17 Places to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Manchester 2020

Including green drinks, live music, themed menus and of course - gallons of Guinness...

6 days of St Paddy’s @ The Bowling Green in Chorlton
From Thursday 12th March
Set just off Chorlton Green, The Bowling Green are hosting a massive 6-day Irish extravaganza, starting on Thursday 12th March and incorporating a long list of events. There’s the traditional Irish Breakfast on offer, Live music, Gaelic footy, a ‘Craictastic Disco’ and of course – plenty of Guinness. There’s too much going on to list here so head on over to their social channels for more information on it all.

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St Patrick’s Day Cocktails at Sandinista
From Friday 13th March
This year Sandinista have teamed up with Jameson’s to bring us all 3 exclusive cocktails – available from the 13th March until the 20th March. What are they I hear you shout?! Well, there’s the Erin Rose with Jameson Black Barrel whiskey, Martel VS Cognac and Fernet Branca menta; the Half & Half with Jameson Caskmate whiskey, Tosolini coffee liqueur and stout foam; and the Irish Mule with Jameson whiskey, lime juice, Old Jamaican ginger beer and Angostura bitters. They’re all 8 sheets.

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St Paddy’s Day Boilermaker @ Wolf at the Door
From Friday 13th March
Available from Friday is this – the Wolf at the Door St Paddy’s Boilermaker. For those not familiar with what a boilermaker is, in it’s simplest term it’s a beer and a shot. Easy. This one is £7.50 and consists of a pint of Guinness (obviously) and a shot of Redbreast 12 (a lovely Irish whiskey). Get down there, get involved and perhaps have a couple of tacos and baos too?!

 

St Patrick’s Day Specials @ Hard Rock Cafe
From Friday 13th March
Like most Americans, Hard Rock Cafe will be going full-on crazy this St. Patrick’s Day with some super-special treats for anyone looking to get into the Gaelic mood. They’re offering a limited-edition St Paddy’s Day menu (£25) which consists of their St Paddy’s Shake; a blend of vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies, a touch of mint and white chocolate whipped cream. They then add some Absolut Vanilla Vodka to it so it’s proper boozy. Then there’s their Guinness & Bacon Jam Cheeseburger, which comes with Jameson bacon jam and Guinness cheese sauce, served with seasoned fries. Two proper Irish specials to enjoy between Friday 13th and Wednesday 18th March.

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The Paddy’s Weekender @ The Corner Boy & Wilson’s Social
Saturday 14th March
The Northern Quarter’s only Irish pub has (as you’d expect) a rather packed St Paddy’s Day plan set out, a plan that includes lots of food, lots of booze and of course – lots of music. They’ll be serving up Full Irish Breakfasts with pints of Guinness, as well as serving up Guinness Cream Donuts courtesy of Gooey. Once they’ve added their extra Guinness taps, they’ll also be playing host to a range of music events, both at Corner Boy and the adjoining Wilson’s Social. There’s live music starting from Saturday 14th March, plus a Father Ted Quiz on Monday and a Derry Girls Quiz on Tuesday.

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St Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday 15th March
At the time of writing this, the St Paddy’s Day Parade is STILL going ahead – even in the face of mass media hysteria about Corona virus. Taking place on Sunday 15th March, the annual parade is usually the culmination of the rather excellent Irish Festival that takes place around the city. Setting off from the Irish World Heritage Centre at 12pm on Sunday, the parade will finish on Deansgate around 2pm. I’m not sure what to expect from the parade itself (I’ve never actually been) but there will most likely be plenty of Irish dancers and big foam Guinness hats.

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An evening with Jameson’s and 4-courses @ Edinburgh Castle
Monday 16th March
The rather sublime Edinburgh Castle will be commemorating St Patrick’s Day with a 4-course menu in the restaurant upstairs, alongside whiskey and expertise from probably the most famous Irish whiskey out there – Jameson’s. Taking place on Monday 16th March, the dinner will kick off with homemade Sourdough and Soda Bread Crackers (with Jameson’s Draff Butter & Spent Grain Crumble), followed by Cedar Smoked Cork Mussels with Whiskey, White Pudding Crusted Lamb Rump with Wild Garlic and finished with Slow Roasted Storage Apple with Miso. It sounds bloody gorgeous, and knowing this lot here – it will be.

