The Guinness is in abundance, the Irish jigs are blasting, and the craic is at full capacity. Dress up in your best leprechaun costume, swig back the Jamesons, and put your drinking hat on because the true silly season is coming.
Here are all the best places to party it up for Saint Patrick's Day in Auckland‚ who said it has to be a one-day affair?
SKYCITY Federal Street Festival
Be one of the first in the world to kick off the Irish holiday with SKYCITY and St Patrick’s Festival NZ for the Federal Street Party on March 16. The Sky Tower will be glowing green and there will be plenty of activities, food trucks (think Bacon Brother’s Food Truck, The Hungry Swine, Brooklyn Dogs, and Crepes Creations), and pints upon pints of Guinness at the SKYCITY pop-up bar.
St. Patrick's Day With Jameson's Whiskey
Get educated this St Paddy’s Day with Glengarry Wines and Jameson Whiskey at their Khyber Pass tasting and distillery history lesson on March 13. While you may automatically think a pint of Guinness is the only possible way to celebrate the day, don’t forget the Irish love their whisky. John Jameson set up his establishment in Ireland in the 1770s which has been going strong ever since. Let the Irish culture invade you as you get a taste of real Irish liquor, just how Saint Patrick would’ve wanted it.
Wallis Bird At The Tuning Fork
Multi-award winning Irish musician Wallis Bird will be making a stop in Auckland on her first New Zealand tour. She’s been making waves in the UK, Australia, Japan, and Europe, and it’s finally New Zealand’s turn to be graced with the raw vocalist. The Tuning Fork at Spark Arena willl be hosting the Wallis Bird Tour March 22. Debuting in 2005, Wallis Bird has five studio albums, her latest being Homewith the singles Changeand Control. There’s no better way to celebrate the green holiday with some authentic Irish talent. Tickets are now available on TicketMaster.
St Patrick's Day At The Grand Millenium
Green is the new black at the Grand Millenium this month. As part of the St Patrick’s Auckland Festival, the Grand Millenium is hosting the Shamrock Shindig in aid of Mercy Hospital. Indulge in an Irish degustation while being treated to a laugh-out-loud performance from award-winning comedian Alan McElroy, and show off your best Irish moves when Druid takes the stage. To sweeten the deal, funds raised will help Mercy Hospice Auckland and its work helping to care for people with life-limiting illnesses. The dresscode is green-tie and tickets are now available online.
St Patrick's Day At The Grill
Get among the craic on March 17 at The Grill by Sean Connolly. There will be homemade oxtail and ale pie that will give you a taste of being home in Dublin, alongside your choice of a pint of Guinness or a speciality Bushmills cocktail to wash it down. The Bushmills Whisky Irish Cocktails will also be on the menu if you’re after a coffee fix to caffeinate you for the inevitable partying later in the day. All you have to do is sit back and relax with friends, old and new, and let The Grill take care of the rest.
Queen Street Parade
The busiest street in the city will be turning green on March 17 when the Hugh Green Group’s St Patrick’s Day Parade returns for its 25 anniversary. This will be the only St Paddy’s Day parade in the Southern Hemisphere, so you will not want to miss what is no doubt going to be one helluva shindig. Queen Street will be bursting with Irish-inspired floats, traditional Irish dancing and music, marching bands, even Saint Patrick himself. If you just can’t get enough, the parade will be followed by an Irish Music and Dance Festival near Aotea Square to keep the festivities going all day.
Racket Bar’s Boilermaker Bar
Don’t think St Patrick’s Day in Auckland will be well and truly celebrated with one day only, because come March 21 Britomart’s Racket Bar will be transformed into little Dublin with their very own Boilermaker Bar. Whisky tasting, Jameson drink specials, Irish entertainment, and delectable dishes like baked camembert, spicy chicken wings, and Murphy’s BBQ burgers are all a go. Racket’s Boilermaker Bar will keep the party going. It’s the place to be for a real taste of Ireland.
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