Do you feel lucky? Here’s where to celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2018 in The Rocks this weekend
St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year – meaning that Sydney’s Irish and Irish-loving population will be out in full shamrock-green force.
The trick to a successful St Paddy’s isn’t just about downing Guinness and wearing green – it’s about keeping yourself going all day (and night!) so you can soak up the atmosphere.
So wear comfy shoes so you can explore, and head on down to The Rocks from the morning for a very special start to the day at…
The Merc knows all about early starts – it’s Sydney’s oldest Irish pub, built in 1914. So they’re kicking off St Patrick’s Day from 7am with a ticketed sit-down breakfast (now sold out), featuring Irish music as well as Irish coffees, and of course, pints of Guinness. (The breakfast Guinness is a glorious tradition!)
After 10am, the pub throws its door open to the city at large, with more traditional Irish dancing and music, plus a covers band late into the night.
It’s their biggest St Patrick’s Day ever, and the Merc will be taking over George Street as well – so scoot down to check out their pop-up bars and food stalls.
Where else to celebrate
If you don’t feel like settling in at the Mercantile’s huge celebration all day, there are heaps of options to be had between the Rocks’ finest hotels and drinking holes – just don’t forget to sample the delicious food on offer as well, and settle in anywhere the atmosphere feels right!
1 – From the Mercantile, you can first head down George St to The Observer Hotel. Freshly renovated with a designer beer garden, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed bite.
2 – Swing by the Endeavour Tap Room for some of their super-fresh house brews. They may not be green, but you can make up for that at…
3 – The Fortune Of War, Sydney’s oldest pub, Irish or otherwise! They’ll be turning it all on, with green beer, Guinness on tap at all bars, live music, and free Guinness giveaways.
4 – Basically next door to the Fortune, you can find The Push, who are also going all out. Green beer, black beer (you guessed it: Guinness!), more giveaways, and Irish-inspired cocktails.
5 – Take in the air and the atmosphere as you walk down to the Australian Heritage Hotel, where there’ll be Guinness flowing alongside their usual lineup of local and international craft beers on tap.
6 – And don’t forget the Glenmore, where you can watch the festivities on the street below from their famous rooftop, and soak up the day with a stick-to-your-ribs meal special: bangers and mash with Guinness gravy.