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Green Margaritas @ Crazy Pedro’s
Tuesday 17th March
In what could be considered the quickest and easiest way to celebrate St Paddy’s in the city, Crazy Pedro’s have created a GREEN margarita for sale on the day – effortlessly topping it up with Lucky Charms. That’s it. Minimum effort but who needs effort when you’ve got margaritas this good anyway?!

 

Feck! Drinks! Gurls! @ Brickhouse Social NWS
Tuesday 17th March
They’re going ALL out for St Paddy’s Day this year at Brickhouse Social with the cherry on top of it all being an all-day Father Ted marathon being shown up on their sun terrace. What a treat! If you really need to know anything else about it all, fear not, there’s plenty of other delights happening. You can get 3 pints of Guinness for £10 (+ a free baby Guinness for every 3 bought), free Guinness hats, free tea (courtesy of Ms. Doyle I presume) and Irish tunes all day (and night).

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Sexton Whiskey Takeover @ Waxy O’Connor’s
Tuesday 17th March
As if one of the city’s biggest and busiest Irish bars wouldn’t be doing something on St Paddy’s Day! Waxy O Connor’s will probably be polishing their brass and glazing their wood as we speak – all in preparation for a few days of pure Irish mayhem. There’ll be live music, Guinness and probably a fair few bowls of Irish stew knocking about. You’ll be guaranteed a bloody good time for sure.

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St Patrick’s Day Quiz @ Dive NQ 
Tuesday 17th March
Dive NQ has upped the anty this month with a St Patrick’s Day themed quiz. There’s drinks offers available all weekend including Guinness is just £4 a pint ad there are 2-4-1 on Jameson Whiskey & Ginger Ale. Prizes includes bottles of Jamesons, Guinness, Bar Tabs + breakfast at Koffee pot for you and 5 of your mates! So brush up on your Irish knowledge and get a Guinness in hand.

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Vegan St Patrick’s Day at GRUB
Tuesday 17th March
Street Food maestros GRUB are celebrating St Paddy’s Day the only way they know how – by stoking up their ovens and serving up some fantastic food for all and sundry. They’ve teamed up with Murph’s Vegan Kitchen who will be offering up some lovely Irish food, alongside Irish stout and a dram of Whisky. Tickets are only £15 and can be purchased below.

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St. Patrick’s Day Blowout @ 42nd Street
Tuesday 17th March
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but 42s is a Manchester institution and one that loves to celebrate St Paddy’s properly. Along with their usual indie tunes they’ll also be adding in some serious Irish anthems for you to dance and snog to. And of course, there will be enough cheap drinks to sink the Titanic – with £1 jagerbombs pretty much sealing the deal for anyone wondering how to spend their St Paddy’s evening.

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St Patrick’s Day Live Music @ The Bay Horse Tavern
Tuesday 17th March
The NQ’s best boozer will be hosting a night of proper Irish tunes this St Paddy’s Day courtesy of Damian Murden. He’ll be playing from 6pm – 7pm and then again from 10pm – 11pm. In between there will be the usual Pub Quiz brilliance downstairs, hosted by the always reliable Andy ‘Candypants’ Cooper. Will he do an Irish special? Of course it bloody will!

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Sounds from Ireland: From Pub to Concert Hall
Tuesday 17th March
A double-pronger here with a concert at NIAMOS from 7pm, followed by a jolly knees-up at Night People from 10pm. What’s going on though? Well, NIAMOS will be hosting a traditional Irish Band and string orchestra from RNCM – jamming out some folk tunes, before the party moves on to Night People on Princess Street for a night of debauchery that you’ll likely forget.

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St Patrick’s Night with Vicars Son @ Fred’s Ale House
Tuesday 17th March
Levenshulme’s legendary Fred’s will be hosting a night of traditional Irish Music this St Patrick’s Day, thanks to highly energetic Vicars Son band. They’ll be doing two sets over the night and so make sure you grease up your dancing shoes and lubricate those hips with a fair few pints of Guinness.

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Whiskey Tales by Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey @ 20 Stories
Wednesday 18th March
Taking place on Wednesday 18th March, this carefully designed 3-course menu paired with Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey aims to take you on a journey through the development and refinery of one of the world’s most respected Irish whiskies. The night includes a welcome cocktail, an immersive whiskey tasting session, three-course menu and a Dead Rabbit gift bag to take home with you. All while enjoying the stunning views of the city from way up high.

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