This year promises to be the biggest ever St. Paddy’s Day celebration at Boat Quay, spanning three days (15-17Mar) of Irish themed merriment. Live Irish bands, dance displays and street markets can’t fail to get you in the shamrock spirit, plus you can even try your hand (or feet) at Irish sports such as hurling and Gaelic football. The weekend culminates in the St. Patrick's Day Street Festival, a family-friendly parade that co-celebrates World Down Syndrome Day, with thousands joining the dancers and drummers in the merry procession, setting out from Old Parliament House. Keep an eye out for the light display of shamrocks on the OCBC Centre – one of many famous landmarks worldwide that will ‘go green’ on St. Paddy’s Day. Check out www.facebook.com/stpatsdaySG
for more info. Parade 17 Mar, 3pm. Free.
Stretching happy hour into a happy all-nighter, Molley Roffey’s is kicking off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with promos on Guinness and patriotic green beer all evening. If beer isn’t your drink, try an Irish Kamikaze ($30 for six shooters). Dig in to a hearty Irish buffet feast at the Market Street bar as you jig the night away to performances by live bands. Check out www.mollyroffeys.com
for more info. Buffet 15 March, 5pm. Drink offers 15 & 16 March.
If you prefer an air of mystery to your St. Paddy’s day, climb aboard the open top party bus for the official hop on - hop off surprise tour to three of the best Irish bars in Singapore. You’ll get to grab a free Jack Daniels welcome shooter at each venue, and enjoy the exclusive drinks specials. Pub crawlers can also win various freebies and gain free entry to the mystery mega club at the end of the night. Check out their Facebook group
for more info.
Meeting point: UOB Plaza, 80 Raffles Place, 7pm. $40, pay in advance.
Follow your nose and let the aroma of St. Patrick’s Day Platters and “buy one get one free” Irish Cream cocktails lead you to Malones
at 313@Somerset. Make the most of Guinness or Kilkenny draft (two pints for $20) and one-for-one house pour spirits, and if you spend $50 or more, you get to walk away with a limited edition Guinness t-shirt. Soak up the party atmosphere, with a live band striking up at 7pm. 17 Mar.
After drinking your fill of stout at your Irish bar(s) of choice, make your merry way to the St. Patrick’s themed Avaland night at super club Avalon
. You’ll find yourself whisked away to Ireland amidst the leprechaun and shamrock décor, as Avalon pushes the boat out for St. Paddy’s. Celeb spotters should be on high alert – this is a hot spot for high-calibre partygoers! 16 Mar, 10pm.
Books & Beer: St Patrick's Day Edition
Rather kick back with a book and a cold beer than try the Irish jig? Billed as “the perfect brew of books, booze and bookworm babble”, Books & Beer is a haven for book lovers. Novel idea: deck yourself out in green, bring up to 10 of your pre-loved books and swap them to your heart’s content at the St. Paddy’s Edition meet-up. 17 Mar, 3-6pm. Earshot Café @The Arts House.
Fancy your chances at arm wrestling or beer pong? Or maybe you see yourself as the next Ultimate Burger Eating Champion? Head over to Mulligan's Irish Pub & Restaurant
, where the St. Patrick's Day shenanigans kick off at 2pm, with prizes to be won for a range of carnival games and, and pints on draught for $10 each. You’ll also get to catch the live screening of the Australian F1 Grand Prix, before chilling out to live performances by Acoustic Trip and Version 3.0. 17 Mar, 2pm.
For an authentically Irish musical experience, feast your ears on The King’s Pipers bagpipe band, which will be performing at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.15pm at Chijmes
. This atmospheric cluster of bars and restaurants is in for a very tuneful time on St. Paddy’s, with bands such as The Happy Accident, Rumors and Munkee Business set to perform. Enjoy Guinness Irish beef stew with mash ($10) at Club Lava, along with pints of Guinness aplenty. 15 & 16 Ma
r, 7.30-11.30pm. Free.
Bull & Bear
For a whole week of St. Patrick’s themed promotions, visit the Bull & Bear
at Far East Square between 11 and 15 March. Irish foodies can enjoy an Irish stew and Guinness pint combo ($17++) any day in the week leading up to the big day. 11-15 Mar.
Setting the party mood on St. Paddy's Day will be Singapore’s number one Celtic band, Gan Ainm. Kick up your heels to the Celtic tunes at Muddy Murphy's
and check out the delicacies on offer at the Irish Food Festival, including Oyster Kilpatrick and Lamb Osso Bucco. Early Bird Special until 16 Mar: three pints of Guinness and a limited edition St. Patrick's Day T-shirt for $50.