Boston Restaurants Liven Things Up this St. Patrick's Day

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Check out this list of chefs letting out their inner green for this year's St. Paddy's Day
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Places all over Boston are getting their green on this St. Patrick's Day — You don't have to be Irish to let out your inner leprechaun with these options out there!

St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is arguably one of the most anticipated festivities of the year.  When else can you let your inner leprechaun out in splashes of green all day – and in some cases- all weekend long?  Chefs and restaurants are just as excited about this upcoming St. Paddy’s Day.  Check out this list of stellar Irish-inspired options to see why.

Anna’s Taqueria

For many of you, a sit down evening does not factor into your St. Paddy’s Day plans. Debauchery at the bars is simply top priority.  At Anna’s Taqueria, one of Boston’s favorite speedy Mexican joints, they understand this and have created a stellar burrito just for the occasion.  Stop by any one of their locations for a corned beef and cabbage stuffed burrito. Customize it yourself with Irish ad-ons like potatoes and mustard…in the highly event you are feeling particularly jovial and want to go for and Irish/Mexican mash up, throw in some of their incredibly delicious guacamole and pico de gallo as well.

Beacon Hill Bistro

If you are looking for a quick trip to Ireland on the 17th of March, skip the airfare and head to Chef Josh Lewin’s Beacon Hill Bistro.  As usual his commitment to authenticity and creativity do not disappoint and this St. Patrick’s Day he has prepared a multi-course menu for dinner guests.

Once seated in their classic dining room looking out on Charles Street, Irish Soda bread with jam and beef butter fat (why settle for anything else?) will arrive shortly thereafter. An amuse-bouche of beef consommé with honey-poached parsnip follows and prepares you for the meal that is to come.  The only chore you will have is the selection between various options – will you go for the Scotch egg or the Dublin Coddle?  Salmon with creamed leeks or lamb with minted greens?  Dessert involves a choice between Guinness cake or juniper baked apple with soft basil ice cream. A useful tip would be to plan for a group dinner and encourage sharing.  At $43 a person, this menu is a steal – and reservations are highly recommended.

Beat Hotel 

Chef Rebecca Newell celebrates the first St. Patrick’s Day at Harvard’s hot spot Beat Hotel with her usual attention to detail.  Collaborating with the Boston Irish Tourist Association, the team brings authentic Irish flair to the restaurant on the 17th of March.  Matt and Sharon Heaton will be heating up the stage with a night full of their live, Irish music – think Irish Flute and guitar renditions of traditional Irish tunes with a modern twist.
The menu will also feature Irish-inspired items and libations from the bar. corned beef and cabbage, traditional Irish stew and of course, fish and chips with mushy peas.  Beat Hotel will also be serving their regular menu – so if you are a fan of their short rib lasagna or any one of their earth bowls, they will be jamming along with the Irish fare from 5 p.m. to midnight as well.

The Beehive

For those of you who live on the Boston side of things and are daunted by the river come March 17th , the South End’s favorite Beehive restaurant will also be celebrating their inner green.  Also endorsed by the Boston Irish Tourist Association, The Beehive will host live performances by Galway native Katie McD while Chef Marc Orfaly prepares a la carte Irish Fare.

To nourish your stomachs as you soak up the Irish tunes, gorge out on Grilled Lamb and Colcannon Mashed Potatoes and Finnan Haddie Smoked Fish & Chips.  As with Beat Hotel, the regular menu will also be served. Traditional cocktails will be mixed up at both the upstairs and downstairs bars as well. Food will be served from 5p.m. to 1 a.m. and music from 8p.m. until midnight. Reservations are highly recommended.  

Cask n' Flagon

Cheers with all your mates at Cask n' Flagon in Fenway where Irish libations will be a plenty and served alongisde an Traditional Irish dinner cooked by Chef Donley Liburd.  Think, Irish Twist Stout (Harpoon Irish Stout, Vanilla Vodka and raspberry puree) with as much boiled corned beef, cabbage, potatoes you can eat.  To truly transport you for the evening, a live bagpiper from the Boston Piper's Society (bet you didn't know we had one of those!) will be sending out tunes all evening long starting at 2 pm. 

dbar

$3 dollar green beers, Irish music to get your gig on and a location right near the Southie St. Paddy's Day festivities? Say no more. Just head to dbar where St. Patrick's Day becomes a weekend of fun, festive and high energy happenings from 5p.m. until last call on Sunday the 16th and Monday the 17th.

Dot 2 Dot Cafe

Over in South Boston, there is more than meets the St. Paddy's Day parade...but in all honesty, that's where you'll get the most cumulative festive energy.  And that takes energy! Luckily, Dot 2 Dot cafe has you covered. Make your way here before the parade on March 16th where they will be serving a hot and hearty breakfast.

