Everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is no time for teetotaling, so it’s just your luck that Boston restaurants have put together a slew of celebratory libations. The city’s top bartenders are crafting green Bloodys, a fishbowl of Guinness, boozy cold brew, a flight of mini sours and more. There are enough sippers to make a full-blown bar crawl around town which — considering the holiday falls on Sunday, March 17th — means that you can make the most of your weekend and snag as many of these drinks as your inner mischievous leprechaun will allow.
Area Four: Lucky Irish Float
Embrace your inner kid this St. Paddy’s Day with at either outpost of Area Four (Cambridge or the South End) where they’ve got three (drinkable) tricks up their sleeve for the weekend. Go for the Lucky Irish Float, which features Four Roses Bourbon, Rich Dem, coffee nitro porter, vanilla ice cream and is topped with a gold coin, or try the Taste the Rainbow, made with Skittles vodka. There’s also the Tricky Little Leprechaun, which includes bourbon and Midori if that sounds more your speed.
Artisan Bistro: Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary
This St.Patrick’s Day, follow the rainbow all the way to the Boston Common eatery, Artisan Bistro, where you’ll find the Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary. This sipper is a salty, savory combination of vodka, house-made bloody mary mix topped with a celery stalk and a carrot-wrapped pickle.
The Beehive: Old Dirty Town Cocktail
Cozy up after Southie’s annual St. Patty’s Day parade at The Beehive — the South End watering hole serves up live jazz and specialty cocktails every day of the year. This Sunday, in honor of the holiday, you can try their Old Dirty Town cocktail made with West Cork Irish Whiskey, Amaro Averna, Demerara and lemon.
Chopps: A Proper Cold Brew
Get an extra little spring in your step with A Proper Cold Brew from the team at Chopps American Bar & Grill in Burlington. The potent beverage is a blend of Proper 12 Irish whiskey, Three Olives triple espresso vodka and fresh whipped cream. Not to mention, this boozy bev is practically begging to Instagrammed, and did you really go out for St.Patrick’s Day if you didn’t post a pic?
Explorateur: Thai-rish Iced Coffee
Why be basic this St.Patrick’s Day when you can sip on a tasty Thai-Irish fusion at Explorateur? With their Thai-rish Iced Coffee you can pay homage to St. Pat’s homeland with (albeit Sesame) Jameson Black Barrel, and enjoy the unexpected flavors of La Colombe Nizza coffee and dueling coconut.
Five Horses Tavern: Irish Pride Mimosa Flight
Start St. Patrick’s Day right at either of the Five Horses Tavern locations (Somerville or the South End), with a Hibernian take on a brunchtime staple sipper: the Irish Pride Mimosa Flight. You can try an array of fruity flavors—pear, kiwi, tangerine and pear—in the colorful, four-tiered taster. The mimosa flight will also be available at Worden Hall, so you and your squad can stay close to the parade route and the Southie-based celebrations.
Grafton Street Pub & Grill: Irish Breakfast
You can have an Irish Breakfast alongside your Irish breakfast at Grafton Street this St. Patrick’s Day. The Harvard Square spot is opening early on both Saturday and Sunday serving their brunch menu and some splendid drink specials including the Irish Breakfast, a lovely combination of Jameson Black Barrel Whiskey, Barry’s Tea Simple, Chivers Raspberry Jam and Lemon Juice.
Heritage of Sherborn: Emerald of the Sea
Head to the ‘burbs donning your favorite green apparel to match Heritage of Sherborn‘s refreshing, leprechaun-friendly Emerald of the Sea cocktail. Don’t get too comfortable though, because this lil’ drink have some serious firepower from Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin.
Short Path Distillery: Green Cocktail Flight
If you’ve been meaning to branch out of a cocktail rut, you’re in (Irish) luck this Saturday at Short Path Distillery. Head to this Everett watering hole for a Green Cocktail Flight— four mini sours each with a different spirit (whiskey, gold rum, gin and spring gin).
Sweet Cheeks Q: Celtic Smash
If St. Patrick’s Day is among your favorite holidays, get yourself a libation to go with your green-themed festivities at Tiffani Faison’s Fenway BBQ joint. Sweet Cheeks Q is brewing up a specialty drink for the weekend—the Celtic Smash blends Jameson, fresh lime, fresh mint and soda for a delicious combination that packs a mighty punch.
TAMO: Next-Level Guinness Experience
Boston is known for going all out for the man of the hour (or the day, really), St. Patrick, and what better way to celebrate than with some Guinness? Well, just to let you in on a little secret, there is one way to amp it up—TAMO‘s Next-Level Guinness Experience. Grab a friend to share 51 oz. portion of Ireland’s famous brew any day this weekend.
Teatro: Felix Felicis
Even if you weren’t planning on fending off any Death Eaters over the weekend, a little “liquid luck” never hurt anyone. Get yourself to Teatro for their Felix Felicis cocktail. This Theater District spot will be brewing up a mix of green apple-infused Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey, Irish breakfast tea, lemon and edible gold lucky stars
Temple Bar: Misty Morning, Albert Bridge
Leave it to the team at Temple Bar to come up with a potable St. Patrick’s Day tribute to The Pogues. Misty Morning, Albert Bridge as the beverage is known (named in honor of the 1989 single from the British-Celtic band), blends Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey, Montenegro, Achilles Irish Breakfast Tea and honey syrup for a holiday sipper that’s spirit forward with funky herbaceous elements and sweet notes.
Tiki Rock: The Irish Kiss & Seanmháthair’s Milkshake
Tiki Rock, a much-loved Boston oasis for tropical cocktails, is taking a crack at St.Patrick’s Day sippers. They’ll be serving up two specials—The Irish Kiss, a blend of Tullamore D.E.W., Aperol, Carpano Antica vermouth, yellow chartreuse and blood orange, as well as Seanhathair’s Milkshake, made of Tullamore D.E.W., PX Jimenez Sherry, vanilla ice cream and mint bitters.
Worden Hall: Lucky Dubliner
Can’t make it to a true Irish pub this St.Patty’s Day? The next best thing has got to be Worden Hall, a Southie eatery and bar is putting a festive twist on the traditional mojito. Try out their Lucky Dubliner which combines Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey with the regular fixins’ of fresh mint, lemon and soda.
Zephyr on the Charles: Flight of Boston
Celebrate one of Beantown’s favorite holidays with a Flight of Boston‘s-best Sam Adams beers. Knock back samples of lager, a seasonal brew and their ’76 beer, while enjoying a view of the city’s harbor at Zephyr on the Charles. Don’t worry about stacking up a pricey tab, either, because this sudsy sampling will run you under $10.