Spots to Catch the Game or Toast St. Patrick

Here's where to go to get the full Irish experience on St. Paddy's Day.


Schatzi’s Pub & Bier Garden

Schatzi's Photo Courtesy of Mokm Creative Services

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. • New Paltz — 36 Main St. 845.255.1203.


Hurley Mountain Inn

A local favorite, the Hurley Mountain Inn is for multitaskers. Boasting 19 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. •  Hurley — 106 Old Route 209. 845.331.1780.


Maggie’s Café & Sports Grill

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. Happy hour runs Monday–Friday from 4 p.m.–6 p.m., and nearly 20 HD televisions throughout the restaurant mean you’ll never miss a game. •  Albany — 1186 Western Ave. 518.935.2661.


Sweeney’s Irish Pub

Sweeney’s of course celebrates St. Patrick’s Day each year, but 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. •  Walden — 33 Orange Ave (Rt 208). 845.778.3337.


Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse

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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. On March 17, stop by to revel in traditional Irish music, bagpipers, Irish step dancers, and fare that ranges from staples like fish and chips and corned beef, to more innovative takes like Reuben spring rolls or Jameson BBQ stout ribs. •  Poughkeepsie — 35 Main St. 845.471.7026.


Publick House 23

Photo By Tipsy Social 

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. •  Pleasant Valley — 5 Maggiacomo Lane. 845.635.3100.

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