A day on the calendar for the Irish and the Irish-at-heart.
St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. Liverpool boasts one of the strongest Irish heritages in the UK and as you’ll see from the list below, we know how to celebrate it. From parades to burgers and the odd pub crawl in between, drape yourself in the famous tricolour and get ready for the craic.
Don’t forget that we at Independent Liverpool encourage a balanced diet. That’s a Guinness in each hand for anyone asking. No but seriously, please do drink responsibly and have lots of fun whatever you end up doing.
Independent Liverpool St Patrick’s Day Weekender
Oh c’mon, we had to get this one in! On March 17th and 18th we are bringing a bit of Dublin to The Baltic Triangle when we once again takeover the Great Baltic Warehouse for two days of shamrocks, shenanigans and showers of Guinness. Expect boss food from local restaurants, boss drinks and even better memories. We love Paddy’s Day so much we are celebrating it twice and both days are jam packed with bands, DJs and more. Did we mention you’ll get a sneak peek of Liverpool’s gin garden? Final few tickets here, if sold out there will be some on the door.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
The 17th of March sees the second annual St Patrick’s Day parade through the city centre. Moving off at 2.30pm from the Old Irish Centre on Mount Pleasant. it will then make its way through the city centre, moving down Hope Street and Upper Duke Street and before making its way down to St George’s Plateau and eventually ending at the Queen Victoria monument at Derby Square. Bands in attendance are Liverpool Irish Flute Band, Fianna Phadraig Pipe Band, Cambria Drum Band and more. All information about the schedule can be found here.
Irish Pub Crawl
Flanagan’s, O’Neill’s, Pogue Mahones, Lanigans, Shenanigans, McCooley’s, Flanagans Apple, The Liffey… we could go on. Liverpool has been dubbed the capital of Ireland and it’s no surprise there’s plenty of places for a Guinness or five. We all have our own favourites and they all have their own charm but there’s no denying all are putting on a party that we’d say would be unforgettable but depending on how much Guinness you consume, we can’t be sure.
Irish Liverpool at St George’s Hall
With St Patrick’s day upon us, LoveHistory, producers of the popular Catacomb Tours of Liverpool’s darkest history are proud to present this thought provoking and compelling play, Irish Liverpool on the 18th of March. This theatrical production will take place in the concert room at St George’s Hall in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the Great Famine of the 1840s and the captivating dramatisation will take you on a journey through the passages of Liverpool’s Irish ancestry. More info here.
Salt Dog Slim’s St Patrick’s Special
One of the best places in the city on St Patrick’s Day is Salt Dog Slim’s. Open from 11AM with ‘The Icebreakers’ live band from 5:30PM and enough Jameson Whiskey for everyone, this party won’t be for the faint hearted. Don’t be surprised if the bartenders end up pouring whiskey down your throat whilst standing on the bar. Think Coyote Ugly with lots more craic.
Shit Indie Disco – Free Pizza St Paddy’s Special
Your St Paddy’s weekend starts at Shit Indie Disco Thursdays – Liverpool’s biggest and best indie night. Great songs, great people, cheap drinks, inflatables, glow sticks, glitter and unapologetically good times. Sound good? Well how does a free slice of pizza for everyone with a ticket who gets in before 11.30pm sound? Yeah, we thought that might swing it. Info here.
Take A Slice Of Ireland At Santa Maluco
Say hello to Paddy The Baddy – Santa Maluco’s one-off St Patrick’s Day special that will be love at first slice. It’s got a Guinness pizza dough, beef, cabbage, potato, red Leicester cheese and a tomato base. Patriotic pizza – we could get used to this.
Irish Americana At The Philharmonic Hall
Rackhouse Pilfer are bringing their fiery blend of Irish Americana to Liverpool Philharmonic. They have been enthralling crowds throughout Ireland, Europe and Nashville and were Special Guests to Imelda May at Sligo Live where they were a big hit with the audience, so much so that Imelda May invited them to join her for other dates. Grab your tickets here.
Bongo’s Bingo B*Witched Special
The Bingo phenomena changing how we go out is back and they’re not alone. They’ve brought no other than B*Witched, everyone’s favourite Irish girl pop group for a night of impromptu raves, dance offs and prizes so bad they’re good. No surprises here but this one sold out in a matter of moments but you can join the waiting list here and hope someone has some spare tickets.
Eat This Irish Burger
Seven Zero One are known for pushing boundaries of the burger variety. They turned a Sunday roast into a burger and now they’ve captured Irish cuisine with two buns. Corned beef, bubble and squeak and Jameson’s cream are the unusual ingredients making up a burger that also contains pesto and cabbage. If that doesn’t sound Irish enough, its namesake is ‘Yer Fecking Eejit’ which should do it.
St Michael’s Irish Centre
That’s right folks, Liverpool has its own Irish Centre and it’s a unique and wonderful place. St Patrick’s Day is a big day for them so expect live music, entertainment and more shenanigans than you can shake a stick at. The bar is open from noon so head to Boundary Lane to hear Michael Coyne and Bolger Cunningham Irish Dancers. Tickets are £7, more here.
Kelly’s Dispensary on Smithdown Road aren’t shy to a big ole knees-up and on the 17th March they’re hosting an epic St Patrick’s Day celebration. Live music, drinking, dancing, singing and some Gaelic sports thrown in. Best part of it? It’s completely free to enter. Don’t shout at us if the hangover the next day hurts, consider this your warning.
Medication At Arts Club
St Patrick’s Medication one of the best nights in Liverpool’s student calendar on Friday 17th March. Green is the colour, partying is the game! Med is putting on the biggest fecking party in town! Join us for our annual Irish festival with crazy balloons, silly inflatables, stupid hats, daft glasses, Tayto crisps and. All three rooms are open on St. Patrick’s so river dance your way to our pop room upstairs dedicated to the best Irish songs ever, join the magic and mayhem. All info here.
Heebie Jeebie’s Bonanza
It wouldn’t be Paddy’s without a proper Heebies Party. From 4pm they have the Heebies legend Mr Johnny Sands presenting a very special edition of his sessions with a real Irish twist! That will be going on until their resident DJs kick things up a notch or two and they’ll provide an unmissable sound track to what’s set to be an great night. More info here.
Irish Disco Mafia At Constellations
For a right ole Paddy days knees up we bring you some of the finest purveyors of Disco of the leprechaun variety for a night of nonstop no holds barred Disco floor fillers with a sprinkling of House and, oh yeah, some Irish Disco Dancing! Get Down Edits, Queen & Disco, James Morgan and more will have you dancing until the early hours. Tickets here.
Dub Special At 24 Kitchen Street
Bass music dons Dub Phizix and Strategy passing through Kitchen Street once again for a special Paddy’s day badddup. This Manchester duo been making waves across Europe for years now with their dangerous blend of DnB, Half-time and good old fashioned Dub. Marking 2016 with Dub Phizix’s first release on Goldie’s seminal Metalheadz label, the only way is up for these two! Tickets here.
St Patrick’s Day At The Jacaranda
A building steeped in musical history, expect much of the same this Paddy’s Day. A night at The Jacaranda is usually one to remember (or to forget in some cases!) and this year will be exactly that. Whiskey for Breakfast are on from 6pm, resident musical maestro Thom Morecroft will be doing a special set and there’s live music in the basement until the very early hours of the morning. More here.