Sláinte! Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Mystic Country Last Updated: March 2021

As they say… we are all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so if you are looking for an authentic Irish meal and a properly poured Guinness to celebrate with, we are happy to help steer you in the right direction! And if you would rather earn your beer with a light workout, or even celebrate via a drive-through parade, we have got the details on those options too. Get your green (masks) 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 due to COVID-19.

Photo credit: @Inishmorpub

A Virtual (Irish) 5K

The Mystic Irish 5K is going virtual this year!  If running is your thing, or you would just like to support the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation and Groton Parks & Rec, then you can sign up to run or walk the Mystic Irish 5K route anytime between March 17 and March 21. For the $20 donation, you will get a t-shirt and if you snap a pic of yourself along the route, you will also be entered to win a free month of training at Advantage Personal Training.

A (Car) Parade

This year’s New London St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 14, and as with everything else lately, it will be slightly different this year. The parade’s theme is, “Everyone Is Irish for a Day,” and it will be a car parade. The good news is that the route will be longer than usual and will run throughout the City of New London. Participants are asked to deck their cars out with a St. Patrick’s Day theme and prizes will be awarded for the best decorated cars. The parade starts at noon at Shaw Cove.

Irish Eats and Drinks!

Inishmor Pub 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” which seems almost like an oxy-moron - but also very delicious. Think local produce, local and organic meat and poultry, and a whole lot of local craft beers on tap. Oh yeah, and 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 an order) with your choice of sauce. Because sure, Buffalo wings are great and all, but have you ever had Maple Bacon wings? This year for St. Patrick’s Day they will be running a limited menu which will include Corned Beef and Cabbage and weather permitting, the Clan Ross Pipe Band will perform on their outdoor patio.

Mystic’s Harp & Hound is known by locals that this is 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 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.  For St. Patrick’s Day this year, they will be offering discounts on all corned beef items, green beer, St. Patrick’s Day drink specials, outdoor seating on their new patio, a bag piper and even a leprechaun (at least according to their Facebook page).