Originally a Christian holiday celebrated by the Irish since the 9th century, Saint Patrick's Day pays tribute to the country's foremost evangelist and patron saint of a people converted by one symbolic action: as he was preaching about the holy trinity, legend has it he drove all snakes out of Ireland, in the process banishing all Celtic beliefs ruled by Satan.
Nowadays, Saint Patrick's Day has spread to many countries over the world, turning people into ‘Irishmen for a day'. Wear emerald, pistachio or khaki colours to honour Ireland in this festival that exalts the pubs. Here are some of our best addresses, in both Paris and Dublin.
The Green Linnet
Amidst Paris' 4th arrondissement between the place du Châtelet and City Hall, the Green Linnet is no slouch as Irish pubs go, but rather their perfect incarnation. A native of the Cork Rebel County, the owner offers a large selection of beers and subtle Irish whiskies. The pub's genuine character can be sensed everywhere, right to the very name, as an echo of the nickname Irish rebels gave to Napoléon Bonaparte in their songs. With varied choice and entry prices in a charming decor, you have all the elements of a successful Saint Patrick's Day.
The Green Linnet
8, avenue Victoria
On this day of celebration, you deserve the best Guinness beer in Paris. To do so, head over to the oldest Irish pub on the left bank. Close to rue Mouffetard, Connolly's Corner is very inviting, with regulars, connoisseurs and students gathering around the circular counter against a backdrop of Irish folk music. Enjoy the largest selection of whiskies of the French capital as you play darts and board games, or listen to live music. For Saint Patrick's Day, a refined choice of draught beers will be available in a thrilling atmosphere. Take this opportunity to try out the Urquell Pilsner…
Le Connolly's Corner
12, rue de Mirbel
If you already know the most Irish pubs in Paris, it is time to make a detour by the rock temple of the capital. Open every night for the past 35 years, the Guinness Tavern is an institution of the 1st arrondissement. The interior decoration echoes French bars and the crazy feeling that prevails is a perfect match for Saint Patrick's Day partygoers. Tasty beer in hand, tap your feet in rhythm with Chelsea Hotel's bass line, or Pump's humorous classics. You will live the most unforgettable 17th of March at the Guinness Tavern.
La Guinness Tavern
31 bis, rue des Lombards
The Long Hall, in a Victorian atmosphere
The most appealing Saint Patrick's Day celebration takes place in Dublin. As the city of multiple and vibrant colour doors prepares for typically Irish parties, green remains the one and only hue at Long Hall, still standing after centuries. The pub is at once charming and traditional like a true Irish bar, and offers an original take on Victorian fashions, heightened by mouldings on the ceilings, wooden archways in the corridor and vermillion walls and armchairs. Located on George Street, this institutional gem will welcome you with numerous animations and music, to the pace of festive and smiling Ireland.
The Long Hall
51 South Great Georges Street
Irish for a day or for… ever at Temple Bar Pub
Temple Bar is not only a renowned pub of the capital, but first and foremost a neighbourhood of the historical city centre. Vikings had set their base camp in this part of Dublin in 795 AD.
During the day, you can stroll around narrow streets where you'll find restaurants, bars and art galleries. Dance to the rhythm of street artists and quench your thirst of culture with lovers of this carnival-like neighbourhood. At night, head over to the Temple Bar Pub to try out a whisky or a beer, and get carried away with Irish music. In this traditional setting frenzy as hell, Irish at heart and by blood will sing along as one on the night of March 17th.
The Temple Bar Pub
47-48 Temple Bar