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Published March 8th 2014
Win your height in Guinness at the Wharf Hotel
If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough! But if you're lucky enough to live in Melbourne, you can be Irish for a day on 17 March. We may not be turning the Yarra green, but Melbourne knows how to celebrate St Patrick's Day like no city outside of Ireland!
Beer and Brewer claims that Australian pub-goers consume over one million pints of Guinness Draught on St Patrick's Day, with 15 per cent of Guinness sales volume for the year consumed during the month of March alone [Diageo internal sales data].
For the wee leprechauns of the clan, celebrate St Patrick's Day at the Melbourne Irish Festival, Edinburgh Gardens in Melbourne (North Fitzroy) on Sunday the 16th of March between 12pm and 5pm. It's a free family fun day, open to all, celebrating Irish heritage and culture; enjoy free live music, Irish dancing showcases and face painting. Also check out my other articles for more ideas on celebrating St Patrick's Day with kids.
Here's a lucky wee list of 7 more jolly good places to be celebratin' the patron saint of Ireland and honorary saint of beer on Monday, 17 March, with your mates, lads and lasses:
1. The Celtic Club: First things first! Get your first gat of the holiday in the heart of Melbourne at Melbourne's first Irish Club, the Celtic Club. Live entertainment all day and night, kitchen dishing out some Irish favourites, and of course a great pint! Doors open at 10am until late; live music all day from 11am 'til late!
2. The Limerick Arms: The Limerick Arms invites you to "come and join us at The Limerick Arms for our St. Paddy's Day event! We will have Irish band, Monkey O'Magic, performing live, drink specials all day (including $15 boilermakers and $10 Guinness), and our amazing $5 Happy Hour between 4-6pm! For more information, call us on (03) 9810 0052."
3. The Last Jar: Start day jigging with a full Irish breakfast (with in-house sourdough!), at The Last Jar, served from 11am till 3pm - bookings essential. Also available Tuesday, for those of you still jigging (from noon-5pm); music by Streams of Whiskey, 6pm: expect Pogues covers and Irish classics followed by Gaelic gypsy hip-hop by The Latchikos (Galway) from 9pm.
4. The Wharf Hotel: Win your height in Guinness at the Wharf Hotel; Free entry, live music, riverside location, an Irish themed menu, and Guinness on tap. Enter comp here.
5. The Irish Times Pub: If you're ready to punch out at noon on St Patty's day, head to The Irish Times Pub on Little Collins for a full Irish breakfast, including black and white pudding; bookings essential.
Bridie O'Reilly's to be sure, to be sure
6. Bridie O'Reilly's: Full Irish breakfast with Guinness from 10am-noon ($20) at Bridie O'Reilly's in South Yarra; Live music and Irish food specials all day ($10 cover from noon).
7. The Quiet Man: Lucky last and lucky number seven; don't let the name fool you, there's always a fiddle and a jig to be had at The Quiet Man. "On the 17th of March the Quiet Man Irish Pub is the only place to be. We extend the party to the streets and have music, face painting, children's entertainers, [and] food and drink stalls... In the evening the children head off home and more contemporary bands take stage."
And without further adieu, "May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far." Drink responsibly Melbourne, and the luck of the Irish be yours!
Please don't call it St Patty's Day, it's St Paddy's day!
His name in Irish is Padraig, and Paddy is short for that. Patty is short for Patricia, Pat is short for Patrick so Pat is kind of ok but never Patty! It's a mistake they make in the US all the time. (His real name is actually Maewyn Succat but noone uses that!)
Other than that great article, I feel Melbourne doesn't do enough celebration other than the pubs. Many other cultures seem to get a fed square or queensbridge festival. Shame all the pubs are doing it on the actual Monday rather than the weekend