by Nick D'Arienzo
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Regulars at DANNY BOY’S in Middle Village like Eamon (l.) and Charlie (c.) here know that one of the best things about the place is lovely barkeeps like Olivia!
Regulars at DANNY BOY’S in Middle Village like Eamon (l.) and Charlie (c.) here know that one of the best things about the place is lovely barkeeps like Olivia!
Yes, St. Patrick’s Day is just about here at this point, the one day a year where EVERY-one’s an honorary Irishman, and we all get to stomp around town wearing a bit of the green, and partake of the annual festivities at a number of the area’s most popular watering holes. Well, after some copious (but very rewarding!) research, we thought we’d share with you a couple of places we figured would help you “BEST” get in the spirit. Slainte!







Fun and friendly service at O’NEILL’S are what make it such a popular destination any day of the year, but St. Paddy’s is especially filled with fun and frolic – and the great food we’ve come to know and love. How ‘bout a Guinness at CONNOLLY’S CORNER? Here you’ll find some of the best pours around, amid a nice mix of newcomers and regulars who appreciate the nice surroundings and club-like atmosphere. MASPETH ALE HOUSE is the new kid on the block (formerly the R-BAR), but it’s long and spacious, with a separate party room, and a rather tasty burger, too. Looking for a great place for breakfast on St. Paddy’s? THE CORNERSTONE excels at the Irish Breakfast, and you should also know it’s one of the more family-friendly such establishments in our community. Whenever we need to find a gift for some of our Gaelic brethren, CELTIC TIGER IMPORTS is the first place we turn, especially for something memorializing some of those quaint and apropos sayings that only the Irish do so well. (O’NEILL’S, 64-21 53rd Drive (718) 672-9696. CONNOLLY’S CORNER, 71-15 Grand Avenue (718) 565-7383. MASPETH ALE HOUSE, 64-14 Flushing Avenue (718) 894-8100. THE CORNERSTONE, 70-19 Grand Avenue (718) 899-8002. CELTIC TIGER IMPORTS, 72-17 Grand Avenue (718) 424-8686.)

Middle Village



The annual St. Paddy’s festivities at DANNY BOY’S are legendary. There’s bar specials, corned beef & cabbage, and all kinds of music to help get you in the spirit. Over on Eliot Avenue, KELLY’S RESTAURANT will be launching their grand re-opening after an extensive renovation, with music and entertainment starting Friday March 13th, and corned beef and cabbage front and center on Tuesday the 17th. (DANNY BOY’S, 64-56 Dry Harbor Road (718) 894-3488. KELLY’S RESTAURANT, 82-11 Eliot Avenue (718) 476-8444.)

Forest Hills





There’s an intimacy at DIRTY PIERRE’S that always serves it well when celebrating an occasion like St. Patrick’s Day, and the fact that they’ve got some of the friendliest, most affable barkeeps you’ll ever meet certainly helps a great deal, too! Right on Metro, top-notch service from lasses like Elizabeth, Joanna, etc. at MORRISON’S make this a real welcoming destination, too – with a nice group of loyal devotees of their burgers and wings. Over on Queens Boulevard, we’ve long been fans of the delightful COBBLESTONES (some of the best ribs you’ll ever have!), and St. Patrick’s Day promises to be a celebration almost as huge as their legendary Super Bowl parties. AUSTIN’S ALE HOUSE is definitely doing the right thing by their clientele, as they’ll be offering free corned beef and cabbage from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on the 17th, and make sure you stick around for the music as well, as the highly-regarded Artie pops back in for a return engagement. (DIRTY PIERRE’S, 13 Station Square (718) 830-9698. MORRISON’S, 101-17 Metropolitan Avenue (718) 261-3804. COBBLESTONES, 117-18 Queens Boulevard (718) 263-9754. AUSTIN’S ALE HOUSE, 82-72 Austin Street (718) 849-3939.)



