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celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Shore

Celebrate with the Irish at these Top Irish Restaurants


by Cristin McCarthy Krokosz

These Top Irish Jersey Shore Restaurants extend a warm ‘one hundred thousand welcomes’ to patrons, offering great food, brews, and year-round entertainment.

However, these locals stand out as the top picks in town when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Immersed in a sea of green, their décor displays shamrocks, Irish flags, and other thematic embellishments, creating a festive atmosphere. These restaurants often feature special Irish menus, showcasing traditional dishes like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Irish soda bread. Live Irish music and bagpipes further elevate the atmosphere, transporting diners to the heart of Ireland.

Irish festivities at the Jersey Shore are not just a culinary experience but a cultural celebration of the spirit of Ireland. Slainte!


Best Irish Restaurants

St. Stephen’s Publick Green

{2031 NJ-71, Spring Lake Heights; 732.449.2626; www.ssgpub.com}

It’s widely known that Spring Lake is nicknamed “the Irish Riviera” and St. Stephen’s Publick Green is conveniently situated just steps away on Rt. 71. The menu at St. Stephen’s features classic Irish delights that are a must try. Indulge in culinary treasures such as the flavorful drunken clams, hearty Guinness beef stew, the Tipperary Reuben, and the quintessential traditional corned beef sandwich. For a unique treat, try the Brown Derby, an enticing combination of homemade meatloaf and creamy mashed potatoes. St. Stephen’s Publick Green goes beyond delectable cuisine, offering a vibrant ambiance enriched with Irish cultural experiences.

Every Tuesday at 6 pm, patrons can enjoy traditional Irish music during the Irish Seisun. For a weekend treat, St. Stephen’s hosts an Irish brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the festivities reach their pinnacle with the Snakes Irish Band taking the stage on the big day, playing from 12 pm to 3 pm and then again from 6 pm to 9 pm. Whether you’re seeking a casual dining experience or a lively celebration, St. Stephen’s Publick Green stands ready to cater to true Irish laddies and lassies, offering a delightful blend of authentic flavors and cultural immersion.


Kelly’s Tavern

{43 NJ-35, Neptune City; 732.775.9517; www.kellystavernjerseyshore.com}

Kelly’s Tavern is a renowned Jersey Shore landmark and iconic location for St.Patrick’s Day where the locals get there quite early to celebrate the Irish holiday. True to the owners’ Irish heritage as stated on their website, a large hand-painted ancestral map of Ireland covers the ceiling above the oversized bar. On the walls are authentic banners and coats of arms imported from Dublin. Every Wednesday, patrons can savor a specially priced Corned Beef Platter, a testament to the establishment’s commitment to delivering genuine Irish flavors. A standout menu item is the Guinness Burger, featuring a mouthwatering blend of cheddar cheese, caramelized Guinness onions, and cabbage. St. Patrick’s Day at Kelly’s Tavern Jersey Shore is an event not to be missed, with doors opening at 7 am to accommodate the eager crowd ready to revel in the spirit of the Irish holiday.


The Dublin House

{30 Monmouth St., Red Bank: 732.747.6699; www.thedublinhouse.com{

Nestled in Red Bank, The Dublin House stands as another cherished haven for all things reminiscent of the Irish “Homeland.” This Victorian marvel boasts a rich history, spanning approximately 175 years, and has undergone multiple relocations and renovations throughout its storied past. The Dublin House captures the essence of Irish culture. Within its walls, guests can savor authentic Irish cuisine, featuring classic dishes like Bangers and Mash, Corned Beef, and Shepherd’s Pie—a culinary journey that transports diners straight to the heart of Ireland. The establishment also boasts a bustling entertainment calendar, with a diverse lineup of events. For those who appreciate the joy of a traditional Irish breakfast, The Dublin House in Red Bank is a must-visit, offering a delectable Sunday brunch experience year-round from 11 am to 2 pm.

Honorable Mentions 

Harrigan’s Pub, Sea Girt

Harrigan’s Pub exudes the authentic charm of a cozy Irish pub. A true neighborhood gem, Harrigan’s is a local favorite for Trivia Tuesdays and St. Patrick’s Day events. Delicious apps like Irish Quesadilla with cheese and Celtic Nachos are top pics at Harrigan’s. Try the mouthwatering Dubliner roasted beef with sauteed mushrooms and cheddar cheese on rye or the Guinness BBQ Chicken wrap with Guinness BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese and bacon. For those seeking an early St. Patrick’s Day treat, the brunch is a must at Harrigan’s! Locals love their Sizzling Steak.


McCann’s Tavern, Lake Como

What could be better than an Irish tavern situated along the parade route for the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade? McCann’s Tavern on Main Street in Lake Como is newly renovated offering a menu that captivates the tastebuds. From Blarney Balls to Celtic Steak bites, Irish beef stew, and a Guinness burger, McCann’s tantalizes with various flavorful options. McCann’s Tavern hosts weekly events, so check their website and social media for the latest happenings.


Dowling’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Union Beach

“Irish hospitality is plentiful’’ and “See you over there” are Dowling’s Irish Pub & Restaurant’s website mantras. Mouthwatering menu items like the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage, and Shepherd’s Pie are joined with unique dishes like Salmon Killybegs and Irish Meatballs. Traditional Irish music awaits you at Dowling’s Irish Pub & Restaurant on St. Patrick’s Day.


McDonagh’s Pub & Grotto- Keyport

The exterior of McDonagh’s Pub & Grotto in Keyport transports visitors to the streets of Dublin, setting the stage for an authentic Irish pub experience. Culinary delights include Corned Beef Egg Rolls, Loaded Pub Fries, and a Mile-High Reuben. Check McDonagh’s website and social media for their busy live entertainment schedule. Be sure to visit on parade day, March 23rd!


Mac’s Pub, Toms River

Mac’s Pub in Toms River stands out as a dynamic gathering spot with something for everyone. Beyond the inviting ambiance, the menu offers diverse Irish food options. Start your hearty meal with Mac’s Irish Egg Rolls and savor the Dubliner Burger. Mac’s Pub’s packed events calendar promises a lively atmosphere, and on St. Patrick’s Day, the resonating sound of bagpipes adds to the festive spirit of Ireland.