You gotta love the Irish. They introduced to the world such amazing things as: Yeats, boycotts, Halloween and Liam Neeson (memes). They also represent a fair chunk of Australia’s population. It’s estimated over two million people identified as having some sort of Irish ancestry. So, when it comes to St Patrick’s Day, it’s your right, nay, your duty, to celebrate your Celtic ancestry.
It doesn’t have to be green Guinness, leprechaun hats and being merry…even though a sprinkling of tradition never goes astray.
There’s a myriad of ways you can pay your respects to the Emerald Isle.
Meat up with mates: With the days growing slowly shorter, Melbournians should make the most of the sunshine while they can. The Common Man are celebrating St Patrick’s Day this year by hosting a barbecue on the Common Man Lawn. Sausages and smoked meats aplenty, kick back with some meaty snacks and couple of pints of Guinness in the sunshine.
Breakfast pints are the most important meal of the day: PJ O’Brien’s are going all out – hosting a St Patrick’s weekend. Start the day right with their traditional Irish breakfast. It comes with black pudding, fried stuff…and the all-important pint of Guinness. Guinness is a hearty concoction of water, barley, roasted malt extract, hops, and brewer’s yeast. So it’s basically bread, which is a totally normal thing to have for brekky.
Hid your face amid a crowd of…books: Fun fact – whiskey is Irish, whisky is Scottish. Just think of the ‘e’ in whiskey standing for ‘emerald’. At Buck Mulligan’s in Northcote, you can sample a number of Irish whiskeys as you’re surrounded by some of history’s greatest writers and poets. Celebrate some of Ireland’s most sophisticated exports by reading Yeats whilst sipping on some whiskey.
A beautiful day: The Dan O’Connell Hotel has a huge lineup of live entertainment this year.There are a heap of acts due to take the stage, as well as Irish dancers and entertainment. Rock up for lunch, grab a pint or six, and then jig away to the lyrical stylings of The Drunken Poachers. Entry is free until 5pm.
For fun times, make it The Irish Times: The venue, not the paper. If you want to go full-traditional on St Patrick’s Day, head off to the Irish Times to witness, and after a few pints partake in, some intense Irish dancing. When you’re feeling good and peckish, load up on some chips with curry sauce. Beannachtaí na féile pádraig oraibh!
Green gold: Down by the harbour, Platform 28 in Docklands is getting into the Celtic spirit(s). With the traditional pints of Guinness on offer, this waterfront venue is also offering a range of tasty Irish treats, drink specials and a tonne of merriment. There’s plenty of room to boogie the night away once that third pint hits.
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