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St Patrick’s Day Sydney – Your guide to celebrating St Patty’s in 2018

Mark it on your calendars, Saturday 17 March 2018 is the day to wear green and drink Guinness.

But most importantly is where to do it all? At one of these Paddy’s Day parties, obviously!

From the official program of festivities to the Irish (an Aussie) bars that are toasting the evening with green spangled fare, we've rounded up the best of the best events in Sydney for you to party all night long at.

Where to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Sydney: The official program

St Patrick's Day Green Quarter

The Sydney St Patrick's Day Organisation takes over the Entertainment Quarter this St Patrick's Day with a myriad of emerald green events and Irish pride.

Marching bands and Irish dancers will speckle the family fun parade while market stalls and bars will overflow with liquid gold and your favourite Irish nosh.

The event is by donation so don't forget to bring your pots of gold.


Where to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Sydney: The drinking program

St Patrick’s Day @ ivy

Merivale dips its fingers into that Irish pot of gold every year and 2018 is no different.

It's keeping its celebrations on the down low this year but what we can reveal is that the venue will be hosting good Irish food, Guinness on tap and live Irish music. Be there.


St patrick's Day weekend @ P.J. O’Brien’s

It wouldn't be St Patrick's Day without P.J. O'Briens and it wouldn't be P.J. O'Briens if this one-day celebration doesn't turn into a week-long craic fest. PS - it is.

Running from lunch on Friday through to the Sunday evening after party, whatever day you choose to pop by don't expect to leave before the leprechauns do.


St Patrick’s Weekend @ Scruffy Murphy’s

Pace yourself Paddy, you’ve a weekend-long DJ-set to get through. The main event kicks off from 11am as DJ Podgee, featuring Antdrumz and Stanislove at the decks and to help you get through the weekend, Scuffy's is offering an all day Irish menu to tuck into.

Looking for a lucky lass? Don’t rely on plain ol' Irish luck. Instead, 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. They craic's mighty tonight.


Maloneys Hotel

  • When: 17 March 2018
  • 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. In true Maloneys fashion both Guinness or Kilkenny are available on tap — how grand’s that?

There's also $12.50 bistro specials, live entertainment and giveaways galore. No wonder so many backpackers and locals flock to this CBD hotel's shores.

Keep calm. Drink on.


St Patrick’s Day @ The Merc

100+ years strong and Sydney's oldest Irish pub has wrangled a swag of renowned Irish musicians to its doorstep for this green weekend as well as an Irish dance troupe from Carlingford School of Dance.

You'll want to get in early though as brekky is laid on the table from 7am and costs $80 to do it right. That is, with a hearty Irish breakfast, coffee and three hours of beverages.

Stick around through the evening and you won't be disappointed as food and bar stalls pop up alongside a massive entertainment lineup featuring Shindig, Shaylee Wilde & The Soniks.


St Patrick's Day @ The Glenmore at The Rocks

  • When: 17 March 2018, 12pm-10pm
  • Where: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
  • Website: The Glenmore

Hit the rooftop of the Glenmore for a bird's eye view of The Rocks celebrations below.

Just make sure your order is its bangers and mash with Guinness gravy and you'll be doing the day justice.


The Australian Heritage Hotel

  • When: 17 March 2018, 12pm-10pm
  • Where: 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
  • Website: The Australian

The name of this establishment might be true blue but for one night in the calendar The Australian Heritage Hotel paints the town green.

Come in for a laugh over an Dublin coddle, a dance to traditional folk music and the chance to be crowned the Guinness Mo' Instagram winner. Better get growin'.


The Push

  • When: 17 March 2018, 12pm-late
  • Where: 143 George Street, The Rocks
  • Website: The Push

When the beer starts flowing from midday at The Push on St Patrick's Day, you'd better be there ripe and ready to down its St Paddy's Day extravaganza. A bar that likes to do things differently, The Push is pulling out all the stops this year with green beer, Irish inspired cocktails (Irish Glade Water, Patrick's Morning Brandy and Irish Slipper, pictured), giveaway and, naturally, Guinness on tap all weekend long.

Keen to get up earlier? Fortune of War is serving up this same slice of green starting 9:30pm. 'Cos that's how them Irish roll.


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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), its save-the-date has yet to be splashed on the interweb.

Pop by anyhow on 17 March. Whatever the pub is 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? finder.com.au 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?


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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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