Take an Irish band, an Irish bar and a street party by the river, then throw in a black-tie ball to add a spot of refinement to the line-up, and you’ve got yourself an epic mix for a very happy St. Patrick’s Day in Singapore. So, don your green finery, support that silly hat, and head to one of these events for some “good craic” this Paddy’s Day!
Paddy’s Fest 17-20 March
There’s nothing like an Irish band to get us in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day, and playing host to just such a knees-up is one of our favourite bars, McGettigan’s Clarke Quay. Well-known Irish acoustic folk band Hermitage Green will be the headline act for the bar’s four-day ‘paddy-a-thon’, aptly named Paddy’s Fest, and they’ll be playing exclusively at a free concert on 19 March. Expect to hear tunes from their soon-to-be-released album, Save your Soul. Revellers will enjoy promotions from McGettigan’s gourmet menu during the event too, including the ever-popular Irish burger, washed down with a pint of Guinness – naturally! But, if burgers aren’t your thing, try the full Irish breakfast or the fish and chips & pint of Guinness combo. Make it a family affair on the Sunday, where children can eat for free from the kids’ menu, when dining with an adult. There’ll be face painting to keep the little ones happy, while you can watch live sports on the HD screens throughout the bar or live music performances from a number of local bands.
Psst… if you’re keen to try Guinness for the first time but are a tad nervous about getting through an entire pint of the stuff, why not opt for a baby Guinness shot ($5) to ease in gently?
Opening hours during Paddy’s Fest:
Thursday 17 March, 12pm to 3am
Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March, 10am to 3am
McGettigan’s, Clarke Quay
Take me to the River
If you’re looking for free fun, the St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival by Singapore River One (SRO) is back for its fourth year. Boat Quay and Circular Road will, once again, be the venue for the festival, which this year runs from 17 to 20 March. “Craic-crawl” along the River, pop into the many watering holes for drinks, and enjoy some Irish nosh along the way to help soak up all that beer! Molly Malone’s, for instance, will be serving mini beer-battered fish and chips, and a dish introduced by the Irish Ambassador’s wife, whiskey & bacon marmalade with soda bread – rumour has it that it’s become a firm favourite among regulars! At Draft & Craft, the shepherd’s pie is an absolute ‘Paddy’s Day’ classic; and if you’re looking for a pint with a green twist, head to RedDot Brewhouse and sup on their monster green lager, supposedly ‘healthy’ thanks to the green spirulina within!
Take the family
The St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival by SRO will also be laden with family-friendly activities and Irish treats all the way along the River. Families with kids can get stuck into face and nail painting, hair braiding, colouring, balloon sculpting and a bouncy castle for good measure! And, the celebrations wouldn’t be complete without a few Irish beats in the background. There will be a diverse range of Irish themed bands over the Saturday and Sunday staged along Circular Road, including The Craic Horse, The Disclaimers, and the Singapore Trad Collective – so get your dancing boots on and head down.
After the success of last year, the St. Patrick’s Society is again laying on its annual black-tie ball, where guests will be treated to Irish harp music, a champagne reception and dinner with free-flow drinks. Save some of your energy for the after-dinner Irish dance performance, followed by leaping like a leprechaun (sorry!) on the dance floor ‘til the wee hours of the morning. Time to start practising those jigs…
18 March: Shangri-La Hotel, Orange Grove Road
If you’re looking for tips on post St Patrick’s Day detoxing, head to our Health pages to kick-start that cleanse!