St. Patrick’s Day Barcelona 2018
Top of the morning to ya! ☘️
That time of year has almost come again, where green, white and gold flags will drape the streets of Barcelona and 1,000’s of Guinness barrels will be rolling into the city’s cafés awaiting St. Patrick’s Day. This year, on Sunday, March 17, the globally recognized event celebrates the hilarious stereotypical features of the Irish, two of which are good crack and even better pints!
The holiday is seen as an opportunity to dig out your ‘greenest’ outfit from the depths of your closet, paint a cloverleaf on your face, try your best rendition of river dance in the middle of the street and try a good amount of Irish whiskey drink. However, St. Patrick’s Day or Paddy’s Day (NEVER Patty’s Day), essentially takes care of the celebration of Irish culture, including music, dance and community, wherever you are in the world.
Let’s celebrate the basics of every St. Patricks Day party:
- Green! In a parallel universe, there is an official law that states that you must wear green on St. Patrick’s day, otherwise you cannot participate. Unfortunately, such a law does not exist, but let’s not set aside. Wear one of the 40 shades of green in a patriotic style (if you’re not from Ireland, don’t worry, simple fake it untill you make it ).
- You must have the “ craic ” at all times. This is essential! It means having fun and being at the top during the festivities.
- Perhaps the most important lesson you’ll ever learn in your entire life; never have an empty pint . Whatever your favorite drink may be (of course Guinness for the day that is in it, even if it is only meant for a cliché script with caption for Instagram), you must keep your drink filled and spontaneous raise your glass and Sláinte , the Irish version of “Cheers”, which means good health.
Congratulations, you are only one night dedicated to honorary citizen / wife. Spend it wisely.
Before we tell you the best places to find a gnome, put his pot of gold and your new found knowledge into practice during the festivities, let us become aware of the meaning of St. Patrick and why he is the número uno of Ireland. After all, he is the one who made this party possible.
At the age of 16, Patrick was taken by a group of Irish radars from his home in Great Britain and returned to Ireland , where he stayed for six years until his escape. He is supposed to turn to religion for comfort during this time, became a devout Christian and returned to Ireland to introduce Christianity to the Irish people .
His popularity stems from the many light-hearted stories based on his life in Ireland, the most famous of which is that St.Patrick has banished all snakes from Ireland by chasing them into the sea. Although it seems that he did well, this is only a humorous legend because there have never, and hopefully never, been snakes in Ireland (hallelujah)
Now for the good part … what to do for St.Patrick’s day.
Barcelona turns green
Plaça de Catalunya and the fountains on Gran Via will become Irish green on March 17 as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative, turning them into party destinations perfect location for a pint of Guinness.
The Currach Regatta
The 10th Mediterranean Currach Regatta takes place on Sunday, March 17. Organized by Iomramh, whose literal Irish translation means “rowing,” the event focuses on racing Currachs that are traditional Irish rowing boats. Teams of three are invited to register for the races and classes are given prior to the event for each team. The St. Patricks Day regatta combines Irish traditions with music, food, sun and of course Guinness for a taste of Ireland in Barcelona.
Nuala Barcelona Irish dancers
The highly acclaimed dance academy Nuala Barcelona will perform a Irish dance at Center Artesà Tradicionàrius (CAT) on Sunday 17 March. They will present traditional Irish dance with Irish music and beer. From 10 am there are games and street dances with music from Introbaveritas, followed by a showcase of music and dance by the students and teachers.
TOP 5 Bars to celebrate St Patrick Day in Barcelona
Kitty’s Pub – This is the oldest Irish bar in Barcelona and has built a reputation as the “go to” location for both residents and tourists. Crowds gather in the surrounding street to raise a glass to St. Patrick, and transform the area into a sea of greenery . It is located in the Irish Quarter , in Carrer de Numancia, and from March 11 to 17, Kitty’s host a series of events to celebrate Irish traditions. If you are looking for accommodation near this place, check out our APARTMENTS IN LES CORTS .
Flaherty’s Irish Bar – located in the heart of Barcelona, near Las Ramblas, Flaherty’s organize a St. Patrick’s day party in style. By channeling all things “Irish”, there will be green beer, Irish stews , face painters and live music to enjoy. Looking for an accommodation in “Las Ramblas”, view our APARTMENTS IN BARRI GOTIC.
The wild River – This self-styled “best Irish bar in Barcelona”, also located near Las Ramblas, is a big favorite with both Irish expats as people who want to have an authentic Irish adolescent experience. In keeping with St. Patrick’s Day traditions, the bar will have an endless supply of Guinness and Irish whiskey, along with traditional Irish dances, music and even an Irish gnome .
The Temple Bar – Named after the famous Dublin bar, you feel like you’re celebrating in the cobblestone streets of the capital of Ireland. With many Irish brewed beers such as Kilkenny and Murphy’s and large screens to see Ireland against England, it serves as the perfect place to raise a glass for the Emerald Isle . < / p>
- The George Payne Irish bar – Located in Plaça d’Urquinaona, The George Payne is the best for the last time and is known as ” the best party bar in Barcelona “and the way St.Patrick’s day party is no different. With the same decor as that of a church , with Irish-themed stain class windows, it has 3 bars on two floors and a large concert area. This year it is organizing a big party for the Paddies with live music, Guinness hats and especially; great craic !
Although it may be a long way to Tipperary , you will never be too far away from an Irish celebration in Barcelona.
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit
Enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day in Barcelona with Barcelona-home !