Pub Crawl

The long-awaited day is finally almost here—a day of shamrocks, green beer, parades and leprechauns guarding their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. There’s no denying that everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day. So come out and enjoy a meal of authentic corned beef and wash it down with a cold, smooth Guinness. Here are some of the best pubs in and around Greenwich, with unbeatable atmospheres that undoubtedly keep Irish traditions alive.

 

MacDuff’s Public House

While MacDuff’s Public House offers an authentic Scottish pub atmosphere, any Celtic-inspired bar of this quality is the ultimate place to be on Saint Patrick’s Day. The friendly gathering place, which was started by the Sievwright brothers of Aberdeen, Scotland, offers its visitors traditional pub fare in the heart of Greenwich. Dedicated to upholding the country’s roots, the pub exudes a cozy atmosphere with live bagpipers clad in kilts, popular brunch specials and corned beef and cabbage…all year round! Be sure to check out their menu here.

 

Little Pub

Relax by the fire with a bottle of wine or your favorite craft beer at Little Pub—a rustic neighborhood gathering spot for all to enjoy. Perfectly combining a lively European pub atmosphere with a distinct coziness and warmth, this beloved restaurant in town is always bursting with positive energy, good food and stellar service, not to mention great company, too!

 

The Ginger Man

Located right on Greenwich Ave, The Ginger Man is the place to be for Fish and Chips on Saint Patrick’s Day, or any day, for that matter. The menu includes a wide variety of American and Irish-inspired choices, from a quick burger to delicious full-course meals, as well as an impressive global selection of beers. Between its welcoming, intimate ambiance and prime location right in the heart of town, it’s no wonder this pub is so popular. Hungry visitors can even order up a Guinness beef stew!

 

Tigín Irish Pub

Tigín is the Irish word for “small cottage,” which wholly describes the environment of this Celtic-inspired pub in Stamford. Encompassing both modern and traditional values, Tigín aims to provide a comforting escape for enjoying European sports, weekly trivia nights, authentic Irish dishes and, of course, incredible Saint Patrick’s Day parties with live music, beer and everything green. Click here for upcoming tickets and event details.

 

Center Street Public House

Faithfully following the original purpose of Irish pubs, Center Street Public House is all about creating a casual meeting place for friends and neighbors to socialize over a beer or whiskey and good food. Aiming to serve as the heart of the community, the pub invites all to raise their glasses for a toast to the past, present and future, and enjoy every moment to the fullest. This is certainly not hard to do, given the vast array of authentic Irish dishes on the menu, including a traditional Irish breakfast, served at any time. Love the smooth, rich taste of Guinness? This Irish staple makes for a wide variety of enjoyable drink combinations. Click here to see what Center Street Pub recommends.

 

Cheers!

Hot on the Scene

Do the cold, dark days of winter leave you perfectly content snuggling up on the couch with your favorite blanket and the Netflix remote? Making plans with friends and going out just seems like too much effort when everything necessary is right beside you in the warm, cozy confines of home. If this sounds all too familiar, chances are you may have a case of the Winter Blues. Find the cure this year by heading out to one of these five local social spots throughout Greenwich.  Between the parks, activities and variety of restaurants, chances are, you’ll be glad you did.

A Walk in the Park

Although it’s winter, a walk on the beach can be just what you need. Greenwich Point Park, a multiple-use recreational park on a peninsula jutting into the Long Island Sound, is a popular spot for coastal activities during the summer. The winter, though, offers a whole new perspective for its brave visitors willing to face the cold—a peaceful, natural sanctuary ideal for a walk with a friend or loved one, while overlooking flocks of waterfowl that rest and feed here. The park also features a network of trails that weave among the woods, marshes, groves, gardens and constantly changing yet always beautiful shoreline of the Gold Coast.

Looking to make new friends this winter? Stop by Grass Island Dog Park with your canine companion for some pup-friendly socialization. Having an adorable dog by your side is the perfect way to strike up a conversation. The park offers two fenced-in areas for dogs to run and play, depending upon their size.

A Healthy Good Morning

Start your day off the right way! Enjoy real food at The Granola Bar, a healthy, casual dining spot great for breakfast and lunch. Using local and organic ingredients with no fryer or stovetop, The Granola Bar is committed to serving high-quality food, with opportunities for patrons to build their own perfect meal. With established locations in Greenwich and Westport, and more to soon open in Stamford and Rye, New York, this popular café is clearly worth a try. Contact that friend you’ve been meaning to call, and make plans to catch up while nourishing yourselves with delicious, savory food in an all-around friendly neighborhood setting. Visit The Granola Bar’s website here to learn more, and see its unique menu offerings.

Happy Hour Is Always a Good Idea

“Happy Hour” got its name for a reason—it’s happy. It’s a surefire way to escape the monotony of winter after a long day at work. It may seem easier to promise your coworkers “next time,” and, instead, indulge in your own bottle of wine that’s been sitting around on the counter at home calling your name. But there’s no denying that Greenwich has a wealth of warm and welcoming bar spots for a positive end to the day. Little Pub, located on East Putnam Avenue, offers delicious food, great drinks and a lively pub atmosphere that will have you feeling right at home in no time. Its especially easy to appreciate during the cold, winter months, for its rustic, cottage style and centrally located fireplace.

