Paddy’s Day is always chaos.
Crowds, spilt drinks and screamin’ young ones is the forecast for the day, and we’re not even counting the parade!
However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here are some events on where you can hide out in while the tsunami of tourists take over the streets.
1. Paddy’s Day Party – Mother
The funnest club in Dublin is at it again, donning the name ‘Máthair’ for the weekend that’s in it.
However, tickets for this will sell out, so get your skates on and buy one here.
2. Higher Vision Festival – Louth
Fancy a trip out of the capital altogether? Well we’ve got just the thing.
Well, this Louth festival has you sorted with names like Julio Bashmore, DJ Deece and Ejeca.
Tickets start from €40 and you can get them here.
3. Seisiún MÓR, Lá ‘le Pádraig – Club Chonradh na Gaeilge
Want a traditional Paddy’s Day without paying €7 for pints? Then this is night for you.
A full blown céilí kicks off at 8pm, and who knows what’s going to follow that. Bring your instruments and your best broken Irish, as everyone’s invited.
4. 1991 Reeling In Your Ears – Wigwam
We wrote about this a while ago, and you guys got pretty excited about it. This party is exactly what it says on the tin, with 1991 beats all night long.
Expect lots of Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Nirvana, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Metallica.
5. It Ain’t Easy Being Green, Paddy’s Day All Day Party – Bernard Shaw
The free annual all-day-session in The Bernard Shaw is kicking off again this year at 12pm and going ’til late.
On the day you’ll be able to chow down at Eatyard, get your dinner in The Big Blue Bus and listen to some deadly tunes all day and all night.
They’ll also be hosting the official, definitive Tayto vs King crisps showdown, so you know you have to go and make your voice heard.
6. Sing Street – Blanchardstown
Not keen for a big one? Check out the yet another instalment of the open-air cinema showing hit film Sing Street at Fingal County Council Civic Offices on Grove Road in Blanchardstown from 7.30pm.
7. St Patrick’s Day – The Cobblestone at The Complex
A full day of Irish activities with the best in the business.
Head down to the holy grail of Irish tunes to witness everything from Irish Dancing to Sean Nós to a Traditional Irish Music Session. This is where you’ll get a seriously authentic Paddy’s Day.
8. St. Phibsborough Day – The Back Page
This event boasts something for everyone, with DJs playing oldies, Ringo: Music Bingo, Dead Cool Disco from 10pm, a Spud-Gun Shooting Content, a Tea Tasting Contest (Barrys or Lyons) and so much more.
9. Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
Into food and not into drunken crowds?
Well get stuck into some sumptuous locally caught fresh seafood, cookery demonstrations and deadly music and entertainment at the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival.
A perfect activity for friends or family who are over from afar.
10. Pyg presents Soundstream & Hubie Davison
This St. Patrick’s Day will see a Berlin house music legend, Soundstream (aka Frank Timm aka Soundhack aka one half of Smith n Hack) take the lead at Pygmalion.
Starting from 1pm, this is sure to be a big, big night.
11. Music for 18 Machines – St Patrick’s Cathedral
Are you into synths? Well, have we got good news for you.
The pair will be using 18 synthesizers on stage.
12. Whelan’s Full Irish – 14 Band Showcase
This event spans for 12 hours (3pm – 3am) of musical prowess and Whelan’s-esque charm.
Whelan’s have paired up with O’Hara’s to bring you 14 of the best up and coming Irish acts on the most Irish day of the year, followed by an Indie Disco.
Sure what more could you want?
13. David Holmes presents God’s Waiting Room – Sugar Club
Sugar Club is spoiling us on Paddy’s Day with David Holmes and God’s Waiting Room: a round-about selection of the cinematic, library music, rock ‘n’ roll, psych, experimental, unclassifiable and independent from the mind of DJ, producer and creator of original soundtracks, David Holmes.
14. St. Patrick’s Day Boat Party – The Bowery
The Bowery is hosting a boat party this Paddy’s Day with live music from some of Dublin’s best trad band, kicking things off from 4pm.
Head down to witness some of Ireland’s top session players, delivering high energy performances without any cheese. Expect everything from Soul, Funk, Pop, Dance, Swing, Rock, Jazz and Blues.
15. And finally, Aware’s Harbour 2 Harbour Walk
Want to shake the cobwebs off before a day of boozing?
Aware’s 12th annual Harbour2Harbour walk will take place on Friday 17 March 2017.
Participants can walk from Howth to Dun Laoghaire OR Dun Laoghaire to Howth on this beautiful 16 mile jaunt around Dublin Bay on Paddy’s Day, while also enjoying a Halfway Hooley with tea/coffee, music and refreshments.
However, you have to register beforehand – which you can do right here.
Hope you found something to do.
Until next time, Happy Paddy’s Day!