Little known fact: as with most things in America, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated differently than the traditional Irish way. As the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick is revered and the day used to be celebrated with a visit to church, hearty family dinner, and if you even thought of a visit to the local bar, you would be out of luck. Nowadays, Irish folks everywhere think of St. Patrick’s Day as a way to encourage Irish pride and celebration.
Things To Do ~ Well, drinking Irish beer would be big on that list, and Boston provides 100+ Irish pubs within the downtown area and an easy walk from many hotels, as well as convenient public transportation. Thumbs up for a car-free weekend.
While you are out walking, join the Irish Heritage Trail, 2.5 miles of landmarks of the Irish in Boston. Stop by the Visitor Information Center and pick up a free map.
Throughout the month of March, Boston hosts many live music, comedy and sporting events.
Restaurants ~ March brings the annual Restaurant Week Boston promotion with local dining establishments – dining deals abound. This can be a great way to save money while you travel, with 2-course lunches at $15.11, 3-course lunches at $20.11 and 3 course dinners at $33.11. Participating restaurants include Amelia’s Trattoria (Italian, dinner), B&G Oysters (Seafood, lunch/dinner), and Oishii Boston (Sushi, lunch). Keep in mind, the discounted menus are offered only during certain periods, and it is wise to check guidelines and restrictions before booking a reservation.
Fortunately, because Boston is a great college town, there are many inexpensive restaurants in the city. During St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Faneuil Hall invites local Irish Step Dancing groups to provide entertainment for visitors throughout the day.
If you are looking for a traditional American St. Patrick’s Day dinner, corned beef and cabbage, also known as the New England boiled dinner, visit Durgin Park, J.J. Foley’s Pub & Restaurant, and Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury.
Transportation ~ The best way to get around Boston is via the T, with subway, bus, commuter rail and boat service. Visit the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority for details, including information on purchasing a CharlieCard before you depart. With the CharlieCard, subway rides are $1.70 and bus rides are $1.25, a 15% savings.