It’s that time of year again, so it is. Prepare for the bars of Manchester to paint the city green.
What’s the craic, I hear you ask? Well, the official holiday lands on 17th March – but Manchester will be celebrating all week, with lots of activities to get involved with this weekend.
Even though St Patrick’s Day is primarily a cultural and religious holiday, it’s also a great excuse for a good ol’ knees up – and the Irish community certainly have no problem showing us how it’s done. Expect lots of dancing, hearty traditional dishes and as many pints as you can handle.
So, dig out your best green hat, grab a Guinness and have a browse through our list of recommendations for Paddy’s Day parties and offers in Manchester. May the luck of the Irish guide your weekend adventures.
Whiskey galore at The Oast House
Jameson Irish Whiskey is hosting the ultimate celebration at The Oast House.
It wouldn’t be St Patrick’s Day without raising a toast with your friends, so from midday on Saturday 16th March you can enjoy Jameson drinks aplenty. Load up on gourmet street food and challenge friends to retro games. You can also cheer on your home team during the Six Nations before live music keeps you going until late.
Round up your mates and head down early to bag a prime spot. Better still, a drink is on the house if you’re one of the first 500 through the door. Let the celebrations begin.
St Patrick’s Weekender at Dive NQ
Dive Bar in the Northern Quarter has got it all going on this weekend.
Kicking off on Friday 15th all the way through to Sunday 17th, you can expect great food and drink offers including a special St Patty burger with Jameson glaze (£8). There will also be live music all weekend, and the all-important ‘buy two Guinness get one free’ offer during their extended happy hour.
Dive Bar is also encouraging customers to come wearing green, and any St Patrick’s Day props are very much welcomed.
St Paddy’s Day Special in association with Bongo’s Bingo
If you didn’t think Bongo’s Bingo could get any crazier then you are wrong. On Sunday, you can continue the madness over at Crazy Pedro’s on Bridge Street, where the after party will be going on until the early hours.
Party goers will be joined by the Bongo’s Bingo crew, dancers and all. There will be plenty of drinks offers to keep you going all night long – true Irish style – including £2 Jameson shots, two for £10 cocktails and plenty of cheap plonk.
Guinness and roasts at Trof
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.
For this weekend only, the restaurant will have the impeccable Irish dry stout on tap. Alternatively, they will be offering a Jamesons cocktail special for those who enjoy a stronger tipple.
The kitchen will cook up spectacular roast dinners including beef, chicken, pork and their divine vegan roast all day Sunday. The records will be supplied by the lovely Augmented Sound, keeping you feeling lucky throughout the day with some sweet funk, soul and disco from 2pm until 8pm.
The restaurant advises booking in advance if planning on dining on St Patrick’s Day.
Free shots at Atlas Bar for all wannabe leprechauns
If you enter Atlas Bar dressed as a leprechaun on either the 16th or 17th March you will get a free shot of Irish whiskey. If there is ever an incentive to dress a magical creature – this has got to be it.
Or you take a photo in the bar, upload it to your social media you will be entered into a competition to win a bottle of Dingle Whiskey. Selfie central and free shots. Win win.
Paddy’s Day drag brunch at All Star Lanes
All Star Lanes is rolling out the green carpet this weekend, creating a perfect drink to mark the occasion – the Pot O Gold cocktail, made with Dubliner Irish whiskey, honeycomb liqueur and Mozart chocolate liqueur.
The main event, however, will be taking place on 17th March. With an all-singing, all-dancing St Paddy’s Day drag brunch with bottomless prosecco, mimosas and craft beer.
Putting on a wild performance will be drag royalty Donna Trump, Kitty Scott Clause and Ophelia Love Queen.
‘Kiss me I’m Irish’ at Menagerie
Wanting some good craic and cocktails? Menagerie has conjured up a ‘Kiss Me I’m Irish’ cocktail which is on a 2 for 1 offer all this week, running up to and including 17th March.
That’s not all. Throughout Friday and Saturday and Sunday there will be Irish fancy dress and props scattered throughout the restaurant and bar areas.
Bottomless brunches will be taking place as usual on Saturday and Sunday just with a little hint of Irish to get you in the spirit.
Live music at O’Sheas
As you’d expect, St Paddy’s Day is a big day in the O’Sheas calendar. This Irish institution in Manchester is promising that you will experience the best atmosphere in Manchester this Sunday.
Putting on a big show – as always – there will be live music from their usual Irish band, Green Hot Clover, who will be belting out a collection of your favourite Irish hits. Tickets are £7.
A host of offers at The Printworks
Entertainment complex The Printworks has a host of offers and events ready for St Patrick’s Day, with live music, whiskey tasting and food specials until 17th March.
Chieftain IPA, HopHouse 13, Tullamore Dew, bottles of Magners, or a glass of Jamesons are £3 each at O’Neills, or at Walkabout Guinness is £1.99. There’s 50% off drinks all day until midnight on Sunday at Tiger Tiger, and there’s live music and whiskey tasting at Waxy O’Connors.
There’s also drinks offers and Irish food specials at Bierkeller, and Hard Rock Cafe have a special ‘St Paddy’s Shake’ with vanilla vodka, ice cream, Oreo cookies and white chocolate whipped cream, or a Guinness and bacon jam cheeseburger.
Jameson present St Paddy’s Day at The Whiskey Jar
Easily a place that sells more Jameson Irish Whiskey than any other bar in the city, The Whiskey Jar in the Northern Quarter is hosting a big whiskey bash with free drinks for the first 50 people to arrive. You can also expect a specially made cocktail menu, bar games and lots of live music.
If you are feeling competitive there is also £500 worth of prizes to be given away if you want to partake in some Irish-themed games.
The best craic at Mulligans of Deansgate
Another Irish favourite in the city, Mulligans will be offering a weekend festival line-up in celebration of their patron saint.
There will be 12 live music acts over the space of two days. You guessed it, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, promising Paddy’s day revellers ‘the best craic in Manchester’.
Frog and Bucket St Patrick’s Day Special
The legendary comedy club is also getting in on the act this Sunday with a St Patrick’s Day special.
Three top-flight Irish acts will be telling some Irish-themed jokes. Headliners include Andrew Ryan, Peter Flanagan and Rory O’Hanlon. Expect top quality comedy with some cheap booze on hand.
St Patrick’s Day Party at Hatch
The organisers of the Six Nations aligned their matches perfectly this year with Wales vs Ireland happening on – yes, you guessed it – St Paddy’s Day. The lovely folk down at Hatch will be showing the match on their big screen just for you.
They have also teamed up with Jameson to bring you free cocktails for the first 100 guests, alongside special collaborations with Hatch traders like Meatless Farm, Seasoned: Nothing But Fries and my personal favourite Cyprus Kouzina.
Expect whisky, rugby, merriment and more.