There are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were.
But since over 80 million people worldwide claim ancestral connection to the auld sod, theoretically we are all a bit Irish at heart.
Whether Irish or not, St Patricks Day is falling on a Friday this year, meaning it’s time to dress up in all-green, kiss strangers and drink gobs of Guinness, as is tradition.
Check out our list for the top spots (listed North to South).
· Harrigan’s Irish Pub Drift Inn
The journey all the way up North to Jacobs Well will be worth your while. You will feel like you’ve just arrived in Ireland, perfect for St Paddy’s Day. Start off the celebrations with live music from Celtic Fusion, plenty of Guinnesss and good times.
Harrigan’s Lane, Jacobs Well
· Lansdowne Road Tavern
Lansdowne Road Irish Tavern will be hosting an incredible array of Irish themed entertainment all weekend long. There will be heaps of musicians from Eire, Irish dancers, amazing traditional Irish food specials, heaps of giveaways and of course plenty to drink.
Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
You’re sure to find a pot of gold at Waxy’s on Friday. With plenty of live entertainment kicking off from 10 am til late including Irish live music and dancers, Irish food, plenty of green beer and Dj’s to keep you happy all night long.
3206 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
· D’arcy Arms
D’Arcy Armsis hosting a whole weekend full of St Patricks Day shenanigans. Come and join them for live Irish music, Irish dancers, delicious Irish food and beverages. Get in quick to reserve a table for lunch ($30 incl. a pint)or dinner ($40 incl. a pint).
2923 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise
Get into the Irish spirit and try the delicious Irish-themed menu and beverages available all day. Make sure you dress to impress for the chance to win great prizes. The Luck of the Irish party starts at 9 pm with Anglo Pash keeping you entertained til late.
1 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
· Kitty O’Sheas
Centrally located on Cavill Ave just next to Hungry Jacks is Kitty O’Shea’s. Bathe in the luck of the Irish with plenty of Irish food and drinks til late.
Paradise Centre, 8 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
· Fiddlers Green
Another fun filled St Patricks Day weekend awaits you at Fiddlers Green. Indulge in authentic Irish food, enjoy live Irish music and dancers and get your face painted.
30 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
· Night Quarter
Celebrate the luck of the Irish at Night Quarter for the second annual St Patricks Day festivities this Friday. Discover and celebrate Irish culture with live entertainment from The Barleyshakes and the Gold Coast Tweed Pipe & Drum Band. There will be fun for the kids with a St Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt, looking to find the gold at the end of the rainbow.
1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale
· Southport Sharks
Revel in the luck of the Irish and celebrate all things green this St Patrick’s Day. Southport Sharks has live music, themed drinks and Irish food offerings. Irish entertainment with traditional dancers performing and music with O’Leary & The Munster Bucks.
Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Ave, Southport
· Sin City
Wanna get funky for St Patricks Day? Get your squad together and head to Sin City this Friday to party like the Irish. Enjoy your favourite DJ’s and dance til late. VIP bottle service available but get in quick before they sell out.
22 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
Party away St Paddy’s Day with local lads Venus Envy, on stage from 9.30 pm supported by resident DJ Johny Laytex. Free entry all night, what are you waiting for? Get kitted out in your best green theme for a chance to win a $100 venue voucher on the night.
Cnr Cavill & Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise
· Hard Rock Cafe
Rock out for St Patricks Day at the Hard Rock Cafe. With live music from 8 pm, green beer and hot wings all day, you don’t want to miss it.
Surfers Paradise Blvd & Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
· Melba’s on the Park
We’ve all been blessed with this glorious green celebration falling on a Friday this year. Melba’s will be open from 11 am til late for all you party leprechauns! Join them for green beer, Guinness and plenty of Irish cheer!
46 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
· Jupiters Casino
Jupiters’ Theatre is bringing you a St Patricks Day you won’t want to miss. ‘Celtic Beat – Legends of Ireland’ are performing, featuring the greatest hits of U2, The Corrs, Van Morrison and many more. Multi-award winning comedian Paul Martell with his Irish charm and sense of humour will fill you with life stories on these iconic performers along with amazing images and videos. Continue the celebrations at either Atrium Bar or The Garden Bar.
Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
Words by Louisa von Ingelheim