The following article was first published in Town & Village on March 8. In case you missed it, read on for the events taking place on St. Patrick’s Day.
Those looking to celebrate the holiday in honor of a saint and Irish culture, who aren’t looking to barhop, need look no further, thanks to a variety of other forms of entertainment, including Irish theater and music that are being offered at the following local spots in Manhattan.
Irish cuisine will be served throughout the day at the following venues: Barfly, 244 Third Avenue; Pete’s Tavern, 129 East 18th Street; Molly’s, 287 Third Avenue; and Copper Door Tavern, 272 Third Avenue. At Copper Door, there will also be live bagpipe music as well as a DJ spinning popular and Irish music.
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street—Throughout the week of St. Patrick’s, from March 15 to 23, the center will be putting on a number of performances and children’s events, and even distributing books by Irish and Irish-American authors to straphangers at various subway stations in the city. On the holiday itself, this Saturday, the center will present the closing performance of “I ♥ Alice ♥ I.” The play, which first debuted in Dublin, is about two women in a longterm relationship, who finally come out as a couple. Performances are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $27, $23 for IAC members. To order, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.irishartscenter.org.
Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street—Choose between two plays on St. Patrick’s Day, “Beyond the Horizon” by Eugene O’Neill, and “Give Me Your Hand.” Both have performances at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on St. Patrick’s, though their runs will continue through April 15 and April 1, respectively. In “Give Me Your Hand,” Irish actors Dearbhla Molloy and Dermot Crowley take audiences on a virtual “stroll” through London’s National Gallery, discovering the museum’s masterpieces. In “Beyond the Horizon,” which O’Neill won a Pulitzer prize for, two brothers compete for the heart of one woman at a farm in Massachusetts at the beginning of the twentieth century. Tickets for “Beyond the Horizon” are $55-$65 and tickets for “Give Me Your Hand” are $30, and can be ordered by calling (212) 727-2737 or visiting www.irishrep.org.
The Peoples’ Voice Café, 40 East 35th Street—While The Café puts on acoustic concerts, usually by one or two folk musicians, every Saturday night; on St. Patrick’s Day, at 8 p.m., a special “Women’s Voices for Peace in Ireland,” concert will feature sets by four women musicians. Music will include jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, airs, and songs, to commemorate the Feast of St. Patrick and Women’s History Month. Musicians scheduled to appear are classically trained Irish fiddler Maryellen Costello, composer and harpist Mia Theodoratus, traditional Irish musician on multiple instruments Gina Tlamsa and folk singer Sarah Underhill. Underhill will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist and activist Dan Einbender. Café concerts take place at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (between Madison and Park Aves.). Wheelchair-accessible. Suggested donation for concerts is $15-18; more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away. For more information, call (212) 787-3903 or visit www.peoplesvoicecafe.org.
Percy’s Tavern, 210 Avenue A—Musicians will play Irish music throughout the day and bagpipers will stop by around from 2-2:30 p.m. Percy’s, an Irish restaurant, will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and serve even more traditional fare options than what is normally offered on the menu.
Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar, 519 Second Avenue—Open at 11 a.m., bands will be playing traditional Irish from 1 p.m. until the wee hours. At some point during the day, there will be a cover charge, but it won’t be more than $10, according to the owner.
The Globe, 158 East 23rd Street—Live music and an Irish brunch starts at 11 a.m., and drink specials throughout the day.
Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 East 14th Street—A tiki-themed bar, Otto’s will kick off festivities at 9:30 in the evening with its “Shoot Me I’m Irish – Ain’t Patrick’s Day Party.” Punk and reggae bands will play from 9:30-11:30 p.m. followed by a DJ spinning punk, ska and reggae.
Big Onion Irish New York Tour—The tour starts at 11 a.m., and participants will get to explore the former “Little Ireland” district of the Lower East Side, between City Hall and Houston Street and learn about the Irish immigrants who lived in Lower Manhattan. This tour will explain why St. Patrick’s Day is more popular here than in Ireland. Stops “could” include: the founding site of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Al Smith’s home, the Five Points, the first Catholic church in the city, and sites associated with Tammany Hall, Thomas Addis Emmet, and many others.
Interested parties should meet directly in front of St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Streets. Cost is $18 general, $15 for seniors, students and active military. For more information, call (212) 439-1090 x4 or visit www.bigonion.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade—The parade starts at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue at 11 a.m., according to saintpatricksdayparade.com, and will march up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street, where the parade finishes at around 4:30-5 p.m. Tribute will be paid to the fighting 69th Taskforce Wolfhound, who served in Iraq and the 19 who were killed in action.
By Sabina Mollot