The NoMad District has quite the tippling past. Whether it’s the famed Hoffman House or one of the patriarchs of the cocktail, Jerry Thomas, opening his first bar in the neighborhood, there is no shortage of drinking history. And on March 17, perhaps the most famous drinking day of the year, what better way to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, than by patronizing the Irish pubs in NoMad?
Your Bar Crawl Itinerary:
433 Park Avenue (Between 29th and 30th Streets)
Settle in for your first pint of the day at Desmond’s, as Google Maps aptly describes it: “this bare-bones Irish pub covers the bar basics.” You can drink a Guinness and use the free wifi to search for a picture of Sir Arthur Guinness’s preposterously real 9,000-year lease for the Dublin brewery.
69 West 23rd Street (near 6th Avenue)
The name of this two-level sports bar is borrowed from the storehouses of the distilleries and breweries of the Emerald Isle where brewers kept some of their best secrets. The Storehouse is a new style of Irish pub that looks to break the stereotype and establish a new standard of quality. At this stop, you should toast St. Patty with a sip of the most famous Irish whiskey on Earth, ironically created by a Scotsman — Jameson.
The Crooked Knife
29 East 30th Street (Between Madison and Park Avenues)
This great looking Irish pub and restaurant is an ideal spot to settle in for a proper lunch, especially since they’re running a St. Patrick’s Day menu. Get the corned beef and cabbage to make your grandmother happy or the Irish Salmon and make yourself happy — and wash it down with a delicious Magner’s Cider, which, for those health-conscious revelers, is gluten-free.
37 East 29th Street (Between Madison and Park Avenues)
Just a block south is your next stop. Named after Theobald Wolfe Tone, a crucial figure in Irish revolutionary history, this has everything you want in order to revolt against your New Year’s resolution of eating “healthy.” Order the mushy peas, bangers and mash, and another Guinness. Why another Guinness? Why not — your bartender reminds you that researchers presented the American Heart Association with evidence that a pint of the black stuff contains antioxidant compounds.
54 West 31st Street (Between Broadway and 6th Avenue)
Just one more pint, maybe a Harp this time, and then you’ll head home or top off the day with an Irish Coffee. If you’re peckish, get the Shepherd’s Pie Nachos. Why? Because you deserve it.
Stay safe, be responsible, and Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! Slàinte!
See you around the neighborhood!