This article was created in conjunction with Rhode Island Commerce.
While Newport’s iconic parade may be provisionally postponed to September, as reported by What’s Up Newp, we can always celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional Irish feast from these restaurants. Here are a few Irish themed restaurants and pubs in Rhode Island where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish favorites like corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, fish and chips, and other classics. There are also a few nifty variations of well-known Irish dishes. And don’t forget the Guinness!
McBride Irish Pub
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early. Pass by Wayland Square for a block party and a socially distant and Covid-safe celebration on March 13, filled with live Irish music in the afternoon and children’s activities in the morning like the shamrock hunt. Then join the right people at McBride’s Irish Pub for a pint of beer and some Irish food to feast on al fresco. Order the Irish nachos to start, a savory dish of homemade fries topped with a shepherd’s pie lamb filling, cheddar cheese, sour cream and spring onion. Fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and chicken pie are also on the menu. All Wayland Square will be closed to traffic and all restaurants will have ample outdoor seating.
While it might not be an Irish pub, this South County staple offers the same warm hospitality and boisterous atmosphere that Irish pubs are known for. The pub will also serve tantalizing St. Patrick’s Day specials. Slip into one of the booths of the bustling Dollar Bar and indulge in the Irish Beef Stew Poutine, which pairs the hearty Irish dish with crispy fries. Try the corned beef sliders or Guinness Reuben corned beef and mustard specially made for the holidays. Bring the whole family, sit by the tree and order a dinner of whole corned beef, with the classic toppings. Don’t sleep on drink specials either. Bartenders will be mixing tons of Jameson and Guinness drinks throughout the day. You can also bring the party home by taking your food to go.
The details: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. 465 Main Street, Wakefield, 401-783-9370, mewstavern.com
Irish pub Arigna and charcoal cooking
Savor all the Irish classics in this cozy pub. The Reuben sandwich, with its Thousand Island dressing, corned beef and sauerkraut is on the menu, while Irish Tater Kegs add a touch of Reuben to crisp toddlers and the Roscommon pizza puts a touch of charcoal on the dish. . Starters also include Irish staples like Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash and Smithwick Irish Chicken, which is served with mashed potatoes and asparagus.
The details: Open every day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on both sites. 57, boulevard de l’Armistice, Pawtucket, 401-727-2625; 1058 Charles Street, North Providence, 401-642-5853, arignairishpub.com
If you dine there, be sure to reserve your spot for St. Patrick’s Day early! Aidan’s Pub’s heated booths fill up quickly. Whether you grab a seat at the Irish Pub by the water or choose to order take out, Aidan’s Pub serves up all the traditional fare perfect for that party day celebration. Enjoy a corned beef and cabbage dinner specially made for the holidays. Or try some of the staples like Farmer’s Stew or Dublin Pot Pie. Wash it down with a pint of Guinness.
The details: Mon.-Thursday, 11:30 am-midnight, the kitchen closes at 9:00 pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Sun, 11 am-1am, kitchen closes at 9 pm; 5 John Street, Bristol, 401-254-1940, aidanspub.com
O’Rourke’s Bar and Grill
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while overlooking Pawtuxet Cove in this cozy Irish pub. Find all the traditional dishes on the menu, such as Guinness beef stew, Reuben corned beef and shepherd’s pie. Some Rhode Island classics also dot the menu, like squid and clam chowder. Enjoy it while admiring the view.
The details: Sun-Thursday, 11.30am-10pm, kitchen closes at 9pm; Fri-Sat, 11.30am-11pm, kitchen closes at 10pm; 23 Peck Ln., Warwick, 401-228-7444, orourkesbarandgrill.com
Enjoy old-world hospitality at this iconic Newport pub. Serving Irish fare in a traditional pub atmosphere, this is the perfect place to sip a Guinness and feast on corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy a plate of beer-battered fish and chips or try the bangers and mash. The beer list includes all classic Irish drinks like Magners Cider and Kilkenny.
The details: 11 am-1am every day. 1 Broadway, Newport, 401-845-9311, thefastnetpub.com
Red Stripe celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a selection of special menus available for lunch and dinner in or take out on Wednesday, March 17. Customers can choose between traditional corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and whole grain mustard; Shepherd’s pie with seasoned ground beef, carrots, onion, corn and whipped potatoes; and the Red Stripe Reuben with corned beef, sauerkraut, gruyere and Russian vinaigrette. Red Stripe will also have sixteen-ounce cans of Guinness to ring on St. Paddy’s Day.
The details: Wed. noon-8:30 p.m. 465 rue Angell, Providence, 401-437-6950, redstriperestaurants.com