If you want to celebrate St. Paddy's Day, but don't want to have to go all the way downtown for the Saint Patty's Pub Crawl, here are a few Boogie Down Irish bars to check out. The BxNN staff are partial to Bronx Ale House, because it's close to our office and has a great selection of craft beer (plus Guinness). Last year they had live musicians playing the bag pipes. The Piper's Kilt, on W. 231st Street, is another, more traditional, favorite. Riverdale Pressers swear by An Beal Bocht.
The Woodlawn community has some great Irish pubs. Check out Katonah and McLean avenues.
The Norwood community used to be home to so many Irish pubs -- 18 at one point -- back in the 1980s and early 1990s that they called the area "Little Belfast." Now, only two remain: McDwyer's and MacMahon's on E. 204th Street.
In Bedford Park, many current and former Irish Bronxites head to Shea's Emerald Bar on Jerome Avenue, where they usually offer some complimentary traditional Irish fare. Madden's near the D train station also usually serves up some Shepherd's Pie and corned beef.
And we haven't even mentioned the east Bronx, which is home to classic joints like the Throgg's Neck Clipper.
Below is a list of some terrific Irish bars in the Bronx:
Bronx Ale House
216 West 238th Street
4292 Katonah Avenue
An Beal Bocht Cafe
445 West 238th Street
1913 Bronxdale Avenue
Neighborhood: Morris Park
890 McLean Avenue
Neighborhood: Technically Yonkers, but close enough
Shea's Emerald Bar
2960 Jerome Ave.
Neighborhood: Bedford Park
170 W. 231st St.
Throgg's Neck Clipper
3599 E. Tremont Ave.
Neighborhood: Throgg's Neck
Note: We're sure we missed some great Irish pubs in the borough. Let us know about your favorite St. Patrick's Day Bronx destination in the comments section.