It's that time of year again to scour your family tree for that one Irish cousin you had, pretend you like Guinness and wear a stupid novelty foam hat. It's St Paddy's Day so it is!
St Patrick’s Day Bottomless Brunch at Black Dog
To celebrate old Saint Patrick stealing all of the children out of Ireland with a flute and sending them to a mysterious world, Black Dog NQ are putting on a super-special Bottomless Brunch this weekend – adding a massive Irish Breakfast and Guinness to their menu. That means you can sort out your hangover with a belting fry up and sup unlimited Guinness for 2 hours. It’s available both Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 4pm.
Black Dog Ballroom, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
Guinness Galore at Trof NQ
Trof NQ will be adding Guinness to their taps for the whole weekend this St. Paddy’s Day – a first for them in their 11-year existence. Not just this but they’ll also be offering a special Jameson’s cocktail alongside a long list of roast dinners and DJ’s on the Sunday. You’ll be able to tuck into their roast with a choice of beef, chicken, pork or vegan while listening to the best funk, soul and disco by Augmented Sound.
Trof NQ, 8 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU
St Patrick’s Weekender at Dive NQ
There are enough things going on at Dive this St. Patrick’s weekend to satisfy even the most dedicated Plastic Paddy, with a selection of food and drink specials, live music and some super-special Jameson offers to keep the Irish charm flowing. The weekend will feature LIVE music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday alongside a very special ‘St Patty’ Burger with Jameson Glaze (£8), cheap Jameson and Gingers (£5) and the all-important Buy 2 Guinness, get 1 free offer that most people will swoon over.
Dive NQ, 12 Tib St, Manchester M4 1SH
St Patrick’s Party at Hatch
It seems like the blokes in charge of arranging the Six Nations did a bang-up job this year because St. Patrick’s Day features a day of rugby that culminates in Wales playing Ireland – and guess what – Hatch are going to be showing it on their big screen just for you. They’ve also teamed up with Jameson (who are everywhere it seems) to bring you FREE cocktails, alongside special collaborations with Hatch traders. My personal favourite will certainly be the special St. Paddy’s Day fries from the Seasoned: Nothing But Fries gang. They’re guaranteed to be brilliant.
Hatch, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED
St Patrick’s Day at O’Shea’s
The biggest weekend in an already packed calendar, St Paddy’s Day is massive for O’Shea’s – as you’d expect – and so they’re once again putting on a big, big show. The evening will see them wheeling out their usual St. Patrick’s band – Green Hot Clover who will see the night through with a collection of all of your favourite Irish hits. Tickets were £5 last year and this year they’re £7 – I’m going to assume that it’s because of Brexit though and not because the band have become a set of demanding divas.
O’Shea’s, 80 Princess St, Manchester M1 6NF
Live Music at The Printworks
As you’d expect there’s a whole host of offers and events going on around the various Printworks establishments (including the massive Waxy O’Connor’s of course) – but as well as all that they will also be putting on some live music in the Pump Yard (the bit in the middle) from Jimmy Doherty from The Velvet Tinkers. I’ve never heard him but I can only assume that it’s going to involve one of those little guitars and all those songs about young ginger girls that live on the farm down the road. He’ll be performing from 4-6pm and 7pm-9pm.
The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS
Jameson Irish Whiskey presents St. Paddy’s Day at The Whiskey Jar
As a place that probably flogs more Jameson than any other gaff in the city, The Whiskey Jar in the NQ are putting on a big whiskey bash with the drinks company, complete with FREE drinks, a special cocktail menu, an array of bar games, random prizes and of course – live music. They always manage to put on a good show here – I doubt this will be any different.
The Whiskey Jar, 14 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
St Patrick’s Day Specials at Hard Rock Cafe
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. Their St Paddy’s Shake (£8.75) is 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 (£14.25), which comes with Jameson bacon jam and Guinness cheese sauce, served with seasoned fries. Two proper Irish specials to enjoy from Wednesday 13th March.
