The Full-Irish Party
The fiddlin' fiddlers are out every Sunday at The Quiet Man, but on March 17 this Irish pub goes all out. Line your stomach with a hefty Irish breakfast from 8am to keep you going for a full day of Irish music and entertainment.
At: The Quiet Man
The Wee Party
Who said you had to be stormed by Irish to enjoy St Pat's Day? The Knife Store – you guessed it, they sell knives, but it's also a cafe (don't worry, they sell booze) – can give you all your Irish coffee needs and might even get you doing a little jig with some of their Irish entertainment. Just dont be tempted to build up your collection of knives after a few too many.
At: The Knife Store
The Park Party
Don't want to be stuck inside all day? Take your Guinness and whisky outside at The Dan O'Connell where the rowdy Irish can't be contained and the party spills out across to the park next door. They've got you covered for breakfast, stews and live music, with the Colonials, the Irish Fiddlers and all your Bono sing-a-long favs with the Australian U2.
At: The Dan O'Connell
The Homely Party
Keep things contained and avoid the drunken strangers with your own St Pat's party, complete with an Irish Breakfast tea, some home-made soda bread and maybe a bit of Enya in the background. Not your style? Go full-Irish and crack open a keg of Guinness and put on an Irish stew. It'll be grand.
The Search for the Pot o' Gold
Don't limit yourself to one pub. Take advantage of Melbourne's endless supply of Irish bars and turn the day into a classic (not classy) pub crawl through Melbourne.
Start early on the Southbank side at 9am with PJ O'Briens breakfast (Shop G14-16 Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct, Southbank) before completing any Melbourne pub crawl ritual and dropping by the Young and Jackson Hotel (Cnr Flinders and Swanston St) for some obligatory midday pints and a shot at Irish dancing.
If you've made it this far, snaps to the Irish in ya. Head inner CBD and refuel at Bridie O'Reilly's (62 Little Collins St, Melbourne) then onto European Bier Café (120 Exhibition St, Melbourne) where you're sure to make some one-night friends.
Still going? Keep heading towards that pot of gold and stumble on towards Pugg Mahones (171/175 Elgin St, Carlton), Sloaney Pony (1 Crockford St, Port Melbourne) or get your hands on a St Pat's Day hat at the Elephant and Wheelbarrow (169 Fitzroy St, St Kilda). If all else fails, join the hoards of Irish in St Kilda.