Lent rules are waived this coming Tuesday for one day and one day only to make room for the official day of feasting in honor of Ireland’s Saint Patrick.
Alongside his weighty religious profile, Saint Patrick has been credited with banishing all of Ireland’s native snakes and bringing the art of distllation to the country; if legends are to be believed, then, a solid historical badass that all of us, religious and secular, can agree on toasting.
Whether you want to be sipping the delicate hops of some artisanal patagonian cerveza, or just necking some Quilmes, here’s our rundown of the city’s various offerings to celebrate the world’s favorite patron saint of Ireland.
Get your shamrocks off.
Friday 13th: Pendragon Cerveza Artesanal promises an all-nighter of live Irish music, whiskey, Jägermeister, artisan beer, and mead, which is apparently the newest vintage (read: 2000BC) alcohol trend to make a modern comeback. 20:00-4:00. Vera 109, Villa Crespo.
Saturday 14th: Jameson, producer of the world’s most consumed Irish whiskey, brings Dublin to Palermo after its successful first ‘Viví Dublin en Palermo’ event in 2014. Starting at 18:30 in Plaza Armenia and officially closing at 23:30, the free mini-festival of music and street-art last year saw a crowd of over a thousand green-clad revelers.
Saturday 14th: Rivaling would-be St Patricks’ day monopolist Jameson is the ‘Festival Celta’, in the Auditorio Belgrano. Artisan Irish crafts and food will be on sale from 19:30, followed by a live ‘fiesta of jigs, reels and traditional polka’ by a selection of Irish bands and dancers in the auditorium; see their site to reserve tickets from ARS $100.
March 15th: Typical Irish produce being sold in Plaza San Martín from 14:00, and at 18:00 the St Patrick’s Day parade will start at Arroyo y Suipacha and head back to Plaza San Martín. Everyone s invited to compete in the adult and kids costume competition, leprechaun’s and fairies. 14:00 onwards. Plaza San Martín.
March 17th: The Temple Bar is offering some of the best promo hype for the day, in any of their bars in Downtown, Recoleta, or Palermo. Tables can be reserved, and a party-bus will be taking revelers hopping from Temple Bar to Temple Bar.
March 17th: Club V promises “all things green and Irish”; that is, they explain, ‘alcohol, alcohol, alcohol, Irish drinks and live music’. Entrance ARS $30. 20:00- 23:30. Av Corrientes 5008.
And this is just the tip of the ice-cube in that fifth whiskey on the rock’s you’re nursing. Pubs and bars all across the city will be celebrating one of the world’s favorite days of cultural appropriation, all in the name of good camaraderie, and legitimized by a sprinkling of spiritual justification.
Go green, kids, or go home.