From left, Giuliana Rossetti, 11, her mother, Tina Rossetti, sister Isabella Rossetti, 13, and Kyra O Connell, 13, all of Dracut, and Sophia Harrington, 9,
From left, Giuliana Rossetti, 11, her mother, Tina Rossetti, sister Isabella Rossetti, 13, and Kyra O Connell, 13, all of Dracut, and Sophia Harrington, 9, of Pelham, N.H. (Don t worry, Rossetti family. Everyone s Irish on St. Patrick s Day.) SUN/Julia Malakie

DRACUT -- If you're looking for a heaping serving of corned beef and cabbage, a sip or two of Jameson and Guinness (for the 21-and-over crowd, of course), and a place to pretend your Irish for a day, Paddy's Ale House is the place to be.

A recent contest run by The Sun to find the favorite spot to spend St. Patrick's Day -- rapidly approaching this Saturday -- ended with Paddy's Ale House as the winner.

St. Patrick's Day at Paddy's is set to start Saturday at 1 p.m., and finish 12 hours later, Sunday at 1 a.m., with traditional Irish tunes being played throughout. The kitchen will be preparing $8 plates of corned beef for customers on one of the biggest days of the year at Paddy's Ale House and many other local pubs.

From left, Olivia MacDonald of Dracut, her boyfriend, Sean McKenzie of Lowell, and Stefani Dehney and her boyfriend, Michael Gregory, both of Dracut.
From left, Olivia MacDonald of Dracut, her boyfriend, Sean McKenzie of Lowell, and Stefani Dehney and her boyfriend, Michael Gregory, both of Dracut. SUN/Julia Malakie

Last Saturday, with the countdown to St. Patrick's Day underway, Paddy's was bustling -- as it tends to be on the weekend.

"It's a ton of fun, good service, great food," said Peggy Milisci of Nashua, N.H., who noted that the Irish bar and restaurant on Lakeview Avenue has become a regular destination for her and her husband, Brian.

"The waitstaff, the clientele -- it's a good crowd," Brian Milisci said.

Another pair of regulars are Joe Davis, 24, and Steph Gosselin, 23, of Tyngsboro.


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From left, siblings Paul Hanson of Groveland and Jodi Bomba of Haverhill, with Peter Mitchell of Lowell. SUN/Julia Malakie
From left, siblings Paul Hanson of Groveland and Jodi Bomba of Haverhill, with Peter Mitchell of Lowell. SUN/Julia Malakie
They're there about three nights a week and plan to be among the St. Patrick's Day crowd.

"I'd be lost without this place," Gosselin said. "Since I turned 21, I've been coming here. It's a big family."

Jennifer Stec, who has worked behind the bar since Paddy's opened three years ago, she'll be on duty for the St. Patrick's Day celebration -- and happy to do so.

"Everyone around here gets along so well," Stec said. "I've worked in a lot of places, and this has some really positive energy.

A cheeseburger and a reuben, but you’ll see more corned beef come Saturday. SUN/Julia Malakie
A cheeseburger and a reuben, but you'll see more corned beef come Saturday. SUN/Julia Malakie
Great customers. Great owners."

On Saturday, as owner Barry Myers stood to the side talking about his beloved business, a man walked by and shook his hand without breaking stride.

"I love being in the restaurant business," said Myers, pointing out his love for the people.

He operated a bar in Londonderry, N.H., before selling it. The Dracut resident and his wife, Patty -- hence the name "Paddy's" Ale House -- opened the bar and restaurant in March 2015.

"I know it's an overused analogy, but it's like the 'Cheers' of Dracut," Myers said. "I know everybody in here. Everybody knows your name."

Paddy's Ale House is located at 1629 Lakeview Ave.

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