St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest party nights of the year. In fact most U.K. cities have celebrations lasting up to a week. Celebrate with 10 of the craziest Paddy’s Day parties happening in 2015.
1. London: The Church @ The Coronet, Elephant and Castle
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When you’re promised “a day of Guinness swilling, bad behaving, sexy stripping, Irish singing and all round Irish awesomeness,” how can you possibly refuse?
The long-running St. Patrick’s Day celebration at The Church pub in Elephant and Castle kicks off on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
Entry £4; Entry, voucher for 4 drinks, bottle opener and Church lanyard £25. Buy tickets here.
2. London: Silent Disco, The View from the Shard
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Fancy attending the highest St. Patrick’s Day party in Europe (possibly the world)? Then get yourself a ticket to The View from the Shard on Tuesday, March 17.
Not only will you have a spectacular view, you’ll be treated to a complimentary Jameson Irish Whiskey with ginger and lime on arrival (plus one free refill) and there’ll be Guinness on tap at the bar. Then you can dance up a storm at the silent disco with three channels of music to choose from, one of which will be playing only Irish, folk and ceilidh music.
The View from the Shard’s St .Patrick’s Day party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight on March 17; last entry 11 p.m.
Entry and two Jameson with ginger ale and fresh lime combos £40. Buy tickets here.
3. London: The Medieval Banquet, Ivory House
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Every year Ivory House in London’s St. Katharine Docks is host to an incredible St. Patrick’s Day banquet. So put on your medieval finery and prepare yourself for two hours of live entertainment (during which free ale and red wine will be flowing), a four course meal and a disco into the early hours.
The Medieval Banquet is on Tuesday, March 17; doors open 7:15 p.m.; show starts 7:45 p.m.
Entry £58. Buy tickets here.
4. Glasgow: Jinty McGuinty’s, Ashton Lane
If you’re in Glasgow on St. Patrick’s Day there’s only one place to go and that’s Jinty McGuinty’s traditional Irish pub on Ashton Lane, in the heart of the city’s West End. It’s an all-day affair that typically ends with Guinness-fuelled revellers spilling out onto the lane’s cobbles until the early hours of the following morning. Jinty McGuinty’s guarantees all day traditional music, lots of giveaways, plenty of Guinness, a special Guinness photo booth and, of course, great craic.
Jinty McGuinty’s St. Patrick’s Day party starts at 12 p.m. on March 17 and entry is free.
5. London: Soca Frenzy Neon Glow Fete, Pentonville Road
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If the only green you’ll be wearing on St. Patrick’s Day is neon, get yourself down to Pentonville Road in London for the Soca Frenzy Neon Glow Fete. Organisers promise “top DJs and four rooms of fun.” Green glow sticks compulsory.
The Soca Frenzy Neon Glow Fete kicks off on Friday, March 13 at 11 p.m and finishes on Saturday, March 14 at 5 a.m.
Entry from £12. Buy tickets here.
6. Edinburgh: The Three Sisters, Cowgate
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The Three Sisters pub in Edinburgh knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day parties. For the hardcore, you can start on the Guinness at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 but first take advantage of the free Irish fry up to line your stomach. There’s also horse racing, special guest stars with an Irish flavour, live music, DJs, Irish dancers and a party bus.
Guinness will be flowing from no less than 26 taps and the pub is hoping to break the U.K. Guinness Sales Record and their own personal record of 10,486 pints of the black stuff.
Free entry; register in advance to obtain a wristband and book your fry up.
7. Birmingham: Paddys Block Party, Broad Street
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For a cheap and cheerful St Patrick’s Day party in Birmingham, get down to Broad Street for the annual Paddys Day Block Party. If you like fancy dress you’ll be in your element (prize for the best Irish costume). Entry covers all four venues and there will be freebies, giveaways, drinks offers and face painting a plenty.
The Paddys Day Block Party starts on Monday, March 16 at 10 p.m. (last entry 2 a.m.) and ends Tuesday, March 17 at 4 a.m.
Entry £8/students from £3. Buy tickets here.
8. Belfast: MAC Parish Hall Ceili, Exchange Street West
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If you think ceilidhs are tame you haven’t been to the MAC Parish Hall Ceili in Belfast. What better way to celebrate Paddy’s Day than with some traditional Irish dancing? For many the highlight of the night is the infamous “lovely boys” competition. There’s a fully licensed bar to help lower those inhibitions, plus plenty of tea and cake.
The MAC Parish Hall Ceili starts at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.
Entry £10. Buy tickets here.
9. Manchester: The Manchester Irish Festival
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With so many parties going on in Manchester for St. Patrick’s Day it’s impossible to choose just one. So why not go to them all? Start with the Manchester Irish Festival 20th Year Exhibition at The Union Inn in Levenshulme and take a look back at the last two decades of the festival. Then pop into Levenshulme’s Bar 19 for some live Irish blues from Sean Taylor and special guests. The Dog and Partridge is hosting an Irish music night with duo Hot Brandy. St. Kentigerns Irish Club in Fallowfield has an evening of live music and dance from 8 p.m. Or you might want to head to the fesitval’s annual karaoke party at The Union Inn, where Rocking Ronnie will be inviting you to take a turn on the mic. Oh, and look out for Elvis, who has been known to make an appearance.
Visit the Manchester Irish Festival website for venue and ticket information.
10. Brighton: Street Party, The Fiddler’s Elbow, Boyce’s Street
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The Fiddler’s Elbow is a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Brighton, which claims to serve the best (and probably cheapest) pint of Guinness in the city. Which makes it one of Brighton’s hottest spots each St. Patrick’s Day. The pub’s legendary street party celebrates its 20th year in 2015 with a slew of treats to honour St. Paddy. As well as “gallons of Guinness” there will be face painting, Irish stew, Irish dancing from the local Carey’s School of Dance, live Irish music from 2 p.m. until midnight, 6 Nations rugby showing on the big screens, freebies and raffles.
The Fiddler’s Elbow St. Patrick’s Day Street Party is on Saturday, March 14 and entry is free.