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Irish Day by the Bay, a halfway to St. Paddy’s Day party, returns to Bay Shore this month

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Bay Shore St. Patrick's Parade

The Bay Shore Restaurant Committee is set to host its second annual Irish Day by the Bay event on Saturday, Sept. 17.

“It’s a halfway to St Patrick’s Day celebration,” Mike McElwee of the committee explained. “It’s a celebration of Irish heritage, marking the fact that it is halfway to (March 17).”

The celebration includes drink specials offered at more than 10 downtown restaurants between noon and 4 p.m., followed by after parties at Napper Tandy’s and T.J. Finley’s, McElwee said. To access the specials, bar hoppers need to purchase tickets to the event, which are available here. They can then pick up their wristbands from The Penny Pub beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 17.

A limited quantity of tickets are now on sale for $15 each. When this initial batch is sold out, according to the website, the next series of tickets will cost $20 apiece.

While the Bay Shore Restaurant Committee hosted an Irish Day by the Bay last year, COVID-19 remained a lingering concern, and the day was not a thoroughly organized ticketed event. This time around, the downtown restaurants have banded together for a grand pub crawl.

Here is a complete list of the participating Bay Shore restaurants, according to the event’s website:

  • The Penny Pub
  • Rock City Dogs
  • The Cortland
  • The Pizzeria
  • Coastal Kitchen & Cocktails 
  • Fire Island Vines
  • T.J. Finleys
  • Tap Room
  • Changing Times Pub
  • Local Burger
  • Napper Tandy’s

“As part of that day, all the participating venues in town will feature some kind of Irish fare, or whatever their spin on St. Patrick’s Day is,” McElwee said. “The main sponsors of the event are Miller Lite and Guinness, so there will be some type of feature in each of the locations for that, as well as if any place has there own.”

Top photo: File image of 2019 Bay Shore St. Patrick’s Parade.