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  • Hoboken 101: How to Survive Leprecon / Hoboken St. Patty’s Day {if You’re Participating}

    Green people out in droves. Lines all over. Covers for bars that normally are empty. Couples fighting wearing green antlers and shot glass necklaces…normal? On Leprecon Day {formerly known as Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day — or maybe St. Patty’s Day still?!}, it is.

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    While a lot of Hoboken residents complain about this type of debauchery,  if you’re in the right mood and with the right people, it’s not horrible. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! There are some tricks of the trade, however, which comes with experience.

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    You’ll be a boss in no time.

    Let’s just say some of the HG team members are seasoned St. Patrick’s Day Celebrators — so we thought we’d share how to survive the day:

    1. Eat a Big Carboloaded Breakfast

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    ^Champs and pizza works, if you’re in a pinch.

    You MUST eat beforehand. It’s a rule. Heavy on the bread. Not going gluten free on Leprecon, that’s for sure. Green bagels FTW.

    2. Try to Not to Be Ridiculous and Go Crazy within the First 4 Hours.

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    That includes {but isn’t limited to} limbo, green jungle juice, and the like.

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    3. Hydrate. And Eat. Again.

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    Water, Cocktail, Water, Cocktail. FOOD. Green bagels can be found at Bagels on Hudson, FYI.

    4. Drink in Moderation, Part 2.

    House party alternated with bar means that you have to break from guzzling cocktails in order to navigate your way to the next location. Going from Pilsener Haus to a party on 1st and Willow means a nice breath of fresh air and refreshment. Definitely a plus. We’d also opt AWAY from shots throughout the day. Liquor + day drinking never mix. Just don’t.

    5. Whatever You Do, Don’t Pee on CDs at Tunes.

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    Seriously, some idiot drunk girl actually did this one year. REALLY? Come on. It totally gives the rest of us who partake responsibly a bad name. What an idiot. CDs have a hard enough time getting sold withOUT pee on them.

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    It’s obnoxious.

    6. Eat a Good Dinner.

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    Depending on who you’re with, you can eat at a nice place or more of a dive/fast food joint. One year, we were all in relatively good shape around 6pm, so we opted for a delicious Italian dinner at Grimaldi’s, one of my favorites. It was soooo good. I ordered a calzone, and lots of pizza was shared. But, if your crew isn’t in tip top shape, we highly recommend calling it an evening and enjoying a night in with some pizza + water. You’ll thank us in the AM. Tony Boloney’s is also a great spot for some yummy pizza either way — delivery OR dine-in.

    6. Don’t Be Stupid. I Repeat, Don’t Be Stupid.

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    Add some Calvin Harris and Irish car bombs, and that’s bound to be a recipe for disaster.

     

    7. Don’t Wear Sunglasses at Night

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    It makes you look drunk. Even if 100% sober. Bouncers will be watching. In general, always opt for a hint of green, not a full out green suit. Like the girl I saw wearing a legitimate full-body shamrock outfit…that doesn’t give away that you’re going to be a totally slopfest later on. It’s all about moderation, isn’t it?

    8. Go to Bed at a Reasonable Hour

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    The darker it is, the more creepy stuff that goes on. Make sure you are safe and sound inside before it’s too late out. Let’s say 9pm is the witching hour. I was in my pjs by 10pm – that’s a record for even a weeknight! How about you?

    9. Get a Delicious Brunch in the AM

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    Brunch is a must. Recap + delicious food = necessity.

    How do you survive St. Patty’s Day? Hunker down or try to blend in? Will you be partaking in festivities?

    HG Disclaimer: This article is used for entertainment only. HobokenGirl.com provides this information to the public, and it does not condone drinking and driving or excessive alcohol consumption. You must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages.

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    Jen is the editor, founder, and main blogger behind HobokenGirl.com. When she moved to Hoboken several years ago, Jen found that there wasn't much out there for 50% of the population: women. Now she's on a mission to bring the best of the best lifestyle topics and anything else girly, Hoboken-centric, or Jerseylicious that you need to know. When not blogging, taking photos {www.JenniferCasson.com}, or working her {9-5} job, you can usually find Jen hanging with her husband and her French Bulldog Pierre, probably ordering takeout while watching some really bad reality TV and/or Law & Order SVU on Netflix.