Avoiding Crowds During St. Patrick's Day

Irish pubs and St. Patrick’s Day go together like leprechauns and pots of gold. However, it’s also one of the biggest drinking days of the year so expect crowds wherever you go. However, we have a few suggestions of places to go to avoid the crowds while also enjoying your St. Paddy’s Day.

Avoid Irish Pubs

If you're looking to avoid crowds, Times Square should also be high on your list of places to stay away from! If you're looking to avoid crowds, Times Square should also be high on your list of places to stay away from!

Sounds almost blasphemous on this day but it’s not that crazy of an idea. Crowds tend to gather at Irish pubs on St. Patrick’s Day so it’s best to head to any other bar or restaurant. What’s so great is that New York City has so many different places to go to, so this one is a no brainer. Simply go to your favorite, non-Irish pub on St. Paddy’s and you’ll be okay.

We suggest any of the sports bars in the area, especially off 45th St. Any bar away from Midtown should also do the trick.

Go Home

This suggestion is self-explanatory. The best way to avoid a crowd is to avoid being outside. Gather up your chill friends, have them each buy a case of Guinness (or whatever beer you prefer) and have fun at home. You won’t have to deal with the madness of frat guys trying to out-drink each other or any drunken drama. Just be sure to invite people who will lend a helping hand when it comes to cleaning.

Bring Your Four Leaf Clover and Try Your Luck

If you must go out to an Irish establishment, we got some picks a little off the beaten path that won’t be as crowded during St. Patrick’s Day. A good place to go to is Tír na nÓg. Tír na nÓg  is an authentic Irish pub located in Hell’s Kitchen (with a second location in Times Square) that serves good Irish eats as well as a great selection of beers.

While the crowds aren't great, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is still great to see. While the crowds aren't great, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is still great to see.

Though a bit more crowded, McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon offers a great brunch buffet special for those about to head out to the parade. With Irish entertainment and a great location on 42nd Street and 2nd Ave, it’s definitely the place to be on St. Paddy’s.

The Irish Exit, another location offering a sweet brunch special (which green beers and mimosas), is another great destination for those who want to be around people but avoid the rowdy crowds. Just be sure come back later in the day for great (and cheap) food!

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