The 10 Best Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Vermont!
With a significant Irish population, Vermont celebrates St. Patrick’s Day big. From annual festivals, to authentic pubs and jovial parades, Vermont knows how to celebrate March 17 right. Here are the 10 best places to do just that.
The Annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival takes place across several weeks. It features the Chieftains at the Flynn Theatre and Festival Ceili in the Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall. A nonprofit event, the festival promises to shower participant with music, dance, history, and genealogy info. Tickets often sell out early, so go online and register today.
Rí Rá is in a historic bank building that was completed in 1931. The Irish pub was established in 1999 and, in 2012, it announced the addition of The Whiskey Room, reminiscent of the traditional pubs of Ireland. The walls are comprised of materials salvaged and restored in Ireland, and, from the second you enter, you feel like you are back in the homeland.
McGrath's Irish Pub features, of course, Guinness on tap and an assortment of Irish whiskeys. Their bar menu features Irish-American dishes, like bangers & boxty, Guinness stew and Irish Reuben, and live Irish music is presented every weekend. There is a family-friendly vibe here, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.
McGillicuddy’s Irish Pub sits a historic building that was formerly home to a printing press as far back as 1902. Many of the original features of the structure have been restored, including flooring, cabinetry, and lighting, and the pub exudes a relaxed atmosphere. The menu is primarily American, but it does offer two corned beef dishes and one Rueben dish.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Mount Snow on March 17 as you glide down the mountain in green. Irish music will be blasted onto the slopes so you can ski in style. If you arrive early enough, there is the promise of the traditional “eggs and kegs” in the morning and even a “Pot O' Gold” scavenger hunt for a season pass.
Bennington’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. and the .7-mile parade route can be found on their website. The pre-festivities kick off at 10 a.m. with a breakfast and culminates with later in the afternoon for further celebration (and drinking). The event is considered to be one of the most intimate parades of its kind in the country.
Featuring 15 beers on tap and over 30 bottles, The Killarney is fully stocked on brew. It also deep Scotch and Irish whisky selections to be consumed in a warm and friendly establishment. Marked by its friendly service and use of local products, like Cabot cheeses, Green Mountain Smokehouse meats, and fresh produce. The menu features dishes like chicken Jameson, bangers & mash, corned beef & cabbage, and shepherd’s pie.
With 15 microbrews on tap, from Fiddlehead IPA to Hill Farmstead Edward, and 11 in cans, from Heady Topper to Lagunitas Daytime, Finnigan's Pub is modeled after a traditional Irish pub with a great local beer selection. And, with almost 40, yes 40, whisky offerings it is almost worth it to go there for the selection alone. In fact, you will have to, as you won’t find any bar food on the menu. There is a pool table, dartboard, and seven large, flat screen TVs however.
This event is meant to be a fun, short, and spirited affair for families and children. The route winds through downtown and features fun events, dining, and community socialization. Irish attire, green beverages, Irish dance performances, and Irish-themed floats are on display during this festive time.
You know we had to sneak a brewery, and McNeil’s fits both the Irish and brewery bills. Self-described as the oldest brewery still in operation in the Green Mountain State, it has won over 15 awards since 1994. Dark Angel, Blonde Bombshell, McNeill’s MaiBock, Warlord, and Sunshine IPA are just some of the acclaimed offerings. The on-site pub features up to 25 different McNeill beers on tap, With Bavarian Lagers, six different IPAs, and pub food to make your mouth water, McNeil’s might be the pot of gold in this lineup.
The custom of drowning the shamrock is that the leaf worn on a lapel or hat all night is put in the last drink of the evening and consumed. But, remember, drinking is not the only the only great thing to do in Vermont on St. Patrick’s Day. Take in a parade, take to the slopes, or just take a moment to be humble like St. Patrick himself.