18 Spots to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Spend the holiday at a pub, restaurant or brewery serving the frothiest beers, the tastiest corned beef and cabbage and the heartiest shepherd’s pie around.
Here’s where to spend the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, including places that serve fabulous Irish food, feature live music, step dancing and entertainment, and of course, lots of beer. Or just go get yourself an Irish-themed bagel for breakfast.
1. Aidan’s Pub
Aidan’s in Bristol isn’t just home to one of the best bowls of clam chowder around, but it also takes the cake for some of the most authentic Irish dishes in the area. The Dublin pot pie, meatloaf mountain, potato cakes, fish and chips and O’Shea’s corned beef sandwich can all be paired perfectly with one of the eighty-eight beers. Thursday is also corned beef and cabbage night where you can get a heaping portion for $11.99, plus $3 Blue Moons after 10 p.m., which is when karaoke starts.
The Brazen Hen in Westerly puts Guinness beer and Irish whiskey right into some of its dishes including the Guinness French onion soup and the Irish whiskey flat iron steak. Other Irish dishes include shepherd’s pie and Irish bangers and mash. There is something for the whole family to enjoy!
3. Buskers Pub
In addition to the extensive drink menu, which includes twenty different Irish beers and one of the largest selections of whiskey in Newport, Buskers Pub also puts its own spin on some well-known Irish dishes. Some of the standouts are Scotch eggs wrapped in Irish sausage and covered in relish, a classic Reuben and Seamus’ Irish breakfast. View the menu online here.
Head on over to Cranston for corned beef sandwiches and hot dogs at the Irish Ceilidhe Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, a raffle to win a trip to Ireland, music and step dancing entertainment. The Club is planning on closing at 4 p.m.
Begin the celebration a few days early at Ciro’s Tavern in Woonsocket. On March 15 at 6 p.m., Ciro’s will host a pre-St. Patrick’s Day party to support Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture. The event will be loaded with Irish music, dancing and trivia. Tickets cost $45 each and include traditional Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, soda bread, a green cocktail and desserts. The tavern is also hosting its fifteenth annual “Not Officially Irish, but Happy to Fake it” party on March 17. The restaurant will be open starting at lunchtime, and Irish dishes will be served, including Reuben sandwiches. Professional Irish step dancers will provide live entertainment. Reservations are recommended. Call 401-769-3330 or click here for more information.
Party-goers don’t have to worry about the mid-March cold weather because County Cork Irish Pub in Warwick is setting up a heated tent for guests to take the party outside. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Fill up on beer and pub food while listening to music all day long.
Get into the Irish spirit by joining Finn’s Haborside in East Greenwich at the annual St. Patrick’s Day party. The celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at midnight for all you party people. Irish food will be served all day long, music will be playing and Finn’s will be pouring drink specials and Guinness beer and serving $1 green Jello shots. Visit the website for additional information.
8. The Guild
Head to the Guild craft cooperative brewery in Pawtucket on Saturday, March 17 from 3 to 10 p.m. for a St. Patrick’s Day party featuring the release of the new, taproom-exclusive Irish stout. Smoke and Squeal barbecue will also be serving up Irish meals for purchase.
9. Hotel Viking’s One Bellevue
The restaurant at the Hotel Viking in Newport will be featuring Irish fare and events from Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 18. Some of the specials include corned beef and cabbage, Irish ale fish and chips and Irish sandwiches. From a post-parade respite on Saturday, March 17 on the One Bellevue patio with warm fire pits and music, to “The Day After” Jazz Brunch on Sunday, March 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the restaurant has all its bases covered for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The brunch also features a bloody Mary bar and creative kombucha and cold brew cocktails.
For the basketball fan that doesn’t want to miss a minute of March Madness action but wants to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Ladder 133 Sports Bar and Grill in Providence has got you covered. The ninth annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash starts at 9 a.m. and NCAA basketball games will be broadcasted all day long. Enjoy the Irish-inspired food and green beer and do a little jig on the dance floor.
Market Street Pub and Grille in Warren is gearing up for a St. Paddy’s Day Bash by booking several bands for all-day entertainment. They will be serving corned beef and cabbage and beer starting at 11 a.m. while supplies last. More details can be found here.
McBride’s Irish Pub in Providence doesn’t need just one day to celebrate its Irish heritage, however, it is opening extra early just for the occasion. The pub will serve breakfast from 8–11 a.m. and then switch over to the traditional and non-traditional Irish dishes that it serves all year long. The menu highlights items like the Irish nachos, Irish quesadillas, bacon potato cakes and corned beef and cabbage. Live music will have you doing an Irish jig all night long. More information can be found on the website.
Join What’s Up Newp on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 16, at Midtown Oyster Bar in Newport for the third annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. There will be Irish food, great beer from Newport Storm, including the Irish Red Ale, which is the official beer of the Newport St. Patrick’s Day parade, plus live Irish live music from Newport RI Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Pipes and Drums, AOH Men’s Singers and more. This is no cover charge, but tips to support the musicians are and encouraged. The event is open to all ages.
Newport Storm’s Spring Irish Red Ale has been named the official beer of the Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the seventh time. To celebrate, Newport Storm brewery is hosting seven St. Patrick’s Day Pint Nights during the week leading up to the Newport parade and culminating with a post-parade party on Saturday, March 17 at Plumby’s Burger Bar in Newport. To see all participating restaurants, visit Newport Storm’s Facebook page.
15. Providence Bagel
Providence Bagel is currently making Irish-themed bagels to serve Friday through Sunday in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Pair the green, white and orange colored bagels with the almond rum cream cheese. Place a pre-order for twelve or more.
16. Revival Brewing
Revival Brewing Company, located beneath Brutopia in Cranston, has canned a Nitro Irish Stout in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Rhode Islanders can toast to St. Patrick’s Day with a local nitro stout instead of that other beer from across the pond. This beer, and the bourbon barrel aged Juliett, will be available at retail locations across Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Stop by the Revival tasting room, starting on Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. to get a first taste of the Nitro Irish Stout.
You’ll want to spend your whole day with Rogue Island Local Kitchen and Bar in Providence. The restaurant will be serving brunch specials from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and dinner beginning at 4 p.m. Your favorite Irish food including Reuben sandwiches, corned beef and shepherd’s pie can be found on the menu. Whiskey, car bombs and Irish craft beers will be offered at the bar.
You may not find any green beer at South Kingstown’s Sons of Liberty, but you are sure to have whiskey in your glass. From 1–9 p.m., guests can enjoy Irish fare from Eddie’s BBQ including dishes that feature delicious pulled pork. Click here to learn more.
Additional reporting by Jamie Coelho.