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Seven ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

HerCanberra Team

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St Patrick’s Day is this weekend: the ultimate celebration of Irish culture. While a journey to a gorgeous green island for the weekend might be slightly unrealistic, there are plenty of spots across Canberra to celebrate.

King O’Malley’s

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This list would simply not be complete without a St Patrick’s Day celebration at King O’Malley’s, a destination well known and well-loved by generations of Canberrans. This year, the pub has set aside an entire day dedicated to entertaining the people of Canberra in good old Irish spirit.

Start your morning right (and line your stomach) with breakfast from the freshly-opened Gerry’s Kitchen, served from 8 am. Then head to King O’Malley’s for a line-up of entertainment including Irish Dancing, face painting for the kids (or adults), and of course, Guinness on tap all day long. There’s also live Irish music including Cassidy’s Ceili from 2 pm-4 pm, and Fir Croi later on. If you’re really feeling the spirit, enter the competition for the best #Guinnesstache to go in the running for a prize. May the luck of the Irish be with you.

Canberra Irish Club

Who better to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with than the Irish? The Canberra Irish Club has put together an impressive day filled with fun, festivities and giveaways.

There will be plenty of food on hand, with a full Irish buffet breakfast from 8 am, and the bistro serving Irish style dishes throughout the day.

You can also expect Irish dancers and live bands from noon until late, including Fir Croi, Night Potion and Cassidy’s Ceili.

The George Harcourt Inn

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The George Harcourt Inn rarely disappoints, and their St Patrick’s Day event looks to be no exception. Whether you choose to sit inside the pub or outside in the beer garden, there’ll be $9 pints of Guinness and Kilkenny, as well as Irish meal specials. For $26, you can enjoy Irish stew and soda bread or a Guinness pot pie – both served with a pint of Guinness.

Spot one of the hidden leprechauns around the pub and you could win yourself a $50 voucher, or score yourself a free cap when you purchase a Guinness or Kilkenny. The day’s festivities will be set to the tune of live music from midday.

Pot Belly Bar

You can always count on Pot Belly Bar in Belconnen for its great atmosphere and stellar collection of craft beer and spirits.

This Saturday, join Pot Belly Bar for a family-friendly St Patrick’s Day celebration. There will be free entry, Irish music and Irish beer and whiskey. Sip on Guinness and snack on chips, calamari or a selection of pizzas.

PJ O’Reilly’s

PJ O’Reilly’s are kicking their St Patrick’s Day celebration off early, with doors opening at 11 am.  There will be live music all day, including Dan Milane from 4pm-7pm, Touchasoul from 9-late, and DJ Tommy Gunns even later. It wouldn’t be a party without some Irish dancing, which you can watch from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm.

There are also Irish specials on offer, including $6 green beer schooners all day, and a hearty Guinness Potpie.

PJ O’Reilly’s Tuggeranong

They haven’t forgotten the south siders – PJ O’Reilly’s in Tuggeranong are also in on the celebrations,  with the pub opening from 10 am.

The restaurant will be offering Irish fare all day, as well as classic pub favourites. Enjoy Irish dancers from 1 pm and Guinness giveaways. There’s also a great line up of live music, including Nick Lee-Murphy from 4:30 pm, The Filthy Darlings from 8:30 pm and a DJ until late.

Tallagandra Hill

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If you’re more of a wine fan but still want to get amongst the action, Tallegandra Hill should be your go-to with their Long Lunch Grape Stomp.

Experience the fun of stomping grapes barefoot – everyone is welcome to stop on the day, but there’s a Great Shamrock Stomp Off for teams of eight.

Tickets are $62.50 for adults and $30 for children (with kids under 10 free) which includes a two-course buffet lunch provided by former MKR winner Bella’s Feast while you listen to singer-songwriter Sorell Nation. Bookings essential.

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