By Michael RadiganBoston is big on Irish culture, so it’s no surprise St. Patrick’s Day is one of the city’s biggest and most popular holidays.Starting with the infamous Southie Parade, there are all kinds of different happenings in the city on this great holiday. One time-tested tradition in particular requires a visit to the local Irish pub.

So whether you’re Irish or not (everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day), here is a list of some great Boston bars you can visit for a pint and a party on St. Patrick’s Day!

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McFaddens Restaurant and Saloon


McFadden’s is parked between Faneuil Hall and the Financial District. It is one of the most popular hot spots in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day. During the Irish holiday, McFadden’s rolls out live music, bagpipers, green jello shots, all kinds of contests and prizes, and much more!

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On St. Patrick’s Day, The Harp brings in a live band to play upstairs and Boston’s hottest DJs downstairs. The combination makes for a perfect party atmosphere during one of Boston’s most celebrated holidays. Right across the street from the TD Bank North Garden, The Harp is very easy to get to and always has a hopping crowd – especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Clerys has been voted Boston’s best neighborhood bar, and is considered one of the most dynamic Irish bars located in the Back Bay. There are two floors, the first floor is more of a laid back bar, where you can relax, and downstairs has more of a club feeling. On St. Patrick’s day Clerys brings in live Irish music including bagpipers. What more could you want on the joyous holiday?