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Where to drink on St Patrick's Day

Head to one of these Irish establishments to celebrate St Pat's day

Photograph: Anna Kucera

Whether you're an Irish expat or have Irish roots, St Pat's is a chance to celebrate your heritage with a cold pint and craic good time. This year the March 17 falls on a Saturday, so you can expect to encounter plenty of shenanigans in Sydney's favourite Irish pubs. Sláinte!

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Where to drink on St Patrick's Day

1

The Wild Rover

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, $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 calendars, make sure you get in early – there will be queues later on.

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Surry Hills
2

Glenmore Hotel

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. They will be playing Irish music and serving up homely bangers and mash with Guinness onion gravy all day.

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The Rocks
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3

The Australian Heritage Hotel

This corner pub will be pumping out pints of Guinness and shots 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 (which sees Kahlua poured over and Baileys).

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The Rocks
4

Criterion Hotel

Along with hosting a St Pat's Day eve party on the Friday March 16, this Pitt St pub will be throwing down an Irish shindig on the big day. You can jig along with Irish dancers and 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.

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Sydney
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5

The Hero of Waterloo

Guinness is Guinness, you say? Not so – they keep the lines cleaner here than most places, and there are folks who will travel for the difference. 

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Millers Point
6

Le Pub

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 so beer-themed prizes.

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Sydney
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7

Trinity Bar

This pared back Irish pub is named after the Trinity College Dublin. You can get a pint of stout and a beef and Guinness pot pie here, but they are less about Emerald Isle paraphernalia as they are about being a dependable, local watering hole. They do go the whole hog on St Pat's Day though, with Irish tunes, Irish food, and most importantly, Irish beer.

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Surry Hills
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The Royal - Leichhardt

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 right into the night.

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Leichhardt
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9

The Tudor Redfern

This Redfern boozer will smash out beef and Guinness pies with creamy mash and peas, along with Baileys martini. Add in a soundtrack of live Irish music and chocolate gold coin hunting for little ones and you've got a St Pat's Day the whole family can enjoy.

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Redfern
10

Scruffy Murphy's

If a few pints of Guinness and a rowdy night out is your bag, you'll probably have no trouble stumbling upon famous Irish pub, Scruffy Murphy's. Located right in the heart of the backpacker area, Scruffy Murphy's offers live music, food and a downstairs nightclub most nights of the week. 

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Haymarket
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By: Emily Lloyd-Tait