St. Patrick’s Day is damn near upon us — where are you going for a bit of craic? (“Craic” is Gaelic for “fun,” although it is pronounced pretty much the same as our term for crevice or rock cocaine.) Here are our picks for places where you are bound to find top-notch craic this Wednesday.
For a grand Irish meal: Eamonn’s. Eamonn’s isn’t going too crazy with their festivities — no need to, as the joint will likely be full from 10 AM onward. They are serving a special menu of Irish dishes. Lamb stew, beef stew, shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash, corned beef & cabbage, baked salmon on the Shannon, and something called “Gaelic chicken” — as Mr. Brown said to young Christy in My Left Foot: Get it into you. (Eamonn’s is at 174 Montague between Clinton and Court; for parties of more than a few people, a reservation is recommended: 718-596-4969.)
For a free meat sandwich: The Brazen Head. The drinks will be plenty affordable — $5 pints of Guinness, and $6 Irish whiskeys (Powers, Bushmills, Jameson, Tullamore Dew) — so camping out at the ‘Head for a couple hours isn’t a bad idea anyway. But you’ll really want to be there at 5 PM for a complimentary corned beef sandwich. Yep, free sandwich. We recommend being on time. (The Brazen Head is at 228 Atlantic Avenue, between Court and Boerum Place.)
For live entertainment: Ceol. If you must limit yourself to a lunch-break St. Paddy’s Day, at least make it a long lunch and enjoy the soothing Irishness of singer/songwriter Niall Connolly, who’s playing from noon to 3 PM. Ceol will also be subject to occasional bouts of bagpipery, times TBD. The whole slate at this Smith Street pub is strong: Irish breakfast starting at 11 AM, corned beef/cabbage/shepherd’s pie/fish/chips in the kitchen, and a DJ starting at 10 PM. (Ceol, which actually means “music” in Gaelic, is at 191 Smith Street, between Warren and Wyckoff.)
For silliness: Last Exit. Special deal on Guinness? Authentic. Special on Irish car bombs? Sort of authentic, though often considered offensive. Screening of Leprechaun 5: Leprechaun in the Hood, starring Coolio and Ice-T? The opposite of authentic, but awesome. (Last Exit is at 136 Atlantic Avenue between Henry and Clinton.)