After supposedly driving all the snakes out of Ireland, Saint Patrick decided to get right merry on a few pints of Guinness, chat up some lovely looking girls, buy a kebab and fall asleep on the sofa watching the late night re-run of Robot Wars. In order to celebrate this momentous achievement, Irish and Plastic Paddies around the world unite to get off their face and generally have a bloody good time. Manchester is of course no exception, as you can see below…
Manchester Irish Festival Market & O Driscoll’s Pub
Not satisfied with just a parade around the city centre, the Irish have commandeered Albert Square for the next week and erected a big market on there for all to enjoy. Expect to see plenty of Irish food, drinks, music, clothes and souvenirs as you stroll around, as well as a full-on Irish Pub – O’ Driscoll’s. They’ve got a packed week of live music, booze and revelry.
Manchester Town Hall, M60 2LA
Hard Rock Cafe
What better way to celebrate all things Irish by going to the American restaurant Hard Rock Cafe and having a burger. If your name is Patrick and you want something for free, you can pop into Hard Rock in the Printworks between 12pm and 2pm and they will give you a free St Paddy’s Day Burger. It’s been specially created for the day, obviously, and features a couple of buns piled high with burgers, bacon, Irish potatoes and Guinness cheese sauce. If you’re not called Patrick, then it will set you back £15.25.
Hard Rock Cafe, The Printworks, Exchange Square, Manchester M4 2BS
Old bloke and footy fan favourite Mulligan’s will be offering a majestic line up in celebration of their patron saint including Live Music over its two floors all day on Friday. Expect plenty of drums, little guitars, and repetitive tunes about red-haired women who live down the road and refuse to drop their knickers.
Mulligans, 12 Southgate, Manchester M3 2RB
Once you’ve had your free burger in Hard Rock Cafe, continue the Irish themed piss up just further down the Printworks in Waxy O’Connor’s. A pub that also doubles up as a maze, Waxy’s is spread over about 100 floors and will be absolutely rammed and rocking on Friday. I once tried to get in here on a St Patrick’s Day in 2008 and couldn’t even get through the front door – get there early I’d say.
Waxy O’Connor’s, The Printworks, Corporation St, Manchester M4 2BS
Frog and Bucket St Patrick’s Day Special
The legendary comedy club is also getting in on the act this Friday with a St Patrick’s Day Special including 3 top-flight acts most likely telling some Irish-themed jokes in order to pad out their material. You’ve got headliner Tom Stade (as seen on Live at The Apollo) supported by Micky Bartlett, Steve Harris and Frog and Bucket’s own Dan Nightingale so it’s top quality comedy, with a splattering of cheap drinks and great food. Lovely.
Frog and Bucket, 102 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LJ
St Kentigern’s Club
St Kent’s is a belting social club located down in Fallowfield, and is host to loads of events throughout the week. In preparation for St Paddy’s day, they have a full calendar of Irish themed banter this week, including a Bingo Night on Wednesday, Set Dancing on Thursday and finally a fully blown St Patrick’s Day party ‘til late on Friday.
St Kentigern’s Club, 36 Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, M14 7DW
The good people over at O’Sheas have personally guaranteed that you will experience the best atmosphere in Manchester on St Paddy’s Day, and I’m inclined to believe them. Starting at 12pm they will have live music from Lochin – belting out traditional Irish tunes for hours while you sup your Guinness and Bulmer’s snake bite. Later on in the afternoon, Green Hot Clover will take over the music duties, as well as returning later on in the evening for an evening session costing a shocking £5 per person.
O’Shea’s, 80 Princess St, Manchester M1 6NF
Head on down to the Village on Friday and you will find a massive party kicking off in Bar Pop. From 12pm until 3am you can experience Irish dancers, live cabaret and enough brightly coloured sugary drinks to drown a mermaid. They will also be serving FREE Irish stew all day to soak up the booze, which is very nice of them.
Bar Pop, 10 Canal St, Manchester M1 3EZ
Oldham Street hot drink and food peddlers Koffee Pot have teamed up with Irish Mancunian to bring an evening of fine food, drink and entertainment to the great un-washed. To a backdrop of Irish & Mancunian tunes, you can enjoy an Irish-inspired 4 course dinner, with complimentary whiskey or champagne on arrival, as well as live music and Irish dancing. Music will come from renowned Irish Mancunian duo of Angela Durcan and Fiona Browne, while the dancing will be done by anyone pissed up enough to make an idiot of themselves and give it a try. Tickets are £20 and you can buy them here.
Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, M4 1LE
Chorlton Irish Club
Good old Chorlton Irish Club. Expect doors to open at 12pm. Expect Irish stew. Expect traditional Irish music. Expect a disco later on. Expect booze. Expect Irish dancing. Expect people falling over. Expect big stupid foam Guinness hats. Expect swearing. Expect a bloody good day.
Irish Association Social Club, 17 High Ln, M21 9DJ
The Shamrock is a proper great little boozer located just off Oldham Street in Ancoats. You should head down any chance you get, but they’ve also got a packed day planned for St Patrick’s Day as you’d expect. On top of the obligatory full day of traditional Irish music, they’ll also be serving a full Irish Breakfast in the morning, followed by a BBQ and Irish stew for the rest of the day.
The Shamrock, 17 Bengal St, M4 6AQ