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10 of the Best Things To Do in New York City on St. Patrick's Day

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Your St. Patrick's Day doesn't need to be raucous. Here are a few ways to celebrate the holiday in New York City—with and without imbibing.

Watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade


New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, taking place on March 16 this year, is the oldest (it was first held in 1762) and largest of its kind worldwide, according to NYC & Company, the city’s official destination marketing organization, which assisted in assembling this list. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at 44th Street and marches up Fifth Avenue all the way to 79th Street. It typically ends around 5 p.m.

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Sip Some Fine Whiskey in an Over-the-Top Setting


The Flatiron Room, one of the premier whiskey bars in New York City, is offering a luxury whiskey tasting event on the Saturday of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Sip on six selections from the bar’s impressive collection as you learn the subtle nuances of fine whiskeys. After the class take in the bar’s elegant art deco atmosphere and enjoy the live music. Tickets are required and are available for purchase on the sites website. Reservations for the seated bar are recommended.

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37 W 26th St, 212-725-3860;theflatironroom.com

Learn About Irish-American History


For a dose of culture, sign up for the one-hour "Irish Outsiders" tour at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side ($25 for adults; $20 for students and seniors). There, you will earn about an Irish immigrant family "struggling with prejudice while celebrating their Irish identity in 1869 New York. You’ll join them as they decorate their home, celebrate mass, and march in the City’s renowned St. Patrick’s Day parade–all while carving out a new identity for themselves as Irish Americans."

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103 Orchard Street, 877-975-3786; tenement.org

Have a Pint at the Oldest Tavern in the City


This East Village institution hasn't changed much in more than 160 years. The floors are covered in sawdust (making for easy clean-up) and only two types of beer are served: McSorley's Dark Ale and McSorley's Light Ale. A word of warning: a line typically forms even before the bar opens at 8 a.m. on the holiday.

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15 East 7th Street, 212-473-9148; mcsorleysoldalehouse.nyc

Listen to Traditional Irish Tunes


As part of the 11th St Bar’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations a Traditional Irish Seisiún, or session, is planned on Sunday night. Gather inside the cozy Irish bar located in the East Village for good drinks and great celtic songs. The music starts at 10 pm and plays until around 2 am.

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510 East 11th Street, 212-982-3929; 11thstbar.com

Make a Weekend of It Downtown


The Four Seasons New York Downtown, which overlooks the Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus transportation hub, is offering a "Tribeca Getaway Package" that includes a discount for those who stay over the holiday weekend and provides the perfect opportunity to explore the neighborhood. One destination the hotel recommends is the nearby Fraunces Tavern, which George Washington visited after it opened in 1762. Today, more than 200 whiskeys are served, and on Sundays live Irish and American tradition and folklore entertain visitors.

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Four Seasons: 27 Barclay Street, 646-880-1999; Fraunces Tavern: 54 Pearl Street, 212-425-1778

Blow Your Own Beer Stein


Before you start drinking in earnest, head to Brooklyn Glass at 11 a.m., where for $220 you'll get a hands-on tutorial on how to mold 2,100-degree molten glass into your own beer mug to take home—or wherever the party takes you that day.

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142 13th Street, Brooklyn, 718-569-2110; brooklynglass.com

Pick Up Some Irish Literature for Free


On March 15, in honor of #IACBookDay, the Irish Arts Center is arranging pop-up stands throughout the five boroughs staffed by volunteers who will distributed thousands of novels by Irish and Irish-American writers and Asian or Asian-American authors for free, in a variety of languages, from 8 a.m. until they run out. NYC & Company encourages readers to visit the bronze bust of Irish Poet Thomas Moore in Central Park, which was commissioned by The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, a citizens group of Irish descent. Finish up the day at the Regency Bar & Grill at the Loews Regency New York Hotel, open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with a taste of Ireland: a corned beef reuben and sea salt roasted potatoes.

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Loews Regency New York Hotel: 540 Park Avenue, 212-759-4100

Visit Woodlawn


The northernmost stop on the 4 train is Woodlawn, an Irish-American neighborhood known for its Irish pubs, restaurants, bakeries, and Woodlawn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark that at 400 acres is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City. Chauncey Olcott (1858-1932), a first generation Irish-American who wrote "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" and "My Wild Irish Rose" is interred at the site, and private tours are available by contacting Michael Flaminio at 718-408-5600. Afterward, head to a favorite local restaurant like Rory Dolan's Restaurant and Bar, or pick up something to prepare at home from Prime Cuts Irish Butchers.

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Try Some of the World's Best Cocktails

Since two Irishmen opened the Dead Rabbit in the Financial District in 2013, the three-level bar has been a runaway success—so much so that it was named the "World's Best Bar" in 2016. Today it's the most-visited Irish pub in the city, according to TripAdvisor. The bar just launched its own Irish whiskey—try it neat or in its famous Irish coffee.

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30 Water Street, 646-422-7906; deadrabbitnyc.com

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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