Not *technically* Irish?
Not to worry!
The Valley has everything you need to paint the town green this St Patrick’s Day.
St Patrick’s Day 101
Celebrated every year on 17 March, this annual religious and cultural feast day marks the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Sounds a little macabre but have you ever been to an Irish wake…?
Party like the Irish
The hottest ticket to toast St Paddy in the Valley this year is the Murphy’s Pigs Spectacular at The Fortitude Music Hall on 20 March. The Murphy’s Pigs gig promises to bring the craic to the Valley with rollicking Celtic-rock tunes that include old favourites and contemporary ditties. Tap your feet along to the Celtic dance stylings of The Piglets and get swept up in the whiskey-soaked mirth, revelry and shenanigans at this knee-slapping shindig. Book your tickets for Murphy’s Pigs Spectacular here.
Dress like the Irish
Irish folklore says green attire is the go because leprechauns can’t see people dressed in that colour, so won’t try to pinch them! Green your outfit with a trip to Dollars & Sense in McWhirters or I-Life Factory on Brunswick Street for some themed costumes, from leprechaun hats to shamrock-festooned accessories.
Eat like the Irish
The Sound Garden gets the craic going and Irish eyes smiling on 13 March with a live Irish band and DJ, plus themed menu and drink specials, including St Paddy’s Day cocktails. Eire heads can also book a table at St Paddy’s Day @ The Prince Consort on 17 March for a full Irish party complete with a traditional menu and music with the Dublin festivities live on the stadium screen.
Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick Street goes all out with a month-long lineup of Celtic celebrations and pub grub that’ll satisfy the hungriest leprechaun. Enjoy a feast of bangers, Irish champ potatoes and a half-pint of Guinness for $28 throughout March. The St Patrick’s Day menu drops on 13 March with Irish pipers and dancers on site on 17 March, to be sure.
Also on March 17, St Patrick’s Day @ RG’s has a mid-week, knees-up shindig with live music, Kilkenny on tap and Irish-inspired cuisine straight from the Emerald Isle.
Drink like the Irish
There’s more to Ireland than Guinness, so down some other homegrown bevvies such as creamy ales and Irish whiskeys. Head to Savile Row to sample their selection of popular and rare Irish whiskeys, or drop into Prince Cellars for classic Irish malt whiskeys including Jameson, Bushmills and The Irishman, Proper 12 blended whiskey, as well as experimental styles such as Method of Madness. You can also find Kilkenny for a creamy Irish brew.
It’s rumoured that St Pat himself had his own personal brewer, so here’s cheers to that!
Image source: Pig 'N' Whistle
– March 2021