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Get ‘Yer Green On: St Patrick's Day Guide 2012

By Zaki JufriEvents - 09 March 2011 5:29 PM | Updated 13 March 2012

Get ‘Yer Green On: St Patrick's Day Guide 2012

You can celebrate St. Patrick's Day without flying all the way to Ireland with plenty of events taking place around Singapore from March 12.

Originally, the March 17 holiday honoured the patron saint of Ireland (St. Patrick of course) for bringing Christianity to the Emerald Isle for the first time. Over the years, the holiday has transformed into a multi-dimensional festival that’s celebrated the world over featuring parades, oyster shucking competitions, feasts and parties. Pubs and bars will come alive with people drinking pints of Guinness, wearing top hats, listening to live music and just getting their leprechaun on.

So don’t wait until Saturday to feel green and festive. There's plenty to get you in the Irish spirit:


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

What’s St. Paddy’s Day without a parade? This much-anticipated annual event sees Boat Quay and Empress Place getting a swathe of paint in shades of green this Sunday. Jointly organized by the Irish Chamber of Commerce and St Patrick's Society, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sun, Mar 18) commemorates St. Patrick as well as the Irish National Day. Expect to see a raucous affair this year featuring thousands of participants including marching bands, bagpipes and loads of costumes. This year's parade starts at 3pm and will make its way from Empress Place (near the Sir Stamford Raffles statue), across the Singapore River, and ends at UOB Plaza. This year the parade will be held in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Association of Singapore’s Buddy Walk to commemorate the World Down Syndrome Day. And don’t forget to wear green.

Other highlights

Annual Molly Malone's St. Patrick's Day Street Party

The parade culminates in a massive street party outside Irish snug Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Grill (Sun, Mar 18. 5pm) turning Circular Road into a sea of green with the army of merrymaking dancers, musicians, bands and revellers. Expect to party well into the night as Irish and local acts will take to the stage bringing you their brand of music. Not forgetting the various Irish fare and of course you’re never far from a pint of Guinness at this party!

Singapore 'Biggest' St Patrick's Day Party

Clarke Quay Irish pub Mulligan's will also be throwing its own St. Paddy's shindig this march 16-17. Be entertained by resident band Acoustic Trip, dancers from Aqua Nova and Irish Inspirational Dance group as well as rockers John Molina & Kruger. Savour Irish beer and grub (all going for $10) and stand a chance to win some cold hard cash too ($1,000) in a lucky draw with every purchase of $50.

Irish Food Festival

You can't celebrate St Patrick's Day without some Irish grub! Get ready to sink your teeth into scrumptious Irish dishes such as oysters Rockefeller, Kilpatrick, Angels on Horseback, oyster and watercress salad along with a delicious oyster and pork pie, all whipped up by the Gaelic Inns chefs. Throw in a pint of Guinness and you’ll certainly be dancing the jig for sure. Through March 18 at The Penny BlackDurty Nelly’s,Scruffy Murphy’s and Ballymoon’s. 

Do The Jig with Gan Ainm

One of Singapore's top Celtic bands, Gan Ainm will be getting jiggy with it at Muddy Murphy's Irish Pub for five nights (March 14-18) for St. Paddy's Day.

Get On The Paddy Wagon!

Bar hop this St Patrick's Day. Hit up Muddy Murphy's Irish Bar at 7pm this Saturday (March 17) to get onboard the Paddy Wagon. For just $35 (includes 3 pints of Guinness), you'll get to travel to some of Singapore's top Irish pubs such as Scruffy Murphy's and Durty Nelly's.

You can also check out the various St Patrick's Day events right here.

Irish Pubs You Can Check Out

Ballymoon’s Irish Spirits Bar & Lounge

The Dubliner Irish Pub

Durty Nelly’s

Molly Roffey’s

Mulligan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

O’Bama’s Irish Pub


O’Riordan’s Irish Bar


The Toucan Irish Pub