While the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was canceled for a second consecutive year due to the coronavirus pandemic, bars and restaurants will remain open. Corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Irish stew are gracing takeout and dine-in menus across Boston, with some shamrock-decorated pubs offering Irish music and festive swag to dine-in guests.
If you’re choosing to visit a restaurant or bar for the holiday, take note: Businesses are still required to enforce city and state COVID-19 regulations, which include making sure guests are socially distanced, wearing masks except when eating and drinking, and ordering food alongside beverages. Prefer to celebrate in your own home? Plenty of restaurants are offering St. Patrick’s Day specials to go (though a trip to your nearest packie for some Guinness might be required).
Take a look below at a handful of local restaurants and bars offering St. Patrick’s Day dishes and drinks.
They’re back! Anna’s corned beef and cabbage burritos — stuffed with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, spicy or regular mustard, and cheese — will return on March 17 while supplies last. (Various locations)
For a festive take-home meal, order Branch Line’s St. Patrick’s Day spread by March 15 for pickup on March 17. There are two options: corned beef and cabbage with whole grain mustard sauce, root vegetables, and Brussels sprouts; and stout-braised lamb shank with mint chutney and colcannon. (321 Arsenal St., Watertown)
City Tap House
In addition to beer specials like “Get Green” — Zero Gravity’s Green State Lager dyed green — City Tap in the Seaport will offer dishes and drinks like a corned beef and cabbage plate, Reuben’s quesadilla with corned beef and sauerkraut, and Kiss Me Through the Foam, a cocktail made with peanut butter whiskey, crème de cocoa, crème de menthe and milk. (10 Boston Wharf Rd., Boston)
City Works Eatery & Pour House
The Watertown restaurant is offering twists on classic Irish dishes through March 17, including a corned beef reuben sandwich, shepherd’s pie, and green beer. (91 Arsenal Yards Blvd., Watertown)
Clover Food Lab
Clover is offering two St. Patrick’s Day-themed meal boxes, available for pickup and delivery on March 12 and March 16: The Dinner Box features an Irish soda bread kit, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, a green brownie pie, and more, while the Full Irish Breakfast Box includes an Irish coffee kit, tea and scones, black pudding sausage patties, and other breakfast items. (Various locations)
Emmets Irish Pub & Restaurant
If you can’t make it to Emmets on St. Patrick’s Day, the downtown pub has a takeout toast kit available, featuring four Guinness cans, two Guinness glasses, a Guinness tote bag, and two meals: Choose among corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, beef and Guinness pie, and shepherd’s pie. (6 Beacon St., Boston)
Reservations are encouraged at Ned Devine’s in Faneuil Hall, where the bar will serve a special St. Patrick’s Day menu featuring corned beef and cabbage egg rolls, Irish toastie flatbread, and Guinness onion soup. (1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston)
Dunn-Gaherin’s Food & Spirits
The Newton Irish pub will offer dine-in specials and takeout family-style meals for St. Patrick’s Day, including Kerry Gold wings, corned beef raviolis, and Reuben eggrolls. (344 Elliot St., Newton)
From March 12 to March 17, Summer Shack will offer a boiled dinner special for dine-in and takeout. Tuck into 10-day brined corned beef, along with boiled beets, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, cabbage, onions, cabbage, potatoes, mustard pickles, and horseradish. (Various locations)
The South End’s Beehive will celebrate March 17 with dine-in specials like Irish pub cheese with crackers and crudité and lamb shepherd’s pie, while also offering diner to go for groups of two, four, and six. (541 Tremont St., Boston)
The Black Rose
A $50 ticket to the The Black Rose’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is redeemable for $50 worth of food and drink on March 17, when guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials — and a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. (160 State St., Boston)
This Somerville Irish pub is kicking things off at 9 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, offering breakfast specials alongside classic dishes like corned beef and cabbage. (247 Elm St., Somerville)
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