St Patrick’s Day Sydney – Your guide to celebrating St. Patty’s

Mark it on your calendars, March 16 is the day to wear the green and drink Guinness. But where to do it all? At one of these Paddy’s Day parties, obviously.

The official program...

St Patrick’s Day Parade

  • When: 16th March 2014, noon (pre-parade entertainment from 10.30am)
  • Where: Bathurst and George Streets, Park Street, Elizabeth Street and James Street.
  • Facebook: St Patrick’s Day Parade
St Patrick’s Day Parade

It all begins on the streets for the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade - the largest Irish event in the Southern Hemisphere attracting 80,000 Irish and Irish-Aussies every year. Early risers will cash in on optimal standing positions to view the floats and be entertained from 10.30am by live music and dance acts outside Sydney Town Hall. Stake your position now.

St Patrick’s Day Family Day

St Patrick’s Day Parade

It’s not over until the Irish lady sings. In the lead-up to the big day, the heats for the 2014 Paddy Factor (we weren’t kiddin’ about the singin’) and the Bachelor of the Year are being held, with the finalists revealed during the Family Day shenanigans. And where better than on the green in Hyde Park. The musically inclined Irish (i.e. The Rumjacks and The Bottlers) will bring the craic in the seisiún (that’s Irish for session) tent and they’ll be all manner of kiddie friendly play-stuffs to keep the young ‘uns grinning.

The drinking program...

Jameson St Patrick’s Live

Jameson St Patrick’s Live @ ivy

Legends of the trade Yolanda Be Cool, Hot Dub Time Machine, Thundamentals, Furnace and The Fundamentals have all been pooled to splash into ivy in what the bar is calling the ultimate St Patrick’s Day party. You can be the judge of that. While they’re playing, browse through the on-site craft markets, fashion boutiques and live art installations. Jameson whisky in hand, naturally.

Durty Nelly’s Bar

St Patrick’s Day @ Durty Nelly’s Bar

One of the most beloved Irish drinking holes this side of the pond is taking the idea of drinking on St Paddy’s day seriously. It’s anticipating a deadly all-night bender, so to help all you sorry drunk souls out there, it’s opening its doors to continue the madness on Monday morning. (OK to be fair, the 17th is actually St Patrick’s Day, but we think that’s just an excuse for a day off.) Better tell the boss you’ll be starting this working week scoffing down a Durty breakfast, stalling the ball and watching the lassies dance around you. Savage, eh?

Craic & Ceol

Craic & Ceol @ P.J. O’Brien’s

  • When: 16th March 2014, from 11am
  • Where: 57 King Street, Sydney/li>
  • Website: P.J. O'Brien's

An evening of craic agus ceol is on the other side of P.J. O’Brien’s great Irish doors on parade day. If you’re unsure of what either means or entails, then turn back, you’ve come to the wrong party. These doors will open at 11am on Sunday and 8am Monday for a full Irish breakfast. Bookings essential.

St Patrick’s Weekend

St Patrick’s Weekend @ Scruffy Murphy’s

  • When: 13 March 2014 @ 6pm - 18 March @ 8am
  • Where: 43-49 Goulburn Street, Sydney
  • Website: Scruffy Murphy’s

Pace yourself Paddy, you’ve a 5-day DJ-set to get through. The warm-up to the main event starts bang-on after work on Friday night. Don’t rely on Irish luck: bring your pot of gold to secure a ‘yes’ when you ask the lassie at the bar to join you for a swalley or two. The craic’s ninety tonight.


4 Pines Brewing Company

  • When: 17th March 2014
  • Where: 29/43-45 The Esplanade, East Manly
  • Website: 4 Pines Brew Pub

Admit it. Your idea of a Paddy's Day well-done is with a beer in hand and... that's about it. 4 Pines are showing off three of Ireland's best on tap. There's the classic Dry Irish stout for the fans and a limited release Keller Door, Black Forest Extra Stout and Irish Red for the more adventurous. Doors open at 11.30am. Our advice? Start drinking early - it's what the Irish do.

Maloneys Hotel

Maloneys Hotel

  • When: 16th March 2014
  • Where: 81 Goulburn Street, Sydney
  • Website: Maloneys Hotel

You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning — agreed? Then you’ll be right to pour the liquid down the hatch quick as ye can. The going rate is $5.70 a pint for a Guinness or Kilkenny on tap — how grand’s that? No wonder so many backpackers and locals flock to this CBD hotel. Keep calm. Drink on.

The Merc

St Patrick’s Celebrations @ The Merc

  • When: 15th March 2014, 3pm-late & 16th March 2014, 12.30pm-late
  • Where: 25 George Street, The Rocks
  • Website: The Mercantile Hotel

99 years strong and Sydney’s oldest Irish pub has wrangled a swag of renowned Irish musicians to its doorstep for this green weekend. Blackwater kicks things off on Saturday afternoon, setting the bar high for following acts Claddagh, TOLKA and Shaylee Wilde. The craic is mighty tonight.

The Porterhouse Irish Pub

The Porterhouse Irish Pub

It’s quite out of character for the Irish to pre-plan St Paddy’s Day celebrations too far in advance, so while the Porterhouse has been excitedly counting down the days ‘til they can paint the town black (that’s with Guinness for those of you playing at home), their save-the-date has yet to be splashed on the interweb. Pop by anyhow on the 16th and 17th. Whatever they’re doing, it’s gonna be deadly.

Go green

Once you’ve decided on your Irish drinking hole, you’ll need something (emerald green) to wear to cap the night off. Wouldn’t want to look out of place on the biggest day on the Irish calendar, would you? has scoured the outlets to take the hassle out of finding the perfect balance of fashion and fun to wear on your ultimate Irish weekender. Which will you paint the town green with?

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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