He may be the patron saint of Ireland, but for one day in the year, the whole world seems to throw on something green and claim they’ve an Irish ancestor from Cork, Dublin or Galway. That’s right, St Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, and with this comes the party of all parties, as the world prepares to turn green for the day.
With some 13 million pints of Guinness estimated to be consumed this Friday, chances are you already have your pub of choice in mind. But with more people outside of Ireland celebrating St Patrick’s Day than those that actually live here, we’ve decided to look at 15 great Irish pubs outside of Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in. Have you been to any of these on your travels?
15 Irish bars you’d love to enjoy St Patrick’s Day in:
1. Paddy’s Irish Pub, Cusco, Peru
Paddy’s in Cusco is one of the highest-owned Irish pub in the world (debate continues over who is higher, Paddy’s or The Dubliner in La Paz – see number 2 on our list), and one to add to any Irish pub bucket list. Opened in 1996, Paddy’s has everything you need to enjoy St Patrick’s Day, serving up Guinness, Jameson Whiskey and Irish coffees. We imagine the craic would be mighty at that altitude!
2. The Dubliner, La Paz, Bolivia
Staying in South America, and another Irish pub at high altitude is the popular Dubliner bar in Bolivia’s capital city, La Paz. At 3,600 metres above sea level, it’s recognised by many as the highest Irish pub in the world. Located in a shopping centre of all places, The Dubliner has captured the real essence of what makes a great Irish pub, serving up top notch pub grub, good beer, and a good selection of whiskey. It’s a lively bar, and St. Patrick’s Day is no different, with live music sessions throughout the day. The Wild Rover is another Irish pub in La Paz worth checking out, and along with Paddy’s in Cusco and The Dubliner, they are the three highest Irish pubs above sea level in the world.
3. Gracie Kelly’s, Bali
The Indonesian Island of Bali is a little piece of paradise, and on St Patrick’s Day the only place to take yourself is Gracie Kelly’s in Kuta. Located just off the beach, this island bar provides all the home comforts to ensure you’ve a St Patrick’s Day to remember. We’re sure your arm could be twisted for a wee Jameson in Bali!
4. Pog Mahones, Queenstown, New Zealand
With views out to the stunning Lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped Ben Lomand in the distance, views from Irish pubs don’t come much better than Pog Mahones in Queenstown, New Zealand. With Guinness and Magners on tap, stew on the menu and live folk music, Pog’s is one of the best places to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in New Zealand.
5. The Dead Rabbit, New York City
Voted the best bar in the world in 2015 and 2016, the Dead Rabbit is on a mission to bring Irish pubs into the 21st Century. Established in 2013 by Belfast natives Jack McGarry and Sean Muldoon, the Dead Rabbit has one of the best cocktail menus in the world, and the awards to show for it, so change the stout for one of their famous cocktails and raise your glass to a great night. Sláinte.
6. The James Joyce, Prague
With the finest selection of whiskey in Prague, The James Joyce is one of many popular Irish bars in the Czech Republic capital. Considered by many to be the most authentic Irish pub in Prague, the traditional music and roaring fire will keep you right as you begin your celebrations.
7. The Dubliner, Stockholm
The oldest Irish pub in Stockholm, The Dubliner is Irish owned and managed, and famous for an atmosphere that wouldn’t be out of place in the bars of Dublin, Kerry or Galway this weekend. With regular live music events in the bar, The Dubliner is the place to head to if you find yourself in Stockholm for St Patrick’s Day.
8. Flaherty’s Irish Pub, Barcelona
One of the liveliest Irish pubs in Barcelona, Flaherty’s is owned by Cork native Gerry Enright and named after Paddy Flaherty, a legendary figure from the Rebel County. Paddy sold whiskey all around Cork and even had the Paddy Whiskey named in his honour, so what better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than toasting another famous Paddy in Barcelona.
9. Finn McCools, New Orleans
Owned by Belfast couple Stephen and Pauline Patterson, Finn McCools, like so much of New Orleans, the bar felt the effects of the devastating Hurricane Katrina. The bar reopened again on St Patrick’s Day in 2006 and has gone from strength to strength since then, winning numerous awards in the process. St Patrick’s Day, therefore becomes a double celebration for the team at Finn McCools, and they celebrate in style with their famous St Patrick’s Day Block Party.
10. Lapa Irish Bar, Rio de Janeiro
Located away from the busy streets near the Copacabana Beach, Lapa Irish Bar is a hidden gem in Rio offering a great selection of whiskey and beers that will make you feel at home in no time. The bar has famous karaoke nights but St Patrick’s Day is all about Irish music with locals and tourists alike packing into the bar to create an amazing atmosphere and a memorable day (or not so memorable depending on how hard you hit it).
11. The Fiddler’s Elbow, Rome
Source: Fiddlers Elbow
The oldest bar in Rome, The Fiddler’s Elbow has been celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the Italian capital since 1976, and is famed in the area for its folk music sessions. So grab a stool and a pint, and sit back to the sound of your favourite Irish folk songs.
12. The Black Rose, Boston
The Black Rose is one of Boston’s most popular Irish pubs and has been serving tourists and locals alike since 1976. Referred to as “The Fenway Park of Irish Pubs” by the Boston Globe, you know you’re in for a great time at The Black Rose. With traditional Irish music played seven days a week at The Black Rose, St Patrick’s Day is the highlight of the year in a city that throws one of the biggest parties of them all.
13. The Irish Village, Dubai
With two locations in Dubai, The Irish Village knows how to throw a St Patrick’s Day party. Named as the Irish Pub of the Year in 2016 by the Irish Pubs Global Federation, The Irish Village perfectly captures all that is great about the Irish pub experience, and this weekend will be no different.
14. The Tipperary, London
London has a huge Irish community, and when it comes to Irish pubs in London, there is no shortage of options. For a bit of history though, look no further than The Tipperary, a bar that dates back to 1700 and is considered by many to be the first pub outside of Ireland to serve Guinness. We’ll drink to that.
15. Stout Irish Pub, Toronto, Canada
St Patrick’s Day just wouldn’t be St Patrick’s Day without a pint of stout, and where better to enjoy one than the aptly named Stout Irish Pub in Toronto, Canada. When it comes to the stout of choice though, this bar has gone with Murphy’s. With one of the best selections of craft beers in Toronto, and live Irish music all day, the 2014 Toronto Bar of the Year is a good bet this Paddy’s Day.
What is your favourite Irish pub for St Patrick’s Day?
If this list of Irish bars from around the world has wet your appetite for St Patrick’s Day, check out more Irish pubs to experience on your travels at blog.expedia.ie/irish-pubs.