You’d better get your green outfit sorted because March 17 is approaching fast and everyone becomes a little bit Irish on St Patricks Day! Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish to randomly choose a venue to drink green beer, wear shamrocks and watch midgets wrestle. We’ve put together a list of the best Sydney pubs celebrating St Patrick’s Day so you’re guaranteed to have a merry old time, to be sure, to be sure.
The Wild Rover
If you want to party away from the parade riff raff then The Wild Rover is for you. With a chock a block three-day celebration, featuring a street BBQ and live music on Sunday, an Irish whiskey tasting on Monday and on Tuesday, all-round revelry with the Drunken Riddlers playing live. A major drawcard is their personal guarantee that they are the only place in Sydney that will not have a sticky floor on Paddy’s Day. That’s a pretty big commitment, so you better find out whether they can hold to it.
Cat & Fiddle Hotel
One of Sydney’s most loved Irish pubs, the Cat & Fiddle are going all out this St Paddy’s Day. And by all out we mean, live fiddle players and an all day Irish breakfast. We’re talking all the traditional trimmings too – soda bread, potato bread, white and black pudding, Irish pork sausages and pints of creamy Guinness. If that’s not your cup of tea, never fear, the Cat & Fiddle has something for everyone and on this special day, everyone can enjoy a bit of Irish banter and fun!
The city’s quintessential Irish pub is pretty much the place to be through the weekend as the St Patrick’s Day parade (March 15) that marches through the city kicks things off and rolls on through till Tuesday. Opening at the special time of 8am, there will be live music, traditional Irish dancers and a full Irish breakfast special to help you celebrate and be merry (with a full stomach of course).
St Patrick’s Day at this Surry Hills favourite, the Trinity, is celebrating in style – over three, very green days. This Sydney pub is always overflowing with people, so grab a Guinness or one of their other delicious beers on tap and listen to Sydney’s original Irish folk band Claddagh playing live on the big day. Get in early or be disappointed!
The Mercantile Hotel
As Australia’s longest running Irish pub, you can’t go wrong at the Mercantile. Their traditional St Patrick’s Day breakfast buffet from 7am for only $40 a head (all drinks included) is popular for a reason, so get in quick and book early, as there are only limited spots available.
Get into the Irish spirit at PJ Gallagher's. They'll be putting on an Irish feast including classic dishes including boxty pancakes, slow braised beef cheek with colcannon and bread and butter pudding. In addition to delicious food, there'll be live bands, Irish dancing and the curious sounding Black Velvet cocktail (made with Guinness and sparkling wine) plus drink specials all day.
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