8 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in New Jersey

Feeling the luck o’ the Irish? The Garden State is THE place to be this St. Patrick’s Day. Break out your best green outfit and get ready to party. Here are some of the coolest hangouts and happenings in New Jersey this St. Patrick's Day. Start planning your epic weekend now! 

Tir na Nog, Trenton, NJ

If you’re looking for an authentic Irish pub, you’d be hard pressed to find a more authentic article in the whole of New Jersey. Tir na Nog eschews kitsch and knickknacks in exchange for the good old-fashioned basics. Front bar, back room, dart league, live music, good beer, and solid, homey food abound. 

The Irish Pub, Atlantic City, NJ

If you’re looking for an icon, the Irish Pub in Atlantic City needs no further introduction. The red hotels in Monopoly are based on the pub’s architecture, and it was the favorite haunt of celebrities like Joe DiMaggio. Plus, you can’t beat the combination of affordable, unfussy food and great service. 

P.J. Finnegan’s, Westwood, NJ

P.J. Finnegan’s is proud to be one of the best Irish pubs in Bergen County. You can’t go wrong with a bar that advertises Guinness as a soup of the day. Plus, they’ve got a range of food options beyond the Irish staples, like jambalaya and Hungarian goulash. 

St. James’s Gate Publick House, Maplewood, NJ

This pub derives its name from the wood floors, which once made vats inside the Guinness brewery in St. James’s Gate. But the food proves that this pub is more than a schtick—make sure to order the Gaelic steak (pan-friend sirloin in Jameson whiskey sauce with sauteed mushrooms). Paired with the cozy atmosphere, it’s hard to beat St. James’s Gate Publick House. 

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Finnegan's Pub, Hoboken, NJ

Finnegan's Pub isn’t just bragging when they say they have the best wings in town. On St. Patrick’s Day, this pub turns into a bawdy beerfest that any ardent St. Patty’s Day celebrant can enjoy. It feels like there should be a law against pizza and quesadillas in an Irish pub, but they’re so good that you’ll be more than willing to forgive them their sins. 

Tierney’s Tavern, Montclair, NJ

Recently, Tierney’s celebrated their 80th anniversary. It’s got everything you could look for in an Irish pub: good beers and bands on the weekend. Oh, and there are fantastic burgers, too. 

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Claddagh, Highlands, NJ

With an impressive 50 beers on tap, it remains a wonder that this pub is overlooked. But if you manage to get in on the secret, don’t question your luck. Enjoy your beer with some of the pub’s no fuss Irish pub fare as well. 

St. Stephen’s Green Publick House, Spring Lake, NJ

You can’t go wrong with one of the leading restaurants in Spring Lake. Named for a park in Dublin, St. Stephen’s offers tons of space with a quaint old house feel, along with traditional Irish music every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Make sure to order some of their classic Irish food while you’re there!

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