St. Patrick’s Day Around the World
Here are The Daily Meal’s go-to St. Patrick’s Day hot spots around the globe
The global day to go green — March 17 — nears, and we don't mean the day to rev up your eco-friendly efforts. We’re talking about the most spirited places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, no matter what city you find yourself wandering through.
There are gems like Savannah, Ga., which literally dyes its riverfront bright green for its annual St. Pats on the River fest, which turns 189 years old this year. During the day there are cheap food vendors aplenty, but by nightfall head over to Vic’s on the River for their classic oysters Rockefeller loaded with spinach, smoked bacon, Parmesan, and Sambuca. Follow that up with a cold Guinness and their famed wild Georgia shrimp and smoked Cheddar stone ground grits.
In Boston, Irish pride runs high and bar tabs at pubs may run even higher at daylong festivities. The Corrib Pub in Brighton has been a steady favorite of locals and visiting Irishmen since 1969. Starting first thing in the morning you’ll find an enthusiastic crowd digging into authentic bites like Irish sausage, black and white puddings, and Irish beans (a cousin to the town’s Boston Baked Beans). Later, sneak into The Snug, otherwise known as the "Home of the Perfect Pint," in Hingham Square for boozy live fiddle and banjo sessions (http://www.snugpub.com/). Be sure to bust out that Celtics jersey.
Finnegan’s Irish Pub, supposedly the only Irish-owned pub in Florence where many American and European students studying abroad in Firenze will surely give it the old college try.
In Moscow, the party parade stomps on — especially if you’re an Irish wolfhound breeder or owner, where you’ll find yourself at the center of festivities (just bring a green collar of honor on your pooch). Americans dress up as leprechauns and some Russians dress up as IRA fighters, go figure. You can enjoy Irish jiggers by day and drink like a Russian (or Irishman) by night at basement pubs like John Donne, which serves shepherd’s pie and 14 different beers, or Rosie O’Grady’s, which features fish and chips and Guinness. A trip to Churchill’s Pub will cost you more, but the selection of single-malt whiskeys and cigars should soothe the blow.
To find out where to go in Seoul, Oslo, and Dubai, click on. There’s a pot of gold for the festive leprechaun in everyone. Here are The Daily Meal’s go-to St. Patrick’s Day hot spots around the globe. Cheers!
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