If you're planning on pairing any of those activities with the consumption of alcohol – or perhaps simply planning on making the consumption of alcohol an activity in and of itself – perhaps you should take a moment and read some advice we collected from a few New York City bartenders about how to properly comport oneself on St. Paddy's Day.
"Have your money, or card, out and ready when I fill your order. It's going to be three deep at the bar and I'm trying to serve everyone as fast as I can. Don't make me wait on you."
– Dan, bartender, Idle Hands
"Bring a minimal amount of personal belongings. A 'holiday' isn't an excuse to act like an a––. Bar staff isn't responsible for you, you're responsible for you. Also, shamrock gear and big green hats make you look like a tool; wear a tasteful green sweater or green socks or something, if you must. I'll be drinking at home on St. Patrick's Day, like I do on any other day."
– Lucille, Niagara
"Don't ask me to 'kiss you because you're Irish.' Don't be shocked when I cut you off for your own good."
– Anne, Barn
We also asked Reddit's r/bartenders subreddit for advice. Here was our favorite answer, courtesy of user hutchero:
1. Pace yourself. It's a marathon, not a sprint.
2. Be patient. Pubs will be busier, so it'll take longer to get served.
3. Don't talk Irish politics; I've seen things kick off very quickly on this topic. See also the "Irish car bomb" drink – would you order something called a "Fallujah car bomb?"
4. Maudlinly sing 'Danny Boy' at closing time.
Lucille also gave us some tips on local spots for St. Paddy's if you're in N.Y.C. for the holiday:
"McSorley's will be packed, but it's the oldest pub in the city. Bull McCabe's on St. Marks, or Desmond's Tavern. The best place to find actual Irish folk? Sunnyside, Queens: Just look up Irish pubs in that neighborhood."
Whatever your plans are, have fun, stay safe and enjoy yourself responsibly!