A Butler's Guide to St. Patrick's Day 2019
March is here, and it's time to get ready for the nations second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Irish dancers, bagpipes, and the sea of green are about to take over the Queen City, and The Butlers are here to guide you through a weekends' worth of festivities.
Celebrate in the Old Neighborhood
St. Patrick's Day hits WNY a day early with the 26th annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held on Saturday, March 16 in South Buffalo. The streets are packed with people, and The Butlers recommend Ubering early to warm up at a neighborhood pub around 11 am. The parade meanders through South Buffalo, with most of the participants from the surrounding neighborhoods. Bustling with Irish and hometown pride, the Old Neighborhood parade is a must for anyone looking for an authentically Buffalo St. Patrick's Day celebration. Guests of The Mansion have the option for Land Rover transportation to and from the area and should coordinate with The Butlers the day prior.
The Buffalo St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Sunday of St. Patrick's Day boasts one of the loudest, busiest, liveliest celebrations in the country, the Buffalo St. Patrick's Day Parade. Kick off your day with an Irish Coffee and fuel up with a full breakfast before heading to the parade. With large crowds taking over the downtown area, cell service is limited, and many roads are closed for the afternoon. The Butlers recommend planning your stops throughout the day or sticking to one place along the avenue, with a nearby bar to pop in for a warm seat and some refreshments.
Butler Recommended Pubs & Taverns
Eddie Brady’s (97 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14203)
A friendly Irish bar just blocks from the parade, Eddie Brady's has a warm 20th-century pub atmosphere with worn wood, brick walls, pressed-tin ceiling and a menu full of classic pub fare. If you're looking for a casual Irish bar in the city, this is your stop.
Founding Fathers Pub (75 Edward St, Buffalo, NY 14202)
A gathering place for locals and history buffs, Founding Fathers is a Buffalo staple where one can always feel comfortable and at home. The walls are filled with past presidential portraits and historical USA memorabilia for a perfectly-aged and eclectic atmosphere.
The Swannie House (170 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY 14203)
Many locals spend St. Patrick's day at Buffalo's second oldest operating tavern, The Swannie House. Nestled amidst Buffalo's grain elevators, The Swannie House sits directly across from America’s oldest fireboat (The Edward M. Cotter) just outside the city's Cobblestone District near the Old First Ward. Try one of the best fish fries in the city or sample some of the local craft beer on tap. Wings are the Swannie House are a local favorite, so fill up on some at some point during your day. The Swannie House is cash only, so remember to bring some extra green.
As one of the biggest party days of the year, every bar in the city to be packed with parade goers - if you're not a fan of crowds, you may want to plan a pub-free itinerary. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue has the best seats in the city, with 14-foot windows facing the parade route, a private bar, Butler service, and newly renovated fireside salons. Take up residence along Delaware Avenue the night before the parade and wake up to a complimentary Irish coffee and full Mediterranean-style breakfast spread. Forget coordinating a ride downtown or navigating the crowds, enjoy an intimate, modern-luxe St. Patrick's Day in the city without the fuss. St. Patrick's Day weekend rates start at ($199) for an overnight, complimentary Saturday evening happy hour, complimentary breakfast, and an Irish Coffee to sip fireside while enjoying the parade.
Regardless of your St. Patrick's Day plans, you can almost guarantee you'll have a great time in the Queen City. Remember everyone’s Irish in Buffalo on St. Paddy’s Day!