As the weather blows the cold out and the sun starts rising on more enjoyable days here in Boston, it’s time to signal the great Irish population of Boston for yet another round of Lucky Charms, green beer and four leaf clovers.
This year Boston is offering its weight in golden opportunities for St. Patrick’s Day die-hard fans alike. Get ready to drink up and dive into a pot full of traditional Irish cuisine.
This weekend – Thursday through Sunday, March 5-8, 2020 – Harpoon Brewery’s massive St. Patrick’s Festival kicks off St. Paddy’s season a little early with an entire weekend of friendly banter, live music, flowing taps, and thousands of other beer loving folks loving the heck out of life under heated tents at their Boston brewery! As we turn the clocks ahead one hour this weekend, that means more time to party! Tonight Harpoon kicks off Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival weekend a little early with their 3rd annual Harpoon Mac & Cheers Challenge! Bring your friends and head down to the brewery for the biggest Mac & Cheese party in Boston. Then tomorrow night, it’s time for the official St. Patrick’s Fest that kicks off Friday night and rolls right into Saturday afternoon. Then cure your green hangover by joining the Shamrock Splash into the ice cold harbor on Sunday. Harpoon’s 10th Annual Shamrock Splash takes place on Sunday, March 8th, at the BCYF Curley Community Center M Street Beach in South Boston to benefit Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR’s Better Beaches Program.
Hungry for some ole’ Irish grub? Anthem Kitchen & Bar is celebrating this year, available from March 14th– March 17th, with a specialty menu offering traditional Irish dinner. Start off with a basket of homemade Irish Brown Bread and a pint (or two) of Guinness. Taste a traditional Irish meal, try a quintessential Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner or the delicious Shepherd’s Pie is and comes with all the fixings. For beer lovers, experience all the flavors in the Guinness Beef & Barley Soup . On Saturday, March 14th, stick around after dinner and listen to Black Rose Band at 9:30 p.m. Cover charges will apply; must be 21+ with a valid ID (101 S Market St).
On Saturday, March 14th, join over 5,000 festive St. Patricks Day Bar Crawlers as they canvas the city of Boston looking for their Pot O’ Gold! Each ticket comes with St. Patricks Day swag, Drink Specials at each venue, along with food specials and more! If you do not have the exclusive BOSTON BAR CRAWL bracelet you will not have access to these venues or will have to pay a cover at the door. Here’s a list of the venues currently participating: TD Garden Venues: 2Twenty – Noon to 8pm – DJ Stamz, DJ Hectik, & DJ Amero (HipHop & Top 40), A&B Burgers – Noon to 8pm, Beerworks – Noon to 8pm – DJ Davvid & QNC (Top 40), Bodega Canal – Noon to 8pm – Castaneda, Case, & RicoSuave (Latin & Top 40), Greatest Bar*** – 10am to 6pm – DJ Real Ace & JoJo (Top 40), Koy – Noon to 8pm, McGanns – Noon to 6pm, Sullivans Tap – Noon to 8pm, The Fours – Noon to 6pm, The Point – Noon to 8pm, West End Johnnies – 10am to 8pm – Deaux Party & SjoTime (Top 40 & HipHop) Back Bay Venues: Back Bay Social – Noon to 8pm, Dillions – 11am to 6pm, Kings Back Bay – 10am to 8pm – FREE Bowling, Arcade games, and Karaoke from 10am to 6pm, LIR – 10am to 8pm, McGreevey’s – 10am to 8pm, Downtown Venues: Abby Lane – 1pm to 6pm, Beacon Hill Pub – 1pm to 8pm, Beantown Pub – 11am to 8pm, Hub Pub – 11am – 8pm, Scholars Pub – 12:30pm to 8pm –DJ WYATT & DJ LIV (Top 40, Serafina – 5pm to 9pm, Silvertone – 1pm to 6pm, Stoddards – Noon to Close, The Tam – 11am to Close, Versus – 2pm to 6pm – FREE Arcade Games till 6pm, Southie Venues: Backyard Bettys – Noon to 8pm, Publico – Noon to 8pm
Immerse yourself in everything St. Patrick’s-esque, even if you’re not ‘that’ Irish. Head over to Hurricane’s at the Garden for a weekend filled with Corn Beef & Cabbage specials, running from March 13th– March 17th. On March 14th, take part in the Blarney Blowout Bar Crawl at 12 p.m. Tickets start at $20 per person and are available for purchase through Eventbrite. One admission includes cover-free access to 15+ of Boston’s best bars, live DJs, drink specials at select bars, St Patrick’s giveaways, and much more! Rock out with the popular Celtic Rock band Brave The Sea on March 17th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Originated in Newark, OH, Brave The Seas is making their Boston debut for the holiday! Cover charges will apply; must be 21+ with a valid ID (150 Canal Street in Boston.)
