Saint Patrick’s is when everyone is Irish for the day — even if we don’t have any Irish DNA whatsoever.
It’s a day of parades, drinking with friends, eating specific foods and celebrating the Irish culture. If you’re ready to celebrate, here are some of the best places to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in or around Westfield, NJ.
And just remember, since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, these bars are going to get crowded very early, so plan accordingly!
The Kilkenny House, Cranford
The Kilkenny House will be a bustling hub on Saint Patrick’s Day with its traditional Irish fare and huge selection of Irish beers and spirits. One of the top bars to check out in Cranford any day of the week, this popular spot shouldn’t be missed.If you go: 112 South Ave., Cranford; 908-276-3414, kilkennyhouse.com
Publick House, Mountainside
Publick House Enjoy St Patrick’s Day with a glass of Guiness near their fireplace. They will definitely make you feel welcome. 899 Mountain Avenue, Mountainside. (908) 233-2355 or www.publickhousenj.com
Darby Road, Scotch Plains
Darby Road will be packed for St Patrick’s Day. There will be free family fun on Saturday & Sunday from 1pm-5pm. They’ll have face painting, pony rides and a bounce house. Don’t forget all throughout the day you can see Irish Dancers and listen to bagpipers! It’s going to be a great celebration! 450 Park Ave, Scotch Plains. (908) 288-7667 or www.darbyroadpub.com
Molly Maguire’s, Clark
Molly Maguire’s is another favorite. John McPartlan,owner of Clark’s Molly Maguire’s Irish Restaurant and Pub was the grand marshal of the Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held last Saturday. If you missed the parade, there is still plenty of time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Molly Maguire’s this Saturday. Come by and meet John and expect to be welcomed as family to the weekend festivities. 1085 Central Ave, Clark. (732) 388-6511 or www.mollymaguires.com
And, of course, if you’d like your celebration include so much more, think about:
Savor a green apple martini at Akai Sushi Lounge (10E. Broad St., 908.264.8660).
Head to Bridget’s Irish Cottage (15 E. Broad St., 908.789.0909) for all things Irish – jewelry, clothing & more.
Get your Irish soda bread and shamrock & green sprinkle cookies at Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe (101 E. Broad St., 908.232.4149).
Get green bagels at Manhattan Bagel (210 South Ave. W., 908.654.0525).
Try an Irish whiskey or a pint of Guinness at 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro (16 Prospect St., 908.232.7320).
Sip an Irish coffee at Sweet Waters Steak House (43 Elm St., 908.317.2599).
Pick up corned beef curing and pickling salts and spices at Savory Spice Shop (138 E. Broad St., 908.264.8947).
Whatever you do enjoy. There’s only one day a year that all are welcome to the wearing of the green!!
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