It’s that time of the year again folks; where Guinness flows from the taps, where potatoes fall from the sky and when we truly hope that gold does exist at the end of rainbows. St Patrick's Day is back and we couldn’t be merrier!
Paint those faces green, strap on a ginger beard and pour yourself a pint of the black stuff, as the Irish don’t mess around when it comes to partying and celebrating one of the biggest dates in the calendar. With so much drinking to be done, jigs to be danced and activities to take part in, we have rounded up the best ways to celebrate St Patrick's Day this year!
St Patrick's Day ParadePonsonby
The biggest event of St Patrick's Day is back for another Leprechaun-filled year! Taking place on Ponsonby Road, the St Patrick's Parade showcases floats, musicians, dancing and a whole lotta green face paint. Watch or jig at the sidelines and wave your four leaf clover flag with pride! Follow the fun to Western Park for the after-party where tasty, Irish grub will be on offer alongside even more Irish shenanigans!
UPDATE: This was cancelled last week due to the weather.
St Paddy's Day Block PartyThe Kingslander, Kingsland
What’s better than one bar? Four of course! As if we didn’t love sweet little suburb, Kingsland already, they’ve only gone and combined four of our fave bars for a Guinness-filled, St Patricks Day like no other! The Kingslander, Citizen Park, Neighbourhood and Portland Bar have joined forces to give visitors four times the fun for a night full of music, drinking and dancing! Get ready to jig til the early hours of the morn, people. Or should we say leprechauns?!
St Patrick's Day At The FiddlerThe Fiddler Irish Bar, Auckland City
The Fiddler Irish Bar is one of the most iconic drinking destinations in central Auckland and guaranteed good time venue at any time of the year. But, when St Patrick's Day rolls around, boy oh boy, do these guys know how to party! Kicking off the festivities from early doors Friday and finishing proceedings on Sunday night, visitors are in for a no sleep, fun-induced weekend, that’s for sure! Expect all the Irish music you can shake a stick at, fancy dress competitions and a good old potato race —yup, you read correctly, potato race!
St Patrick's DayChapel Bar & Bistro, Ponsonby
This Ponsonby jaunt is always brimming with folk, but this Patrick's Day, expect it to be chocka full of leprechauns instead! Expect shamrocks and shenanigans galore as Chapel Bar & Bistro host their very own St Paddy's Day party this March. Raid the dollar store for all things green and orange, throw around gold coins (not real mind you!) and slap on that face paint as a $100 bar tab is up for grabs for the best dressed leprechaun!
St Patrick's Day Hurstmere HooleyFlorrie McGreal’s Irish Pub
With so much going on in the City and on the Shore, deciding what to do this St Paddy’s Day is certainly a toughie. However, with the gang at Florrie McGreal’s Irish Pub tempting us with their annual Hurstmere Hooley, you’ll no doubt find us sipping on a pint of the black stuff at this Taka venue, before you can spell leprechaun! Partnering up with neighbours Master & Apprentice and Elephant Wrestler, grab a traditional Irish brekkie before the live music, drinking and dancing commences!
Emerald 2017Pullman Auckland Hotel, Auckland City
Celebrate St Patrick's Day with the whole family, have yourself a merry and fun-filled night and, at the same time, do your bit in supporting an amazing cause. Sounds good right? Right! Celebrating all things Irish, guests will enjoy scrumptious food, delicious bevvies and a whole host of Irish entertainment and music at this year’s Emerald event! For an extra pat on the back, take pride in knowing that funds raised go toward helping the Mercy Hospice Auckland! Go you!
Irish-ish Rock NightDing Dong Lounge, Auckland City
If getting down on the d’floor is a special skill on your resume and you consider yourself a bit of a music connoisseur, then boy, have we nailed your St Patrick's Day celebrations! Ding Dong Lounge is one of Auckland’s top-notch, rock venues who know how to put on a good night. This St Paddy's Day is no different as they get ready to host a night of the best Irish rock classics all night long. Expect to sing-along and dance to the likes of The Cranberries, The Undertones, Thin Lizzy and many, many more!
St Patrick's DayO’Hagans Irish Bar, The Viaduct
Watch as everyone and everything turns green this St Paddy’s Day as O’Hagans get set to host their 2017 St Patrick's Day bonanza! Take a stroll down by Auckland’s waterfront and be prepared to get drawn in by the sounds, smells and delightful Irish dancers! Walk past O’Hagans Irish Bar and you’ll have no choice but to venture in and join in the festivities! With BBQ on hand, entertainment and copious amounts of Guinness, your St Paddy’s Day is as good as sorted!
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Image credit: St Patrick's Festival NZ