Fun and raucous, this might be one of the more rambunctious places to ring in St. Paddy’s Day. Not only that, the food is fantastic, too – like the Yer Man’s Burger, or the Chicken Fingers with Mild, Hot or Insanity sauce on top. (YER MAN’S IRISH PUB, 70-26 88th Street (718) 894-4442.)







When you talk Irish in Queens, you’re definitely talking Woodside, and not too far from the LIRR station are some of the best places in the borough. DONOVAN’S, of course, what with its legendary burger – one of the best in the city – is a must-visit destination any day of the year. And if it’s music you like, the nicely appointed SEAN OG’S is long and spacious with a great sound system (and great food, too!), the perfect recipe for what is unavoidably a busy day. We also like the club-like intimacy, and loyal service, of a place like SHELLEY’S, especially the way the barkeeps make you feel at home the moment you arrive. Then, of course, there’s all those TV’s at THE CUCKOO’S NEST, which perhaps you won’t be spending so much time looking at on St. Paddy’s, but it’s a nice distraction from what will no doubt be a humongous crowd on one of the most important days of the year in the Celtic calendar. By the way, looking for a nice, airy breakfast destination on St. Paddy’s morn? We’re big fans of the newly opened WOODSIDE CAFÉ, a definite bright spot in a neighborhood that sometimes gets overshadowed by the elevated trains thundering overhead. (DONOVAN’S, 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue (718) 429-9339. SEAN OG’S, 60-02 Woodside Avenue (718) 899-3499. SHELLEY’S, 58-15 Woodside Avenue (718) 672-2571. THE CUCKOO’S NEST, 61-04 Woodside Avenue (718) 426-5684. WOODSIDE CAFÉ, 60-06 Woodside Avenue (718) 899-3499.)



Love, love, love McCANN’S PUB, which is tantamount to a club, what with its bar specials, patron-friendly promotions, and even the pub-sponsored field trips that happen every once in a while. St. Paddy’s fills up pretty quickly, but it’s well worth it – if you’re a first-timer, you’ll definitely be back again soon. (McCANN’S PUB & GRILL, 36-15 Ditmars Boulevard (718) 278-2621.)






One of our favorite St. Paddy’s destinations here at “BEST OF THE BEST” is that strip of 41st Avenue (where it crosses Bell Boulevard), which boasts some of the best pubs in the city. You can’t go wrong with any of them here on this well-travelled strip (anchored, of course, by the legendary DONOVAN’S), but the best thing about it is how you can just bop up and down the avenue from place to place all day, as devil-may-care as you please, no driving involved. Then when all is said and done, there’s that Bayside LIRR station right there on Bell Boulevard, just in case you should need it. (DONOVAN’S, 214-16 41st Avenue (718) 423-5353. MAGGIE MAYS, 214-22 41st Avenue (718) 224-9898. MONAHAN’S, 214-17 41st Avenue (718) 279-4450. SULLIVAN’S, 213-10 41st Avenue (718) 224-0600.)

Prospect Heights


Where else can you see long-time locals and hipsters side-by-side at a bar? That’s one of the many charms of this venerable pub, as is the nostalgic atmosphere, terrific jukebox, and even more terrific drink prices. (O’CONNOR’S, 39 Fifth Avenue (718) 783-9721.)



This is one of the area’s most popular such establishments, and its dark woods and earthen colors make you feel a bit like you’re back in the old country. Some of the best pourers of Guinness ply their trade here. (And once your St. Paddy’s hangover subsides, they’ve got an impressive weekend brunch here, as well.) Next time! (HAREFIELD ROAD, 769 Metropolitan Avenue (718) 388-6870.)



One of our favorite new places here at “BEST OF THE BEST,” this delightful Manhattan Avenue bar/restaurant will be showcasing a number of St. Paddy’s Day specials, such as $3 pints of Guinness and Smithwicks, and $5 Irish Car Bombs. Definitely worth checking out. (THE HABITAT, 988 Manhattan Avenue (718) 383-5615.)

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