10 Great St. Patrick’s Day Food and Drink Events

Think St. Paddy's Day is just about Guinness and corned beef? Think again.

Guinness Dinner at Lincoln Tavern

Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day a bit early this year at Lincoln Tavern for their very first Guinness dinner. Sample some Smithwick’s with wood grilled salmon belly, Guinness black lager with hanger steak and roasted fingerling potatoes, and Guinness Extra Stout with smoked pork short ribs glazed in Guinness barbecue sauce. In addition to all the great food, guests will receive a complimentary, custom engraved pint glass.

$50 per person, March 10, 7 – 10 p.m., Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant, 425 W. Broadway, Boston, 617-765-8636, lincolnsouthboston.com 

Whiskey 101 at BCAE

Before you go out this St. Patrick’s day, brush up on your whiskey skills with a class at the BCAE that is sure to come in handy. Scotch enthusiast Randall Bird will guide participants through a special tasting highlighting the contrasting flavors of Northern and Southern Ireland-style whiskeys. Discover the differences between blended, pot still style, and peated and in-peated malts. Get your palate primed with this fun and in-depth look at Ireland’s finest.

$50 nonmembers, $43 members, + $18 materials cost, March 14, 7:30-9 p.m., Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston, 617-267-4430, bcae.org.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Burrito at Anna’s Taqueria

Due to popular demand, Anna’s Taqueria is bringing back their annual corned beef and cabbage burrito on St. Patrick’s Day. It will only be available on Monday, March 17th starting at noon. The wrap is made with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, cheese, and mustard.

March 17, starting at noon. All locations. www.annastaqueria.com

Forum Bar & Restaurant

Get in the Gaelic spirit at Forum, where Executive Chef Dan Schroeder is offering his Irish burger topped with sliced corned beef, braised cabbage, Irish cheddar, and thousand island dressing. He’ll also be serving corned beef and cabbage egg rolls with a Harpoon Stout mustard dip. The price of admission includes one entree and a pint of Harpoon Irish Stout or an Erin’s Envy cocktail.

$15 per person, March 17, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., 755 Boylston Street, Boston, 857-991-1831, www.forumboston.com.

Grafton Street 

Start the party early at Grafton Street with specialty cocktails made with Paddy’s Irish Whiskey. Enjoy traditional Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, Guinness beef stew, or a local Bluefish dish accented by chorizo, charred peppers, watercress, and lemon tempura. And if you just want to enjoy a pint, bartender Paul Barry will keep the Guinness flowing all night long.

No cover, March 17, 11 a.m.- 1 a.m., Grafton Street, 1230 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 617-497-0400, graftonstreetcambridge.com.

Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro

Go beyond traditional corned beef and cabbage with a unique twist on Irish cuisine. Executive Chef Josh Lewin will start the evening off with Irish soda bread followed by a beef consomme and honey poached parsnip amuse-bouche. Appetizer options include Dublin coddle and Scotch eggs with confit potatoes. Guest can choose a main course of salmon with creamed leeks and oyster broth or lamb with minted greens, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Finally, for dessert, Chef Lewin has two stunning options: Guinness cake with caramel ice cream and shaved chocolate or juniper baked apple with soft basil cream.

$43 per person, March 17, 5:30p.m.-11p.m., Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston, 617-723-7575, beaconhillhotel.com. Reservations are highly recommended.

The Beehive

The Beehive is teaming up with the Boston Irish Tourism Association for its 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Eat Irish-American à la carte specials including grilled lamb and Colcannon mashed potatoes (mashed potatoes with cabbage) and finnan haddie smoked fish and chips. The bar will be serving the restaurant’s regular libations as well as traditional Irish cocktails featuring Kilbeggan’s Irish whiskey, Tyronnell’s 10-year port cask, and Connemara’s 12-year single malt. The Hive promises plenty of surprises throughout the night including Boston’s own Katie McD. The gifted troubadour will be performing traditional Irish folk music as well as her own compositions.

No cover, March 17, 5 p.m.-1 a.m., The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com. Reservations recommended.

Beat Hôtel

For its inaugural St. Patrick’s Day celebration, this newly opened brasserie and bar will bring a touch of Ireland to Harvard Square. Executive chef Rebecca Newell is partnering with the Boston Irish Tourism Association to serve up classics such as corned beef and cabbage and  fish and chip with mushy peas, along with regular menu items like swordfish tacos and short rib lasagna. Take in some authentic entertainment from Boston-based musicians, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and enjoy one of the Beat’s 24 American wines on tap.

No cover, March 17, 4p.m.-12a.m., Beat Hotel, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-499-0001, beathotel.com.

Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar

Chef Brendan Pelley brings Ireland to Zebra’s with corned beef, bangers and mash, and Guinness beef stew. Also, for those looking to avoid the rowdy crowds, Zebra’s sister company Perfect Pear Catering is offering a special to-go package for only $25 per person that includes a boiled dinner with all the fixings.

No cover, March 16-17, 5p.m.-10p.m., Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar, 21 North St., Medfield, 508-359-4100, zebrasbistro.com


Put on your Irish (step) dancing shoes for two nights of blarney-filled fun. If you’re looking for some kitschy green beer, look no further. For just $3 a pint, you can drink as much green liquid as your heart desires. Located near all of the St. Patrick’s Day parade fun in Southie, the party will be bumping until Monday night.

No cover, March 16-17, 5p.m.-2a.m., dbar, 1236 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, 617-265-4490, dbarboston.com.