With strong links to Ireland, Manchester is known as one of the most Irish cities outside of Ireland itself. It’s no wonder, then, that for those looking to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, there’s no shortage of events, bars, pubs, and cultural centres to head to this Paddy’s Day weekend.
Whether you want to join the revellers at Manchester’s best Irish pubs, or soak up some Irish culture, we’ve got you covered. Here are four ways to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this year in Manchester that definitely sham-rock.
Sometimes, keeping it simple is best. What’s more simple than good food, good mates and… a good Guinness? Here are our top picks for places to enjoy some proper lush food and drink this March 17th.
Touted as ‘the home of Guinness, good craic, live music and sport’, Mulligans is known for their warm atmosphere and, unsurprisingly, great pints. As Manchester’s oldest traditional Irish pub, Mulligans is somewhat of a no-brainer when it comes to planning your St Patrick’s Day weekend. Why not head down to Deansgate and enjoy some live music, a perfectly served Guinness and, of course, a packet of Tayto crisps?
You can find out more about what’s on at Mulligans on their website.
Calling all sports fans: here’s the perfect chance to get your rugby fix while celebrating St Patrick’s Day in style. With mouth-watering fresh street food served from a variety of stalls, and a bar stocked with locally sourced beers, wines, spirits, cocktails, hot drinks, and soft drinks, you’re sure to be in the best spot to watch the Ireland v England game, and kick the festivities off perfectly!
Head down to GRUB at 12:30 to catch all the Six Nations matches, or check the event for tickets and timings for other games.
Pubs and parties don’t make for everyone’s ideal weekend (and that’s okay!) That’s why we’ve pulled together two ways to enjoy Manchester’s Irish heritage, without having to craic open a cold one.
Looking for something fun, free, and festive? Say no more — we’ve got you. Head on down to Manchester’s famous St Patrick’s Day Parade to really experience the thriving Irish community of the city. Kicking off at Salmon Street, the Parade features the likes of Irish bagpipe players, Irish dancers, marching bands, roller derbies, go-karts and much, much more, before ending at Central Street.
This year, the Parade is scheduled slightly after St Patrick’s Day itself, on 26th March 2023. As the organisers themselves say, though, why not stretch it out a little?
You can find out more about the Parade and receive updates on their website.
Cheetham Hill’s Irish World Heritage Centre (IWHC) is Manchester’s Irish hub, hosting everything from conferences to Irish dancing classes, and offering famous Irish brands in their on-site Irish store. For some years now, the IWHC have hosted their own St Patrick’s Day Parade, to allow locals to get together and appreciate Ireland.
Kicking off at 10 AM on the 12th March with a traditional Gaelic Mass, the IWHC’s Parade Day is set to be a celebration of all things Irish. With Irish dancing, a funfair, and food and drink available all day, why not show up and show out for Manchester’s thriving Irish community?
You can find out more about the IWHC and follow updates on the Parade via their Facebook page.
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