Want to do a pub crawl on St Patrick’s day? Here are some suggestions:
Flahertys– This is the place to go if you want a Sunday roast. This delicious meal costs €14.50 and is served every Sunday from 12. They serve bottomless brunch, have free wifi and a large plasma screen that broadcasts sporting events such as the Rugby 6 Nations. A pint of Guinness here costs €5.60. To get here take the metro to Drassanes which is the L3 line.
Michael Collins pub– The Michael Collins pub is one of the oldest pubs in Barcelona, near Sagrada Familia. It opened its doors in 1997. They have big screens for you to watch the latest sports fixtures. A half pint of Guinness here is €2.5. to get to the Michael collins pub take the L2 or L5 metro line to the Sagrada Familia stop.
The Temple Bar– The Temple Bar has four large televisions to watch sporting events. Have a wide menu ranging from patatas bravas to 10 different types of burgers. Guinness here costs €5.90. To get to the Temple Bar take the L3 metro line to Liceu.
Dunne’s Irish bar and steakhouse– If you are feeling homesick Dunne’s is the place to go for your dinner. They sell Shepard’s pie and a Guinness Irish stew and plenty more foods to make you feel at home. Dunne’s has huge tv screens around the pub to watch sports fixtures while you enjoy a meal and a pint. To get here take the L1 and L4 metro lines to Urquinaona.
The George Payne pub– In the George Payne Pub Guinness costs €6. They have 6 different types of burgers including a vegan option. They also sell nachos and chicken wings. To get to the George Payne pub take the L1 and L4 metro lines to Urquinaona.
The history behind St Patrick’s day
St Patrick’s day is celebrated globally on the 17th of march every year. it is an Irish religious celebration to honour st Patrick’s death. St Patrick’s is the patron saint of Ireland and is accredited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Typically this celebration was a spiritual and religious occasion and up to the 1970’s Irish Laws stated that pubs had to close on March 17th. However, in 1970 this law was overturned to allow tourism to flourish in Ireland.
This year Dublin airport expects almost 800,000 passengers to travel to Ireland during the st. Patrick’s day period. It is expected in the five-day period between march 16 and match 20th, Ireland will generate over €70 million in revenue. This year the theme for the parade will be ‘Mar a chéile sinn’, which is Irish for ‘We are one’. There will be over 4000 people taking part in the parade and it is expected that over half a million people will line the streets to see this year’s parade.
International guest of honour
This year the international guest of honour is Patrick Duffy. He is an American actor who is famously known for acting in CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing. His grandfather emigrated to America from Ireland in the 1920s. Fittingly Patrick Duffy was born on St Patrick’s day.