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.

 

Events

Irish Night

March 11 | Rochester Americans at the Blue Cross Arena

 

Top's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 12  | Downtown Rochester

The St. Patrick's Parade is back! The first in the city since 2019, this celebration 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. Paddy's Day Parade Pop-up

March 12  | Pop Up and Eats at The Commissary

 

Runnin' Of The Green Presented By The YMCA

March 12 | Blue Cross Arena

 

St. Patrick's Parade Day

March 12 | Murphy's Law Irish Pub

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade Kit

March 12 | Black Button Distilling

March with Black Button the day of the parade! Tickets are limited and can be picked up until 3/11.

 

St. Patrick's Day Party

March 12 | Roc Brewing Co.

 

Luck of the Irish Food and Beer Pairing

March 15 | Rohrbach Buffalo Road Brewpub

 

St. Patrick's Cookie Decorating

March 16 | Rohrbach Beer Hall

 

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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