In Rochester, N.Y. celebrating St. Patrick's Day is part of our city's story. Rochester is a city on the famous Erie Canal, which was built by Irish immigrants for the purpose of commerce generations ago.
Today, the Erie Canal is a tourist attraction and remains a testament to their hard work, ingenuity, and engineering. While we wait for the canal to open for the spring season, Rochester is ready to celebrate all its Irish pride this weekend with both exciting adult and family friendly events.
Enjoy this list of locations and special events happening around our city that will help you get into the Irish spirit.
PATTY’S POT OF GOLD FOOD AND BEER PAIRING
March 7 | Rohrbach Railroad Street Beer Hall
Dinner and drinks, anyone? Reserve a spot at Rohrbach’s Railroad Street Beer Hall to enjoy a four-course pairing of various Irish dishes and ales. Reservations must be made by February 28.
TOP'S ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
March 11 | Downtown Rochester
The St. Patrick's Parade is back! This annual celebration featuring marching bands, Irish dancers, local vendors and more helped Rochester be recognized for having one of the best, most underrated Patrick’s Day parades. The parade will follow the traditional route, stepping off at East and Alexander, proceeding down East Avenue to Main Street, and ending at Fitzhugh St.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
March 11 | Hyatt Regency Rochester
Eat, Drink & Watch Rochester's St. Patrick's Parade at the Hyatt Regency Rochester! Located on the parade route - guests will enjoy a full bar, corned beef & cabbage along with other food options and a Pipe & Drum Band performing in the lobby 1:30pm - 2pm.
RUNNIN' OF THE GREEN PRESENTED BY THE YMCA
March 11 | Parcel 5
Join hundreds of runners for the 25th annual Runnin’ of the Green for the unofficial start of spring running season in Rochester! The five mile pace is a fast out and back course along the Genesee River. Attend the in-person race or run on your own by choosing the virtual option.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE KIT
March 11 | Black Button Distilling
March with Black Button the day of the parade! Tickets are limited and can be picked up until 3/11 before the parade.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE PARTY
March 11 | Roc Brewing Co.
Celebrate the St. Patrick's Day Parade at Roc Brewing Co.!
Just steps away from the parade route, they’ll be opening their doors at 10 a.m. and pouring Cullinan’s Revival Irish Red Ale and Dark Mild with a number of other Roc Brewing Favorites. Enjoy a special food menu with Irish themed foods and a limited supply of specialty glassware for the day, until supplies last!
Check in with Chris at the ID station to get your wristband then head to the bar to enjoy some brews, cocktails, wine and food!
ST. PATTY'S DAY CRAWL AT THE CANNERY
March 11 | The Cannery
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at the Cannery in Fairport, NY! The following businesses will be hosting a St. Patty’s Day Crawl on Saturday, March 11 from 12-6pm:
- Compane Trattoria
- Faircraft Brauhaus
- Iron Smoke Distillery
- Smokin Hot Chicks BBQ
- Tin Cup Social
- Triphammer Bierwerks
This event is a ticketed event, all tickets must be purchased in advance.
LUCK OF THE IRISH FOOD AND BEER PAIRING
March 14 | Rohrbach Buffalo Road Brewpub
Rohrbach’s Buffalo Road Brewpub is hosting an Irish-themed food pairing. Snack and sip on a delicious four-course meal with a variety of brews paired with each dish! Reservations must be made by March 7.
LUCKY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY CRAWL - ROCHESTER
March 17 & 18 | Twisted Tap
Lucky you, the 6th Annual Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl is back! This 2-day crawl will visit some popular downtown bars and will finish at Brass Bar & Lounge for an after party. Grab your friends and tickets now to start planning for this golden weekend!
ST. PATRICK'S DAY MIXER
March 17 | Rochester Pedal Tours
Pedal your way throughout Rochester and discover different downtown Irish bars to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and make new friends! Enjoy this pedal tour mixer by bringing your own canned alcoholic beverages and snacks.
Irish Pubs to Visit
Opened in 1976 by Jo & Frank Carroll, Carroll’s has been offering the freshest Guinness and finest corned beef ever since.
Caverly's Irish Pub
Established November 2005, Caverly's is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood. Visit for a pint and some whiskey!
Enright's Thirst Parlor
Enright's is one of Monroe Avenue's oldest bars. It's a great place to wind down after a hard day's or night's work with a friendly atmosphere at all hours.
Half Pint is a small bar located on Park Ave. Its ever changing drafts give people a great opportunity to try new craft beers.
Jack Ryan's Tavern
Jack Ryan's is a family-owned tavern located in the North Winton Village. It has been in the family for three generations, and began as the Rochester Friendly Tavern in 1953. Jack Ryan's opened in its current location on Atlantic Avenue in 1973, and is now owned and operated by Joe and Karen Ryan.
Johnny's Irish Pub
Johnny’s Irish Pub opened on November 1st 1997, and was very well received right from the beginning. People who came in liked it and came back and brought more people with them who, in turn, told others about the bar.
Located on the corner of Park Avenue and Berkeley Street, Magpie has been servicing the neighborhood with a large beer selection and a familiar staff in the heart of Park Ave’s retail corridor. Magpie has been a destination for afternoon meetings, buzzing happy hours and energetic weekends right through NFL Sundays.
After its heavily anticipated opening in 2009, Murphy’s Law has been the cornerstone of the East & Alexander entertainment district week in and week out. Servicing the surrounding neighborhoods and hotels, Murphy’s Law’s kitchen is operated by Park Avenue Paninoteca, another local operation with a wide range of menu items for any occasion.
Shamrock Jack's Irish Pub
Shamrock Jack's is one part great drink, one part amazing food and all parts fun! Equal parts an inspired kitchen and excited bar, patrons have come in and back again for a good time.
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