New York is a great Irish pub town. There are nearly 100 Irish pubs in Manhattan alone and dozens more in the Irish neighborhoods of the boroughs. This group will look to explore and enjoy all of these pubs. There will be nights at the pub, there will be visits to multiple pubs in the same night, there will be pub crawls, live music, pub trivia, the possibilities are endless. If you appreciate the warm, friendly atmosphere of a good pub, not to mention the craic and conviviality an evening--or an afternoon--at the pub can offer, then this group is for you. If you think the best time to visit an Irish pub is any day but St. Patrick's Day, if you're looking not to avoid the "bar scene" but to redefine it, then this group is for you. If a well-poured pint of Guinness puts you in a good mood, then welcome, you're home.
Please note, this group is for those in their 20s, 30s and 40s only.
By popular demand, we're going to celebrate Tartan Day with a pub crawl meetup! Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage and a day to recognize Scottish and Scottish-American contributions to the US.
The parade features pipe bands, dancers, the Scottish dog pack, Scottish clans and associations and more. This year's parade is the 20th anniversary of the Tartan Day Parade in New York and will feature, all the way from the Shetland Islands, the Viking-like Jarl Squad. Scottish comedian/actor/musician Billy Connolly is this year's parade grand marshal.
The parade marches up 6th Avenue from 44th to 55th streets. We'll watch near the end of the route, when the pipe bands play their grand finales before stepping off. Unlike its Celtic cousin, the St. Patrick's Day parade, the Tartan Day Parade is over in about an hour and tends to be a bit more spectator-friendly. Better still, the pubs don't jack up their prices on Tartan Day, nor is there any kind of "amateur night" scene.
We'll start off the day with drinks and optional brunch/lunch at McGee's, the world-famous "How I Met Your Mother" bar on W. 55th at 12:30. From there we'll check out the parade. Then we'll head south a few blocks to check out some pubs in the east and west high-40s. On the list:
Pig-n-Whistle, 58 W. 48th
Sean's Bar & Grill, 42 W. 48th
PJ Moran's, 3 E. 48th
Maggie's Place, 21 E. 47th
Connolly's, 14 E. 47th
St. Patrick's Bar & Grill, 22 W. 46th
Megan's, 7 W. 45th
Obviously, we won't be able to make all of those, but lots of options to pick from there. Hope you can join us and celebrate the Celtic parade season!