How to Have a Memorable St. Paddy’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is usually an opportunity to spend a weekend bar hopping, getting in touch with old friends and new over beers and some great Irish food. Because of the current health crisis, however, many of those traditions have to look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in the spirit of the holiday, all right near your 1500 Locust apartment.

Center City is home to tons of authentic Irish pubs, many of which are open this St. Patty’s Day for limited indoor dining and drinking, outdoor socializing and takeout. No matter your comfort level, you can find a way to embrace your Irish roots (or those you wish you had!) with some quality cuisine and brews. For instance, Moriarty’s, four blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment, is one such spot.

The building housing Moriarty’s has been a mainstay in the Philadelphia pub scene for nearly 100 years. The historic structure in which it was housed dates back to 1830 and has seen the city through all of its highs and lows—all the way from the Civil War to the challenges of today. It became a bar in the 1920s, served as a café, one of the city’s first LGBTQ establishments and later an Irish pub. Today, it embraces that history and authenticity through its expertly restored architecture and vast collection of local memorabilia inside.

But you can still get a taste of genuine Irish Philly pub food if you opt for take-out this St. Patty’s Day. Moriarty’s offers Irish staples like shepherds pie, corned beef and cabbage and Guinness beef stew. Then there are also the standard pub grub favorites like wings, cheesesteaks and burgers—so no matter how Irish your tastebuds are, you can find a delicious meal at Moriarty’s. And wash it all down with any of its nearly three-dozen bottled brews, many of which are available for takeout.

So this St. Patty’s Day, even if you’re hunkered down, you can embrace the luck of the Irish with an authentic Philly favorite like Moriarty’s.


1116 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107