It’s been over two centuries since our colonial forebears from the British Isles raised the first pint in Sydney, but on St Pat's everyone remembers their Irish roots and raises a glass to the saint that expelled the snakes from Ireland - if only he could've done the same to our fairly deadly collection down under.
Where to drink on St Patrick's Day
Being an Irish whiskey bar, the Wild Rover makes a week of its St Patrick's Day celebrations, which run from Mon Mar 13 to Sun Mar 19. Until 6pm each day you can get five-dollar Guinness and Jameson, plus one-dollar oysters and $11 Jameson Caskmates old fashions. They're also doing spuds with Guinness gravy and steak and Guinness pies.
On the 17th the doors open from noon so you have six hours to make the most of the daily specials, and Sweet Jelly Rolls are playing live, with more live sets over the weekend.
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.
This is more your everyday Irish pub and as such they don't feel especially pressured to amp up the craic on St Pat's Day. That being said the place is still heaving in March each year with pints of Magners, Kilkenny and Guinness flying over the bar in celebration of this patron saint of Ireland.
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.
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.