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NYC bars: The oldest pubs to visit for St. Patrick's Day

This St. Patrick's Day, get historic.

Instead of just dropping into any old bar or pub and guzzling green beer, opt instead for one of NYC's older Irish bars.

Here are some to check out.

Molly's Shebeen, 1960

Molly's Shebeen is perhaps one of the coziest
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Molly's Shebeen is perhaps one of the coziest bars in the city. There's a wood-burning fireplace, sawdust on the floor and convivial vibes in the air. 287 Third Ave., mollysshebeen.com

Landmark Tavern, 1868

The Landmark is one of the oldest businesses
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The Landmark is one of the oldest businesses in the city, and is located almost as far west as you can get in Manhattan. It's old-fashioned and jovial inside, just what you want from a serious drinking establishment. You can also get some delicious Irish pub grub, from bangers and mash to corned beef and cabbage. 626 11th Ave., thelandmarktavern.com

Irish Haven, 1964

This Sunset Park bar was visited by The
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This Sunset Park bar was visited by The New York Times this summer, which found that the bar was surviving amidst a changing neighborhood. Sunset Park was once home to many Irish immigrants and is now home to Chinese and Mexican immigrants. But still the bar is patronized. Definitely check this spot out, if not on St. Patrick's Day, then sometime soon. Also, it opens at 8 a.m. Oh, and also, some scenes from Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" were filmed here. 5721 Fourth Ave., 718-439-9803

P.J. Clarke's, 1884

The original acclaimed P.J. Clarke's bar opened in
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The original acclaimed P.J. Clarke's bar opened in 1884. Today there are locations all over the country and even in Brazil but the original is still open and is the best to visit. (It played a large role in the first season of "Mad Men.") 915 Third Ave., pjclarkes.com

Donovan's Pub, 1966

Donovan's in Woodside is a beloved drinking establishment
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Donovan's in Woodside is a beloved drinking establishment but also home to one of the best burgers in New York City. Called the BBQ (Best Burger in Queens) 'n Beyond, do you really need any other reasons to head out to Woodside on St. Patrick's Day? Or any day? 57-24 Roosevelt Ave., donovansny.com

Farrell's, 1933

The sign outside this Windsor Terrace mainstay advertises
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The sign outside this Windsor Terrace mainstay advertises the joint as a bar and grill, but that is a holdover from a time passed. This South Brooklyn watering hole is one of the oldest bars, if not the oldest, in the borough and it's beloved by both newcomers and old-timers. 215 Prospect Park West, 718-788-8779

Parnell's, 1968

Parnell's is the white tablecloth version of an
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Parnell's is the white tablecloth version of an Irish pub, which makes sense considering the neighborhood in which it's located. This spot is actually more restaurant than bar, though there is a bar-bites menu and the food sounds tasty. You can even get the ultimate combo: tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. 350 E. 53rd St., parnellsnyc.com

Pig 'N' Whistle, 1969

The Pig 'N' Whistle opened on 48th Street
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The Pig 'N' Whistle opened on 48th Street in 1969. Though the original location is now a Five Guys, there are four other locations that have opened since, one just up the block. So the history is there, just maybe not exactly where you're standing. Pictured: 202 W. 36th St., pignwhistleon36th.com

McSorley's Old Ale House, 1854

McSorley's Old Ale House is known for two
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McSorley's Old Ale House is known for two things: admitting only men until 1970 and pouring house made suds in two types: light and dark. Also, the cheese plate (which is not at all fancy) comes with raw onions. Amazing. 15 E. 7th St., 212-473-9148.

Liedy's Shore Inn, 1905

Liedy's Shore Inn on Staten Island just celebrated
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Liedy's Shore Inn on Staten Island just celebrated 110 years in business this past summer. According to the Staten Island Advance, bag pipers were in attendance at the celebration for the neighborhood bar, which has been used as a location in Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" video and in the movie "A Bronx Tale." 748 Richmond Terrace. New Brighton, 718-447-9240

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