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Parting Glass named among world's best Irish pubs

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The Parting Glass in Saratoga has long been viewed as one of the Capital Region's best spots to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, the popular pub is now garnering some worldwide attention.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – "We planned on it. From day one, we had it all worked out,” said Joan Desadora, founder and owner of The Parting Glass. “We knew it was going to be this successful. I went in with a lot of confidence and haven't teetered from it."

From the moment she opened the doors for the first time on Saint Patrick's Day in 1982, Desadora knew she had a hit with her pub and restaurant in Saratoga Springs. 32 years later, her loyal customers are still filling The Parting Glass up.

"I've been coming here since the day it opened 32 years ago, great place,” said Saratoga Springs resident Tony Riggio.

"You feel like a member of the family when you come here,” said Tom Prusinowski, who moved to Saratoga about a year after the pub opened. “So, it's very nice."

Built on the staples of good food, great music and frothy beers, the Parting Glass has long been a Spa City staple, especially on the always festive weekend the pub celebrates its birthday.

"It's the only place to be, the only place to be," said Prusinowski of Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

"Can you tell I'm glowing?” Desadora joked. “I'm excited. 32 years and I'm still excited. The pans of corned beef have been boiling away for a week!"

While the secret has long been out locally, the pub is now garnering worldwide recognition.

Last month, the readers of the magazine "Ireland of the Welcomes," which claims to be the world’s most read subscription based publication for Irish readers, voted the Parting Glass third best Irish pub in the world.

"I'll tell you, I was speechless, I just went blank,” Desadora said. “Is that possible?"

While some might call it "Luck of the Irish," Desadora is quick to point out she's never strayed from the model that made the pub a success in the first place. It's no surprise her customers agree.

"I've been known to hit a few Irish pubs all around the place and this ranks up there with the best," Riggio said.

"It's just a nice place to be and we love it," Prusinowski said.

"This building and these walls are old and the feeling is here,” Desadora said. “When you walk in, no matter which room you walk in, it's a feeling.”

The Parting Glass’ Saint Patrick’s Day celebration begins Sunday morning with a traditional Irish breakfast, with step dancers set to perform at Noon.

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