The Ginger Man is another place to visit, either for Happy Hour or late into the night with friends. Offering scrumptious pub food and an endless beer list, this restaurant is comfortable and inviting. And yes, there’s a fireplace, too!

Embrace the Season

Another way to beat those winter blues is to embrace seasonal activities. For those who are unaware, retired American figure skater and 1976 Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill, was raised in Riverside. She trained here, before New York City, Lake Placid and Toronto. In honor of her local legacy, Greenwich formed the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink, which is now in its 45th year of operation. Open to town residents only, the skating facility offers lessons, leagues, competitions, general sessions and more. Picture it now—that cute hat and scarf, and two pairs of mittens hand-in-hand, as you glide gracefully beside your loved one. Up for a winter date, anyone?

Shopping Therapy

Perhaps one of Greenwich’s most well-known destination is The Avenue, lined with high-end shops. Call the gals and spend time together, while also splurging that cute Kate Spade bag you’ve been wanting, or that navy Shep shirt from Vineyard Vines. Greenwich Avenue holds its highly regarded, distinct reputation for a reason. From its independent boutiques and eateries to its well-established shops, such as Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, there’s always a buzz here.

Get Fit and Fundraise

 

It’s officially a new year—a fresh start, the opportunity to achieve a new you. While countless resolutions are made, one goal seems to always remain a constant year-in and year-out, leading individuals to lace up those crisp, vibrant sneakers, and hit the gym. This time, though, why not shake things up a bit? There are several ways to embrace a healthy and all-around positive lifestyle in 2017 for both yourself and others. Keep your workouts interesting and extra meaningful this year by participating in one of these upcoming fitness fundraising events happening in a town near you.

Join the Battle: Cycle for Survival at Equinox Greenwich

 Join the movement to beat rare cancers with Cycle for Survival, an annual series of indoor team cycling events, where more than 31,000 riders and 200,000 donors come together for a common cause. The annual fundraiser that sweeps the nation every February and March with sweat, tears, inspiration and hope, began in 2007, raising more than $105 million. All donations fund rare cancer studies, clinical trials and major research initiatives led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), which owns and operates Cycle for Survival. The peddling crusade’s founding partner, Equinox, leads riders in 16 cities across the country, and will once again host our region’s event at its location in Greenwich on February 12th, 2017.

“Cycle for Survival brings people together,” comments longtime Greenwich rider, Heather Northrop.  “It has become an incredibly important community to me, full of passionate individuals who ride with hope and determination, all while having fun and getting a little sweaty in the process.”

In 2010, Heather’s life changed forever when her seemingly healthy 57-year-old mother, Linda, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Linda began treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, enduring three years of aggressive chemotherapy before losing her battle to the rare disease in 2013. Upon learning about Cycle for Survival from a family friend, Heather and her family formed “Team Teal,” the color of ovarian cancer awareness. For the past six years, the Northrops have used this event to generate support for a cause that is near and dear to their hearts. “I’ve been incredibly humbled by the support from my close friends and family, along with the entire Cycle for Survival community,” adds Heather. “My mom was treated at MSK, and her doctors are part of a team that is making real strides in the battle against rare cancers. They are some of the smartest and most compassionate people I have ever met. I am forever grateful for the care they provided my mom, and the dedication they continue to bring to their work every day.”  Join Heather and her family this February as they honor Linda, and unite with others affected by cancer in an inspiring day of shared strength.

For more information on the Cycle for Survival fundraising event in Greenwich, including registration details and donation opportunities, please visit its website here.

Keep your resolutions going…all year long!

Being aware of upcoming fitness benefits in your community is a wonderful way to stay true to those healthy goals for 2017. Signing up provides something to work towards—a reason to stay in shape physically, motivated by the quest to give back. Here are a few more ways to actively get involved this year.

Greenwich Walk/Run for Hope—Sunday, April 2th, 2017

Help raise money for CancerCare, a professional group dedicated to providing free emotional and practical support to those affected by cancer. Grab your running shoes and head over to Greenwich Point Park for a special 5K event, which welcomes teams of runners, walkers and individual participants. Click here to learn more, and register today.  You can also donate to the Greenwich Walk/Run for Hope here.


HSS Greenwich Cup Half Marathon—Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Take in the coastal sights and sounds of Greenwich at the annual HSS Greenwich Cup Half Marathon, a series benefitting American Red Cross, the Department of Parks & Recreation and Greenwich Point Conservancy. This race begins at Greenwich Point Park, following a scenic route through town.


CT Challenge—July 28-29, 2017

The CT Challenge bike ride serves as a main source of funding for the Connecticut Challenge Center for Survivorship, a non-profit organization that provides assistance and resources for cancer survivors.  The cycling event, which includes several routes for riders to choose from ranging from 10 to 100 miles, will be held on July 28 and 29, 2017, with bike rides beginning from the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport. Join the challenge now! Visit the CT Challenge website here for more details on the ride, as well as volunteer and donation opportunities.

Keep your eye out…JoyRide Cycling + Fitness, with locations in Westport, Darien, Wilton and Ridgefield, hosts frequent fundraising rides supporting numerous local charitable organizations. Be sure to visit the studio’s “events” page to see what’s happening throughout the year.

Here’s to a successful year of fitness and fundraising!