St. Patrick’s Day, the patron saint of the Irish, has crossed borders to become a popular international holiday. Many cities turn green on 17 March to celebrate Ireland Day with culture and lots of fun, and Barcelona is no exception. Ready for an amazing weekend?
Saint Patrick’s is much more than beer (although this must be present). In these days Barcelona unfolds all its charm organizing popular activities and cultural exhibitions for all tastes and ages: traditional dances and music, light shows, workshops, sports competitions… Get ready for an intensive Irish culture.
Route through the best Irish Pubs in Barcelona.
A classic and must-see at St. Patrick’s is the Guinness route through the city’s best Irish breweries. This particular running starts and ends in traditional pubs, and rewards those who drink enough pints with an iconic hat.
If you estimate that 10,000,000 pints of beer are sold every day in the world… Imagine this weekend!
Kitty O’Shea’s: the city’s oldest Irish bar.
If you want to live an authentic experience, we recommend you include this Irish pub in your St. Patrick’s route. This brewery on Numancia Street is located in the Irish district, and organises events throughout the week – a real green tide!
Flaherty’s Irish Bar: green beer and live music.
This iconic pub is located next to Barcelona’s La Rambla, but perfectly recreates the atmosphere of a Dublin pub. If you include it in your tour, you can drink green beer, listen to live music and even paint your face with the colours of Ireland. How to resist!
The Wild River: the choice of the Irish.
This central pub, located in La Rambla, is chosen by the Irish to celebrate their Saint Patrick’s. If you include it in your route, you will enjoy an authentic atmosphere with live music and dance, as well as the best gastronomy. You can’t miss it!
Hard Rock Café: Irish dances with leprechaun included.
The Hard Rock Café in Plaza Cataluña also joins the celebration, and it’s a more than recommendable option on your tour! For a whole week you’ll see a live green goblin, traditional dances and a taste of its special hamburger, and the limited edition of St Paddy’s Burger. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
The George Payne Irish Bar: Saint Patrick’s best party.
This pub located in Plaza Urquinaona must be a mandatory stop on your route if you are looking for a party atmosphere. This place never sleeps, and is perfect for large groups as it has two floors high and a large stage. They also organize karaoke!
Currach regatta on the beach.
During St. Patrick’s Weekend a currachs race (traditional Irish three-seater boats) is held at the Municipal Nautical Base. Everyone who registers will receive classes so that they can practice before the great regatta. No excuses!
This sporting competition combines the best of Saint Patrick’s, music, food and beer pints, with the good weather and the beach of Barcelona. A guaranteed success plan. Shall we sign up?
Light show at the Magic Fountain.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, the twin fountains of Plaza Cataluña and the fountains of Paseo de Gracia also joined the celebration of Saint Patrick last year. Tourists and locals watched a water show of green lights and Irish music. The date for this Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative has not yet been set for 2019, but we hope that it will be made public within a few days.
Traditional dances with Nuala Barcelona Irish Dancers.
These days you can see various dance exhibitions of the academy Nuala Barcelona Irish Dancers. Their shows are usually accompanied by music and beer, another good reason to check the calendar and join the party.
During Sant Patrick’s weekend you can see shows by students and teachers, and we guarantee that all of them will leave you speechless.
Children’s activities and workshops.
If you are looking for activities for the whole family, the town hall organises children’s workshops, dance and traditional music shows (also by Nuala Irish Dancers) and concerts throughout Saturday 16 in Can Basté Square. And totally free!
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As you can see, there’s no excuse to miss Saint Patrick’s Day… We hope this brief summary will guide you through Barcelona’s sea of leisure. See you at Dolce Sitges!