Get into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day today at Finnegan’s Hotel on Darby Street. The hotel is opening its doors at 11am and the party isn’t going to stop until late. Come with your mates to graze all day at the Finnegan’s bistro, serving the usual grub alongside some Irish specials that can be washed down with a glass or two of Guinness. Check out the live Irish band that is kicking off the official celebrations at 5.30pm; however, for those of you who are keen to dance to current beats then enjoy the DJ line-up on both levels. So, as usual, dress in green and put on those ridiculous sized leprechaun hats for a wild time. There are also lots of prizes and giveaways to be won on the night, so no one goes home empty handed.
Where: 21-23 Darby Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
The Northern Star Hotel
Newcastle’s only Irish pub is taking the lead on Saint Paddy’s day, offering an authentic Irish gathering for you and your friends. Their usual drink special on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is still going strong, with $11 James Squire jugs – yes, Guinness is still on the menu. If you want to avoid the party crowd and just have a succulent meal with friends then dine in style, surrounded by wooden burgundy polished interiors that are reminiscent of the great pubs in Ireland. So grab your pot of gold and head to The Northern Star Hotel on this special day.
Where: 112 Beaumont Street, Hamilton NSW 2303
Harrigan’s Irish Pub & Accommodation
If Irish blood runs deep in your veins and you want to honour that then make the drive to the Hunter Valley to Harrigan’s Irish Pub. Anyone who is feeling a bit patriotic might not be able to resist surrounding themselves with a venue that is as Irish as it gets. Anything Irish you can think of will be happening right here at Harrigan’s. From live music, traditional dancing, Irish bands and $6 pints (yes, you heard correctly) serving up three different types of Irish beer including Guinness, Kilkenny and Magners.
Where: 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Red Baron’s Lounge Bar
If dressing up in green clothing and singing Irish folk songs at the top of your lungs isn’t your idea of a good night out, then don’t let it stop you from taking the opportunity to celebrate in your own way. For a more sophisticated night with close company, head to this special spot for premium alcoholic drinks and culinary food surrounded by vintage decor. You can settle into their comfortable leather chairs away from the noisy crows in Irish pubs. Red Baron’s Lounge Bar is tucked away on King Street and easy to miss if you aren’t looking, so keep an eye out and invite those friends to join you for an exclusive get-together this Saint Paddy’s Day.
Where: 31 King Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
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