|There are an estimated 40 Irish pubs
in Woodside and neighboring Sunnyside. Both communities are
home to the Queens St. Patrick's Parade and Irish Fairthe alternative parade, which took place this year on March
5, allows gays and lesbians to march.
To get to Woodside, take the 7 train to 61st St.Woodside
or the LIRR to Woodside, and head to the intersection of Woodside
and Roosevelt Avenues. Both are sure to be thick with revelers,
but here are some suggestions to get you started.
| Freewheelin': Woodside's
Located one block from the rumbling 7 and LIRR tracks, the
cozy Cuckoo's Nest
boasts exposed beams, dark paneled walls, and Guinness pints
for a mere $5.
(61-04 Woodside Ave.; 718-426-5684)
After you catch a buzz, check out the saucy Sean
Og Tavern, where the young and the restless hook upbut
not before partying down beneath pulsating disco lights.
(60-02 Woodside Ave., at 60th St.; 718-899-3499)
After throwing back a few pints at Saints
and Sinners, you'll probably identify with the latter.
And no, slurring in the name of Saint Patrick will not redeem
(59-21 Roosevelt Ave., at 60th St.;
718-396-3268 or saintsandsinnerspub.com)
|With almost a dozen pubs crammed
in a five-block area, there'll be no shortage of alcohol-friendly
options on Katonah Avenue, Woodlawn's main drag. For hipper
alternatives, try the bars along Mclean Avenue, Woodlawn's northern
boundary with Yonkers, a suds-soaked stretch where the smoking
ban seemingly never happened.
To get there, take the 2 train to 238th St.Nereid Ave.
or the Metro-North Harlem line to Woodlawn and walk west.
Start your crawl at Rory Dolan's, the mother of Woodlawn
watering holes. It has a huge, rectangular bar that's perpetually
packed with young partiers on the prowl.
(890 McLean Ave., between Kimball and
Harding Aves.; 914-776-2946 or rorydolans.com)
When you get sick of standing like sardines at Rory's, head
to loungey, candle-lit Frog. The Irish co-owner used
to promote clubs in London, which guarantees the music's a cut
or three above the competition.
(817 McLean Ave., at Aqueduct Ave.; 914-237-8138)
From the owners of the insanely popular Rory Dolan's comes the
even bigger Rambling House. Inititally protested by residents
because of its massive size, it's a solid bet for a Katonah
(4292 Katonah Ave., at 236th St.; 718-798-4510
Blarney Stone: Woodlawn's Rory
For smaller-scale schmoozing, any of the surrounding bars
will do, but for something a little different, try Behan's,
which veers from pub to club, depending on the night.
(4299 Katonah Ave, between 236th and
237th Sts.; 718-652-9153)