Haute Top 5: Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Boston

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It wasn’t too difficult to come up with a list of some of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Boston. After all, there is no other better place to be Irish than this fair city. Whether you want to start the morning off with a traditional Irish breakfast like the one being served up at M.J. O’Connor’s, dine on corned beef hash made with short ribs at Joe’s American Bar & Grill on Newbury Street for lunch, sip on an afternoon Celtic Mojito at Yard House near Fenway Park, book an overnight St. Patrick’s Day getaway at Aloft in the Seaport or check out O’Shea Chaplin School of Irish Dance at Devlin’s, this is one of the best weeks to be in Boston. The celebration continues throughout the month of March with the Irish Film Festival returning to the Somerville Theatre for its 17th year. (The four-day celebration runs from March 23-26 and will feature more than 40 Irish films, shorts and documentaries).

Since St. Patrick’s Day is all about celebrating good cheer, this week’s celebratory events don’t have to end when you get home thanks to the folks at the home liquor delivery service known as Drizly that guarantees delivery to your house within one hour. When your Irish cheer arrives, raise a toast (perhaps in an oversized one beer mug from Royal Lush that holds four 12-ounce bottles) to your day full of shenanigans.

To get your Irish merrymaking on this week, we have rounded up five haute Irish happenings you won’t want to miss.

1 A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn

A Celtic Sojourn
On Saturday, March 18, Sanders Theatre at Harvard University will host two performances (3 and 7:30 p.m.) of A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn. Host Brian O'Donovan is best known for his Christmas version held each year at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston. The St. Patrick's Day celebration features music by The Karan Casey Band, Liz Carroll, the harp and fiddle duo Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul and, of course, a very talented Irish step dancing troupe.
45 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138

2 The Dropkick Murphys

The Dropkick Murphys
The Dropkick Murphys are returning to their hometown Boston roots once again this year playing four events at the House of Blues with concerts Wednesday through Friday and a boxing event being held on Saturday. There's no place quite like Boston to see the St. Paddy's Day return of the Celtic rock/punk band, whose hits like "Tessie" and "Shipping up to Boston" put them on top of the music charts nationwide.
House of Blues 15 Lansdowne Street Boston, MA 02215

3 Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey Dinner

Rowes Wharf Bar
Next Tuesday, head over to Rowes Wharf Bar for a special Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey dinner (it was originally scheduled for tonight, but postponed due to the snowstorm). You will sip on a variety of whiskeys from Tullamore D.E.W., the original triple distilled and triple blended whisky, known for its smooth and gentle complexity. Chef Daniel Bruce has put together a three-course dinner designed to complement the whiskeys. (Think Irish-inspired fare like salt cured char seared Irish salmon with fried fruit, wild rice, and Spanish puree and smokey Irish whiskey braised corned beef with whipped potatoes and braised cabbage).
Rowes Wharf Bar at the Boston Harbor Hotel 70 Rowes Wharf Boston MA 02110

4 Enjoy a St. Kevin Sling Cocktail at Drink

Eric Luciano
If you are looking for a sip of Irish cheer, head over to Drink in the Fort Point Channel. Mixologist Ezra Star has brought back the St. Kevin Sling using Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey from Ireland’s first craft distillery. Star shared the cocktail recipe with us (the perfect winter warmup for this snowy day): 1 ½ oz. Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey ½ oz. fresh lemon juice ½ oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao ¼ oz. Grenadine 2 ½ oz. Soda Water Built in a highball glass filled with ice, topped with orange bitters and garnished with a long lemon swirl filling the inside of the glass.
348 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210

5 St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston

South Boston Parade
On Sunday, you won't find a better place to view a wee bit of Irish culture than along South Boston's famous parade route. The parade gets started at 1 p.m. from the Broadway T station and ends at Old Colony Avenue. From marching bands and pipe bands to veterans organizations and the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums, the parade has been one of the city's most anticipated Irish cultural events for more than 100 years.
20 West Broadway South Boston, MA 02127
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