Other than a good whisky to accompany your favourite stout, one of the best ways to enjoy a Guinness is with a traditional Irish music session, or Trad as it’s often referred to. Traditional Irish music seisiúns (The Irish word for “session” is seisiún are mostly informal gatherings, usually at an Irish pub, where musicians turn out and play some Irish Trad.

Below is a list of all traditional Irish music sessions nyc. If we have missed any out then please let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

Last update: March 16th 2017

**St. Paddy’s 2017 Live music**

For St. Patrick’s weekend 2017 we’ve compiled a list of live Irish music/ seisiúns below. Some of the regular sessions in our list may be cancelled or the times changed. This weekend we recommend calling in advance to confirm our regular listed sessions are going ahead.

FRIDAY 17th:
Jameson’s Revenge, Shilelagh Law @ Connolly’s Klub 45 – midtown from 1pm
Tony Bhoy Ray Band @ The Dugout – Woodside from 6pm
Mary Courtney @ An Beal Bocht Cafe – Riverdale from 7pm
Trad Music @ O’Donoghue’s Pub – Midtown from 9pm

Brian McCarthy & Friends seisiún @ Kelly Ryan’s Pub – Bronx from 6pm
Sean McCabe @ The Dugout – Woodside from 7pm
Patrick Madden, Mary Courtney, Friends Irish Music @ St. Andrew’s Bar from 9pm
Trad Music @ O’Donoghue’s Pub – Midtown frpm 10pm

SUNDAY 19th:
Sebastian MacLochlainn & Friends @ Fraunces Tavern – Financial District from 3:30pm
Kevin Mc Cormack and paddy glynn @ The Dugout – Woodside from 4pm
Dawn Doherty & Friends @ JP Clarke’s Saloon – Yonkers from 4pm
John Redmond, Sean Tierney Trad seisiún @ An Beal Bocht – Riverdale 4-7pm
Mary Courtney & Patrick Madden @ Le Cheile – 181st & Cabrini Blvd 5-8pm
Banter Irish Bar seisiún – Forest Hills, Qns from 5pm
The Halfway Line Bar seisiún – Astoria, Qns- from 5pm
The Dead Rabbit Trad seisiún – Financial District from 6pm
The Wren seisiún – Bowery from 7pm
Ireland the Band @ Keane’s – Woodlawn 4pm
Tony DeMarco @ 11th St Bar – Trad Music 10pm



An Beal Bocht Cafe 445 W. 238th St. (bet. Waldo & Greystone Ave.) Riverdale, Bronx, NY (718) 884-7127 Every Sunday, 4-7pm. No cover

Le Cheile 839 W181st , Washington Heights, Manhattan. (212) 740 3111 Every second Sunday.
Mary Courtney & Patrick 5-8pm. No cover.

O’Briens (46th St bet Broadway & 6thAve) (212) 391-1516. Every second Sunday.
Mary Courtney & Patrick 5-8pm. No cover.

The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern 54 Pearl St. (Broad St.) New York, NY (212) 968-1776.
Session: 5pm-8pm. No cover.

Cuckoo’s Nest 6104 Woodside Ave. Woodside , NY. (718) 426-5684.
Session Sundays: 5pm-8pm. No Cover.

The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog 30 Water Street, NYC (646) 422 7906. Every Sunday 6-9pm. A rotating list of players on pipes, fiddles, guitars, and vocals, so it’s a new show every week! No Cover.

The Long hall 58 East 34th Street, Bet Park & Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016. (646) 455-0777 Every Sunday from 4pm with the Bleedin’ Shamrocks.





The Crooked Knife (29 East 30th St. bet Madison & Park Ave) (212) 696-2593.
Mary Courtney & Donie Ryan 5-9pm. No cover.

Landmark Tavern 626 Eleventh Ave. (46th St.) New York, NY (212) 247-2562.
Session at The Landmark Tavern, Mondays 8pm with Don Meade and friends. No cover.




Slainte 304 Bowery, New York, NY 10012. (212) 253-7030 No cover.

Swift 34 E. 4th St. (between Bowery & Lafayette) New York, NY (212) 260-3600.
9pm – 1am.  No cover charge.

Rocky Sullivan’s 34 Van Dyke St. (Dwight St.), Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY (718) 246-8050
10pm.  Come early for lessons. Chris Byrne teaches beginner tin whistle class.




The Gramercy House Third Ave. between 21st & 22nd street. Every Wednesday hosted by Jameson’s Revenge. All musicians are encouraged to come along and join in. 7pm onwards.

The Long hall 58 East 34th Street, Bet Park & Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016. (646) 455-0777 Every Wednesday from 7:30pm with the Bleedin’ Shamrocks.




Paddy Reilly’s 519 Second Ave. (29th St.) (212) 686-1210 Irish Culture Night. Live Irish music session and Irish dance jam hosted by Niall O’Leary (hardshoes, piano accordion, keyboards and spoons) Every Thursday night join Niall for a night of Irish music and dance jammin’. All musicians, singers and dancers welcome. No cover charge 10:30pm – 1am




An Beal Bocht Cafe 445 W. 238th St. (bet. Waldo & Greystone Ave.) Riverdale, Bronx, NY (718) 884-7127 Mary Courtney 6-8pm

The Long hall 58 East 34th Street, Bet Park & Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016. (646) 455-0777 Every Friday from 8pm – 11pm



St. Andrew’s 140 W. 46th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave.) (212) 840-8413 live Celtic music with Donie Ryan,  Mary Courtney & Patrick 9pm – 1am. No cover.

Lillie’s 13 E. 17th St. (bet. Broadway & Fifth Ave.) New York, NY (212) 337-1970. No cover charge

Niall’s on 52nd 218 E. 52nd St. (between Second & Third Ave.), New York, NY. (212) 888-4648.
9.30pm-12.30am with Bernadette Fee and friends. No Cover.


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4 Responses

  1. Lynn

    You should update your link. Paddy Reilly’s doesn’t have Irish music on Tuesdays. Disappointed to arrive only to discover that 🙁

    • Best Guinness NYC

      Hi Lynn, We do apologize for this disappointment, we do try to keep up to date with the latest sessions around the city , but on this occasion that wasn’t the case. Did you at least stay for a Guinness? How was it?


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