St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional to honor the patron saint of Ireland. Whether you’re planning a St. Patrick’s Day party or a small family meal, we have St. Patrick’s Day recipes to help. [Read more…]
It is quickly becoming an annual tradition to dress up for St. Patrick’s Day. Schools and offices are now accepting holiday themed costumes being worn on St. Patrick’s Day. The most interesting costumes now come with St Patrick’s Day stockings. Stockings can be casually worn under work attire to be seen only under the pants legs or with a full costume of a barmaid or leprechaun. [Read more…]
Regardless of whether or not you are Irish or not, Irish pubs and bars have been popular for generations. The following are a list of 10 different Irish bars and pubs located throughout the U.S. that are well known for their Irish food, drink, Irish music, and camaraderie.
McSorley’s Old Ale House
Established in the year 1854, McSorley’s Old Ale House is the oldest of New York City’s bars and saloons. Noted patrons from John Lennon to Abe Lincoln have had pint and spent time in McSorley’s Ale House. The walls of this famous establishment are covered with historic information and the floors are strewn with sawdust to give them an authentic and unmistakable appearance.
Known as being the “Home of the Perfect Pint”, the Snug in Boston offers an extensive menu along with wonderful entertainment. Ellen and Ed, the owners of The Snug, are always awaiting the arrival of visitors. The Snug is perhaps most well-known for its European draft system which is state-of-the-art.
Grafton Pub & Grill
The Grafton Pub & Grill in Chicago, which is named after a renowned street located in Dublin, is well known for its hospitality, and for its selection of over 70 beers, and a collection of Scottish and Irish whiskies. Along with beer and whisky, the Grafton Pub & Grill boasts wonderful American and Irish comfort foods and live music Sunday through Wednesday.
Buskers is a Irish Bar and Restaurant which is family owned and located in Newport, Rhode Island. After its renovations in 2003, this quaint location became the cozy niche which is enjoyed by visitors today. It has a great selection of food and beverages, a genuine Irish atmosphere complete with pictures, artifacts, and antiques.
Anna Liffey’s is an Irish Bar located in New Haven Connecticut, which has received the Head Brew Master’s “Perfect Pint Award”. Each Sunday, visitors can enjoy live Irish music, Tuesday night for Trivia night and each Saturday to enjoy local bands.
Kells in Portland has become well-known as the as the U.S.’s #1 Irish Restaurant and bar and has served its many visitors for 25 years. People who come into Kells Portland are met with wonderful food, unparalled service, live Irish music 7 days a week, and a welcoming atmosphere.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia, was opened the year that Lincoln was elected as president, soon after the Liberty Bell was cracked and before the breaking of the ground for the construction of Philadelphia City Hall. Established in 1860, this Ale House is the oldest tavern still operating in Philadelphia.
Kevin Barry’s Pub, which is situated in Savannah, Georgia, is located on the Savannah River in one of the city’s oldest buildings. They also offers delicious food, a wide selection of beers and alcohol, as well as live Irish music. Kevin Barr’s which is opened in 1980, is a well-known spot for military personnel, and is known across the world as a wonderful Irish spot.
Fado Irish Pub
The word Fadó, which is translated as “long ago”, is a perfect name for this bar that is steeped in culture and a genuine atmosphere. Fado Irish Pub in Washington DC, is the perfect location for family outings, office lunches, and fun nights full of food, drink, and music.
The Kerry Irish Pub
The Kerry Irish Pub in New Orleans, was established in 1993, was initially a haven for those who enjoyed live Irish music but quickly became a location for people who wish to enjoy all types of music including rock, folk, country, Irish, roots rock, bluegrass, and other types of soul music. The venue is always available to local as well as visiting musicians.
There are numerous Irish bars and pubs scattered throughout the country, many of which are very enjoyable. However, if you find yourself living in or visiting an area close to these bars, they are a sure ticket to an enjoyable and wonderful time out.
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Saint Patrick, whose feastday is celebrated on the 17th of March, is the patron saint of Ireland and was born in 387 A.D. and died in 461 A.D. St. Patrick is set apart from the other saints due to its recognition in the secular as well as religious world. The only other two saints which are recognized by the secular world is St. Valentine and St. Nicholas, popularly known as Santa Claus. Throughout the world, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th. [Read more…]
The word shamrock is derived from the Irish word ‘seamrog’, which means little clover. Shamrocks, more definitively, are the plant species Trifolium repensa. This plant is a three-leafed white clover that grows primarily in Ireland during the summer season. Shamrocks grow from bulbs and they bloom with a white flower. Shamrocks are classified as weeds, but like the thistle they are beloved weeds that symbolize a nation’s heritage. Shamrocks can be kept as houseplants, but should be trimmed back and stored in a cool dark place periodically because shamrocks need a dormant season to thrive indoors. [Read more…]
Claddagh jewelry is part of a tradition that started in Ireland just over 300 years ago. The Claddagh ring has three components to it: the hands that circle the ring holding the heart, the heart shape at the center front of the ring, and the crown that sits atop the heart. The hands represent friendship and being together. The heart is the universal symbol of love and hope. The crown in the design represents loyalty. These three things togetther are very powerful. [Read more…]
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah is one of the largest celebrations in the country. All across the U.S., there are parades and festivities in honor of Saint Patrick, but Savannah’s lasts the better part of a week, takes over the whole town, and has been going strong since 1813. There are family friendly events as well as irish beer, so whatever kind of St. Patrick’s Day celebration you are looking for will be out there. Here are just a few things you may want to check out if you’re in the area around March 17: [Read more…]
St. Patrick’s Day is the one time during the year that everyone gets to be a little Irish, what better way to celebrate than with a St. Patrick’s Day Costume. Enjoy the green and embrace the feeling. Irish Beer, green hats and shirts, Irish food and everyone is happy and having a great time. Costumes include four leaf clovers, leprechauns, beer girls, and shamrocks. Don a pair of sporty stocking or tights, which are made for men too. These are adorned with shamrocks and gold pieces, or solid colored Kelly green. The stockings can be the traditional type, or the more sexy thigh highs. [Read more…]
Celebrating without Saint Patrick’s Day music is like a morning without sunshine. Fortunately, no matter what your age or walk of life, there is more than likely some Irish music that is right up your alley. [Read more…]