Saturday, December 20, 2014

Celtic Pride

Eat, drink, and party your way through Paddy's Day

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St. Patrick's Day. You've got the drinking part down. 

What to do in between beers? 

While your Guinness foam settles, consider these St. Patrick's Day events. From Irish burritos to Ireland itself, we've got every shade of green covered. 

Eat an Irish Burrito
The ideal end to yet another triumphant St. Patrick's Day of drinking? Not going home alone. But after that, it's got to be this holiday-only special from Anna's Taqueria: their regular or super burrito packed with corned beef and cabbage, plus more Irish options like potatoes and mustard, with guacamole, because, you know, it's green.
Mon Mar 17. Available at all Anna's Taqueria locations. $5-6.
 
Yes, it may have been since your study abroad semester in college since you've done one. And yes, that was in Dublin. And yes, if there was ever a time to toast green beers at Faneuil Hall bars with a group of strangers who like to party and belt out U2 songs from the jukebox until closing time just like you, it's St. Patrick's Day. 
Fri-Mon Mar 14-17 5p. The Times Irish Pub & Restaurant, 112 Broad St., Faneuil Hall . $5-25 here.

Any party in Boston will be second-best to actually touching the Emerald Isle, but this one comes pretty close. They'll be giving away a trip to Ireland (enter by RSVPing), and even if you don't win, the whiskey sampling, music and games should help you get over the loss. 
Fri Mar 14 8-11p. The Green Briar, 304 Washington St., Brighton (617-789-4100). RSVP here.
 
Irish food may be simple, but it doesn't have to be boring. Chef Josh Lewin's menu at the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro has the requisite meat and potatoes (Dublin coddle, lamb with minted green, and sweet potato), plus soda bread, salmon with creamed leeks, and a Guinness cake for dessert.  Mon Mar 17 5:30-11p. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Beacon Hill (617-723-7575). $43. Call for reservations.
 
J.J. Foley's has presided over more than 100 years of St. Patrick's Day revelry from its South End digs, long before green beer was a thing. Avoiding obnoxious gimmicks (and people) is reason enough to celebrate, so drop in the family-owned spot for an authentic Irish pub experience, with great service, food, drinks, and class to spare.
J.J. Foley's, 117 E. Berkeley St., South End (617-728-9101). 

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