I might still have trouble remembering to write “2017”, but St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and there’s not better place on the Maine Coast to enjoy a little Irish luck than in Kennebunkport! And celebrating St. Paddy’s Day in New England doesn’t have to mean hitting the parade route in South Boston or just cooking up corned beef and cabbage at home – there are plenty of fantastic Irish pubs just waiting for a celebration!
A few years ago, a fantastic family hopped across the pond from Ireland and opened Ryan’s Corner House Irish Pub right here in Lower Village. Although they close for a few weeks each winter, they opened last weekend just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Their selection of Irish beers is only rivaled by their menu, and that means that the toughest choice is whether to select bangers and mash or corned beef and cabbage for dinner. And whether you eat upstairs or down, there are enough Irish accents and spirit to fill the whole place! Plus it’s just a short stroll over the bridge into Kennebunkport Maine from the Maine Stay, which means you can enjoy a few pints and still get home safely!
About a 10 minute drive from our boutique Kennebunkport hotel sits Feile Restaurant and Pub (don’t worry, I can’t pronounce it either) in Wells – and they offer live music every weekend of the year! On Saturday, March 18, it is sure to be hopping! Like our neighbors at Ryan’s, the owners are also from Ireland, and their bar offers the largest selection of Irish whiskey in the entire state. I am a big fan of this spot, situated on Route 1 in a tavern dating back to 1799 – it might not be as old as some in Ireland, but it’s getting up there!
I am quite partial to these authentic Irish Pubs, but there are plenty more to enjoy all along the Maine Coast, and MaineToday featured 10 (including my favorites, obviously!) that would be a great place to enjoy a pint this St. Patrick’s Day!