Historically, Irish public houses were common meeting places, where everyone from a town or village would gather to conduct business or to socialize.
A key feature of the modern day pub is that it is inviting to all. Pubs are distinctly different from restaurants and bars in that they provide an appropriate setting for families to gather, as well as a place for singles to mingle and friends to get together for a drink.
The best Irish pubs offer a mixture of a cozy and friendly atmosphere, good pub-style food and a wide variety of beer—preferably with a large selection of Irish ales. And to make our Patch Picks list, a good Irish pub needed to offer traditional Irish fare and entertainment.
We’ve added a few restaurants that may not call themselves Irish Pubs but today offer great holiday food and entertainment.
St. Patrick’s Day picks
1) Katie Mac’s (Mount Kisco)
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities: Bag Pipes, traditional Irish fare and all the green you can see.
2) Michael’s Tavern, McArthur’s American Grille, Oliver’s (Pleasantville and Katonah)
This trio of restaurants owned by Doug Crossett and his partner Scott Pires will be offering homemade Irish favorites, drinks and a chance to watch the “Kelly-Oster School of Irish Dance” Dancers perform.
3) Jimmy’s (Katonah)
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities: Irish Step dancing (at 6:30 p.m.) and traditional Irish fare.
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities: Irish music, traditional Irish fare & drink specials.
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities: Traditional Irish fare and your favorite Irish tunes all day long.
6) Blazer Pub (Purdys)
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities: Bag Pipes, corn beef & cabbage, and a live auction to benefit Friends of Karen.
7) Fiddler’s Green (Carmel)
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities: Irish step dancing and traditional Irish fare.
8) Kelly’s Sea Level (Rye)
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities: Irish band and traditional Irish fare.