St. Patrick’s Day in New York City is, at best, amateur hour for the collegiate masses of Manhattan. At worst, it’s a nightmare of drunk crowds taking over the streets and blocking your commute, making you question why you left your apartment. However, fear not; it is possible to find lovely and low key spots to grab a great cocktail and partake in the cultural festivities of this drinking holiday.

We begin on Grand St. in Brooklyn at Noorman’s Kil. With a stellar whiskey selection and a killer grilled cheese menu, it’s the perfect spot to grab a happy hour bite. If your liquor of choice is whiskey, you’re in luck. Their comprehensive whiskey menu is broken down by country of origin, and includes specialty small batch US-made bourbons.

For a good classic cocktail with an Irish twist, give the Blood + Sand a try. It’s essentially a variation on a sweet cherry Manhattan that can incorporate any of the whiskeys on their menu. If the cocktail menu isn’t for you, there is something to be found in the impressive “on tap” selection or the stellar snacking options.


Photo Credit: Noorman’s Kill


For something a little more authentic, The Late Late on the Lower East Side has you covered. The cocktail menu is be-speckled with straight from the Emerald Isle ingredients to give you that holiday thrill.

Here, the Holy Ghost is like a designer Scotch cocktail, with classic Irish tea and brandy soaked cherries. It’s the ultimate treat for a very adult St Paddy’s Day drink. If that one doesn’t speak to you, give The Hornet’s Nest a try. This whiskey drink features honey from Connemara, bitters, and a hint of chipotle for a surprise sweet kick. And, for the St. Paddy’s purist, there is a whole menu of drinks made with Guinness, and even a limited edition Amber Ale if you feel like laying down a few extra bucks. 


                                                                                                                            Photo Credit:  The Late Late


To round out the night, look into the Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog down on Water St. in the Financial District. Well known for its Irish pedigree, this local favorite does its fair share of stellar cocktails (the Rollerball is another whiskey standout from the Parlor), but if you are feeling extra frisky, they have a specialized menu of “bomb shots” or boilermakers. These speedy shots feature expertly paired craft whiskeys and beers for the highest class hangover on your post St. Paddy’s morning. 


Photo Credit: The Dead Rabbit Gallery


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