Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone!
Seeing as the holiday’s on a rather odd day, it appears things are all over the map this year as to when the day is celebrated.
Sure, Manhattan’s got their big festival today, but how many people are going to take-off work just to drink green beer and get drunk in the streets of New York? That question was rhetorical, I’m sure there will be more than a few spectators at the parade.
I’m personally not one for witnessing painfully large numbers of bagpipe players and green revelers, so I’ve decided to stay in Greenwich and celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day a little later this year, next Sunday.
What’s going on next Sunday the 23rd, you’re wondering? Well, quite a bit.
First, there’s the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which is Greenwich’s 37th Annual Parade. It’s also Connecticut’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, though I have to admit I have no proof for this other than someone told me it was so. The Parade will be a hop, skip, and a jump away (or wobble, waddle, and tip away) from the Stanton House Inn, starting at Greenwich’s Town Hall, moving up to the Post Road, and then proceeding down Greenwich Avenue. The parade will start promptly at 2 pm this coming Sunday, and is sponsored by the Greenwich Hibernian Association.
The parade will only last a few hours, but why let the revelry end then? If you follow the parade from start to finish, it will let you out at the bottom of Greenwich Avenue, which ensures that you’re within easy walking distance of two great bars.
The first is Bruce Park Grill, which is an old standby from the days when Greenwich was a bit grittier (yes, that was really a period here, around the 1970s or so). This place has staying-power, and is still popular with the long-time locals. And for good reason–this is the cheapest beer and the only bar with a shuffleboard you’ll find in downtown Greenwich.
The next stop on the Stanton House Inn’s Saint Patrick’s Day pub crawl is MacDuffs. While not really Irish (Scottish, really), it’s still worth a visit as you ply downtown Greenwich for Saint Patrick’s Day revelry. Just enjoy your Guinness in the Celtic atmosphere.
The final stop on our pub crawl is, shockingly, the Ginger Man. While it’s back at the top of Greenwich Avenue, it’s a perfect location to finish, as it has quite the party planned for the day. And it’s the bar that feels the most like a pub straight out of Ireland. While the Guinness will be freely available (there’s been no mention of Guinness boycotting Greenwich’s parade), Heaven help Ginger Man if they should run-out.
The other best aspect of finishing-up the day/evening at Ginger Man is it’s only a seven-minute walk (longer if you’re intoxicated) back to the Stanton House Inn, where we’re planning on serving a Guinness cake in honor of Saint Patrick’s defeat of the snakes of Ireland or whatever. What’s a Guinness cake? Well, you can probably guess, but if you need a definitive description you’ll just have to come-by to find out!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!