St Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and with most of us lucky enough to have the day off, it’s the perfect excuse for a good aul’ knees up.
We just hope for your own sake, that you’re off the next day too. Or that you’re boss takes coming in late (& more than likely still tipsy) better than your previously employer.
If you’re lucky enough to have already decided where you’re going to be – we commend you. Belfast is embracing this day like never before, with hundreds of events being held across Belfast.
But for now, we’re concerning ourselves with the pubs, plubs and clubs – check out our top events being held for St Paddy’s in Belfast this year.
1. St. Sketchy’s Day
St Sketchy – The Patron Saint of Mayhem is throwing the mother of all events.
With free entry during the day; live music; special drink promos and free pizza from 5pm in Katy’s Bar – we recommend getting yourself down early. Not until you’ve lined your stomach though. Naturally.
From 9pm it’ll cost you a fiver – but bear in mind you’ll be getting the chance to see DJ’s Rigsy, Joe, Lisa and Conor across four rooms.
The party will also boast Co2; giant balloon drops and confetti; and even free glow-sticks and face-painting. We reckon this promises to be a pretty epic night out!!
Beers & spirits will be £2, and we’re particularly keen to try Paddy’s Potions Slushies at £2.50.
Five lucky party goers who join the event and post “ST. SKETCHY” will gain entry and drinks for them and their friends. Check out the event page on Facebook for info.
2. Filthie’s Paddy’s Day Party
The Filthy Quarter, 2pm – 1am 16 – 17 March
Filthy’s are hosting two exclusive gigs from Ireland’s biggest Celtic Band – More Power to Your Elbow in their fully themed, 1000 capacity, St. Paddy’s marquee on St. Paddy’s Eve and Day!
They are bringing you not only one day – but two full days of celebrations for St. Paddy’s Day and will be open from 2pm – 11pm each day with DJ’s and live music throughout.
The agenda for St Paddys ‘Eve’ is: Music from 2pm; Darzo 6pm; The Knights from 8pm and finally; More Power To Your Elbow 9pm – 11pm. There will also be live music in Filthy’s until 1am.
Meanwhile the big day itself will see music from 2pm. The Knights will take to the stage at 4pm so make sure you get down early! Following this; an hour later More Power To Your Elbow will appear, with Darzo scheduled for 7pm and the DJ from 9 – 11pm. Live music will be on once more until 1am.
Filthies will be fully kitted out with a full Paddy’s Theme, and promises to be an electric atmosphere with Irish Music; DJ’s and a BBQ! Here’s hoping that the sun’s shining!
There will also be some good aul’ Irish stew on offer as well as plenty of drinks promos.
Filthies is promising to be the biggest Paddy’s event in the city – and we reckon it will be busy!
3. St Patrick’s Day On The Roof
The Perch, from 1pm on 16 March – 18 March at 1am
This two-day party starts at 1pm on 16 March and continues through until 1am Friday morning!
With St Paddy’s day themed cocktails, live entertainment and much more!
For more info check out the St Patrick’s Day on the Roof event page.
4. Pardi Gras
Whites Tavern, 12pm – 2am
Ten Hours of live music featuring Owen Strathern, Bronagh Broderick, Eskimo Party and RUNAWAY GO! BBQ, Drinks promos, and Sore Feet DJs until 2am.
All outside in the courtyard stage!
5. St Paddy’s Day at The Dirty Onion
Dirty Onion, doors open from 12pm
Part 2 of Paddy’s Day celebrations at the onion (St Patrick’s Day Eve info is available on their Facebook page); the Dirty Onion will boast six live bands and 12 hours of music!
Including: Irish traditional sessions; RUNAWAY GO and; Live bluegrass.
It will also be giving away fun prizes – and host a BBQ from 12pm.
6. St Paddy’s At Cuckoo
Cuckoo, From midday
Open from midday with live music commencing at 4.30pm and lasting for four hours, before DJ Paul McNally takes to the booth at 9pm.
Free entry all day with three quid pints of Guinness as well as £2.50 drinks all day and Jam Jars for £3 – you might want to line your stomach before coming here!
7. St Patrick’s Celebrations
Sweet Afton, 12pm – 1am
A cheeky shout for those of you wishing to go out – but still want to watch Man Utd Vs Liverpool in the Europa League – it’s showing on the big screen at 6pm.
They also do local cider Angry Orchard on tap and have made a name for themselves with their amazing cocktails.
8. Saint Patrick’s Day
The Hudson, 11.30am onwards
With epic DJ’s as well as live music from Junior Johnson, Clanu and The Down and Outs; Thursday at the Hudson promises to be a fantastic craic filled all-day-long event.
For updates in the lead up to the event, check out The Hudson on Facebook.
9. St Patrick’s Week
The National, 14 – 20 March 12 – 7pm
Anywhere that celebrates with week-long events is also worth checking out!
The National is offering Irish Stew and a Guinness for a fiver from 14 – 20 March 12 – 7pm.