The day which commemorates Ireland’s patron saint is always a fun-filled affair in Australia as Irish people, those with Irish roots and Emerald Isle loving Aussies raise their pint glasses to him.
We’ve rounded up a list of places around Australia that you can go (sham)rock your green outfit and get amongst the action.
Whether you are looking for a family-friendly affair or something a little bit more rambunctious, this list has something for you.
From Irish Karaoke, visits from Mr Tayto, Irish pop trivia, whiskey tastings, Guinness in all its forms (Guinness Espresso Martini’s anyone?) to events featuring folk music, traditional dancing and full blown Irish festivals, cities around Australia will be in full swing on Friday 17 March.
No matter which of these activities you head to, the combination of entertainment, good company, drink specials and celebration all falling on a Friday will no doubt lead to the kind of happiness that will have you saying “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!”
The Sydney St Patrick’s Day Organisation are throwing Sydney a St. Patrick’s Day Green Gathering on Sunday 19 March 2017 at Prince Alfred Park.
For those that can’t wait, take your pick from any one of the pubs below that will well and truly be in the spirit.
- The Hero of Waterloo, Millers Point
- Maloney’s Hotel, Haymarket
- Porterhouse Irish Pub, Surry Hills
- The Mercantile, The Rocks
- PJ O’Brien’s, CBD
- Harts Pub, CBD
- Scruffy Murphy’s, Haymarket
- Trinity Bar, Surry Hills
- PJ Gallagher’s, CBD
- Jackson’s On George Street, CBD
- The Glenmore, The Rocks
- The Wild Rover, Surry Hills
- Dove and Olive, Surry Hills
- The Rag and Famish, North Sydney
- PJ Gallaghers, Leichardt
- Kelly’s on King, Newtown
- The Fiddler Hotel, Rouse Hill
- PJ Gallaghers, Parramatta
- Gaels Cultural and Sporting Club, Penrith
Not to be outdone by Sydney, Melbourne is getting its own Irish Festival on Sunday 19 March. There’s something for everyone from midday at Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy but again, if you’re keen to really celebrate on the day, there’s no shortage of venues around town to get your green on.
- Bridie O’Reillys, Brunswick
- The Snug, Brunswick
- Dan O’Connell Hotel, Carlton
- The Quiet Man, Flemington
- Drunken Poet, North Melbourne
- The Last Jar, Carlton
- The Limerick Arms, South Melbourne
- PJ O’Briens, Southbank
- Bridie O’Reillys, South Yarra
- The Elephant and Wheelbarrow, St Kilda
Getting started a little bit early, Brisbane will host a St Patrick’s Day Parade around the CBD, on Saturday 11 March for those that want to parade their Irish pride. Pubs around the city will also have music, entertainment and plenty of food and drinks specials.
- Mick O’Malley’s, CBD
- Irish Murphy’s, CBD
- Gilhooley’s, CBD
- Finn McCools, Fortitude Valley
- The Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains
- The Brunswick Hotel, New Farm
- Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Various
- Story Bridge Hotel, Kangaroo Point
The nation’s capital loves to get down and get green. The Canberra Irish Club are throwing an Irish Ball but if you are after something a bit more informal, check out the places below.
The story is no different over in the western side of Australia with Perth hosting a St Patrick’s Festival, including a parade and family fun day on Sunday 12 March.
- Rosie O’Gradys, Perth
- The Cure Tavern, Northbridge
- Durty Nellys Irish Pub, Perth
- The Woodbridge Hotel, Guilford
- The Mighty Quinn, Tuert Hill
- Woodvale Tavern, Woodvale
- Paddy Malones, Joondalup
- Paddy Maguires, Subiaco
- JB O’Reillys, Leederville
- Fibber McGee’s, Leederville
- Fenians Pub @The Novotel Langley, Perth
- Friar Tucks Restaurant, Wannanup
The Irish Australian Association in Adelaide are also starting the celebrations early with a St Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday 11 March, commencing from the corner of Grote Street and West Terrace and ending at Carrington Street. The party will continue at the Irish Club from 11am with dancing and music.
If you’re still looking for a pot of gold on the actual day, there are a few key places in the city you should visit:
- The Daniel O’Connell Hotel, North Adelaide
- Finn MacCools Irish Pub, Norwood
- PJ O’Briens Irish Pub, Adelaide
- Mick O’Sheas Irish Pub and Motel, Hackham
If you’re from Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to connect with others from home and celebrate everything you’ve missed.
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