St Patrick's Day Celebrations Expected to Pack Town Taverns

St Patrick's Day Celebrations Expected to Pack Town Taverns

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Two staples of Ireland in the South Orange/Maplewood area will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the usual enthusiasm this year.

Cryan’s Beef and Ale House in South Orange and St. James’ Gate Publick House in Maplewood plan big, though unique, celebrations.

At Cryan’s, located on 24 1st Street, festivities began on “St. Patrick’s Eve.”

Sign Up for E-News

“We start March 16 with the ‘Lighting of the Shamrock’ at midnight,” owner Jim Cryan said.

The lighting is celebrated with champagne toasts and an expected crowd of a couple hundred patrons, according to Cryan. It has been a tradition at Cryan’s for the last 20 years.

Something new this year will be the addition of a statue of St. Patrick that now adorns Cryan’s, which was previously housed at the recently closed Sacred Heart Church in Vailsburg.

“St. Patrick’s day in Ireland has everything in the country closed,” Cryan said. “There are no bars open, there’s no celebration and it’s a holy day of obligation. So it’s so nice to have St. Patrick here himself on the 17th.”

With the statue’s position in a bar being a topic of controversy with the Archdiocese of Newark, Cryan plans that the statue will be moved to a mausoleum sometime after the holiday.

Cryan’s opens for St. Patrick’s Day at 10 a.m. The beef and ale house will also place host to Susan Gillespie, who will be performing at noon.

Over in Maplewood at the St. James’s Gate Publick House, located at 167 Maplewood Ave, things start a bit earlier in the morning for owner John Meade and his staff.

“What we’ve been doing for the last five years is opening at 8 o’clock in the morning,” Meade said. “A lot of people take the direct line into the city so we usually get 70 to 80 people for breakfast and a pint or two for the day. We have a couple of bagpipers come in for breakfast.”

Two bagpipers are hired for the biggest day of the year for Meade’s establishment,  but the owner says anyone is welcome to come in and join in playing music.

St. James’s Gate boats 15 beers on tap, seven of which are from Ireland. Included in those is the newest addition of Kilkenny’s Irish Red, a beer that the pub is one of the first in the country to carry.

A place for traditional Irish cuisine, St. James’s Gate will have its usual Irish menu available. The pub ordered more than 500 pounds of corned beef in anticipation of the holiday, as well Irish soda bread imported directly from Ireland, and four different Irish cheeses that include Cashel Bleu and Kerry Gold.

“People don’t hear about Irish cheeses but they’re incredible,” Meade said.

Meade will also have approximately 30 people working throughout the day, a number he estimates is 20-30 percent more than a regular work day.

While both establishments have early start times, don’t expect early closings: both will close at two the following morning.

“It’s our biggest day of the year and it’s our biggest month of the year,” Meade said. “It’s like St. Patrick’s month.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


A Tale of Two Very Different Town Administrator Searches

Both Maplewood and South Orange are looking for new town administrators at the same time, a rare occurrence.

And their approaches couldn’t be any more different.

Maplewood, whose long-time administrator Joseph Manning is retiring May 31, launched its search last month the old-fashioned way: hiring a recruiting firm and letting them do the heavy lifting (or more appropriately the ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link:

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!


Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Teens Arrested for Theft from Auto

February 20, 2018

February 12 - Theft; A resident from Burroughs Way reported that sometime over the past day, a snow blower was stolen from an open garage.

February 17- Theft from Auto; At approximately 5:15 p.m., two males were observed going through vehicles on Hillcrest Rd.  Officers responded to the area and were able to locate two males fitting the description. The males, 18 year ...

South Orange Police Blotter - Two Arrested for Robbery in South Orange

Adult Arrest - Robbery - Shawn Ray Newsome, a 20 year old Newark resident and a 17 year old juvenile were arrested on Saturday, Feb. 3, at approximately 10:45 p.m. for robbery. Two male victims reported that as they were walking on South Orange Ave near the Newark border, they were approached by three actors (described as black males wearing dark clothing and black masks) who ...

Blood Drives in SOMA: Maplewood on Feb. 22 and South Orange on Feb. 26

February 19, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Due to winter storms and flu disrupting blood donations, the Red Cross is urging donors to donate and help maintain blood supply, according to a press release from the organization.

In January, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, ...

Maplewood Seniors Enjoy a Visit from Alfalfa the Alpaca on Valentine's Day

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - If you were at the Maplewood Senior Center on Wednesday - which happened to be Valentine's Day - you would have seen the somewhat unusual sight of an alpaca. Alfalfa the Alpaca to be precise.


The visit from Alfalfa was the first in the "creature comfort" series from the Maplewood Recreation Department.


Maplewood Recreation Director Melissa ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, February 23, 12:00 PM

St. Andrew & Holy Communion Parish Hall, South Orange

Lenten Friday Fish Fry Dinners

Food & Drink


Fri, February 23, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Fri, February 23, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink


Fri, February 23, 7:30 PM

Maplewood Middle School Auditorium, Maplewood

Maplewood Middle School Presents Rogers & ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Indictment Handed Down in Millburn Carjacking

February 21, 2018

TRENTON, NJ – An indictment was handed down in the November carjacking in Millburn where a 13-year old girl was allegedly grabbed by the neck and the suspect threatened to kill her. 

The 11-count state grand jury indictment charges Ahmed Anthony, 30, of Newark with conspiracy, carjacking, robbery and making terroristic threats among other charges. The conspiracy in the first-degree ...

Illegal South Ward Rooming House Closed for Life-Threatening Conditions, 12 Relocated

Newark, NJ—An illegal rooming house in Newark's South Ward has been shuttered and 12 people relocated after Newark fire inspectors discovered life-threatening conditions inside the property on Friday.

Newark Fire Inspectors responded after citizen complaints to a one-family house at 46-48 Van Ness Place and found “deplorable conditions” inside the ...

Shouts of Racial Slurs Bring Police to Sparta Theatre

February 21, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta police were called to the New Vision Sparta Theater on Sunday night because of a woman shouting slurs in a screening of Black Panther.

Former New Jersey Assembly candidate Michael Grace was in the theater when two people started yelling racial slurs including “look at these ‘n-word’” and “can you believe these ...

Police: 15-Year-Old Westfield Boy Arrested in Strong Arm Robbery, Car Theft

WESTFIELD, NJ — A 15-year-old Westfield boy has been charged in the assault and robbery of another teen and, separately, car theft, according to Westfield police.

The boy, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was first arrested Jan. 9, along with a 16-year-old boy from Newark, when the two were caught by police Newark with a stolen Dodge Charger from ...

Tullamore Dew Whiskey Dinner at St. James's Gate in Maplewood on Feb. 27

February 21, 2018

Join Tullamore Dew and St. James's Gate for a 5 course whiskey dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

5 courses with 5 whiskies.

The menu is as follows:

Sea Urchin 2 ways
Scallop crudo in shell
Whiskey injected oysters
Squid ink gnocchi, head on prawn and kobe beef
Whiskey creme Anglaise filled chocolate dipped ricotta doughnut

Call 973-378-2222 to reserve your ...

SOMA Film Festival to Host World and US Premieres

For the first time in it's three year history, SOMA Film Festival will be offering films that will be seen for the first time ever in America, and the world. 

The first of the two world premieres is the profound Fatherhood, a documentary feature about young people from Memphis, LA, New York and London that speak the truth about their absent fathers and perform music videos of original ...

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ List

Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking number 74 in its 10th consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

It is the only health care delivery system from New Jersey, and the top-ranked New Jersey based company on the ...