With St Patrick’s Day right around the corner (17 March), there’s no better way to celebrate than having a pint or two over the weekend. Don your greenest outfit and enjoy some mighty craic at these top Irish pubs and bars!
This year, CHIJMES is going all out with its St Patrick’s Day festivities that the whole family can enjoy. On Friday 15 March and Saturday 16 March (5 to 11pm) and Sunday 17 March (3 to 11pm), the former convent-turned-dining complex will celebrate the luck of the Irish with festive food and drinks – think steak with stout gravy, washed down with O’Hara’s Irish Stout and 51st State IPA ($10) – from Almost Famous Craft Beer Bar (cash only), and live performances by Irish Inspirational Dance, Lion City Pipe Band and more (see the full schedule here).
Further adding to the festive atmosphere, the façade of the Gothic-style chapel will light up in green from 15 to 17 March as part of Tourism Ireland’s Annual Global Greening campaign. Also, don’t miss the festive light projection show (15 to 17 March from 8 to 11pm) featuring falling shamrocks, leprechaun hats and more.
Psst… Pre-purchase your food and drinks in advance via the online ticket page to enjoy a special early-bird promotion: steak with stout gravy and two beers for just $20 (usual price $32).
Muddy Murphy’s Irish Pub
Get ready to party for Paddy’s Day with an extensive line-up of festivities at Muddy Murphy’s Irish pub. Kicking off the celebrations a week early is the 23rd Guinness Oyster Opening Championship (where top chefs compete for a chance to fly to Ireland and represent Singapore in the Galway Oyster Festival) happening in the bar on 10 March at 3pm. On 14 March, don’t miss St Patrick’s Day Trivia; a bottle of The Irishman Single Malt Irish whisky is up for grabs to the winning team. On 15 March, folk artist Paddyman will perform Irish folk songs from 9.30pm until late. On 16 March, the bar will be showing the last round of 6 Nations Live from 8.30pm (Italy vs France, Wales vs Ireland and England vs Scotland). On 17 March itself, enjoy a traditional roast lunch from 11.30am with live music from Paddyman (2pm) and Celtic band Gan Ainm (6pm). From 1 to 10 March, get four pints of Guinness for $50; then, from 11 to 17 March, enjoy five pints of Guinness for $60 and receive five complimentary, freshly shucked oysters.
Psst… The party will also be pumping at their sister pubs at Boat Quay (The Penny Black Victorian London Pub and Prince of Wales Boat Quay)!
Celebrate all things green at what was the first Irish pub to land in Singapore, Molly Malone’s. Located at Circular Road where all the St Patrick’s Street Festival action takes place, this bar has an exciting line-up of live music, plus Guinness deals and more. In addition to screening sports all weekend long, the bar will have two stages at the StreetFest, where over a dozen bands will perform; then head inside Molly’s for live performances by Celtic folk-rock-punk-funk group The Craic Horse (16 March at 10pm) and Gan Ainm (16 March at 12.30am and 17 March at 10pm). Food-wise, you can expect Irish stew ($10), mini pies (2.50), hot wings ($10), fish and chips ($10) and more, plus drink specials.
Psst… Throughout the entire month of March, enjoy a pint of Guinness for only $11 (all day) at Molly Malone’s.
This restaurant may not be Irish – in fact, Frieda serves authentic German cuisine with Austrian influences – but these guys sure know how to celebrate the St Paddy’s weekend: with Guinness! (Not to mention, the restaurant’s colour scheme is green!) From 15 to17 March, enjoy two Guinness pints for just $20. Located at Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, Frieda is just a few-minute walk from the CHIJMES’ St Patrick’s Day party.
McGettigan’s Clarke Quay
Shake your Shamrock this St Patrick’s weekend at McGettigan’s Clarke Quay! From 15 to 17 March, look forward to a ton of live music, bar specials and drink promotions. Enjoy $14 nett draught beer and Magners, and jive along to performances by Irish singer-songwriter, Gavin James, Celtic rock band, Gan Ainm, Irish folk singer, Gerry Cox and more.
Psst… Look out for a performance by traditional Irish dancers!
The Guinness St. Patrick’s Festival 2019 will debut at Circular Road on 15 March (5 to 10pm), followed by festivities at 30 Maxwell Road on 16 March (1 to 10pm), and Circular Road on 16 and 17 March (12 to 10pm).
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