Sláinte! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Mystic Country Last Updated: March 2022
As they say… we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so if you’re looking for an authentic Irish meal and a properly poured Guinness to celebrate with, we’re happy to help steer you in the right direction! And if you’d rather earn your beer with a light workout, or celebrate with bagpipers and a parade, we’ve got the details on those options too. Get your green ready and read on for our best ways to celebrate the season.
As always, be sure to check with each location before making plans as hours and details may change.
Photo credit: @Inishmorpub
An Irish 5K
After going virtual last year, the annual Mystic Irish 5K is back in-person on March 26. Don your best green gear and get a jump on burning off all those Guinesses with a certified race to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Mystic. The course starts and ends in downtown Mystic and travels along scenic River Road on the banks of the Mystic River.
Parades Are Back
Parades Are Back! Parades are back in all their glory including in Mystic, New London, and Norwich. Attend your favorite or attend them all. Just be sure to dress warm, dress in green, and cheer your loudest!
- Norwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. Live in downtown Norwich this year, the parade will step off at 1 p.m on March 6 downtown and the party will continue in businesses with live music afterward.
- New London St. Patrick's Day Parade. The 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New London will be held on March 13 at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme is, “Everyone Is Irish for a Day.” This event is sponsored by the City of New London, the Downtown New London Association, and produced by Neff Productions.
- The Mystic Irish Parade. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the infamous Mystic Irish Parade is back for 2022! The 17th annual parade kicks off on March 27 at 1 p.m. Over 2,000 marchers, 100 units, and over 40,000 spectators are expected. The parade begins at the Mystic Seaport Museum, journeys downtown, and concludes at the Mystic Museum of Art.
Irish Eats and Drinks!
Inishmor Pub is located in Colchester and voted best Irish Pub in Connecticut by BuzzFeed, this place is the real deal. They specialize in “farm to table pub grub.” Think local produce, local and organic meat and poultry, and a whole lot of local craft beers on tap. Along with roughly 200 varieties of whiskey to wet your whistle. Menu highlights include decadent burgers, authentic Irish fare such as Bangers n’ Mash or an Iron-Skillet Shepherd’s Pie, and their “Unlucky Wings” (13 to order) with your choice of sauce. Because sure, Buffalo wings are great and all, but have you ever had Maple Bacon wings.
Mystic’s Harp & Hound is known by locals has the spot for an authentic Irish atmosphere in Mystic. The owner is from Limerick, Ireland himself and the décor, complete with a dark wood bar and Irish road signs, will make you forget you’re in Connecticut at all. They serve traditional Irish fare and plenty of Irish whiskies, Irish coffees, and of course, pints of Guinness.
The Hare & The Hound in Putnam is a relatively new establishment. This Irish Pub is owned by childhood friends and aims to offer a unique twist on traditional Irish Pubs, as well as bring something new to downtown Putnam. Their menu has some creative dishes such as Irish Nachos (yup, there’s pastrami on top in case you were curious!) and the Mother Cluckin’ Waffles, but also plenty of traditional Irish favorites like Bangers and Mash, Guinness Stew, Shepherd’s Pie and more.