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Bensonhurst Go Bragh! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Parades, Pubs & Irish Soda Bread

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St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday, March 17, and the neighborhood is a pot o’ gold full of celebratory options! From parades, to bars, to the beloved Irish Soda Bread, you need not leave our neighborhood to take part in this joyously green celebration.

Here’s a list below of our picks. Sláinte!

The Parade

The Annual Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on Sunday, March 20. Raffles will be drawn after the parade at a reviewing stand located on 77th Street & 3rd Avenue and there will be shamrock face painting for the children. Below is the schedule:

9:30am – Mass at Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church (9511 4th Avenue)

12pm – Line up on Marine Avenue and 3rd Avenue

1pm – Parade kicks off!

The Bars

Photo by Will Caruso/Bensonhurst Bean
Photo by Will Caruso/Bensonhurst Bean

On Thursday, many pubs in Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge will be hosting St. Patrick’s Day parties, serving up complimentary corn beef and cabbage, Guinness, and live music all day.

Homestretch Pub (214 Kings Highway)

My Father’s Place (1861 Cropsey Avenue)

The Pour House (7901 3rd Avenue)

Kitty Kiernans (9715 3rd Avenue)

The Wicked Monk, An Irish Pub (9510 3rd Avenue)

The Kettle Black (8622 3rd Avenue)

The Leif Bar (6725 5th Avenue)

Irish Soda Bread

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This time of year, fluffy soda bread can be found at every supermarket, deli, and Italian bakery in the neighborhood. You can also take a stab at baking it yourself with our tried-and-tested recipe.

Villabatte Alba (7001 18th Ave)

Remini’s Pastry Shoppe (6822 Bay Parkway)

Sultry Sweets (7020 20th Avenue)

Kings Highway Bakery (292 Kings Highway)

Sal & Jerry’s (6816 20th Avenue)

Tasty Pastry Shoppe (8218 13th Avenue)

Grandma’s Bakery (7208 13th Avenue)

Mona Lisa Bakery (7717 13th Avenue)


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  1. Speaking as the son of an Irish mom, the best soda bread in Brooklyn can be found at Mona Lisa Bakery on 13th Avenue. My mom used to bring it to her aunt and cousins in Philly, all of whom were used to the amazing family recipe, but absolutely loved the store-bought (shameful though that might be).

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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