The neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn has long been a classic NYC melting pot. Irish immigrants helped forge the foundation of this community, and now, every St. Patrick’s Day, residents from all backgrounds gather together to celebrate Irish culture, food, and drink. Read on for details on this annual community event, and find out how you can join in on the festivities!
St. Patrick’s Day Details
The main festivities in Bay Ridge are all sponsored by a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting awareness of Irish culture while also supporting Catholic education. Each year, the organization puts on a crowd pleasing parade that welcomes all residents and visitors to Bay Ridge’s Irish community. Details on this year’s event are below:
- Sunday March 20th, 9:30 AM: Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 9511 4th Ave.
- Sunday March 20th,12:00 PM Parade line up at Marine Ave. and 3rd Ave. Check this out if you want a little behind the scenes look at parade prep!
- Sunday March 20th, 1:00 PM Parade kicks off and follows 3rd Ave. towards 67th Street.
Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade is a fun way to start off your celebration. Family friendly and community oriented, the parade is a great place to get an up close look at traditional Irish dance and music…and it’s also the perfect excuse to rent a kilt for the occasion! Rent a Kilt, located at 9018 4th Ave., has long been the go to spot for St. Patrick Day revelers who want to dress the part with an authentic tartan kilt. Not ready to commit? Bay Ridge will offer plenty of other opportunities to sample Irish culture throughout the day, and be sure to save some energy for evening festivities!
Post Parade Celebration Spots
If you’re hoping to finish off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrating with a pint of Guinness or a tipple of Jameson, you’re in luck! Bay Ridge offers a number of night spots where St. Patrick’s day revelers will be welcome. No matter where your day takes you, be sure to include Wicked Monk in your evening itinerary. This unique, cozy pub is located on 3rd Ave. between 95th and 96th streets and features stunning reclaimed wood and stained glass from a real Irish monastery. It was recently named one of the best Irish pubs in NYC by Time Out, so you can count on a devoted crowd come St. Patrick’s Day. Another great pub to check out is just down the street: Kitty Kiernans, located at 9715 3rd Ave. You might recognize this Bay Ridge Irish pub from several scenes in Spike Lee’s film,The 25th Hour. Never seen it? No worries, just look for the iconic red door!
And here is our list of favorite spots that we will definitely be visiting after the parade (These are actually favorite spots that we visit all year round but they are also perfect post parade!):
Chadwick’s Restaurant – 8822 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – Delicious Steaks, Chops, Seafood & Pasta. A Brooklyn Classic! Check out their website for more info
Pipin’s Pub – 9701 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Trace – 8814 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – Mexican Restaurant & Lounge – 11HDTV’s – I’m thinking Tacos for St. Patty’s Day! Check out the Trace Website for more info
Salty Dog Restaurant Bar & Grill – 7509 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – Check out the fire truck inside the restaurant – Visit their website for more information
Cebu Bar & Bistro – 8801 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – Great Space with delicious food – Check out the Cebu Website for more info
Grotto – 8901 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – Never hurts to have some pasta in our stomach after you finish the parade!
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Bay Ridge can be a fun excuse for a little daytime partying, but it’s also a great way to get to know one of the oldest Brooklyn communities. So get out there and enjoy, and Erin go bragh!