It’s well known that there are strong links between Liverpool and Ireland; so much so in fact that our proud city was even referred to as Ireland’s “second capital city”. At one point, the only two cities that homed more Irish people than Liverpool were Dublin and New York.
It’s no surprise then that Liverpool plays host to some of the most vibrant and entertaining St Patrick’s Day festivities than pretty much any British city outside of mainland Ireland.
This is our guide to the best ways to mark the occasion in Liverpool:
1. Drink one, or maybe several, pints of Guinness in one of the city’s many Irish bars or pubs. Lanigan’s Irish Bar on Ranelagh Street, Pogue Mahone on Seel Street and McCooleys on Concert Square are particularly good spots that are sure to be awash with revellers this time tomorrow evening.
2. Medication St Patrick’s Day Special; this one promises not to disappoint! With Irish folk songs and line dancing set across three floors at Liverpool’s fantastic Arts Club, cheap drinks and a genuinely warm and lively atmosphere, this is one event that revellers definitely need to look into.
3. Independent Liverpool’s St Patrick’s Day Weekender will take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of March at The Great Baltic Warehouse. Independent Liverpool events rarely disappoint, and as the organisation are promising to bring a little taste of Ireland to Liverpool, we’re sure that this one will be as good as ever. Celebrations will include, but not be limited to, plenty of singing and dancing and a mulitiude of Irish Gin and, of course, more Guinness!
4. The St Patrick’s Day parade is an annual event that takes place every year in Liverpool city centre. This year, it will start around 3pm near Mount Pleasant before making it’s way through town and finishing in Derby Square. The Liverpool Irish Flute Band and Manchester Community Pipe Band are both set to take part in proceedings.
5. And finally, something a little more laid back and thought provoking, why not get tickets for Love History’s production of Irish Liverpool at the St George’s Hall Concert Room. The play is about the tragedies of the Great Famine of the 19th century and the impact it had on the lives of the Irish people. Tickets are, at the time of writing, still available at: http://www.ticketquarter.co.uk
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