St. Patrick’s Day 2021: How to safely celebrate the Irish way

St. Patrick’s Day 2021: How to safely celebrate the Irish way

The pandemic has restricted many Syracuse favorite St. Paddy Day traditions, but there are still other COVID-friendly ways to enjoy the holiday.
Published: March 15, 2021
Coleman's green beer
Coleman's Irish Pub on Tipperary Hill will be open on Saint Patrick's Day serving its Green Beer on tap.

When it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day – Irish heritage or not – Syracuse residents are known to embrace the celebration.

This year the city is taking a break from the traditional Saint Patrick’s Parade and bar crawls to keep festivities COVID-19 friendly, but some traditions can never die. Here are a few ways to safely enjoy the holiday:

Keep it simple, but make it deliciously green

You may not be able to spend this St. Paddy’s Day in a horde of people dressed in green but that doesn’t mean you should skip the celebration.

All you need to do to get yourself in the holiday spirit is gather your household for some home-cooked food and Irish drinks with a bit of green food dye. The Driscoll family plans on celebrating their heritage with a themed lunch packed with dishes like soda bread, green eggs and ham, scalloped potatoes, and beef.

The meal will be washed down with their own Irish cocktails featuring Baileys and whiskey. Emma Driscoll, 20, says her family will miss the parade this year, but she is excited they can still have their annual green lunch.

“Everything is basically green down to the plates, forks, napkins, pans and sometimes even the dessert,” Driscoll said.

The Driscoll family recipes are sadly confidential but similar ones can be found online. Check out this easy recipe to make your own Irish scalloped potatoes.

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Coleman’s Irish Pub

There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of an Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day.

Instead of daydreaming about bar crawls of the past, spend your day at Coleman’s Irish Pub on Tipperary Hill.

Coleman’s kicked off its celebration early with the annual Green Beer Day on Feb. 28. The pub refused to disappoint the public and served its famous green-ale with a COVID-19 friendly drive-through system in addition to seating reservations. Coleman’s Green Beer will remain on tap for those who missed the event along with a variety of other draft options.

For any non-beer drinkers who want to remain festive, try the Loaded Leprechaun cocktail made with 1911’s Cold Brew Vodka, Byrne Dairy Mint Milk and topped with whipped cream.

Check their website for updates on special deals and make a reservation through Facebook.

Location: 100 S. Lowell Ave. Syracuse, NY 13204

St. Paddy’s Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Reservation: Required


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Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub

Kitty Hoynes will open at 8 a.m. for an Irish Breakfast on St. Paddy’s Day.

The pub will also be serving a full menu all day alongside its long list of Irish whiskeys. You can snack on the Irish poutine or devour an Irish favorite such as shepherd’s pie.

Because of the coronavirus, the pub won’t host the usual live Irish music but promises to keep festive tunes playing.

You can reserve a one-hour and 45-minute time slot for a maximum of six people at a table. For more information on their menu check out the website.

Location: 301 W. Fayette St. Syracuse, NY 13202

St. Paddy’s Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Reservation: Required; Call 315-424-1974

Faegan’s Café & Pub

Stay safe by skipping the parties and grabbing a table at Faegan’s Café & Pub with friends instead.

Faegan’s offers 46 beers on tap along with a classic pub-style menu.

For an Irish take on a burger, try the Guinness Smash. It’s made with double patties of brisket-Angus blend in the pub’s Guinness marinade.

The pub has not released a list of its St. Paddy’s specials yet but said it will be announcing them soon on social media. Check their Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Location: 734 S. Crouse Ave. Syracuse, NY 13210

St. Paddy’s Hours: 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Reservation: Not required