St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and for most New Yorkers, the festival is a good excuse to do a pub crawl across the city’s many splendid Irish bars. Given that Soho is our Neighborhood of the Month, we decided to sift through the many bars in this fashionable area to find places that will give you an authentic Irish experience in your Soho pub crawl.
So, on Sunday, wear your finest green outfits and start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at Toad Hall, located at 57 Grand Street in Soho. This small, old school bar, which, true to its name, has a number of toad statuettes placed all around the establishment, is a great place to start your pub crawl: the drinks are cheap, the bartenders are generous—you’ll easily feel the luck of the Irish here.
Once you’ve completed your “pre-gaming” routine, step out of Toad Hall and walk toward Broome Street to the Broome Street Bar on 363 West Broadway. This family-owned bar and restaurant is perfect as the second stop on your Soho pub crawl—be it a delicious burger to bite into, or a stiff Long Island Iced Tea to sip, this place invites you to “stop in, unwind and be merry.”
By now, we expect you’ll need to breathe in some of the nippy spring air, so we suggest stepping out and walking a few blocks to Prince Street. Head straight to Fanelli Café on 94 Prince Street, where this neighborhood institution, which is one of the five oldest bars in the city, will serve you everything from bison burgers to Bloody Marys.
No Irish pub crawl in Soho is complete without a visit to Puck Fair Bar on 298 Lafayette Street. After Fanelli’s, Puck Fair Bar is the perfect place for you to relax and imbibe the Irish spirit—and by that we mean sampling the many beers they have on tap here. From lagers to stouts, this place is, as many have called it, a little slice of Ireland in New York City.
Now that you know where to go on Sunday—have a jolly good St. Patrick’s Day!