The Irish and their far-flung diaspora take St Patrick’s Day most seriously with countless million pints of ‘the black stuff’ consumed every year and parades breaking out in hundreds of villages, towns and cities worldwide.
So is this a good moment to reveal that St Patrick was actually British, liked to wear blue and was called Maewyn? Never mind, let’s move on.
17th March is a national holiday in Ireland and thankfully, since 1970, drinking is permitted! Can you imagine? Incidentally the shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in Dripsey, County Cork on a 100 yard stretch between the two village pubs. In Dublin, the St Patrick’s Day Festival is a tad more ambitious, stretching over four days and celebrating all aspects of Irish art, culture and life alongside the usual shamrock shenanigans.
If you’re not in the motherland fear not, every green-tinged corner of the world will be joining the craic, not least in London which, as you can imagine, is up there when celebrating all things Gaelic. Apart from the countless pubs going green citywide, there’s a handsome parade from Piccadilly on Sunday 19th, resplendent with Emerald Isle floats, Irish dancing, food tents and a great line up of Irish bands waiting on Trafalgar Square to play an impromptu gig.
The ENTERTAINER has also donned their (admittedly historically wrong) green gear, and we’ve lined up some of the places where you can get a special treat to celebrate the date. Starting with a blast from the past and some Prohibition vibes at The Bootlegger, the fanciest speakeasy in town. Make it extra Irish by ordering a Baby’s Breath, a cocktail full of indulgent Baileys, chocolate and strawberries.
The Light Lounge keeps it green and sweet with their After Midnight tipple. Served in a coupette, this fantastic nightcap contains Baileys, Boudier Crème de Menthe Liqueur, Boudier Crème de Cacoa White Liqueur and Milk. Comes with a little After Eight perched on the rim of the glass, proper class!
Last but not least, for the whole of March you can enjoy unlimited Buy One Get One Free on every pint of Five Points Railway Porter at the Draft House! Not to mention the many other complimentary drinks included in our Cheers app! So wet your whistle and come join the Ceilidh!