From U2 and Mrs Brown’s Boys to Guinness and Liam Neeson, we have plenty to thank Ireland for. Luckily, we have the annual knees-up of St Patrick’s Day to celebrate all the things we know and love about the Irish. So, whether you’re all about honouring your Celtic roots, enjoy a bit of live ‘diddle-de-dee’ traditional music, or simply can’t resist the excuse for a Guinness at 8am, here are 15 ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Auckland this Thursday.
1. There’s no such thing as “green’s not my colour” on March 17th. In fact, you’ll be an eejit for wearing anything other than green. Nip into Look Sharp to get your outfit sorted. They’ve got it all: hats, glasses, necklaces, suspenders and the ol’ Irish flag. There are shamrocks aplenty.
2. Eat potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The carbs don’t count on St Patrick’s Day.
3. Kick-start your day with a full Irish breakfast and a pint of Guinness at one of Auckland’s most-loved Irish pubs, O’Hagans. The deal is just $20 and available from 7am (!) to 11am. The festivities will continue throughout the day with good times galore.
4. Play B*Witched on repeat at the office—without headphones, of course. C’est La Vie for all!
5. Alternate with U2’s back catalogue.
6. Get your whiskey on at The Clare Inn. It’s the Dominion Road pub’s favourite day of the year and when it comes to celebrating, they don’t do things by halves. They’ll be partying as hard as ever with live music, Irish dancers and a traditional menu.
7. Stay at home with a bottle of Jameson and watch Riverdance excerpts on YouTube.
8. With a name like The Fiddler, you would expect the Victoria Street bar to have March 17th circled on the calendar all year. This year’s celebrations kick off at 10am and will go through to 3am. They’ll be prizes for the best-dressed leprechaun and potato racing (as you do). We’re predicting Friday to be a bit of a write-off so you might as well book your leave now.
9. Head to The Kingslander for some good ol’ craic. The neighbourhood pub is hosting a comedy night starring Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Brendhan Lovegrove, David Oakes, Brendan Kelly and token Irishman Darren Jardine. Lols guaranteed.
10. Get into the Irish spirit at The Crab Shack. The eatery will have live music between 4pm and 7pm as well as a whooole lot of creamy Guinness and other delicious tipples.
11. Dye your hair green because yolo.
12. The Shakespeare is pretty much the place to be come St Paddy’s Day. The iconic Auckland pub will be decked top to toe in Irish flags and all green everything. Live music kicks off at 2pm with The Plastic Paddys and The Paperbacks playing all your fave Irish jams.
13. Make yourself a traditional black velvet cocktail. Fill half a champagne flute with Guinness and top with Lindauer. Drinks up!
14. Don your “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” shirt and celebrate St Pat’s Day at one of Danny Doolans' four infamous watering holes. They’ll be serving Guinness with extra Irish charm on Thursday. They’ll be live music, Irish dancers and good times.
15. Show up to work dressed as a leprechaun. It’s the only day of the year when such behavior is socially acceptable.
Looking for more fun things to do? Check out 21 Awesome Things To Do In Auckland In March.
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