Hard Rock Cafe, Exchange Square, Manchester M4 2BS
The Creameries x Henry C: St Patrick’s Day cocktails & canapés
My two most favourite establishments in Manchester are coming together once again to provide us punters with an evening of St. Patrick’s Day cocktails and canapés. For £25 you’ll get 3 full-sized cocktails and 3 paired canapés from the best food and drink establishments in Chorlton – and just looking at the menu is making me bloody hungry! And thirsty. Expect oysters, goat Irish stew and Porter cake and cocktails more imaginative than Roald Dahl on acid.
The Creameries, 406 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0SD
Live Irish Music with Ardua at The Corner Boy
Ever since rebranding themselves as an Irish Bar, the Finest gang have enjoyed a fair few quality bevvies in The Corner Boy, a place where you can sit and chill in a nook or cranny, get sloshed and have some right good craic. As is the obligation now they’re an Irish bar, they have a packed St. Patrick’s Day celebration weekend including a night of Live Irish Music with all-Ireland Champions – Ardua. Formed by 3 sisters, between them they play the traditional Irish fiddle, button accordion, concertina, whistles, and can even do all of that Irish dancing that made Flatley his millions. It’s FREE too!
The Corner Boy, 21 Hilton St, Manchester M1 1JJ
St Patty Says YES
It seems like Jameson are pushing out all the stops this St Paddy’s Day – ensuring they’re getting their lovely whiskey in pretty much every single establishment in the city. It can’t help but make me feel sorry for all of the hardworking lot at Tullamore DEW. Well, the monopoly continues at YES on Sunday with a full on St Patrick’s Day party featuring FREE Jameson cocktails, live music from The Rhythm Method (who don’t really have much to do with Ireland but who cares?!) and a DJ set into the night from Scott Brooks.
YES, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7BD
Mulligans of Deansgate
Irish favourite Mulligan’s will be offering a grand weekend festival line-up in celebration of their patron saint featuring 12 live music acts over the 2 days (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th). They are also promising ‘The Best Craic in Manchester’ which hopefully some smack heads won’t get confused about and get in touch with someone about a violation under the Trade’s Descriptions Act.
Mulligans, 12 Southgate, Manchester M3 2RB
Exclusive St Patrick’s Day Cocktails at Sandinista
They’re not just constrained by the shackles of the Gregorian calendar over at Sandinista – they’ve shunned the idea of celebrating St Patrick’s Day on one day only and have decided to spend all bloody week celebrating it instead. They’ve teamed up with (surprise, surprise) Jameson Whiskey and Bonac Irish Gin to bring an exclusive Paddy’s Day cocktail menu. Fans of the Espresso Martini will enjoy the Cask ‘n’ Coffee – a blend of Jameson Whiskey Caskmates, stout syrup, coffee liqueur and an espresso shot.
Sandinista, 2 Old Bank St, City Centre, Manchester M2 7PF
St Patrick’s Day Special at the Frog & Bucket
Sun Mar 17 2019 – 19:00
The Irish always like to have a bloody good laugh, I mean – just look on the telly and you’ll find Father Ted and Patrick Kielty and err…. My Hero? Okay so I can’t think of much but I’m sure they are out there and I’m just being my usual ignorant self. 2019 will be following many previous years’ example over at The Frog & Bucket as they continue to have a laugh and host another St. Patrick’s Day special featuring MC Conor Drum, Andrew Ryan, Peter Flanagan and Rory O’Hanlon (who has quite possibly the most Irish name ever.)
Frog and Bucket Comedy Club, 102 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LJ
St Patrick’s Day Party at the Chorlton Irish Club
March 17 @ 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
You can’t go wrong on St. Paddy’s Day with a visit to Chorlton’s fantastic Irish Club – where you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy some world-class music from The Grace Kelly Band. There will also be a big bloody disco, as well as plenty of Irish stew knocking about – perfect alongside around 7 pints of Guinness, 6 Jameson & Gingers and a cheeky little bottle of Blue WKD.
Chorlton Irish Club, High Ln, Manchester M21 9DJ