Whether you're an Irish expat or have Irish roots, St Pat's is a chance to celebrate your heritage. Plus it's a chance to seek out a well-poured Guinness. This year the March 17 falls on a Saturday, so you can expect to encounter good craic in Sydney's favourite Irish pubs. Sláinte!
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Where to drink on St Patrick's Day
Being an Irish whiskey bar, the Wild Rover really gets into the spirit of St Pat's Day. They will swing open the door earlier than usual, opening at noon to serve 'taters with Guinness gravy and steak and Guinness pies. Happy hour kicks off from 3pm with $5 Guinness and Jameson, and $11 Old Fashioneds. A foot-stomping soundtrack will be provided by the Button Collective, Sweet Jelly Rolls and Narrownecks. Also, as this is one of the biggest days on the Rover's calendar, make sure you get in early – there will be queues later on.
This corner pub will be pumping out pints of Guinness and shots of Jameson all day long to a soundtrack of Irish folk music. There will be Irish skewed specials including a Dublin coddle, which is a traditional Irish dish of sausages, bacon, onions and potatoes. You can also knock back mini 'Guinness' shots (Kahlua poured over and Baileys).
Along with hosting a St Pat's Day Eve party on the Friday, March 16, this Pitt Street pub will be throwing down an Irish shindig on the big day. You can jig along with Irish dancers; Uncorked and Paddy's Ryan's Dream will be playing live from 3pm. A special Irish menu will include Irish stew, ham steak, steak and Guinness pies, lamb shanks and veggie curry.
Raise your Guiness because this below street level pub will host live music from the Irish Connection and Cork Poppers from 3pm. There will also be Irish dancers and Guinness giveaways throughout the day so test the luck of the Irish and you may get to take home some beer-themed prizes.
Everyone knows Leichhardt’s reputation as Sydney’s little Italy but this pub will be celebrating all things Irish on March 17. They'll be baking Guinness and beef skillet pie with mash and peas and serving up Guinness and Irish coffee. There will also be live Irish music into the night.
What can we say, we like a pub that has a ham, cheese and tomato toasty on the menu. You'll find this inner city Irish pub inside the beautiful old Grace complex (the Irish ambassador spent some time living above it) and it's a good shot for watching the Rugby finals and of course, spending St Patrick's Day with Guinness in hand.