Dress to the nines – or should I say nine shades of green- and head over to one of Boston’s quintessential Irish bars, celebrate all the St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities at MJ O’Connor’s Back Bay! Starting Thursday, March 12: they’ll will be serving authentic corned beef and cabbage dinner from March 12-17! On Friday, March 13th they’re giving away a FREE trip to Ireland for one lucky MJ’s visitor!! Check out the details here. Plus, get jiggy with the Black Rose Band from 9:30pm-12:30am. On Tuesday, March 17th you can order all your festive favorites, from a traditional Irish breakfast to Monaghan shepherd’s pie (pairs perfect with a Guinness)! Catch live music from the Martin Macatee Band from 4 to 9pm. Cover charges may apply; must be 21+ with a valid ID (27 Columbus Ave in Boston).
It’s Ned’s favorite day of the year! Ring in St. Paddy’s Day all weekend long with a loaded special menu and various bands at Ned Devine’s Irish Pub. You can check out their entire list of St. Paddy’s Day events by clicking here. But here’s a snap shot, from March 12th– March 17th, experience what it’s like to step into a true Irish home as they serve up some traditional Irish dishes that pair perfectly with a pint of Guinness. Share a plate of Irish Potato Skins or an Irish Cocktail Basket with friends. If you want to keep it simple and light, the Corned Beef Sliders are the way to go.
For those who want to go all out, the Guinness Onion Soup, Shepherd’s Pie, or Corned Beef & Cabbage will make your taste buds cheer! On Friday March 13th & Saturday, March 14th, make Ned’s your weekend plan with live music all weekend long. Don’t forget about the BIG DAY! Spend St. Paddy’s Day at Ned Devines with live talent Cherry Orchard from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Never in Vegas from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cover charges will apply; must be 21+ with a valid ID (1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston)
Stack your weekend plans around The Harp for top notch St. Patrick’s Day entertainment! From March 13th– March 17th, experience a creative twist to Irish cuisine, and taste an array of limited menu items. The Corned Beef Flatbread is great as a starter, topped with Dijon lager sauce, sauerkraut, and caramelized onions. A delicious classic, the Corned Beef Sandwich is the perfect Irish comfort food.
Save room for dessert, the Guinness-Jameson-Baileys Bread Pudding is a perfect holiday treat. On March 14th, join the Blarney Blowout at 12 p.m.. Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Rock out with Celtic Rock band Brave The Sea on March 16th at 9:30 p.m. and again on March 17th from 2 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Originated in Newark, OH, Brave The Seas makes their Boston debut for the St. Paddy’s Day holiday! Cover charges apply; must be 21+ (85 Causeway Street in Boston).
Make this St. Patrick’s Day extra sweet with some Guinness Bread Pudding at Six String Grill & Stage in Foxborough.
Take part in all the St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans and spend a magical day – or an entire weekend – at Six String Grill & Stage! It may not be your quintessential Irish bar, but TRUST US, they know how to party! Their weekend of fun kicks off Thursday, March 12 with some traditional Irish favorites, including: Corned Beef Spring Rolls: steamed cabbage, pepper jack cheese, dijon whiskey sauce, Corned Beef Sandwich: butter grilled bun, steamed cabbage, dijon whiskey sauce, Irish Beef Stew: roasted root vegetables slow braised with marinated sirloin, grilled ciabatta bread, Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner: braised corned beef, steamed cabbage, carrots, potatoes, topped with dijon whiskey sauce, Guinness-Jameson-Baileys Bread Pudding: vanilla ice cream. Don’t worry, they have these specials running through St. Patrick’s Day so you have multiple days to get your fix.
Here’s their full St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Schedule: Thursday, March 12: Crush: A Dave Matthews Tribute Band at 8:00pm, Friday, March 13: Matt Stell at 8:00pm, Saturday, March 14: 11th annual Patriot Place Irish Festival from 11:00am – 4:00pm stop by Six String Grill & Stage after a fun-filled day the whole family can enjoy Kevin Herchen Music at 9:00pm, Sunday, March 15 & Monday, March 16: Irish food specials continue, Tuesday, March 17: Ireland Trip Giveaway Party – someone will walk away with a FREE TRIP TO IRELAND – pack your bags, it’s as easy as that! You can also enjoy Joshua Tree at 8:00pm. These are 21+ events (275 Patriot Place in Foxborough).
Can’t decide on just one? Join Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl as they venture off Friday, March 13 into Faneuil Hall’s various venues.
On Saturday, March 14th, head over to The Greatest Bar across from North Station and the TD Garden to experience the luck of the Irish at their 12th annual St. Patty’s Day Bash! Featuring the hottest tunes by Boston’s top DJ’s this day is sure to get WILD! They’re giving away beads, masks, hats & much more!! So get ready to get lucky this St. Patty’s Day at The Greatest Bar – with four unique floors, there’s something for everyone this St. Patrick’s Day!
If you’re looking to learn more about Irish pop culture, check out the Irish Film Festival, March 19 – March 22. Click here to read more about this year’s Irish Film Festival.
On Sunday, March 15th, it’s the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade which begins at the Broadway ‘T’ Station and ends at Andrew Square in South Boston. Your best bet for viewing the parade is to stake out a spot anywhere along Broadway. Marchers continue to Telegraph St to Dorchester St ending at Andrew Square. Bostonians were the first to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in North America. On March 17, 1737, as a gesture of solidarity among the city’s new Irish immigrants, Boston’s Irish community joined together in festivities of their homeland and to honor the memory of the below Patron Saint of Ireland and thus the St. Patrick’s Day was born!