Going green: The best St. Patrick’s Day events in Brooklyn

Irish ayes!: Celtic band the Prodigals will play Irish tunes old and new at “Claddagh” at On Stage at Kingsborough on March 16.
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Erin go hurrah!

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so you can get Guinness-ed up for the Irish holiday without worrying about work the next day! And Brooklynites have plenty of options for going green, in concert halls, movie theaters, and classic pubs. Here are some of the borough’s coolest happenings for St. Paddy’s Day.

Fancy footwork

Start your St. Patrick’s Day weekend early with a visit to the stage at Kingsborough College. At the “Claddagh” show on Friday night, Celtic rock band the Prodigals will provide the music for a tapping band of traditional Irish dancers. And appropriately named actor Gregory Grene will read a modern Irish fairy tale alongside the song and dance.

“Claddagh” at On Stage at Kingsborough [2001 Oriental Boulevard at Quentin Street in Manhattan Beach, (718) 368–5596,]. March 16 at 8 pm. $32–$37.

Gold stars!

Get drunk and laugh at the screen during the midnight screening of “Leprechaun 4: In Space” at Nitehawk Cinema. The 1996 classic about an Irish leprechaun marrying a space princess and murdering space marines has received an astounding zero percent on movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes.

“Leprechaun 4: In Space” at Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 782–8370,]. March 16 and 17 at 11:45 pm. $12.

Booze and beef

Feed your hunger for corned beef and cabbage at the Tamaqua Bar and Marina in Gerritsen Beach, which will serve the delicious dish all day. In addition to an array of drink options, the bar will host Irish music from the band Crossroads during the day, Irish dancers at 6 pm, and a performance from local band Lil Sister and the Rolling Machine starting at 7 pm.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Tamaqua [84 Ebony Ct. between Channel and Bijou avenues in Gerritsen Beach, (718) 646–9212]. March 17; 2–10 pm. $10.

Green and bear it

Make this drunken holiday one you will remember forever by getting a free St. Patrick’s Day–themed tattoo at the Dromedary Bar in Bushwick! With the purchase of any food or drink item, you can get one of 11 tattoos designed by Olivia Pakitsas, including a shamrock, pot of gold, or overflowing beer mug. The offer lasts until 7 pm, but the party, the Irish whiskey special, and the option to top your burger with corned beef will last all night.

St. Patrick’s Day Tattoos at Dromedary [266 Irving Ave. at Menahan Street in Bushwick, (347) 715–4255,]. March 17, 3–7 pm. Free.

We shan’t miss it!

Irish music fans can sham-rock out with the Shanties for St. Paddy’s. The “New Irish” band will play old Irish classics and new songs at Park Slope fixture Smith’s Tavern. The bar promises it will be “shantastic!”

“The Shanties Live” at Smith’s Tavern [440 Fifth Ave., between Eighth and Ninth streets in Park Slope, (718) 788–5218]. March 17 at 7 pm. Free.

Erin go-go girls

It’s not a parade, but burlesque troupe Wasabassco will have you on your feet for “St. Patrick’s Day for Sinners,” its annual all-redhead striptease show that celebrates the hair color frequently found among inhabitants of the Emerald Isle. Host Nasty Canasta promises a night free of green beer and “bridge and tunnel fake Irish,” just a classy night of nearly-naked redheads.

St. Patrick’s Day for Sinners at Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues, March 17 at 8 pm. $15–$30.

Saint goes marching

Brooklyn is the luckiest borough, because it gets two parades for St. Paddy’s! First up is the festive and fun Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade in Park Slope, happening on March 18 alongside green Prospect Park. Next weekend, the Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade will set off down Third Avenue.

Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Parade (starts at Prospect Park West and 15th Street in Park Slope, March 18 at 1 pm. Free.

Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade (starts at Marine Avenue and Third Avenue in Bay Ridge, March 25 at 1 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 5:47 pm, July 9, 2018
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