So as not to truly clash with the parade..and especially to give guests the chance to celebrate on a day other than Monday, Dot 2 Dot will also be holding a St. Patrick's Day dinner and a movie night on Friday the 14th. Set at $22.50 for adults and $12 for children under the age of 14, you and the family can enjoy a three course prix fix meal alongside a viewing of 'Into The West' - an Irish classic.  Featured on the menu are Irish inspired specialties like leek and potato soup, shepherd's pie and Irish Stew. For dessert, hot citrus pudding with fresh whipped cream or classic but always delicious, apple pie with ice cream. 

Finch at the Boxer

Let’s be honest.  Most of our preoccupations on this particular day of the year revolve around liquid consumption.  At the Finch, in addition to their regular menu, they have created a trio of delectable drink options to set all of their guests on their way to appreciating Boston’s Irish lineage. From their Patrick’s Punch, to their Emerald Isle (Irish Whiskey, Grand Marnier, fresh lemon juice and twist of lemon) and a Lucky Horse (cava, milk stout), you will be ready to tackle the rest of your St. Paddy’s Day plans no matter where they take you.

Forum

Right on Boyslton street, in all its refurbished glory, Forum restaurant will be offering a dynamic Irish duo for the price of $15 dollars.  Enjoy an Irish burger with sliced corned beef topped with Irish sharp cheddar, braised cabbage and thousand Island dressing or go for the Corned beef and cabbage egg rolls for something a little diferent.  Wash either of these great options down with a generous pint of Irish Stout - easily refillable - or perhaps an Erin's Envy Cocktail..you may just turn green! 

Grafton Street

To celebrate in true authenticity, perhaps you should head to Grafton Street in Harvard Square – after all, it is one of Boston’s most loved Irish pub. In true form, festivities will be begin at 11 a.m. (the 17th being a Monday is not enough to stop these guys!) with pints of Guinness and specialty cocktails featuring Paddy’s Irish Whiskey.  The traditional accoutrements from the kitchen will also be in full force – corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes, carrots and parsley sauce – Guinness beef stew with root vegetables and Guinness or rustic shepherd’s pie with braised lamb, peas, mashed potatoes and carrot…it’s too bad not all Mondays could be like this.

Irish music will also be filling up the restaurant.  With all of this going on throughout the day, you may as well be on the Emerald Isle!

KO Catering and Pies

You don't have to be Irish to celebrate this day of professional day drinking - and the Australian meat pie favorite, KO Catering and Pies is a case in point.  Although they do not have any special pies for the day of, you can pre-order catering of pies and sausage rolls for the parade.  Whether you are closer to their original Southie spot or their newer sit down location in the Shipyard, you can quickly pick up your order and have enough stodge to help you continue your day in true Irish fashion, with a Guinness perpetually in hand.  What better way to stay warm and keep fueled all day long than with some warm and flaky meat pies? Oh.. and did we mention? They will also be serving up mini pies and sausage rolls for those of you who want a snack sized pick me up here and there, but want to keep the priority on green beer!

McCormick and Smick's

Any St. Patrick's Day roundup would be incomplete without a shout out to McCormick and Smick's - where any day could pass as St. Paddy's Day what with all the joviality and Guinness these restaurants embody. This year, enjoy Irish themed desserts and sips the like of Sugar Shamrock Cookies, Luck of the Irish Crispy Treats, festively green lemon-lime bars and green with envy cheesecake.  On the libation side, get ready for Emerald Isle Mint Milkshakes, Creay Irih Coffee Martinis and of course, green beer!

Park

Over at Park in Harvard Square, things are being kept simple, but everyone knows that most often, subtlety is key! Stop by Park on Monday the 17th for an American lamb shepherd’s pie.  A delectable pastry filled with ground lamb, carrots, onions, peas and red wine…you may have to make a couple of visits.

SKYBOXX 109

Bangers and Mash? Corned beef and Cabbage?  These things are also available outside of the city.  If you live in, or are out and about the Natick area on either Sunday the 15th or St. Paddy's Day, the team at SKYBOXX 109 has you covered.  Jameson Irish milkshakes with mint chocolate chip ice cream and creme de menthe whipped cream as well as Bailey's chocolate mousse shooters will also be waiting for you here. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention..green cotton candy will on hand for all guests. Stop by why don't you?

Sweet Cupcakes

Enjoy a sweet treat anytime of the day, or order a whole collection to enjoy over the weekend with friends and family.  Sweet Cupcakes has a whole lot of green up their sleeves this St. Patrick's Day.  With their special edition cupcakes like the Irish Coffee: Sweet's own espresso infused cappuccino cake topped with Bailey’s infused whipped cream and dusted with cocoa or their Guinness Cupcake with Bailey's Buttercream: Moist and sweet chocolate cake infused with Guinness stout topped with Sweet's own vanilla bean buttercream laced with cocoa and Bailey’s Irish Cream..you will most definitely need to get a few.  Sprinkle your cupcakes with green sprinkles and toppers to go that extra mile that everyone always appreciates!

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