If you’ve any sense in ya, you’ll be celebrating Paddy’s Day in the city. With more Irish bars than Irish people (and that’s saying something, because who isn’t at least a quarter Irish?) Manchester is the place to be this side of the Emerald Isle on Sunday. Here are a few of our top picks of places to be seen wearing a Guinness hat and a fake ginger beard this weekend.
The Corner Boy definitely feels more Plastic Paddy than Golden Gaelic, but if you can get over the fact that your barman probably isn’t called Seamus O’Neill, there’s plenty of fun to be had with their wittily named cocktail menu. We recommend The Culchie Cosmo or Go On Ya Boyo, just because they made us laugh the most. Also it’s free to get in, so.
We’ll take any excuse to dance on some tables. Also, Irish food specials include Irish Stew (£6.95) and Steak & Guinness Pie (£7.95) throughout St Patrick’s Week, which are worth a go. Drinks offers include £5 steins of Guinness, £2.50 pints of Guinness and £2 Baby Guinness all week. Valid from Monday 11th-Friday 15th March until 7pm Friday, so maybe head here for a pre-emptive Paddy’s day shenanigan.
This year, Trof will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day by adding Guinness on tap for the entire weekend (for the first time ever!) and curating an Irish influenced Roast and Records special on Sunday 17th March. Alternatively, they will be offering a Jameson’s cocktail special for those who enjoy a stronger tipple.
Get ‘A Taste of Ireland’ on selected drinks from 11th-14th March. Drinks such as a pint of Chieftain IPA, HopHouse 13, Tullamore Dew, bottles of Magners, or a glass of Jamesons Whiskey are available for just £3 each.
For an extra £2, you can get a shot of Jameson Whiskey with any pint. Valid all day from 15th-17th March.
O’Shea’s promises a St Patrick’s Day party like no other, with tickets retailing at £7. There will be live music by Green Hot Clover, and your usual mix of beers, whiskeys and gins. With the funnest name to say in an Irish accent out of all the Irish bars, we’re inclined to believe that Paddy’s Day at O’Sheas will be lilting and beautifully musical.
Keilys Irish bar is the one if you fancy an authentic Irish bar experience, with a modern twist. Owned and run by genuine Irishman Andy Kiely, the Deansgate facing bar is a little pricier than you might expect for an Irish bar, but they won’t have you sat on decade old, carpet covered, beer soaked booth benches.
Your go-to backstreet Irish pub in Manchester, Mulligans will be opening its doors to more than the usual crowd of sports lovers and traditional music fiends on Sunday. Professing to be a breath of fresh air compared to other ‘franchised Irish bars in Manchester’, Mulligans offers a mixture of home cooked traditional Irish grub and a homely Irish vibe.
On the off chance that we stumble across a pot of gold and Sunday offers a rare sunshiny March day, you’ll want to find yourself in Bar Eight beer garden. If not, they’ve got a decent line up of musicians.
There’s loads going on every day of St Patrick’s Week, including live music from Quare Craic between 6pm-8pm on Sunday 10th March. There’ll also be Irish Whiskey Tasting Night with The Whisky Shop from 7pm on Wednesday 13th March. This one’s a ticketed event and costs £20 on the door only. Finally, there’ll be Live music on Friday 15th March, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March. ‘Mixi & Emma’ and ‘Kieran & Mixi’ will be performing on Sunday 17th March from 4pm until 12am.
And now for the big finale! Manchester Irish festival has taken over the four green fields of Albert Square from 1st – 17th March, showcasing the best that Irish Mancunians have to offer in terms of craic and tipples. O’discroll’s pop up Irish bar offers a parody of Irish culture that’s as enjoyable for the Yeatsians among us and the John Bulls alike.
As the good old luck of the Irish is sprinkled across the streets of Manchester, the Hard Rock Cafe team will be doing their bit to spread the joy. Teaming up with Venus Flowers, they’ll be handing out green flowers with a unique voucher for lucky passers-by. Each flower will contain a tag, containing a 2 for 1 offer on the Hard Rock Cafe Manchester’s mouth-watering Guinness Burger, topped with Jameson bacon jam and Guinness cheese sauce.
This offer can be redeemed all day on Sunday 17th March at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester, located in The Printworks.