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The best places to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Sydney

Wear something green, say 'Top o' the mornin' to ya,' and raise a glass to the Patron Saint of Ireland in the Harbour City

By Time Out editors
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Whether you're an Irish ex-pat, have Irish blood, or just love a good ol' Gaelic knees-up, St Paddy's Day, on March 17, is a chance to celebrate the rich heritage of the Emerald Isle. In Sydney, there are a bunch of ways to get involved. There's the official St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival (now in its 42nd year) on March 21, which transforms the Rocks into a St Patrick's Day-palooza of live music, Irish language sessions, Irish dancing, facing painting, handicrafts, festival bars and food stalls.

But if you want to observe the saint's day itself, this year March 17 falls on a Wednesday, and since the time-honoured way to toast ol' St Pat is with a well-poured Guinness, you can expect great craic and pints aplenty in Sydney's favourite Irish pubs. Here's where to cheer "Sláinte!" on the big day in Sydney.

Where to drink on St Patrick's Day

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1. Doss House

Bars Cocktail bars The Rocks

Did you know that this sunken, sandstone lined cocktail bar in the rocks is owned by two Irish lads? It only stands to reason then that they know a thing or two about celebrating St Paddy's in style. This year, the festivities will be taking place across three spaces – the Doss House, the Dock Yard (it's outdoor courtyard) and on March 17, the Observer on the corner of 69 George St. This 'Irish takeover' will feature live music, whiskey tastings, and a host of other activities from Mar 16-21.

2. The Mercantile Hotel

Bars The Rocks

This proudly Irish pub down in the Rocks is going all out this year with a week of St Paddy's-themed fun from Mar 14-21. It will be hosting a series of nightly gigs, including sets by Blackwater, Shindig, and Shaylee Wilde and the Soniks on the big day. For those who want to really make a day of it, the Mercantile will also be hosting its popular St Patrick's Day breakfast from 10am, where you can set yourself up with a hearty fry-up fit for a leprechaun.

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4. PJ O'Brien's

Bars Sydney

This unashamedly Irish establishment gets going early on St Pat's Day with a full Irish breakfast for $27.50, which includes a pint of Guinness (you'll need to book in advance), from 8am. They also host a sit-down lunch, live music and Irish dancing on the day until midnight.

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5. Fortune of War

Bars The Rocks

Sydney’s oldest pub is one of the city's OG establishments for celebrating St Pat's. From Mar 17-21, the spirit of the Irish will be in plentiful supply, with live entertainment, menu specials, limited edition Irish-themed cocktails and of course, plenty of Guinness.

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6. Glenmore Hotel

Bars The Rocks

The Rocks will be rollicking with punters celebrating St Pat's Day and the Glenmore's rooftop will be a prime spot to enjoy the action, both on March 17 and over the following weekend. They're pouring $10 pints of Guinness, $10 nips of Jamesons, and serving up Irish plates like pork sausage with colcannon and gravy, and beef and Guinness pot pie.

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7. Trinity Bar

Bars Surry Hills

This pared-back Irish pub, so named after the Trinity College Dublin, is pulling some of the cheapest Guinness in the city, at just $8 a pint, on March 17. There will also Irish food specials and live music from the Fiddler's Chair from 6.30pm.

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8. The Royal Leichhardt

Bars Leichhardt

Everyone knows Leichhardt’s reputation as Sydney’s little Italy but this pub will be celebrating all things Irish on March 17. There will be pints of Guinness aplenty, Baby Guinness cocktails and two for $20 on the limited edition Kiss of the Irish cocktail all day long, as well as plenty of good Irish pub grub.

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9. PJ Gallagher's Sports Bar and Bistro

Bars Sydney

This popular Irish pub is going all out for Paddy's Day this year, with $10 pints of Guinness, $10 Baby Guinness shots, and $10 Irish coffees. There will also be a special menu on offer, serving up Gaelic classics like beef and Guinness pie, Irish stew with barley bread, and dark chocolate and Guinness pudding. Happy hour is from 4-6pm, but stick around until 8pm for the live entertainment.

10. The Fiddler Hotel

Bars Western Sydney

This chic mega-pub in the North West will host food and drink specials, dancing demonstrations and live music across the entire venue on March 17, and if you aren't the sort who likes your luck finding a table, you can book a table for two hours to ensure you can eat before the Guinness gets flowing.

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11. The Porterhouse Irish Pub

Bars Surry Hills

Any day can be Paddy's Day at this Surry Hills hotel where the Magners, Guinness and Kilkenny pints are always $7.50. And if you don't mind a few Antipodean tipples, you can also get $17 jugs of Tooheys and XXXX.

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