By Andrew Dominick
O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant
93 North Main Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
“The soul of Ireland in the heart of SoNo” is O’Neill’s slogan and is always packed tight on St. Patrick’s Day. They even opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1999. O’Neill’s opens early on the Irish holiday to serve a breakfast buffet and carry on the celebration all day long with buffets for lunch and dinner. This Irish pub always has the classics on their menu, including fish and chips, shepherd’s and fisherman’s pies, and of course, corned beef and cabbage. The highlights here are the affordable prices, and more importantly, their large selection of Irish whiskeys and the Guinness they serve. The Guinness at O’Neill’s, according to their website, is different here than in most bars,“You won’t find a better pour than from this tap, which includes state-of-the-art equipment to ensure proper gas level and temperature.” At O’Neill’s, you will be entertained throughout the day with all the live Irish folk music, sounds of bagpipes and bands, and Irish dancing you can handle. You know this is where you need to be on March 17.
Tigin Irish Pub
175 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Hours: Sun- Thurs 11.30a.m. -1 a.m.; Fri 11.30a.m.-2a.m.
If you spend time in Downtown Stamford, chances are you know about Tigin Irish Pub. If so, there is even more of a chance that you have experienced their wide selection of Irish, English, and other European brands on tap. Tigin features draught beer that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else including Bass, Boddington’s, Carlsberg, Harp, Hoegaarden, Newcastle, Smithwick’s, and Guinness. Tigin stresses the importance of serving the “perfect pint” by practicing the art of using the correct temperature, pressure, and gas mix. And if beer isn’t enough, they have plenty of different Irish whiskeys on hand that will get the job done. Last year, Tigin had a full week of St. Patrick’s Day festivities with live Irish music, cooking up massive amounts of corned beef and cabbage, and showing every Irish sporting event you can name. Stop in early on the Irish holiday for their All-Day Irish Breakfast consisting of two eggs, Irish sausages, rashers, black and white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes and pan-fried potato bread. Take a day off work and kick back at Tigin Irish Pub.
Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
39 A Mill Plain Road
Danbury, CT 06811
Hours: Mon-Thurs 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sun 11:00 a.m .-1 a.m.; Sun Brunch Served 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Danbury has a lot going on in town on St. Patrick’s Day, but one thing is for certain, Molly Darcy’s will be filled with customers looking to have a few drinks and eat some Irish cuisine. Start out with their Irish breakfast, and round out the day with fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, or chicken pot pie. But save some room for corned beef, which is always on the menu, or have it on a sandwich, Reuben style. Molly Darcy’s features all usual Irish pub brews along with Killian’s Irish Red Ale. For those of you that prefer a different taste, they’ll pour you a Magner’s Irish Cider. Like most Irish pubs on this special day, live music is a given, and they have a game room with a pool table. Let’s party at Molly Darcy’s.