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Happy St Patrick’s Day

By Sandy Taylor

Whilst we always try to focus on the wonderful area of West End, some events are just too big to be contained. St Patrick’s Day is definitely one of those!

St Patrick’s Day in Brisbane 2018 is shaping up to be the best ever with the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade ending in an all-day shindig in the City Botanic Gardens and a bunch of top celebrations around town, including the inaugural Paddyfest at Eagle Farm.

Here are 5 of the best places around Brisbane to go green and release your inner leprechaun on St Patrick’s Day.


Heritage-listed Eagle Farm Racecourse will light up green this St Patrick’s Day for the launch of Paddyfest, Brisbane’s largest full-swing festival, with pipe bands, green top hats, Irish dancers and Guinness galore. Paddyfest, the largest event of its kind in Brisbane, will be THE place to be for St Patrick’s Day, promising ‘good beer and great craic’ in its first year celebrating all things Irish – beer, food, culture and entertainment. Starring renowned Irish stand-up comedian, Jimeoin as the headline act, Paddyfest will feature a packed program of traditional Irish song and dance will kick off from 11am, creating a boisterous atmosphere of entertainment all day and night. Bars will be popping up all over the venue selling Guinness, to be sure, and cocktails such as Shamrock Juice (a refreshing green cocktail with leprechaun dust). Meanwhile food truck menus include some of Brisbane’s best, plus the Diddly Dee Irish Food Truck peddling traditonal Irish eats. VIP ticket holders will get to sample the magical Leprechaun Punch Bowl, adorned with sprinkle, glitter and fairy floss, as well as enjoying access to BRC’s exclusive rooftop bar The Society Rooftop. Plus, every person who pre-purchases a ticket will go in the draw to WIN return flights to Ireland. Need to know – Tickets are on sale from only $15pp with kids aged 13-17yrs $10 and children 12 years and under receiving free entry. Note that children’s tickets can only be purchased on the day.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Once again the streets of Brisbane CBD will be lined with green as the St Patrick’s Day parade makes its way through the city for the 29th year, with more than 80 floats and displays. After the parade the celebrations continue in the City Botanic Gardens with Picnic in the Gardens featuring  live music from Celtic Fusion and delicious food and drinks from some 30 stalls, The Parade commences in Alice St, turning right at George St until Mary St, where it turns right and heads north to Edward St until turning back into Alice St and finishing at entrance to the City Botanic Gardens. Parade 10.30am-11.30am. Picnic in the Gardens 8am-2pm.

 Finn McCool’s

The Valley’s best Irish pub is hosting another epic St Patrick’s Day celebration, taking over the Brunswick St Mall with 2 stages of live entertainment that will be pumping all day, with a line-up including Murphy’s Pigs, Queensland Irish Pipe Band, The Gathering, Irish dancers and more. Food and drink will be available from Irish food stalls, pop up bars and a vintage truck with Irish beers – Kilkenny, Magners and Guinness – on tap. Doors open form 10am and the fun and festivities continue through the day and night until 5am on Sunday. Brunswick St Mall, Fortitude Valley. 10am-5am.

Irish Murphy’s

The 19th century landmark city pub that is home to Irish Murphy’s, located just 200m from the St Patrick’s Day parade will be packed with revellers in green on all of its 3 levels for St Patrick’s day, with ‘the biggest craic in the southern hemisphere’. Featuring some of the best Irish entertainment in Queensland with a jam packed day of Frank McKernan, Locky, The Gathering, Berst , Ramjet and DJ Sumo, the doors will be open from 10am and the drinks will keep flowing well into the wee hours of the morning. Elizabeth St cnr George St Brisbane CBD.

Harrigans Drift Inn

The traditional Irish pub can be found south on the waterfront at Jacobs Well, with beer garden overlooking the water, open fireplace, and serving hearty Irish cuisine and beer. For St Patrick’s Day there’s a traditional Irish lunch and dinner with entertainment by Sarah Calderwood and Irish dancers in the evening, then on Sunday the celebration continues with live performances by Murphy’s Pigs and Irish Dancers from 1pm. Harrigan’s Lane, Jacobs Well.

Closer to home, the Queensland Irish Choi will be performing at the The German Club on March 18th from 2 – 4 pm.

Source: Must Do Brisbane

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