Oh, St. Patrick, how we love you here in Buffalo.
Today commences a rowdy three day consumption (plus Tuesday) of Guinness, Irish Car Bombs, green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and scrounging EVERY SINGLE green item of clothing out of the back of your closet from last years’ festivities.
To assist in the celebration we’ve compiled a list of the top bars in WNY to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
A staple on Seneca St. since 1977, The Blackthorn knows how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party! Get your drinking pants on; The Blackthorn features over 20 different Irish whiskeys and every single pint of Guinness is topped with a Shamrock! Top featured menu items for this weekend are Corned Beef and Cabbage (of course), the Pub Sandwich (corned beef, turkey, cheddar cheese and red onion on rye bread), and their famous Beer and Cheddar soup (a glorious blend of Blue Light, 6 cheese and potatoes), which we hear is AMAZING.
Established in 1934 and located on Elmwood Avenue, Cole’s is one of Buffalo’s oldest Irish pubs. The Irish Curse, a Reuben eggroll, is something to try this weekend. Other menu items include Corned Beef and Cabbage (CBC), Guinness Beef Stew, and the Dublin Decker with corned beef, pastrami and Swiss cheese.
Located on Franklin Street downtown, D’Arcy McGee’s is ready for the party. They close down the kitchen on Sunday after the parade because the party packs the house! Tuesday they are featuring a special menu that includes their award-winning Shepherd’s Pie, Belfast Steak Soup, Guinness Cheese Soup, Dublin Fish & Chips and of course CBC.
4. J.P. Bullfeathers
Everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day, and that includes Bullies. While not a traditional Irish Pub, their Irish menu is great; especially the stews and soups as their long-time cook, Vinnie, has a knack for amazing soups. The food item that stood out as the most inventive of all the Irish menus this year is their Reuben Flatbread on a caraway crust with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss. Also featured on their extensive Irish menu is CBC, Guinness Beef Stew (my personal favorite), Shepherd’s Pie and Reuben soup. Enjoy specialty Irish themed cocktails such as Honey Bee Tea with Irish whiskey and an Irish Apple Crisp Martini; along with specials on Killians Irish Red, Great Lakes Irish Ale, Shamrock Shooters and of course, green beer! Jameson girls will be there Sunday after the parade and Wondermint Schnapps on Tuesday to join the party.
5. The IrishMan
The party has been going on for days at The IrishMan, located on Main St in Williamsville. Saturday enjoy Rince Na Tairna Irish dances, a Tullamore Dew Party and live music by Joe Head. Their St. Patrick’s week menu includes new recipes for Guinness Stew and Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness Barbeque Wings.
Dwyer’s, we like your style – they are offering a free shuttle bus to the parade at both 12pm and 8pm on Sunday and a heated party tent for their guests! Special menu includes CBC, Reuben and Shepherd’s Pie with tater tots and cheese… yum. Darrell Porter and Toast will be playing live music on Sunday and Off the Grid and Up The Ante will be jamming on Tuesday. Also, if you’re looking for an official countdown (to the second) check out their website!
Other great spots along the beaten path include Mulligan’s Brick Bar on Allen, Conlon’s Bar and Grill on Abbot Rd, Eddie Brady’s Tavern on Genesee St, Irish Times on Swan St, and Brennan’s on Transit. Shannon’s Pub on Niagara Falls Blvd has live music all weekend and Molly McGuire’s on Abbot Rd is featuring a live band Saturday after the 1st Ward Parade and will have pipers and drummers in house on Tuesday.
While we may have missed a few gems of Irish Buffalo bars, we hope this gives you direction on a weekend where it is easy to get a little lost. That being said, the Buffalo police stated they are cracking down on public intoxication and DWI’s so please be safe! Get a designated drive or take a cab home; please don’t drink and drive.
To end on a less serious note we would like to share some of our contributor’s favorite St. Patrick’s Day pics from past years.
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