Patch readers know where to get great corned beef, a cold ale or simply a friendly atmosphere to hang out with friends while they celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
After a week-long poll, readers in Essex County chose several fun local places where they plan to enjoy the holiday.
One of the favorite places was in Montclair—a no frills, cash-only establishment that plans to sell 250 pounds of corned beef on Saturday and feature an Irish band starting at 4 p.m.
A little less than 15 minutes away is the in Caldwell, a family-friendly pub on Bloomfield Avenue that opened in 1933 and is known for its wide selection of beers. Bagpipers will be joining in the celebration on Saturday.
Also along the Bloomfield Avenue corridor is in Verona, which may be modest inside but boasts a generous Irish spirit.
in Maplewood Village ran away with our Readers' Choice poll this week on the best place to spend St. Patrick's Day in Maplewood.
McGovern's Tavern in Newark, a fixture on New Street, dating back to 1936, was a favorite among Newark readers, while residents of Belleville, cheered for , a family-owned tavern, well-known for its "Jersey wings."
Also chosen as a favorite among residents of the West Essex area was , a bar known for its dark Guinness ale and a selection of Irish whiskey and single-malt Scotch, and on Millburn Avenue in Maplewood, which boasts several TVs for ample sports watching.
The hot spot for St. Patrick’s Day South Orange is located at 12 W. South Orange Ave., while folks in West Orange said they plan to get their corned beef and cabbage at , a neighborhood pub opened in 1976.
And in Bloomfield, fans said Obal's Inn on Broad Street—which is open seven days a week and is well-known for its ribs—is a St. Patrick's Day favorite.
Stay tuned for next week's Reader's Choice Poll...and in the meantime, enjoy your St. Patrick's Day.