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Five New York pubs where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness on St. Patrick's Day

Check out five of New York City’s Irish pubs, full of character, great pints and good craic. While you’re at it, upload your best toast for a chance to win one of 20 $50,000 prizes

Written by Time Out. Paid for by Guinness.

Spring is on the horizon and it’s time to celebrate being together once again! In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is so much more than green-dyed beer and pub crawls, but a day to be with loved ones and celebrate togetherness. Let’s take that tradition stateside by raising a pint this St. Patrick’s Day, lifting each other up with the rich, Irish flavor of freshly poured Guinness. To make the festivities even more special, upload a video of yourself toasting some frothy stout for Guinness's Great Reunion Toast, and you could win one of 20 $50K prizes.

Need some encouragement to get planning? Here are five pubs in New York to sip a pint of Guinness on St. Patrick’s day and beyond, because let’s be honest, there’s truly no bad time to make a great toast.

Ranked as one of the world’s best, this tri-story tavern in Fidi is a must-visit. Stepping into the dark and cozy tavern feels like being transported to a pub in Ireland, with the cheer and hospitality to match. Head up to the top floor and order a pint of Guinness, then work your way downstairs for a few bites of pub fare too. 

Named after the epic novel by Irish author James Joyce (as well as the Greek writer Ulysses), this downtown pub is a staple for the after-work crowd. Along with a pint of Guinness, you can enjoy a pile of Guinness-battered fish and chips, plus oysters, snacks, and more typical pub fare. The bar is spacious and good for groups, with plenty of seats at the well-adorned bar for those just trickling in for a quick beer.

This Upper West Side mainstay is popular with Columbia academics and neighbors alike. Famed literary quotes on the walls serve as inspiration, as do classic books to borrow from the on-site bar library. Guinness here is served with a signature shamrock, making it all the more festive. Visit to discuss big ideas, work on your literary masterpiece or just converse with friends, brand new and already established.

Housed in a Prohibition-era tavern, this lively bar has been in business on the Upper East Side since 1979. Guinness is always available on tap, to enjoy near the fireplace or while playing a round of billiards. Food is limited (tater tots and hand pies) but will keep you at the bar for another round.

Another renovated relic dating back to Prohibition, The Dublin House has been the place to be for a century. Live sports, darts, and a jukebox all add to the vibe at this Upper West Side haunt that’s been Irish-owned and operated for all of its 100 years. Before you leave, snap a pic of the iconic neon sign outside, a glowing landmark of Old New York. 


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