It's that time of year again and whether you were brought up on Guinness or just fancy a few 'taters, here are some options for your St Patrick's Day
Pay homage to this patron saint of Ireland in the only way we know how – eat a lot, drink a lot and sing a lot (preferably in that order). Whether an Irish fry-up for breakfast is your style, or you plan to celebrate into the wee hours of the morning this March 17, Melbourne has a place for you. Want more? Check out our list of favourite Irish pubs.
Start the day early with a traditional Irish fry up – black pudding, Guinness and all. The festivities continue all day and into the night here, with live music and complimentary snacks. Make sure you buffer as our European kin do – PJs is serving Irish specials all day, including corned beef and steamed mussels. Sorted. Southbank.
Dress in your best greens and head to dockside for live music and river views this St Paddy’s Day. Relax waterside with a pint of Guinness at the Wharf Hotel where head chef Matt McLiver is taking the festivities to a new level, replacing their classic pub-food with an Irish-themed menu. Gathering momentum from midday, there will prizes to be won if you find the lucky shamrock under your glass. Or, if you can think of what you’d do if you were a leprechaun, enter the online competition before you go to win your height in Guinness. Melbourne.
You know you’re in for a great day when it starts with a $20 Irish breakfast, Guinness included. If you’re arriving after midday, a $10 cover is the required entry fee, understandable with the bands performing for the rest of the day and night. There will be live music to impress even the most Irish of you all, including Dan & Cyril, The Bad Penguins (actually from Ireland) and the John Kendall Band. Irish food specials will also be on offer to satisfy those boozy munchies. South Yarra.
It’s not all pints and whiskey at the Quiet Man Irish Pub. They’re hosting a street party on Racecourse Road, which means you can bring little people (children, not leprechauns) to the party too. The outdoor festival begins at the pub and spreads out onto the streets with food stalls and live music and entertainment. For those young in age, and young at heart, there will be plenty of activities like face painting. Once the kids have been sent to bed the party continues into the night with contemporary live music to be enjoyed until the early, regretful hours of the morning. Flemington.
Another option for both the young and old this St Patrick’s Day is the annual Family Festival, one day early on March 16. Kicking off from midday until 6pm at the Edinburgh Gardens there will be pipers piping and dancers dancing – if it’s Irish, they’ve got it. For the kids, there’s a petting zoo, face painting, sack races, and a photo op with St Patrick himself (kind of). Personally, we're keen for the Van Morrison tribute band. Fitzroy North.
If you weren’t lucky enough to jag the day off work, the Dan has you covered earlier than most with a traditional breakfast from 7am. After brekky, once you’ve decided to blow off work anyway, the party moves across the road into the park with live entertainment from 2pm on the outdoor stage including The Colonials Celtic Folk, The Strating Sisters, The Claymore Band as well as Irish dancers. Carlton.
Celebrate in the heart of the city at Melbourne’s first Irish pub. Live music gets the party in full swing in the Tara Bar from 11am. A pint or two later, head upstairs to the Brian Boru function room from midday where there will be more live music and plenty of room for a jig on the dance floor. Fill up on some Irish favourites for lunch or dinner upstairs at the Shamrock Restaurant, open from midday until 9pm. In true Irish style, this party is sure to go well into the night. Melbourne.