Your $30 Saturday: East Village St. Patrick's Day crawl
Sat Mar 19 2011
If you missed St. Patrick's Day festivities on Thursday, here's your chance to make up for your lost (and sober) time. Kick off your belated celebration of all things Irish at the Merchant's House Museum, a fully preserved 19th-century family home that was once inhabited by hardware tycoon Seabury Treadwell. This weekend, the rarely seen fourth-floor servants' quarters will be open for tours from noon until 5pm ($10); see two rooms once shared by four Irish chambermaids, posited to be the oldest intact display of Irish residency in Manhattan.
After your tour, you can drink at an Irish pub those chambermaids might have frequented, the nearby McSorley's Old Ale House. True to its name, the 150-year-old establishment serves only ale, and only two varieties at that: McSorley's Dark or McSorley's Light ($3 for one, $5 for two). Try a mug of both and see which you prefer. If you're not too full from the ales, head to St. Dymphna's for hearty Irish cuisine like meatballs and mash ($11), washed down with a pint of Guinness ($4 before 8pm, $6 after). Erin go bragh!
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