Prepare for the mother of all long weekends in the name of Saint Patrick’s Day this year. Festivities are set to run from Friday 13 all the way to Tuesday 17 March and we’re jumping for joy like the jolly little leprechauns that we are. It’s time to trawl your wardrobes for green, fill your pockets with gold and skip on down to all of the best Irish pubs, street parades and dance floors Perth has to offer.
We hope you like Guinness and can hold your own in a jig battle, here are all the best places to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Perth.
Get your Irish on bright and early at Durty Nelly’s this Saint Paddy’s day. For $26 you can get a good ole dose of Irish fare with Guinness, Club Orange or Irish coffee from 7am. Preparation is key for the big day and boy oh boy do these guys know how to deliver. Head down on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to catch them pouring $8 pints of Kilkenny, Guinness and Magners. It’s the Golden Trio at its finest.
Saint Patrick’s Day Festival
We’re more than a wee bit excited for the St Patrick’s Day Festival shenanigans this year. Taking place on Saturday 14 March at 10am, get ready to paint the town green. Starting on Newcastle Street, follow the parade onto Oxford Street, before spreading some Irish luck along Vincent street and then heading towards Leederville Oval for a day of family fun.
Prefer to watch the festival with a pint in hand? Park up by Fibber McGee’s outdoor bar and watch the parade go by. It is Saint Paddy’s day so drinking lots and lots of Guinness is applauded, we suggest taking a pitcher—it lasts longer.
The Irish Club of WA
The fellas down at The Irish Club are giving us not one, but three days of Irish bliss this year. In true Irish spirit, there’s nothing wrong with getting a wee bit wasted at their weekend festival running on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, then spending Monday recovering before doing it all over again on Tuesday. Soak up the music, dancing, food and catch some good craic.
The Galway Hooker
Head down to the beach to shake your shamrocks at The Galway Hooker’s first ever Saint Patrick’s day party. Come for the Irish buffet brekky at 8am and stay for the giveaways, dancing and Irish tunes kicking off at 11.30am. Happy Saint Paddy’s Day to us.
We’re pretty sure we’ve struck gold with this venue, a local treasure as far as Irish pubs go. Call in sick to work because you’ve got a date with JB O’Reilly’s and it’s set to be a big one considering they’re open from 8am until midnight. They’ve got a grand lineup of dancers and live music so be sure to make a booking or you might miss the craic.
The Woodvale Tavern
On Saint Paddy’s Day at The Woodvale Tavern, dressing up is highly encouraged if not insisted upon—and we’re totally here for it. Embrace your inner leprechaun, order a grand Irish fare and enjoy $8 Guinness specials or Irish themed cocktails. There’s a glorious lineup of live tunes and an appearance by the talented dancers from The Keady Upton Academy. They’re pretty fantastic, so we don’t recommend challenging them to a jig-off.
Fenians Irish Pub
Our favourites down at Fenians are giving us a whole weekender of festivities before the big day. Irish food, Irish music and Irish dancers. Thirsty? Order one of Fenians famous Irish Cocktail Towers, it’ll knock your green socks off.
No this is not a mistake, Saint Patrick’s Day is hitting Prince Lane Bar and we feel luckier than a four leaf clover. They’re showering us with a heap of beer specials, but our eyes are green with envy over their Irish Espresso Martinis. Located in the heart of Perth, it’s an obvious first stop to get the party started after work.
The Island Brewhouse
Spending St Pat’s day on an Isle at an Irish owned brewery? How very Irish of us. Skip on down to Elizabeth Quay after work for a pint of Guinness and some live music. Or just ditch the 9-5 gig altogether and settle in for the day.
Saint Patrick’s Weekender At An Sibin
We’ve found it; the luck of the Irish. It’s at An Sibin from Friday to Tuesday for a whopping five days of live music and mighty craic—yes five whole days. Gather all ye Irish folk dressed in emerald green and dance a jig or two.
If you’re not actually Irish, pretend to be for the day at Rosie O’Grady’s, one of Perth’s original Irish pubs and a beloved haunt for all local Irish folk. Look no further than their St Pat’s party, which kicks off at midday until late for authentic Irish food, drink, dancers and music.
The Windsor Hotel
The Windsor is most definitely the pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow in South Perth, full to the brim of $10 Guinness pints and $2 Oysters all day long. Expect to get a wee bit lucky with lots of free giveaways and prizes to be won.
Too busy to paint the town green on Tuesday? Fear not, the legends at Ascot have you covered. Fill your pockets and clutches with lucky charms and test the luck of the Irish down at St Patrick’s Raceday on Saturday 21 March. It’s sure to be a damn good day with Guinness pies and pints left, right and centre.
Want more? Here are all our favourite Irish pubs in Perth.
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