritage. Its menu features hearty food and the finest beers and spirits — with over 20 beers on tap to try. Sticking around for dinner? Try the Wasabi salmon or the Pub Chicken —topped with ham, melted Swiss, Marsala wine and mushroom sauce. Just want to catch the game? Munch on a few Irish Rice Balls or dig into the Gigantic Garlic Roasted Pretzel! Wash it all down with one of Patrick’s famous martinis, like the Nutty Irishman or the Dublin Dream.
925 Rte 6, Mahopac. 845.803.8675
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. The festive fun begins on Friday and runs throughout the weekend, so get there on Friday night or Saturday to celebrate early. On Sunday, Darby's kick the party off with performers like Adrian O'Leary from 1-3 p.m., Probable Cause at 6:30 p.m., and bagpipers throughout the day. 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, there is green beer.
3969 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park. 845.229.6662
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 chicken wings have eight sauces to choose from. 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, 845.278.8900
Get the St. Patrick’s Day festivities started early at Nanuet’s Growler & Grill gastropub and bottle shoppe. The pre-party on the Saturday, March 16 has live music starting at 7 p.m. and Irish beer choices alongside the 24 taps of fresh craft beer. No stools at the bar might confuse you at first —but the lack of seating is meant to encourage sampling of the 500 bottles of beer available. 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. 845.507.0899
O’Malley's Bar & Restaurant is already counting down for St. Patrick’s Day. Its infamous celebration is a staple for the community, with fundraisers, live music, and sports for all. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the menu of regional classics, which includes the famous O’Malley’s Irish Breakfast of Irish sausage, rashers, and black and white pudding.
108 Main St, Nyack. 845.727.0514
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 some room for traditional Irish favorites like the Lily White Bangers and Mash, served on a bed of mashed potatoes and topped with Guinness gravy. St. Patrick’s Day kicks off with traditional bagpipers, seven Irish beers on tap, and corned beef specials served all day long.
93 Clinton St, Montgomery. 845.457.5257
Ever experience March Madness on a 8.5-foot mega-screen? Lynn’s Uptown Sports Tavern is the perfect spot for everyone’s favorite basketball tournament. 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. 518.453.1566
Don’t forget to hit the mighty Lionheart Pub on your St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl. Not only does it offer 36 premium draft beers and high end handles, but its English steel-tip dart boards get so much attention that there are even dart-throwing leagues. Munch on free popcorn as you toss a dart and sip a celebratory beer.
448 Madison Ave, Albany. 518.818.0921
The Pearl St. Pub’s annual parade day party takes place at its usual spot in the downtown Albany entertainment district. Known for its inviting atmosphere and generous portions, the pub is a perfect place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a drink and a bite to eat for a fair price. Lunch starters include the apple cider bacon-wrapped Gulf shrimp appetizer and the very popular Mac Attack burger, stacked with a fried mac and cheese ball, thick-cut bacon, and chipotle aioli, which will have you drooling before the plate even hits the table.
59-61 N Pearl St, Albany. 518.694.3100