Even though Fat Tuesday has just passed, New Orleans is already bracing for the next round of parades on St. Patrick’s Day. Although St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, the parades will begin on the 11th. Here is our list of the best parades and bars in the city.
Finn McCool’s Irish Pub (3701 Banks St.)
The beloved Irish bar and soccer haven will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day block party on Thursday, March 17. The revelry will kick off at 10 a.m. with a limited supply of Irish breakfast baps. Stop by for live music, karaoke, or the annual Irish Olympics that will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. The bar will also host an original limerick contest, with winners receiving gift certificates and swag.
Double the fun at Tracey’s Irish Bar with two block party celebrations! The first will be held on March 11, when the Irish Channel Parade passes in front of the Magazine Street establishment, while the second will be held the following week on St. Patrick’s Day proper. Irish grub and green beer will be available in excess on both occasions.
Parasol’s (2533 Constance St.)
Similar to (and right down the block from) Tracey’s, Parasol’s will also host St. Patrick’s block parties on both March 11 and March 17. From 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on both days, the Irish Channel dive bar will have music, green beer, and food.
Mick’s Irish Pub (4801 Bienville St.)
The Mid-City hangout celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by serving traditional corned beef and cabbage along with popular Irish libations like Jameson, Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick’s. Stay for a while and enjoy the bar’s selection of games like pool, darts, shuffleboard, arcade games, and giant Jenga.
Fahy’s Irish Pub (540 Burgundy St.)
Enjoy Irish cuisine and cheap beverages at this laid-back bar located in the lower French Quarter. Fahy’s offers pool, darts, and a signature sharable cocktail called the Mind Eraser that is sure to do just that.
Pat O’ Brien’s (718 St. Peters St.)
The French Quarter staple will run food and drink specials — including a $3 Fuzzy Leprechaun cocktail — throughout the day on St. Patrick’s Day. The piano bar will remain open, but there will be additional live music on the patio by Groovy 7.
Molly’s at the Market (1107 Decatur St.)
Check out Molly’s at the Market on St. Patrick’s Day to witness Jim Monaghan’s 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade, which starts and finishes at the Decatur Street pub. Don’t forget to order one of its famous frozen Irish coffees while you wait for the parade to roll.