Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Paddy's Day Astoria!

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St. Paddy's Day is here!  What a perfect excuse to wear my favorite color and to drink and indulge in hearty, feel-good Irish beer and grub.  Here's my personal round-up that I hope you'll find useful when deciding how to celebrate.  Cheers!

The Quays - A wonderfully traditional pub, they'll celebrate with a menu of corned beef and cabbage, live Irish music and as always, their dirt-cheap drinks including beer (Guiness is $4.75, pints of Coors are $3 and a can of PBR is just $2.50).  45-02 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.204.8435

Sweet Afton
- Promising a social, contemporary vibe, there's a reason this bar is nicknamed The Astoria Local.  Their St. Paddy's celebration starts at 2 p.m., complete with Irish music, all-day Irish Breakfast Roll service and their crafty drinks.  While the drinks won't be specially priced, you can't go wrong here - either with a good quality beer or a specialty cocktail.  30-09 34th Street, Astoria. 718.777.2570

Cronin & Phelan
- The epitome of Irish tradition, Cronin & Phelan will no-doubt be celebrating with a special menu full of delicacies such as bangers and mash, sheppherds pie, corned beef and cabbage, Irish lamb stew and more.  See complete menu here.  Wash any of these yummies down with a classic Guinness.  38-14 Broadway, Astoria.  718.545.8999

- A fun, dependable place that's always up for a good time, Sunswick will ring in this holiday with a full Irish menu and all day drinks specials on beers and cocktails.  35-02 35th Street, Astoria.  718.752.0620

Ditmars Station
- As its name suggests, this conveniently located bar is throwing a partay, complete with a special St. Paddy's Day menu and specials on beers and shots.  You can literally hop off the N/Q and be in your seat drinking away in a matter of minutes.  22-55 31st Street, Astoria.  718.777.1177

- Going all out for this holiday for LIC Bar means live music from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., FREE Irish food (think corned beef & cabbage) and a full offering of delicious brew (including microbrews).  45-58 Vernon Blvd, LIC.  718.786.5400

Studio Square Beer Garden
- Always up for a party, Studio Square will put on quite the shin-dig with $2 shots of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, $15 pitchers of Blue Moon or Abita Light and a special corned beef and cabbage dinner special.  Enjoy! 35-33 36th Street, Astoria NY 11106. 718.383.1001

Astoria Brewhouse
- A solid place to hang your hat, they'll be celebrating with live Irish music by Tyrone Noonan from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. not to mention special beer promotions, an Irish menu with Irish stew made with Guinness, corned beef and cabbage and more.  28-50 31st Street, Astoria NY 11102. 718.728.0050

Mad Donkey
- This lively joint kicks up their feet with all day music including a DJ and live music by The Flynns, a special Irish menu and some pretty awesome drinks specials including $20 buckets of Magner's Cider (my fave!).  32-07 36th Avenue, Astoria.  718.204.2070

- Even though it's far from Irish, this Southwestern eatery and bar sure knows how to celebrate with $5 baby Guinness, $6 Jameson or Bushmill shots as well as their special St. Paddy's Day drink, the Four Leaf Clover Sangrita.  Ay!  22-36 31st Street, Astoria NY 11105. 718.545.4100

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