The Ultimate Dubliner's Guide to St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a popular national holiday in Ireland and is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the capital city of Dublin. From the famous Paddy's Parade to the traditional Irish music and food, this is the time of year Dublin truly comes alive. So grab your green hat, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to celebrate the luck of the Irish in style! 

Tour the Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse, a must-visit attraction during St. Patrick's Day, is a seven-story museum housed in an old fermentation plant that offers a fascinating glimpse into the iconic Irish beer's production process. Start your tour by standing at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass and work your way through the different stages of production. Afterward, head to the Gravity Bar, where you can savor a complimentary pint of Guinness while taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the city. It's the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish style. 

Participate in the Paddy's Parade

One of the most popular events during St. Patrick's Day is the Paddy's Parade, which takes place on March 17th every year. The parade is a spectacle of color, music and dance, and it attracts thousands of locals and tourists alike. The parade route runs through the heart of Dublin city center, starting at Parnell Square and finishing at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot! 

Taste the local cuisine

For food and drink enthusiasts, the 'Me auld Flower' festival is a must-attend event during St. Patrick's Day. This brand-new food and drink festival celebrates the best of Irish cuisine and features local artisan producers, chefs, and brewers including The Wooded Pig and The Village Butcher, to name a few. With live music and entertainment, it's the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. 

If you're in search of a hearty meal, look no further. Head to The Gravediggers (also known as Kavanagh's), a classic old-school Dublin pub that serves up traditional Irish pub food, including the famous coddle, a stew made with bacon, sausages and potatoes. 

Try the local breweries and distilleries

No trip to Dublin is complete without a visit to a traditional Irish pub. During St. Patrick's Day, the city comes alive with traditional Irish music and dancing, and there's no better way to experience it than in a local pub such as world famous The Stag’s Head or O’ Donoghues. Grab a pint of Guinness and join in the fun! 

For whiskey lovers, Dublin is home to some of the best Irish whiskey distilleries in the world. Take a tour of Row & Co or Teelings and learn about the history of Irish whiskey while sampling some of the best whiskies in the world. 

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Enjoy a scenic stroll

Finally, take a nighttime walk around the city and see all the buildings lit up in green. It's a magical experience and a great way to end your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. 

Our on-the-ground team in Dublin hopes you have enjoyed their recommendations for the best way to spend St. Patrick's Day in the city they call home.

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