10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawls
St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to celebrate Irish heritage by indulging in their most famous national pastime – drinking some beer and whiskey! Americans have wholeheartedly adopted this holiday, and cities across the country have excellent parades and parties to celebrate. These ten cities go all out and are essential inclusions on your party bucket list. If you are planning to visit one of the best St Patrick’s day bar crawls, don’t forget to check out what makes the best hangover pill before you travel.
- Chicago, Illinois
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago is recognizable throughout the world. (pictured above) Their parade was founded in 1843, but they are better known for dying their river green. With great neighborhoods full of character, there are plenty of choices to create your perfect bar crawl that ends with a stumble alongside the iconic green river.
Sports fans will enjoy the rowdy area known as Wrigleyville, with more than 40 sports bars surrounding historic Wrigley Field. For those who prefer more refined beverages, the Magnificent Mile is the place to be. This area of northern Michigan Avenue is packed with gourmet restaurants and swanky hotel bars to celebrate an upscale St. Patrick’s Day.
- Savannah, Georgia
Maybe the most popular St. Patrick’s destination in the country, Savannah hosts thousands of people every year on its historic downtown streets. With the average high temperature in the mid-70s in March, could you think of a more perfect place to party? Gather your friends and head right over to River Street.
It is the perfect setting for a night on the town. Though the cobblestones may give you some trouble, traffic will not. It is a pedestrian-only street, so you can stumble from one bar to the next along the Savannah River, with Irish flags waving you on all the way.
- Boston, Massachusetts
With the highest percentage of Irish blood in the country, Boston goes all out for St. Patrick’s Day. Their parade is one of the oldest and biggest in the country – it was founded in 1737 and draws over a million spectators each year.
They make a whole week out of it with a film festival and live music in addition to the myriad of drinking opportunities. Whether you join an official bar or pub crawl or create your own unique itinerary, the infectious St. Patrick’s Day spirit that infuses the entire city will ensure your holiday is one to remember!
- Key West, Florida
It may be known as the capital of the piña colada, but the folks at the southernmost point of the United States know how to party like the Irish. You can stroll from one bar to the next along the beach or hop on a colorful bicycle to hit up the hot place you heard about across town. They are also known for their popular, well-organized bar crawl. Make sure you buy tickets in advance – the passes that guarantee you a drink at each stop go fast!
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
You may not know it, but Steel City boasts a loud and proud Irish culture as well! The hardworking residents set aside their Steelers yellow and gold for leprechaun green and get down to some serious celebrating. Though you will need to layer up for the walk between bars, you’ll love the convenience of their downtown area.
They even do a wonderful outdoor fair with food and drink vendors and live music to keep everyone warm and toasty after their impressive parade kicks off the celebration.
- New Orleans, Louisiana
It probably comes as no surprise that New Orleans embraces this excuse to party, but you may not know that there is a thriving Irish community in the Big Easy. Of course, New Orleans loves a parade, and the Irish Channel Parade doesn’t disappoint.
Participants throw cabbage, potatoes, and carrots into the crowd as readily as they threw beads and Moon Pies for Mardi Gras. Outside of the legendary bars on Bourbon Street, New Orleans is famous for their raucous block parties, each with their own parade.
- Buffalo, New York
If you’re not afraid of a little cold, head up to Buffalo for an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day. The holiday usually coincides with their first hint of spring, so the city goes all out with two full days of parades and parties. There are plenty of Irish societies and authentic Irish pubs stuffed full of traditional live music to keep even the most discerning celebrant a happy leprechaun.
- Louis, Missouri
St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis starts out highbrow, with the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s annual parade. It then moves over to Dog Town, the city’s Irish neighborhood, where it builds steam and turns into an epic party.
If you really want to earn your green beers, participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run – a five-mile race that draws more than 8,000 participants each year. The run is sponsored by Michelob Ultra beer, so you know the runner’s village after the race is going to be the most awesome place to start your party.
- Cleveland, Ohio
The earnest Midwesterners of Cleveland are purists – their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations take place on March 17, no matter which day of the week it happens to be. It is the largest and oldest celebration in Ohio and has gained momentum, drawing larger crowds every year. Even though Cleveland is only a medium-size town, they know how to celebrate in a big way.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The birthplace of our democracy is a stronghold of Irish descendants. Philadelphia has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a parade since 1771 and a bar crawl since the mid-1980s. The Erin Express is one of the oldest and most established bar crawls in the country with free transportation to more than 20 bars. The residents love the holiday so much that they celebrate “St. Practice Day” the weekend before to ensure they are totally prepped for the big day.
So, pack your bags with your green finest and plan a St. Patrick’s Day getaway to one of these great destinations. Whether you participate in a bar crawl or just go for the people watching, it will undoubtedly be one of the best celebrations of the year.
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