Green beer, bagpipes and leprechauns, anyone? Of course, it must be Saintt Patrick’s Day. This year it falls on Sunday, 17 March 2013, giving revellers the whole weekend to enjoy the peculiarities of this jolly fair that has its origins in a Catholic feast day. Whether you are Irish or Irish just for the occasion, there are plenty of cultural and gastronomic events to brighten up the weekend. Don’t forget your best green clothes and widest grins as you toast to St Paddy. We round up the finest of the fest.
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St Patrick's Day Street Festival | Photo:
The Singapore River One St Patrick's Day
Where to go for St Patrick's Day
Get in touch with your inner leprechaun at The Singapore River One St Patrick’s Day Street Festival, which will be taking over Boat Quay and Circular Road from 15 to 17 March. Fuelled by Guinness, the festival will be rounding up all kinds of merriment including Irish folk music and modern pop, street performers and buskers. The celebrations come to a head with a parade on 17 March that sees members of the Irish community marching from Old Parliament House to Circular Road along with representatives from the Down Syndrome Association, to jointly pay tribute to World Down Syndrome day.
Bring your family to the St Patrick’s Day Carnival hosted by Mulligan’s at Clarke Quay Central Fountain Square on 17 March. Be confronted by a host of activities including inflatable bouncers, rodeo bull challenge and carnival games organised by Mulligun’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. Everyone will stay entertained by stilt walkers, jugglers and balloon twisters as well as two live bands performing in the early afternoon. If you’re coming with friends, fluff up your team spirit because there will be team drinking competitions, burger challenges, arm wrestling and more.
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Embrace the shamrock sound at CHIJMES from15-16 March, where traditional pipe band The King’s Pipers will be marching in with the unmistakable blaring of bagpipes at 7.30pm and playing two more sets at 8.30pm and 9.30pm. House bands from resident bars Cuscaden and Hog’s Breath will also be cranking out lively jams through the night while you tuck into Irish pub grub such as Guinness Irish beef stew and bangers & mash. For some challenge along with your pint, sign up for a beer pong match for $10 – you can redeem a cup of beer after – and toss your best shots for a chance to win limited edition Guinness merchandise.
If you’re feeling frisky after these events and pub-hopping (see below), skip down to Avalon’s St. Patty’s themed edition of weekly night Avaland on 16 March. The Hollywood-style club will be dressed up with all things green and Gaelic, which should make their usual bottle-popping revelry even jollier.
Where to drink for St Patrick's Day
Guinness and ciders are the drinks du jour all through March at Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse. Pop down during lunch hour to pair a cold one with the special dish of the month: a homemade fish finger burger topped with garlic butter, melted cheddar and tartare dressing ($15.80), available from 11.30am-3pm. Gather friends to enjoy the spread of pub grub in the Sque platter packaged with three bottles of Guinness Draught ($73.71) or the sausage platter with two Magners pints ($49.14). Seasoned drinkers can get straight to filling their tables with buckets of five Guinness bottles ($63.18) and Magners cider (unlimited orders of two bottles for $21.65 with any promotion).
There are St Patty’s specials all month long at Post Bar at The Fullerton Hotel. $21 will get you a bottle of Guinness draught and a serving of freshly shucked oysters from 5pm-2am daily (till 31 March). On 22 March, the bar’s East Garden will go the whole hog for a St Patrick’s Day Party ($70 per head). Expect unlimited beer and an Irish buffet spread including crisp fried oysters with Guinness mayonnaise, cheese stuffed crisp jalapenos, lamb shepherd’s pie and an Irish beef stew.
In true Irish form, the boisterous drinking at Mulligan’s on 17 March starts at 2pm till late, with Guinness and draft beers at $10 a pint. The liquid courage will come in handy for games including arm wrestling, an ultimate burger eating contest and a team beer chugging contest. If you’re not into showing off your brawn or stamina, nurse your pint while watching a live screening of the Australian Grand Prix instead.
Green beer ($12 a pint) and Guinness ($13 a pint) will be pouring freely at Molly Roffey’s from 15-16 March. For a speedier route to drunken debauchery, there’re the less traditional Irish Carbombs ($28 for two) and Irish Kamikaze shots ($30 for 6) to fall back on. The Market Street branch takes celebrations one step further with two Guinness pints for $20 and live bands to perk up the night from 7.30pm.
Firmly believing in dancing like nobody’s watching, Cherylene Chan works out her little legs and fingers by covering Singapore’s music and nightlife scene, with a fastidious soft spot for homegrown bands. When she's not donning her party elf hat, she finds joy in introspective conversations mixed with raucous laughter over a cuppa or pint, practicing google-fu, and indulging in compelling films, reads and feeds.